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Video: Why You Need Joinery Planes

This next installment in the “Setting Up Shop” video series takes a look at joinery planes: rabbet planes, dado planes, routers, and plow planes. Hand tool beginners often assume these are for specialty work, but they’re not. These are fundamental tools for enjoyable hand tool work.  

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Video: "The Hole History of Boring"

Today’s installment of the “Setting Up Shop” video series is utterly, completely, 100%, boring. And after watching it, we think you will agree. Since time immemorial, woodworkers have been seeking the best way to make a round hole in a piece of wood. From the use of friction, to Roman-era spoon bits, to modern auger and twist bits, Mike talks us through an introduction to the boring technology available to hand-tool woodworkers today. You know the drill – check it out, and leave any comments below.   

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Captivating Wood Science Videos

Wood is weird. Sometimes it seems like it has a mind of its own and surprises you with its behavior. There is mystique about particular species and their unique qualities, unparalleled by any other. What accounts for these peculiarities? Why is wood the way it is? I stumbled across a pile of excellent wood science videos the other day and thought they were worth sharing here. Dr. Callum Hill makes helpful use of a light board to put into plain English the nature of wood. Anyone who calls themselves a woodworker should understand at least some of this information. There are a ton of videos on their YouTube channel, but check out a few here: As they’ve put it, “The...

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Video: Hammers & Mallets

Just published a new video in our “Setting Up Shop” series. This time, Mike talks about smacky things: hammers, mallets, mauls, and even the polls of axes – tools far too often overlooked.  

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Video: Grinding & Freehand Honing a Plane Iron

Head’s up… I posted a free video tutorial this afternoon on the Daily Dispatch in which I walk through the grinding and freehand honing of a cambered plane iron. You do not need to be a Dispatch subscriber to view the video – this one’s gratis. As Mike and I discussed on our last podcast episode, we believe freehand honing is an important skill for every woodworker to develop. Watching our Apprenticeship students work to develop the feel of this technique, I’ve realized afresh how important practice is. By the end of that sharpening week, many of them described experiencing a “eureka” moment. To learn a new hand skill, you’ve got to watch someone do it and then do it...

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Video: Why You Need a Crosscut Handsaw

Our latest YouTube video is up. Mike explains the difference between rip and crosscut in the clearest way I’ve heard it to date. Usually there’s a bundle of straws or a broom but showing a chisel on wood drives the point home. This video is actually take 2. Earlier this morning I posted the first attempt on the Dispatch – Mike rediscovered an ancient ripping technique we now call “sriving.” Too funny. – Joshua  

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Video: The Dreaded Ripsaw

This installment of the Setting Up Shop video series focuses on the big, beefy rip handsaw. Too many woodworkers are intimidated by the idea of ripping by hand, but there is no reason for it. Get yourself a properly set up tool and let ‘er rip. It’s good to get the blood pumping.  – Joshua  

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