Woodworking Tools

Learn how to use woodworking tools to get better results on your DIY projects.

How to Use a Wood Chisel

A sharp wood chisel can cut mortises, shave rough surfaces, chop out corners and scrape off glue. We'll demonstrate these techniques and show you how to sharpen your chisel. The wood chisel is an indispensable member of your tool set. We'll show you how to get the most out of it.

Woodworking Tools projects

  • Our Favorite Woodworkers Tools

    Three professional woodworkers talk about their favorite woodworking tools—a grinder, a sharpener, calipers and a hand plane.

  • How to Use a Wood Chisel

    A sharp wood chisel can cut mortises, shave rough surfaces, chop out corners and scrape off glue. We'll demonstrate these techniques and show…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Use a Block Plane

    Nothing beats a handy little block plane for simplicity and convenience. It's versatile enough to perform all kinds of cutting and shaping…

  • How to Sharpen a Chisel

    You can't do a good job with blunt chisels. Learn how to quickly sharpen even damaged chisels so they cut like new.

  • Building a Drum Sander Table

    Improvise a low-cost drum sander using your drill press and a custom sanding table with dust collection. Build it in an hour from scrap wood.

  • Tool Tips: The Editor's Favorites

    The Editor-in-Chief of The Family Handyman shares tips from the many pros he's worked with and from his own years of woodworking and home…

  • How to Use a Pocket Screw Jig in Woodworking Projects

    Pocket screws are a good way to put woodworking projects together. Family Handyman editor, Jeff Gorton, shows you how to use a $40 jig (Kreig…

  • Store Garden Hand Tools: Make a Handmade Toolbox

    This handy toolbox holds all your small garden tools and is light and strong. It’s an easy project that you can make in just a few hours.

  • How to Sand Woodwork by Hand

    With a few special tools and good sandpaper you can smooth wood easily and quickly with first-class results. Often even better than with a power…

  • Table Saw Tips and Techniques

    Get better performance from your bench top or stationary table saw. With these jigs and accessories you can make safer, more accurate rips,…