Woodworking Tips & Tricks | 10 Tips for Straight, Flat and Square

Woodworking Tips & Tricks | 10 Tips for Straight, Flat and Square

10 Tips for Straight, Flat and Square. Rob Cosman shows you his top 10 tips for making sure you have straight, falt and square components which add up to a great piece of fine furniture
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39 Comments

  1. Cerberus on July 21, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    It takes me 10X longer to do something only half as good as you do it, but I’m working on it!
    Square and flat is much harder than it would first appear.

  2. John Quigley on July 21, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    I wanted to drop a comment for two reasons. The first is to say I appreciate the excellent and thorough content. I am probably on the third time watching each video. There a lot of videos that show you how to do things in the shop on youtube, but I know can count on yours to show how to do it right. Much appreciated!

    The second reason is to ask a question unrelated to this video but maybe I missed it I. The past. On that beautiful cherry and holly desk with the vanishing drawers… you have an ingenious little drawer catch that appears to be spring loaded or floating that you reach into the underside of the desk top and push in to allow you to slide the drawer out. Have you detailed that before? Did I overlook it? Would you be interested in revealing how that is made? Thanks so much. Heading to your website to make a contribution.

    -John Quigley, Michigan

  3. David Hazel on July 21, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    As always Rob, very helpful and spots on!

  4. Alan McKeown on July 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Very nice. That’s one good sized chunk of granite.

  5. Jeremy R on July 21, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

  6. James Mossett III on July 21, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    How do you like the IBC plane iron compared to the stock Woodriver? I have your sharpening system but still get a tiny spec in the blade, after going over a pine knot.

  7. Dragomir Dichev on July 21, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    I want to see more videos like this with tips and tricks.

  8. -justin- on July 21, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Great camera work showing how the workpiece looks with the measurements. Even on my phone screen I could see what you were talking about!

  9. Danny on July 21, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Great series of tips. Thanks.

  10. Johan Larsson on July 21, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Good stuff as always. I just have to comment on #5, winding sticks (13:07), about a thing that made me smile and nod my head when I first heard it, because it so obvious when you think about it. The edges of the sticks do not need to be parallel. You can just put them together in the vise, the same way you will be using them, not letting them slide against each other, and plane the edges straight without bothering checking for parallelity. You always use them in the same direction if you have inlays, or just ink dots and markings. It might not be a very useful tip in practice, but is worth having in mind if you need to make some winding sticks quick for example.

  11. RobCosman.com on July 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    If you liked this video, check out Robs other Tips and Tricks videos here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqUOljnY0d9fXGt1p_H4r7hL5oGOIvtuc

  12. FreeSoftware on July 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    18:45 What does that monster weigh?

  13. Mpa Fanai on July 21, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Great video, i think i watch all of your YouTube videos , thanks
    Rob👍👍

  14. Bill Mellon on July 21, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Nice review of important concepts! Thanks

  15. Larry Ogden on July 21, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    He’s not kidding! That 12 square is $800.00 usd.

  16. sean titmas on July 21, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    This is an excellent video subject. it is more technique oriented with less emphasis on cutting a particular joint or building a complete project. These are the skills that, In my opinion and experience, will make me, and others as well, improve and progress with furniture building. Thxs RC.

  17. mburke1211 on July 21, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I really got a lot out of this video. I was working on a cabinet yesterday, and while dry-fitting parts, realized my square was not square. I know I’ve struggled with fit recently because of that square. I think it was in your first tip – verify your tools! Thanks Rob.

  18. Andy Rahn on July 21, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks for the tip on rubbing the high spots on a board! Made the piece I flattened last night go a lot quicker and more efficiently! Simple but effective!

  19. David Clark on July 21, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Good tips.

  20. MrDCritch on July 21, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Nice video Rob, really helped me out today getting a better fit on my tool chest dovetails. Always learn so much from your teaching. Thanks for the phone call yesterday just sorry I missed it.

  21. Paul O'Connell on July 21, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Nice job, glad to see you are using the David Charlesworth method. He is great and you are furthering the "gospel." Thanks!!

  22. Kent Boys on July 21, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    This is an outstanding video on how to up your game in a very easy way. It helped me to think about the ways those tools you mentioned can be used beyond their basic purpose. Thanks for your expertise. Take care and be safe.

  23. Pterodax on July 21, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Could we get a list or table of contents for future quick reference? Thanks!

  24. Ken Stewart on July 21, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Excellent! #11, sight enhancement tool. I am amazed how much I need my magnifiers anymore. I do envy your big square. I still use my father’s aluminum framing square.

  25. Jeremy on July 21, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    How do you keep rust off of your squares? I’ve tried 3 in 1 and paste wax but little bits of rust keep coming back

  26. Merlin Satrom on July 21, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Rob, you are a meaningful teacher and what you share is so practical and useful. While my unheated 2 car garage (which has two cars in it as well) doesn’t have a granite reference block in it, the concepts you show give such applicable examples of what we are trying to achieve! Thank you sir for your professional and simple approach!

  27. Joseph Kerkau on July 21, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    I really appreciate all the information that you pass on. I have used the information you have given me through the years, to create an operate a very nice woodshop!!
    Therefore, I am now enjoying, what I do as a retired engineer, working with wood!! Also, making a profit at it.. Once again, thank you, Rob Cosman.
    I will continue to watch your programs on YouTube and suck it up like a dry sponge!!!!

  28. Chris HB on July 21, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Would you put some more light around your shop at workbench height to give a bright source for looking at gaps under the straight edges?
    Paint the wall / shelves in a contrasting color?

  29. Lonewolf Woodworks on July 21, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I just wanted to say from a fellow vet and woodworker, thank you for your service to country and now to the YouTube community

  30. Kaine Meshkin on July 21, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Great tips as always. Learned a couple new ones here that I will be using next time.

  31. Art Swri on July 21, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Great tips for getting to the next level of precision. I’m still working on that so really appreciate these finer points. Thanks Mr C for another exceptional presentation on topics not often seen

  32. Stu Farnham on July 21, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Very helpful video. #6 is the biggie for me.

  33. Daveman on July 21, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Nice camera angles

  34. Marcous Awad on July 21, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks👌🌹

  35. M M on July 21, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    One of the things I love about woodworking is the fact that it gives you some leeway: tolerances that would give a machinist sleepless nights are perfectly alright in woodworking. Feels very human.

  36. paultay23 on July 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Brill, thankyou Rob

  37. Sammi's Workshops on July 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    I always find some trick or tidbit in every video. Thanks Rob, your awesome! YOU are good just like wood!

  38. Offshoreorganbuilder on July 21, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Many thanks for sharing this valuable insight into fine woodworking.

  39. CCdaddyo on July 21, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    HEY ROB! ANY COMMENT ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE EMERGENCY ORDER IN YOUR COUNTRY? HOW YOU LIKE THE POLICE AND MILITARY TREATMENT OF PROTESTERS?

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