Dovetailed Shoulder Plane

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...

Aluminum Squares

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...

Sliding Bevel Gauge

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...

Router Plane

Despite its look this is no Mickey-Mouse project. This shopbuilt router plane is sure to become a favorite tool in your shop and one that will get used often. While a router plane doesn’t share the same iconic status as a smoothing plane or a hand saw its usefulness...

Setup Gauge

Combine a 6″ ruler with a few pieces of wood and brass to create a sweet tool to simplify tool adjustments. You’ll find a multitude of uses around the shop for this handy setup gauge. The best part is that you can build it in a weekend from just a few scraps of...

Edge Clamps

These shop-made edge clamps are bound to come in handy when gluing hardwood edging on plywood. If you build a lot of projects that use 3/4″ plywood you know covering the exposed edges of the plywood with strips of solid wood edging is a fairly routine matter. In...