Tip Sheet: Understanding Block Planes

Are you struggling to find a block plane you can afford? Well, stop looking. The block plane is an over-hyped tool that most of us don’t need. Block planes are handy, but not essential. Check out the tip sheet to find out why.

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Rex Krueger
Tip Sheet: Marking Gauge for Free

Marking gauges can be expensive or mediocre. Luckily, you can make your own for FREE from a few scraps of wood. Even better, this gauge can be locked and unlocked with one hand, a feature you can’t find in commercial gauges.

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Rex Krueger
Tip Sheet: Workholding Without a Vise

You need a vise for woodworking. Right? Wrong! Vises are a pretty new invention and woodworkers for centuries have used simple fixtures to hold their work. With a few scraps of wood and a few hours of work, you can transform the $30 Workbench into a complete workholding solution for all your woodworking tasks.

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Rex Krueger
Tip Sheet: $30 Workbench

If you’re getting into woodworking, you need a bench, but buying one is expensive and building your own takes some skill. But if we look back in history, we see that woodworkers used a simple, low bench. We can build this bench out of construction lumber and it’s just a weekend project.

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Rex Krueger
Tip Sheet: 3 Tool Bench

Want to try an easy project with simple hand tools? You can make this bench with construction lumber and just a hatchet, a drill and a hand-saw. Best thing: its actually really fun!

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Rex Krueger