Aluminum Squares Plan

Build your own precision layout tool. All it takes are a few pieces of aluminum and a little time at the table saw and drill press. A good square is one tool that’s indispensable in the shop. I use it on just about every project I build. But some squares aren’t all...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Dovetailed Shoulder Plane Plan

Make an heirloom tool and learn the secret to creating double dovetails in metal — it’s easier than you think. Hand tools are fascinating. Often times they’re a simple form that is designed for one purpose. How they look is overshadowed by how they perform. Of course...

Hand Plane Plan

A simple design and a unique method of securing the blade makes building this plane an easy alternative to a traditional wood plane. A lot of woodworkers have an incurable weakness when it comes to hand planes — especially wood planes. There’s just something special...

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...