Shaping is a fairly hroad category when it comes to workshop skills. In one sense or another, just about anything you do to a workpiece with a tool alters its shape. But this chapter concerns .shaping exercises that don't necessarily change the size of the workpiece, but rather alter its appearance or, in some cases, prepare it to be joined with another work-piece. Routing, planing, filing and shaving or paring are the activities normally done for this purpose.

Shaping is the area of woodworking where hand tools are still used most prevalently. I [and planes, tiles, drawknives, spokeshaves and other hand-powered tools offer a level of precision and control that's hard to find with power tools. But tor t heir part, power tools (particularly the router) are much faster and, for some types of shaping tasks, more accurate. Making grooves, rabbets, dovetails and other joinery cuts is a perfect chore for the router, provided you use the correct router bit. Shaping complex edge profiles, like ogees and coves, is much easier to do with a router bit than with any hand tool.

Whether you're using hand or power tools, the key to good results when shaping wood is not to try to remove too much material at one time. Make a habit of making several precise, controlled passes with the tool whenever possible. Tins will yield cleaner, more accurate results, and you're less likely to ruin your workpiece: it's tough to put wood back on once you cut it off

Wood Working 101

Wood Working 101

Have you ever wanted to begin woodworking at home? Woodworking can be a fun, yet dangerous experience if not performed properly. In The Art of Woodworking Beginners Guide, we will show you how to choose everything from saws to hand tools and how to use them properly to avoid ending up in the ER.

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