scratch awl vs center punch

Two of the most underrated woodworking hand tools are the woodworking awl, also known as “scratch awl,” and the center punch. We use a scratch awl more than we realize and even improvise with other available accessories like a sharp nail and pin. However, a center punch is more specific, and even if you improvise, you … Read more

What can I use instead of wood clamps?

types of woodworking clamps

If you are into woodworking, you will know the value of a clamp. They are versatile tools that hold a workpiece in place temporarily. We use clamps in so many places – in woodworking, carpentry, metalworking, construction, and a variety of other areas. Clamps come in a variety of types and sizes, and the names … Read more

8 Ways To Use a Drill Press

Metalwork tool - Side view Red new drill press

Out of all the woodworking shop equipment, a drill press is probably the handiest. But as helpful as it is, we could conclude that a drill press could be the most underutilized item on your shop floor. There are so many amazing things you can do with a drill press, given the right accessories and … Read more

Hammer vs Mallet – What’s The Difference?

This article highlights the aspects of hammers and mallets and how they differ. As a woodworker, you will find that you need to use these tools regularly. Hammers and mallets are similar tools as we use both tools to strike a blow. The main difference between a hammer and a mallet is that the head … Read more

13 Types Of Woodworking Power Saws – Woodworking Tools Guide

Of all the tools that a woodworker works with, power saws fall in the indispensable category. In modern woodworking, some projects are impossible to execute without these tools. Power saws make the work easier and allow projects to complete faster. The shape, type, and number of teeth on a saw determine its use. In the … Read more

Types of Tools for Wood Engraving

Wood engraving traces its origin down to the early 19th century. Initially started by Thomas Bewick, it involves cutting intricate patterns into the wood for printing images. It was this process that revolutionized the printing industry at a time when computerized imaging was not available. Understandably the tools used for wood engraving are highly specialized, … Read more

14 Types Of Wood Sanders – Woodworking Tools Guide

Even if you don’t have much to do with woodworking, you would surely have heard about sanders. The sander is the most critical item in the list of power tools of a serious woodworker. If you have a small project with small-sized components, then hand sanding would probably work. A power sander may damage the … Read more

5 Types Of Woodworking Mallets – Woodworking Tools Guide

When you start to learn woodworking, one of the first tools that you will handle is a woodworking mallet. These tools form an essential part of any woodworking toolbox. We get different types of woodworking mallets to perform various carpentry tasks. Although you can find mallets that we use in several fields, the mallets we … Read more

11 Types Of Axes – Woodworking Tools Guide

As a woodworker, you need to know a great deal about various tools and the purpose they serve. We often tend to exclude axes from the category of woodworking tools. However, axes help us to chop wood to get the basic raw material for our woodworking products. Hence, you need to consider these tools as … Read more