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How to Make a Chopping Board

This course is designed to teach you some basic shaping skills using a small number of hand tools, regardless of how much (if any) previous experience you may have. The techniques you will learn in this course are universal -and therefore adaptable- to countless other shaped wooden objects. In the process, you will also discover …

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How to Make a Tool Tote

You will need: Wood Stock: Sides (x 2): 20” (508mm) x 5½ ” (140mm) x ¾ (19mm) Bottom: 20” (508mm) x 5½ ” (140mm) x ¾ (19mm) Ends (x 2): 16” (406mm) x 5½ ” (140mm) x ¾ (19mm) Handle: 1″ (25mm) dowel 20″ (508mm) long Pegs: ¾” (19mm) x 2” (51mm) Tools: Plane Spokeshave …

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How to Make a Dovetailed Box

This project is a great project to develop accuracy as there are multiple dovetails to cut. You will also acquire experience working on a slightly larger scale than the chisel tray which includes planing wider boards and longer roundovers, as well as insetting hinges. For this course you will need: Trued Stock Ends (x2): ½ …

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Joint Variation: Double Dovetail

We strongly recommend you have a go at the regular dovetail course before starting this one. For this course you will need: 2 pieces of wood- ½” (13mm) x 3 ½” (89mm) x 5” (127mm) Square Pencil Dovetail Template Dovetail Saw Knife Chisel– ¾ (19mm), ½ (13mm), and ⅜ (10mm) Chisel Hammer

How to Make a Chisel Tray

This project is possibly the most basic real application of the dovetail joint, since it consists of a simple box held together with four single dovetails. You should therefore see it as a training exercise to gain confidence and build your skills, rather than expect a perfect result straight away. To make the tray, you …

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How to Make a Housing Dado

A housing dado is a joint which passes into a side piece, it is commonly found in bookshelves. For this exercise you will need: 2 x pieces of wood Square Pencil Steel Rule Gauge Woodworker’s knife Chisel hammer Router Plane (Optional) Chisel x 2 One smaller than the width of your recess and the other 1” …

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How to Make a Dovetail

The dovetail is one of the three main joints commonly used in woodworking. In this course, you will learn how to make one in its most basic form: the single dovetail. Follow this simple, step by step guide and you will master the joint in little time. The tools you will need to make this …

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How to Make a Spoon

This course is designed for beginner woodworkers or those new to hand tools. You don’t need many tools or much experience to successfully make a spoon. However, you will gain great insight into the tools and how to work wood in the process of making it.

How to Make a Spatula

This course is designed for beginner woodworkers or those new to hand tools. You don’t need many tools or much experience to successfully make this spatula. However, you will gain great insight into the tools and how to work wood in the process of making it. This particular design is called a quadrant spatula and …

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