Hand Tool Woodworking How-to

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Are you interested in learning to use and incorporate hand tools in your woodworking? If you are, then you’re in the right place. The hand tool woodworking classes, videos, and articles within this website are designed to help you learn to use hand tools. Whether you’re brand new to the craft or an experienced woodworker looking to incorporate more hand tools into your projects, there’s plenty of information in these pages to help you on your way.

I’ve been a woodworker for over 30 years, and I spent 20 years of that time exclusively using hand tools. My time spent doing hand work taught me a lot, not only about hand tool woodworking, but woodworking in general. The lessons I’ve learned using hand tools helped me improve the quality of the work I do with machines too.

While it takes practice to become confident using hand tools, the time spent learning these skills is well worth it. If you’re just beginning your journey, using hand tools from the beginning will give you a solid foundation. Learning good techniques and work habits early on will benefit you in all aspects of the craft. If you have experience using power tools, learning to use hand tools will help refine your skill set. This will liberate you from the limitations that many machines impose, and take your woodworking to the next level.

Tools

All about hand tools – history, restoration, maintenance, tool making, sharpening, and more!

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Joinery

Learn to cut dovetails, mortise & tenon, tongue & groove, rabbets, dados and more!

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Shop Tips

Tips and tricks to help you get the most from your time in the shop!

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Projects

Follow along with detailed project builds from rough lumber to the final finish!

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Online Hand Tool Woodworking Classes

Long form how-to videos teach you how to build popular projects!

Hand Saw Foundations

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English Workbench

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Porringer Top Tea Table

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In-person Woodworking Classes

New classes coming soon!

Beginning in 2022, I will be returning to the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts to teach in-person classes. I’m excited to work with CCSA once again, and I hope you will consider joining me. In-person classes are currently in the planning stages, and more details will follow as they become available. Watch this page, and the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts website for more information and to register for classes once they become available.

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Hand Tool Woodworking Videos

Over 100 hand tool woodworking videos covering tools, techniques, tips, and projects!

Over the years I have produced over 100 hand tool woodworking videos covering a broad range of popular topics. I’ve made videos on joinery, restoring antique hand tools, making hand tools, sharpening, building projects, and many other topics. Every video that I’ve ever made can be found here on the site. I’m always adding to the video library, so subscribe below to be notified whenever new content is added.

Like most woodworkers, my workshop is constantly changing and evolving to better suit my needs. Check out this shop tour that I filmed in the fall of 2020 for a look at my current setup.

What People Are Saying

Testimonials from real students and viewers.

" I've followed Bob for over 10 years, and his video presentations are among the most informative I've found. "

Alan B.

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" One of the most knowledgeable and helpful hand tool users out there. "

Daniel W.

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" This is the best video I have seen on the subject and it made all the difference for me. True teaching from someone who really wants to share his knowledge. Thank you! "

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" Bob's videos inspired me to get into woodworking and use more hand tools about 8 years ago. I'm still enjoying the hobby a lot and I'm always really glad to see a new video. "

Stan B.

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" Some of my favorite woodworking videos. The content is pure gold and Bob explains everything so well. "

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" I learn a lot from your videos. Your style is easy to listen to with no time wasting. Many thanks! "

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" With your videos nicely organized and searchable, I can usually find help with anything I want to work on. Thanks! "

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" Really like your method of instructions. Easy to follow. Thanks! "

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" I've learnt more from this video than I have from all the other videos I’ve seen. You’ve probably saved me hundreds of pounds buying all the wrong planes to begin with. Thank you! "

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" I really enjoyed the class and the level of focus and nuance without it being too intimidating or intense. "

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“ Bob made the group learning experience feel very personally focused. You never felt you were on your own to just figure it out. It was an excellent return on investment. ”

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“ Mr. Rozaieski, you are a born teacher. I'm so glad I found your videos. Thank you! ”

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“ Your content, approach, and production qualities are all outstanding! ”

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“ It doesn’t matter what the topic is, Bob makes it interesting, practical and in terms a guy like me can really understand. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am I found his videos! ”

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“ Best, most informative, instructional video on the subject I've found. Thanks! ”

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