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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sliding Bevel Gauge Plan

Brass blades paired with wood bodies make these bevel gauges as attractive as they are useful. There’s something about shop-made tools that resonates with me. It may be the nod to a simpler time where a craftsperson would often make a tool he or she needed. It could...

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...

Combination Router Table Plan

A flip-up top adds a new angle to table routing. The result is a unique two-in-one workstation for the ultimate in shaping and joinery. Installing a router upside down in a router table is a surefire way to upgrade any workshop. The versatility of a router table opens...

Compact Router Table Plan

Don’t be fooled by its small size. This portable router table packs in a lot of big-time features. Just like its bigger brothers putting a compact router in a table adds to its versatility. Two lift-up extensions provide a surprising amount of workspace. The...

Folding Router Table Plan

This briefcase-sized package transforms into a full-featured benchtop router table in minutes and folds up for storage just as quick. A full-sized permanent router table setup might be a great solution — if you have the space. But if you only use a router table...