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How much do you know about woodworking?
by Joan Howard

Calling all carpentry and carving experts! Are you a pro at distinguishing mortises from MDF? Do you skip shopping for furniture because you know you can build your own table better? If woodworking is your thing, this just might be the perfect quiz to show off your skills.

Wood is one of the oldest building materials on the planet, and there's evidence that people have been shaping objects out of wood since the days of the ancient Neanderthals. It seems even early man couldn't resist the appeal of crafting something with his own two hands, or the opportunity to reconnect with nature; something as a simple tree is transformed into something useful or beautiful. From mindless whittling to practical purposes like furniture or cabinet building, to artistic carvings or sculptures that can rival any other work of art.

The skill of woodworking has been passed down through generations, and advances in tools and equipment allow modern carpenters to craft things their ancestors could only dream of. Sure, you'll still need more rugged tools like axes and chainsaws to begin the process, but today's woodworkers have the advantage of power tools and routers that cut, rip, plane, polish and shape wood at the touch of a button.

Of course, that doesn't mean the old ways have fallen out of style; many woodworking pros still craft things the old-fashioned way, swapping nuts and bolts for mortise and tenon construction, or turning pens and other creations on simple lathes.

Think you know all there is to know about the art, science, and history of the woodworking field? Take our quiz to find out!

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