Helping you understand how tools work

Our illustrated tool primers tell you what you need to know about basic woodworking hand tools, power tools and accessories.

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A Japanese saw is a finely crafted tool that creates a very thin kerf and cuts on the pulls...

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Feature Tools


Bandsaws are versatile shop machines that don’t take up much floor space, and are both...

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Belt Sanders

A belt sander takes a bit of time to get to know well, but once...

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Block Plane

They are especially useful for chamfering, smoothing end grain, fairing convex curves, cleaning up dovetails,...

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Add texture to wood

Rob Brown shows some methods to add texture to wood.

Featured Wood Types

Alder, Red

Red alder (Western red alder) grows exclusively along the west coast of British Columbia, and is typically one of the...

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Pink Ivory


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Yellow Poplar

Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera)by Peter MacSween Yellow Poplar (aka Tulip Poplar) is the largest hardwood tree found in the eastern North American...

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