Woodworking Using Hand Tools

Hand ToolsWhile it’s great to have a workshop full of power tools to help with some of your woodworking projects, there’s a certain satisfaction achieved when doing woodworking using hand tools that just isn’t felt in the same way as when you’re using power tools.

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A good workshop will have some of both types, since both types of tools have their merits. This article will explore some of the tools you can use and the projects you can create for those times you choose woodworking with hand tools.

Why Woodworking with Hand Tools?

Proponents of using only power tools will likely not understand the reasoning behind those woodwrights who prefer hand tools. For some, it’s part of the whole “Green Living” experience, since of course, using hand tools is much friendlier to the environment.

For others, they speak of a “connection” when they use hand tools, something that can’t really be described, and must instead be felt. Regardless of your reason for wanting to try woodworking with hand tools, there are a few basic tools you’ll need in order to get started.

Starter Hand Tools for Woodworking

A basic set of woodworking hand tools should consist of a quality chisel set, a hand-held crosscut saw and a good jack plane. When you feel comfortable with those hand tools and are ready to scale up to the next level, consider adding some or all of the following:

  • Fillister plane – This type of plane has a guide with which you can cut a shoulder on the edge of a piece of wood.
  • Ripsaw – While a crosscut saw allows you to cut different lengths of wood, having a ripsaw lets you cut different widths as well.
  • Double Tooth Mortising Gauge – For laying out mortise and tenon joints.
  • Mortising Chisels – To help create mortise and tenon joints, they have a thicker shank and a bevel.
  • Jointer Plane – A different style of hand plane, made longer so it can true an edge.

Woodworking Projects Using Hand Tools

When you have acquired some of these woodworking hand tools, in addition to the basic foundation of chisels, a plane and a saw, the number and variety of projects you can create may surprise you.

Listed below are just a few of the many handmade items you can produce with your hand tools:

  • Stool
  • Table
  • Bench
  • Jewelry box
  • Toy box
  • Picture Frame
  • Wall shelf
  • Cradle
  • Bookcase
  • Shoe rack
  • Decorative bowl
  • Chest
  • Paper towel holder

Woodworking with hand tools is not for everyone. But every woodworker should try it for at least one project, just to find out!

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