Building Together - Shop Tools Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Building Together - Shop Tools

Building Together - Shop Tools

Woodworking tools are a pleasure to own and use. Making your own tools can be one of the most satisfying of woodworking projects. Anyone with novice skills and a basic set of shop machinery can make a surprising variety of tools.

Canadian Woodworking is hosting  a Hand Tool Building Event. Now is the time to start thinking about which tool(s) you want to make. 

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

  • Between Saturday, August 1 and Monday, August 31, members of our Woodworking Forum will be building a variety of hand tools in their home shops.
  • Post your hand tool build on our Forum, and follow along with other woodworkers as they build their own tools, and post their progress.
Join us as woodworkers across Canada design and build their own woodworking tools.

WIN PRIZES:

There will be prizes for the Editor's Choice in three categories: Student, Amateur, and Professional. During the month of August we'll be adding more prizes to be won. Here is what's up for grabs now:

Marking gauges
Veritas wheel marking gauge
Gouges
A set of 3 Henry Taylor gouges - 3, 7 and 11 sweep
compressor
Campbell Hausfeld compressor / nailer package.
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Veritas Mk. II Narrow Blade Honing Guide - 05M09.10
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Makita 5" Random Orbit Sander - BO5031K
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Rockler Taper / Straight Line Jig - 21597
 
NEED SOME HELP TO GET STARTED?

Check out our tool plans, read up on how to make tools, and view our Gallery of Tools.


» Tool Plans

Not sure of what to build? Start with one of the hand tools previously featured in Canadian Woodworking Magazine. The plans include cut lists, illustrations, and detailed instructions. 

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Depth Gauge
scratchstock_lead
Scratch Stock
handplane_lead_1
Hand Plane
hammer_lead
Hammer
markinggauge_lead
Marking Gauge
layoutsquares_lead
Layout Square
spokeshave_lead_1
Spokeshave
hookknife_lead
Hook Knife
handplanes_lead_1
Krenov Style Hand Plane
markingknife_lead
Marking Knife

 

» Books

Looking for more information? Check out these books online, or order them through your local bookseller, or at Amazon.ca.

Book_David Finck
Making & Mastering Wood Planes, David Finck
ISBN: 978-0806961637
book_mike-burton
Make Your Own Woodworking Tools: Metalwork Techniques to Create, Customize, and Sharpen in the Home Workshop, Mike Burton 
ISBN: 978-1565233065
book_steve-olesin
Tool Making Projects for Joinery & Woodworking: A Yankee Craftsman's Practical Methods Tool Making Projects for Joinery & Woodworking: A Yankee Craftsman's Practical Methods, Steve Olesin
ISBN-13: 978-1934982020
book_harry-bryan
Making Hand Tools, Harry Bryan
ISBN: 978-1934982020
book_John-Wilson
Making Wood Tools [Kindle Edition], John Wilson
ASIN: B00II7FVSS

 

» Gallery of Tools

Here are some hand tools made by Canadian Woodworking staff. Send us photos of your shop made tools and we'll post them here and on our Forum.

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Block Plane and Brass Blade Adjusting Mallet
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Marking Gauge

shoptools_depth-gauge
Measurement Gauge
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Cam Clamps
shoptools_mallet
Wooden Blade Adjusting Mallet
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Carving Mallet
shoptools_rosewood-marking-gauge
Marking Gauge
shoptools_convex-plane
Convex Plane
shoptools_marking knife
Marking Knife