Andre Roubo’s Try Square Plan

PDF Download: Full PDF plans and templates for Andre Roubo’s try square. Download: Complete Plans for Roubo’s Try SquareAndre Roubo’s 18th-century plans for a try square – which he called a “triangle” – is one of the most...

English Layout Square Plan

Wooden layout tools can be superior to metal ones. They are lightweight inexpensive and as accurate as woodworking requires. Based on an antique English layout square this shop project is easy on the eyes accurate easily replaceable and awesome to use. What you get:...

Shop Marking Knife Plan

Get a better grip on your layouts with this shop-made handle for your marking knife. Japanese-style marking have right or left beveled edges and steep angles giving them a really sharp point — perfect for accuracy. However one drawback is that they don’t come with...

Shop-Made Marking Knives Plan

Create quality layout tools using straightforward steps and shop-tested metalworking techniques. When it comes to creating a layout it’s hard to beat the crisp line you get with a marking knife. And making your own set of knives gives you an opportunity to learn...

Infill Block Planes Plan

The precise adjuster for the iron and the solid heft make these planes a delight to build and use. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of using a fine plane — especially if you made it yourself. And if you’ve never had that experience then building one of these...

Classic Try Squares Plan

All it takes to make a set of precision layout tools is a relaxing afternoon in the shop. Try squares look simple but play a crucial role in any shop. Primarily they help you determine if something is perfectly square. Although these are precision tools try squares...

Custom Chisel Set Plan

These hand-made specialty chisels are sure to be a treasured addition to your hand tool collection. When our designer Chris Fitch showed up in our shop with this set of chisels everyone dropped what they were doing to take a look. They got a lot of attention. The...

Infill Smoothing Plane Plan

Show off your craftsmanship and attention to detail with this great-looking heirloom tool. For years a hand plane has been the symbol of fine craftsmanship. As you can see this isn’t an ordinary plane. The design is called an infill plane since the wood parts...

Tuning Up a Block Plane Plan

All it takes to turn your block plane into a precision tool is a simple tune-up. Here’s our step-by-step approach. A block plane should be a precision tool but they don’t always come out of the box from the manufacturer that way. In this article the...

Shop-Made Spokeshaves Plan

There’s no better way to create smooth even curves than using a tool designed specifically for that purpose. And you can’t beat the satisfying results when it’s a tool you’ve made yourself. A spokeshave is the perfect choice for smoothing out a convex or concave...