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- a tool for shaping wood,
which is basically an axe with a curved blade, pointing inwards
at right angles to the handle. In skilled hands the adze can achieve a very smooth surface. It was
used not just for shaping long timbers such as roof
beams, but for furniture building ranging from table
tops to the seats of chairs. When using an adze to square a log to form a baulk, there are four
basic steps, marking, notching, juggling (forming a rough surface) and finishing.