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...

Heirloom Brass Compass Plan

Sharpen your skills by making this custom layout tool. Plus learn simple techniques for working with brass along the way. Made entirely from brass and steel this layout tool is sure to be the perfect addition to any shop. If the thought of working with brass and steel...

Custom Scraper Shaves Plan

A few pieces of scrap some hardware and a cabinet scraper are all it takes to build a set of fine hand tools. Removing marks and ridges left over from machining and hand tool shaping can be a challenge. For many of these types of tasks we turn to a scraper shave. This...

Layout Gauges Plan

Exotic wood and polished brass come together in a pair of handy layout tools. Layout is one of the first tasks in any woodworking project. These two shop-made layout gauges can help make that task easier and more accurate. The two gauges work as a team to handle both...

Shop-Made Hand Planes Plan

With a few simple tools and step-by-step techniques you can make a pair of heirloom-quality planes. This shop-made smoothing plane holds to a grand tradition. With a hefty iron and a wedge to hold it in place it performs like a classic antique plane but can easily be...

Make a Fixed-Width Panel Raising Plane Plan

A panel raising plane may be a tricky build however you will be thankful for having it as it will give you accurate and even results in future projects – not to mention the satisfaction of accomplishing the task will be worth it alone. This Popular Woodworking...

Sharpening Stone Storage Box Plan

These sharp-looking boxes provide protection for your stones while keeping them handy whenever you need them. If you use sharpening stones frequently it’s important to keep them close at hand. The problem is if you leave them out they can get damaged or broken. The...

Custom Chisel Case Plan

Keep your chisels and other tools close at hand and protected with this classic wall case. Chisels get used on just about every project you build. So having them close at hand is a must. Plus they need to be protected so they stay sharp. The solution to both these...

Precision Miter Square Plan

Sharpen your skills by making this custom-designed layout tool and the etching on the blade will showcase your attention to detail. This miter square is simple to make from a piece of brass stock and wood. The wood handle features a brass end cap to help keep nicks...

Custom Brass Hammers Plan

Create your own set of shop hammers using brass stock and a chunk of hardwood. You’re sure to pick up a few new skills along the way. Small brass hammers come in handy more often than you’d think. The compact design makes them perfect for chopping out mortises or the...