In this section you will learn everything you need to get started in hand tool woodworking, including the terminology and jargon that comes with it. By the end of this section, your tools will be sharp, set up beautifully, and your journey into fine woodworking will have begun.
Despite often being advertised as being ‘ready out of the box' chisels will always benefit from further sharpening to improve their accuracy and safety. Working with a blunt chisel will not only butcher your work off the bat, but can also result in serious injury.
Is sharpening a plane really that different to sharpening a chisel?
Yes. Yes it is. There is one fundamental difference that sets the two processes apart. And this subtle change makes a massive difference when using the plane; as you will see later in the Online School.
Now that your blade is sharp, it's time to start producing those super fine shavings! To do this, we need to get your plane set up for a light, even cut that can be difficult to achieve without proper guidance. Let's make your planing as enjoyable as it should be.
An essential skill for hand cut joinery. This lesson will teach you how to accurately start a cut, follow a line, and cut straight and square. This is where most beginners fall at the first hurdle and begin enforcing bad habits that are challenging to correct later.
A chisel is one of the most widely used tools in all areas of woodworking. But there are some very simple changes, that even experienced woodworkers can make, that makes your chiselling far easier, accurate and more efficient. Learn the techniques here!
Can it really be that hard to plane correctly? Well as many of my students have proven, yes it can be. Planing correctly involves a mixture of correct body positioning, balance and pressure, and even presenting the tool to the work properly. It also saves a lot of energy!
The Collins Complete Woodworkers Manual helped me tremendously when beginning woodworking and I've been recommending it to my viewers and students for years. I'm yet to hear a bad review from them.
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