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Marking gauges are extremely useful for marking lines parallel to an edge with great accuracy, such as when you're laying out joints to be cut. A marking gauge basically consists of four parts: a

Home & Family> Woodworking l 2 years ago

A compass is useful in the shop for laying out circles and arcs. The most common types are the bow compass and the wing compass. The bow compass is a drafting tool with a threaded shaft that runs

Home & Family> Woodworking l 2 years ago

Even though rasps closely resemble files, they're very different beasts. Instead of single rows of teeth cut into the metal surface at an angle, rasps have tiny individual teeth in parallel rows. And

Home & Family> Woodworking l 2 years ago

Once your jack plane or jointer plane is well tuned, there's one more thing to do before you use it: You need to adjust it to match the type of cut you're making. I'm not talking about depth of cut

Home & Family> Woodworking l 2 years ago

After a good jack plane and a low-angle block plane, the next plane I'd suggest a beginning woodworker purchase is a quality shoulder plane. Shoulder planes excel at trimming and fine-tuning joints.

Home & Family> Woodworking l 2 years ago

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