Bespoke Hand Tool Process

June 29, 2020 - Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

Without huge, industrial machines, I've found hand tools, when properly set up, to be the most effective way of preparing my timber for joinery.

I use a couple of simple machines to take the wood from a rough sawn state, to a square dimension.

From there, I will either use my hand plane or cabinet scraper to remove the marks left by the machine and create a smooth surface, ready for joinery.

cabinet scraper on bespoke desk

Not only is the process enjoyable, but it is also fast, keeps me fit and reduces my carbon emissions.

Check out this quick video I put together showing some of the tools in action:

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