RWW 187 Which Saw to Get First

what is a carcass saw

I get asked which saw a beginning woodworker or even someone wanting to use more hand tools should buy first. There are a lot of things that make this answer “it depends” but I feel pretty strongly that it should be a carcass saw. This video is a detailed look at why it should be […] Read more »

Touchy Feely Woodworking

Chips n tips grain direction

I find myself getting a lot of new woodworker questions lately. It is really exciting and a direct testament to the growth of this thing we all love so much. While I am certainly no grizzled veteran, I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that as a woodworker into his second decade of […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips 4: Ripping Marks

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For some reason I enjoy hand sawing, especially ripping. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t tiring. When you get tired your technique suffers and a good cut can go back very quickly leading to a lot more work later one with a hand plane. I have come up with a simple tip to pace myself […] Read more »

Skip the Planes and Get a Saw

start with a saw

It’s exciting times these days because not a day goes by that I don’t get an email from someone just starting out in woodworking looking for advice. Invariably they are all a bit confused and daunted with the universe of tools presented to them to get started. Usually I get emails like this: I have […] Read more »

Halfback Saw???

sawing breadboard end shoulders

What the hell is a halfback saw and why would I need one? This is but one of the questions I usually get peppered with whenever I post this image in a social media channel. The half back is offensive and annoying to many who feel they have just figured out which saws they need […] Read more »

New Hardware Storage in the Shop

shop storage solutions

I don’t think my workshop tweaking will ever truly be done, but one of the things my remodel did was give me a blank slate to start working from. This also helped to clearly identify wasted spaces in my shop. One of the most obvious was the door into my shop from our laundry room. […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips 3 Spokeshave Quick Adjustments

Spokeshave Adjustment tip

This time I share a little tip for setting up your spokeshave, advancing and retracting the blade without all those fancy adjuster knobs. The spokeshave is easily my favorite tool to use and I have many. The simple ones without adjustments are my favorites because of this technique Woodworking Prizes Congratulations to Dennis on winning […] Read more »