The Dovetail Joint – Take A Step Into Advanced Joinery

The dovetail joint is a classic woodworking joint that is known best for its use with drawers. But that’s not the only reason to use this joint. Dovetail joinery can be used for many different types of projects, and the joint itself has several different variations. There’s the standard through dovetail joint, there’s the half-blind dovetail joint, the sliding dovetail, the lap dovetail, and even … Read More

5 Techniques for Better Accuracy In Your Wood Shop

Accuracy is a big hurdle for many aspiring woodworkers. All too often, your cuts and your joints end up out of square, unlevel, not flat, gapped, and so on… So what do you do about it? Well, for starters, don’t let it get you down! It’s not your fault. We all lack the ability to a certain extent to produce all of our cuts with … Read More

digital level angle finder review

6 Reasons To Get This Leveling Tool

Do you have a digital magnetic level / angle finder? If so, have you also discovered how incredibly useful it can be, especially for a small-shop woodworker? If you don’t have one, I want to show you why you should jump on Amazon and get one right now. I haven’t had mine for that long, but I can tell you I’ve already found many ways … Read More

Basic Beginner-Friendly End-Table

I’ve built 2 of these, both using dimensional pine lumber from Lowes, and basic pocket-hole joinery. You can finish however you like. I recommend staining the pine to a shade you want, then finishing with a wipe on polyurethane. >How to Stain Wood>How to Apply Wipe-on Poly Be sure to sign up at the bottom of the page to get PDF plans for projects like … Read More

how to sharpen chisels

A Mirror’s Edge – Blade Sharpening Guide for Chisels

There are tons of opinions out there on how to sharpen a blade. I’ve got my methods, and so that is the best I can offer you here today. I’ve learned, through trial and error, a simple and systematic process for sharpening my blades, and if you haven’t got your process down yet, then this article should really help. You may think your chisels are … Read More

How to handle plywood

How to Handle and Break Down Plywood

Do you enjoy working with plywood as much as I do? It really does have a ton of applications, and can be used for all kinds of projects. But mostly, I just love how it’s really heavy… And it’s so awkward to carry too! Was that sarcasm you’re wondering? Yes. Yes it was. Although very useful, plywood is heavy, and that part sucks. While you … Read More

Beginning Woodworking

Beginning Woodworking? Here’s How To Get Started

So you’re interested in beginning woodworking? Awesome! You’re probably wondering where to begin. How should you break into this incredibly fun and rewarding hobby? Well, you need to find out what kind of projects really inspire you. When beginning woodworking, most people draw inspiration just from seeing what’s possible from other woodworkers’ projects. Plus, the fact that some of these projects are really basic, especially … Read More

Table Saw 101

Table Saw 101 – Know Your Tool

Let’s talk about the table saw. And I mean at the most basic level. This is for real beginners, for those of you that still need a good, basic understanding of this amazing tool and what it can do for you. As with most woodworkers, this tool will likely become the most important power tool in your wood shop. So it’s worth spending a little … Read More

So you got a table saw, now what

So You Got A Table Saw… Now What?

Let me put it this way. Your Table Saw is (or at least it should be) the heart of your wood shop. Maybe you don’t realize that just yet. But as you learn more and build more, you’ll find out soon enough. The number of things you will do, and the things you can do, all on your table saw, will most likely make it … Read More

5 Steps To Making Safer Table Saw Cuts

Using your table saw is something you should be very comfortable with. It’s not good to feel skiddish when you start making a cut. You also shouldn’t be second guessing yourself in the middle of the cut. Have you ever finished a cut on the table saw and thought, dang I’m lucky i didn’t lose a finger. Sooo…, you were probably doing something you shouldn’t … Read More

Miter Sled

How To Build A Miter Sled

In this project tutorial we’ll be making a miter sled, which will be dedicated to cutting 45 degree angle cuts, ideal for trim work, picture frames, wall decor, and many other projects. This is a sled for your table saw and it’s made with a 1/2″ plywood base (although that can be done in 3/4″), the miter fences are 1-1/2″ plywood (two 3/4″ pieces laminated), … Read More