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

Woodworking Joinery basics - beginner woodworkers, learn which joinery types to use here.

Basic Woodworking Joinery Techniques

Today let’s discuss basic woodworking joinery techniques. This is for beginner woodworkers that want to understand what joinery types are good to start with, and when to use each kind. Every project has the potential to be changed and modified half way thru. I’ve done this many times – as I start to see the pieces come together and take shape, I realize there’s something … Read More

Rabbets, grooves and dados

Rabbets, Grooves, and Dados 101

A dado is a square or rectangular slot cut from one end of a board to the other, and technically it goes across the grain, while the slot is called a groove if it goes with the grain. However, many times this is still referred to as a dado. A stopped dado is when the slot doesn’t extend to the end of the board. This … Read More

Wood finishes

Wood Finishes 101 – Polyurethane vs Varnish vs Lacquer vs Shellac

When it comes to woodworking projects, you have so many options and very few limitations. From the species of wood you use, to the type of milling used to create the boards, tons of joinery options, unlimited ways to personalize your project, variations of design ideas, and more. But when all that comes to an end, when all the options and all the choices you’ve … Read More

Pocket Hole Joinery

Pocket Hole Joinery – Here’s How I Do It

Pocket joinery has been around a long time, and still to this day you find woodworkers on both sides of the aisle, as far as considering it a real woodworking joinery technique. I feel like it really comes down to the individual and their own personal preference on whether or not it’s ok to use metal in woodworking (like screws, brads, fasteners, etc…) There have … Read More

How to sand wood

How To Sand Wood Like You Know What You’re Doing

I’m sure you probably know some basics on how to sand wood, but I wanted to really break it down to help you save time and get sanding done with minimal effort and maximum results. So that’s why I titled this How To Sand Wood Like You Know What You’re Doing. Sanding your wood is not always a fun process. In fact, for me it … Read More

Drilling An Accurate Series Of Holes

Here’s a tip for anyone using a drill press to make a series of evenly spaced holes. This is common for say when you’re needing an adjustable shelf and you want to use shelf pins. Or in some applications, this is a practical way to drill holes for dowel joinery. First of all, you’ll need a fence for your drill press, like the one I … Read More