Challenges

AKA The Dado Saw I've had one of these saws for a while and I had a love/hate relationship with it for many years. It wasn't until I forced myself to start using it more…

The Raamtang is a Dutch sash joiner’s tool. Directly translated it means “window pliers” and it was just for holding sash parts while chopping mortises, plowing grooves, and moulding the edges. The astute observer will…

This challenge is all about milling a board. In essence I want you to make a block that is approximately 1x4x6" in size. Rarely do we need to have a perfect piece that is flat…

Shaping and French Polish Challenges Personally by choosing Grenadillo (a gnarly jungle wood) I'm challenging myself on this one. But in essence this challenge is about cutting and shaping curves. The hammer head and the…

Part 2: Making the Wedges Wedges and a Birdsmouth: Simple and Effective This edge planing stop is not a new idea but it is a great thing to have around if you have a viseless…

Japanese Joinery and Inlay Make an Heirloom Tool This project is something every woodworker should tackle. First we can never have too many squares in the shop. Second the complex joinery is a great lesson…