Hand Tool Help
Readers share their challenges with hand tools.
What is a “Low-angle” Plane?
These days there are “regular” block planes and low-angle versions. What’s the difference? Are there situations where a “regular” block plane is better?
Better Way to Cut Half Laps?
My dado blade makes ragged cuts. What are some options for cutting half laps and other joints more cleanly than using a dado blade?
What Block Plane Style Should I Buy?
Which is a better first purchase: standard or low-angle style?
VIDEO: Low Angle Planes
Low-angle planes, often referred to as miter planes, feature a bevel-up plane iron. These popular planes are great for planing end grain and highly figured grains.
How Do I Fix a Drawer Box That Won’t Sit Flat?
My finger joints didn’t come out quite right, and now my drawers won’t sit flat. How can I fix this?