The Basics

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.


One of the foundations of accurate joinery is using sharp tools. In this section, you will learn how to get a razor sharp edge on the end of a chisel.

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How To Sharpen a Chisel

You will learn:

- How to grind a primary bevel

- How to sharpen a secondary bevel

- How to lap a blade

- How to maintain an edge

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What many people don't realise is that sharpening a plane blade is slightly different to sharpening a chisel. In this lesson I will explain how and why.

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How To Sharpen a Plane

You will learn:

- How to grind a primary bevel

- How to sharpen a camber

- Why we sharpen a camber

- When not to sharpen a camber

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Now that your blade is sharp, it's time to get it setup in the plane body. Without the right knowledge, this can be a tricky process. This section will change that.

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How To Setup a Plane

You will learn:

- How to attach the chip breaker

- How to get the blade square

- How to adjust the depth of cut

- How to avoid common mistakes

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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. Don't miss this one!

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Sawing Techniques

You will learn:

- How to start a cut

- How to follow a line

- How to cut straight and square

- Body positioning and movement


This is a skill that a lot of people don't even consider improving. Yet there are so many things that can make your chiselling more accurate, cleaner, and just easier in general!

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Chiselling Techniques

You will learn:

- How to hold the chisel

- Where to position your body

- How to make your chisel more effective

- How to avoid common injuries

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This is an essential skill in the following lessons, especially when it comes to learning how to flatten, square and thickness timber. Get these skills under your belt!

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Planing Techniques

You will learn:

- How to hold a plane

- Positioning the plane

- When to skew the plane

- Pressure and body movement


Another uncoventional skill that a lot of people don't consider improving. But think about it. It doesn't matter how accurate your chiselling is if your marking out is bad!

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Marking Gauge Techniques

You will learn:

- Marking Gauge vs. Cutting Gauge

- Progressive cuts

- Angling and positioning the gauge

- Should you remove gauge lines?


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