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Shop-Made Hand Tools

Shop-Made Hand Tools

Layout Gauges

Exotic wood and polished brass come together in a pair of handy layout tools.

Jigs & Fixtures

Sheet Metal Bending Brake

The possibilities for shop projects are endless with this simple jig for bending sheet metal.

Shop-Made Hand Tools

Shop-Made Hand Planes

With a few simple tools and step-by-step techniques, you can make a pair of heirloom-quality planes.

Popular Woodworking

Make a Fixed-Width Panel Raising Plane

A panel raising plane may be a tricky build, however you will be thankful for having it as it will give you accurate and even results in future projects - not to mention the satisfaction of accomplishing the task will be worth it alone.

Popular Woodworking

Make a Shapely Bowsaw

A bowsaw is a useful tool to have in the shop for cutting fret wood and curves. With this step by step instruction from Bill Anderson, you will be able to create your very own.

Jigs & Fixtures

Shop-Made Shooting Board

This must-have jig allows you to take whisker-thin shavings off the end of a workpiece to fine-tune the fit of a joint.

Jigs & Fixtures

Traditional Scratch Stock

Create custom profiles with this heirloom tool that you can build in a weekend.

Workshop & Garage

Wall-Mounted Chisel Rack

Good tools deserve a good home. This chisel rack provides convenient storage and adds a touch of class to your shop wall.

Video Plan
Technique Collections

Tuning Up a Block Plane

All it takes to turn your block plane into a precision tool is a simple tune-up. Here's our step-by-step approach.


Turned Oval Tool Handles

Make a complete set of heirloom screwdrivers with this step-by-step lathe technique.

Jigs & Fixtures

Marking Gauge

An heirloom-quality marking gauge is not only a functional and attractive tool, but a pleasure to use when laying out joinery.

Shop-Made Hand Tools

Custom Chisel Set

These hand-made, specialty chisels are sure to be a treasured addition to your hand tool collection.