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  • How to Sharpen a Spokeshave

    How to Sharpen a Spokeshave

    The blade on a spokeshave is very small, which can make it difficult to sharpen. However, to get the most out of your spokeshave, it needs to be sharpened correctly. This video guides you through preparing the back of the blade, grinding your blade, and honing it properly to achieve a clean, sharp edge. Plus,…

  • What is a Spokeshave?

    What is a Spokeshave?

    Tom Caspar LOVES his spokeshave. It’s a tool that lends itself to creating beautiful curved lines in your work. Tom is ready to tell you why this is one of his favorite tools. Check it out. Maybe you’ll become a spokeshave lover too.

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    Hand Plane Starter Kit: 4 Planes for Hybrid Woodworking

    While hand planes are alluring to many woodworkers, getting started can be confusing since there are so many options. If you ask 100 hand plane enthusiasts which planes to start with, you might receive as many answers. Based upon my 15 year love affair with hand planes, the following is my suggested approach to help…

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  • How to Sharpen a Bench Chisel: Whetstone

    How to Sharpen a Bench Chisel: Whetstone

    George Vondriska teaches you how to sharpen your bench chisels by using a 9 micron, diamond-embedded whetstone. He demonstrates a few different tricks for properly completing the process, including lubricating the stone with water, using the index finger on your opposite hand to keep the blade flat against the surface of the stone, painting the…

  • Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado - Part 4

    Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado: Part 4

    In the final installment of our four-part series on cutting dadoes with hand tools, George Vondriska teaches you how to properly use a router plane to finish up the dado that you’ve scribed, hand sawn, and cleared. The unique design of the router plane’s depth of cut allows you to cleanly cut away at the…

  • Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado - Part 3

    Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado: Part 3

    In the third installment of our three-part series on cutting dadoes with hand tools, George Vondriska teaches you how to clear the waste out of a dado by using an uphill stroke with a bevel edge chisel and a mallet. He demonstrates the simple woodworking techniques you’ll need to properly shape the dado, stressing the…

  • Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado - Part 2

    Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado: Part 2

    In the second phase of this four-part series on creating dadoes with hand tools, George Vondriska teaches you how to actually make the cut with a handsaw. In this simple woodworking process, George uses a freshly sharpened bench chisel to scribe the guidelines like you would with a marking knife, which allows the saw an…

  • Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado - Part 1

    Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado: Part 1

    One of the easiest types of joinery you can do is the hand-cut dado. In this video demonstration, master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you the essential woodworking tips and techniques you’ll need to lay out a dado before the cutting and planing process. Related videos: Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado – Part 2…

  • Power Lapping a Bench Chisel

    Power Lapping a Bench Chisel

    George Vondriska demonstrates why you might consider using a foot pedal to control your power sharpener when power lapping a bench chisel. Because you want the chisel flat against the surface of the sharpener to get an even grind, you’ll need to use both hands to guarantee that it doesn’t wobble.

  • How to Square a Corner with a Chisel

    How to Square a Corner with a Chisel

    Learn how to square a corner with a chisel. When using a handheld router and a rabbeting bit to create rabbets you’re often left with a round inside corner. George Vondriska shows you how to square a round inside corner using a chisel. George describes in detail the best way to use a chisel to…