Hand Tool Basics

Hand Tool Basics

Woodworking Tools and How to Use Them

Steve Branam


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Everything you need to start woodworking with hand tools!

Hand tool woodworking can be a source of great pride, satisfaction and amazing results--not to mention less noise and sawdust. But there's a lot to learn, what with a seemingly endless array of chisels and mallets to workbenches and handplanes. You'll learn proven methods for sharpening your tools, prepping your stock and timeless joinery techniques including mortise-and-tenon joins, dovetails, rabbets and others. Within these pages you'll find:

   • Advice for selecting the tools you need and setting up shop
   • Complete instructions for using the tools you'll reach for time and again
   • Tuning processes for keeping your tools sharp and precise
   • Technique variations and alternate methods so you can decide what works best for you
Take the mystery out of hand tools and experience the satisfaction of crafting something truly handmade.


Steve Branam:
Steve Branam is a software engineer and woodworker in Ayer, MA. He is the creator of the "Into To Hand Tools" video course and writes the woodworking blog www.CloseGrain.com.