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

Plywood grades

Plywood 101 – Grades, Types, and Uses

I love working with plywood. You can use it for anything from shop jigs, to shelving, to cabinets, book cases, work benches, and the list goes on. It’s also useful to have around because in some applications, you can rip it down into whatever sized 1-by you need. If you set your shop up to efficiently break down and handle full sheets (or even half … Read More

When to apply a wax finish

Should You Wax That? – The Why And The How To Apply A Wax Finish

So you’ve completed a project, you’ve already looked into durable top-coat finishes, and you’ve come across the idea of waxing. From what you’ve seen, this looks like an incredibly easy, and mess-free finish. It’s cheap, it’s easy to apply, it doesn’t stink up your shop… What’s not to love? Well… I hate to crap on your cupcake, but unfortunately I must. A wax finish is … Read More

How to tune your table saw fence

How To Tune Your Table Saw Fence

Tuning your fence is an important part of woodworking. And in case you didn’t already know, tuning your fence is done by aligning the fence with your table saw’s miter slot, not the blade. Note – Aligning your table saw’s blade is another process I explain here. Below, I’m going to show you 2 ways you can tune your fence so you know that it’s … Read More

How to make table saw runners

How To Make Table Saw Runners

If you’ve spent any time in the wood shop making sleds for your table saw, you know that table saw runners are an important step to get just right. However, for many beginners, the process can be a bit of a mystery. How do you make the runner fit perfectly without any slop? How do you properly attach it to the sled? How do you … Read More

Align your table saw blade

How to Align Your Table Saw Blade

Similar to aligning your table saw fence, keeping your blade straight is also very important for any wood shop. If it’s not straight, you’ll burn the wood as you make your cuts. If it’s bad enough it can even possibly cause kickback. The (not so secret) trick is to align the blade with your miter slot. This is a fixed reference point on your table … Read More

How to build a coffee table

Build A Coffee Table

With this beginner coffee table project tutorial I’m going to show you how I build this simple table using pine boards you can get from any lumber store. This is a basic project that uses a couple types of joinery techniques, including pocket holes and mortise and tenon (the easy way). I made one almost identical to this a couple years ago, and after using … Read More

table saw blade

Table Saw Blades Explained

I like a good sharp table saw blade as much as any woodworker. But I also don’t want to overspend on a blade, also just like any woodworker. So what I did was come up with a list of saw blades that are useful in most woodshops, and depending on your needs and your budget, you can determine which ones are worth spending money on, … Read More