Woodworking Tools

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

How to Use a Bench-Top Planer

Learn to use a bench-top planer correctly and avoid common problems like tearout, snipe and ridges. Reclaim old wood, clean up inexpensive rough-sawn boards, and create custom thicknesses for woodworking projects.

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…

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  • 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…