how to choose a table saw

How To Choose A Table Saw

When you’re trying to research how to choose a table saw and you’re hit with what seems like an overwhelming amount of options, within a huge span of price ranges… Yeah, shopping for a table saw can be frustrating. I’ve moved from a lightweight, jobsite type of saw, up to a heavier hybrid style with a mobile base, and finally up to a stationary 3 … Read More

6 Reasons A Woodworker May Need a Jointer

So you’re wondering if investing in a jointer is really worth it. Well, as a self-taught woodworker who has a basic 4” bench top jointer, I can tell you it definitely has its place in a wood shop. It’s not required, because you can build furniture with lumber that has been jointed and planed, right from the lumber yard. But when you start building more … Read More

woodworking router bits

5 Essential Woodworking Router Bits

Have you noticed how the shelf at the hardware store with the woodworking router bits is massive, and overloaded with options? There are all kinds of router bits available to buy, but many of them are not critical, and serve a very specific purpose, which may not be helpful to you at all. In my experience with woodworking, I’ve found that there are just a … Read More

danish oil

Danish Oil – What You Should Know About This Amazing Wood Finish

I love a good wood finish that is easy to apply, enriches the appearance of the natural wood, makes the grain stand out, and provides a decent amount of protection. So, let’s talk about Danish Oil. Oil finishes like tung oil and boiled linseed oil penetrate into the wood. They provide some protection as well as a rich, beautiful appearance. Film finishes like varnish, lacquer, … Read More

hide glue

Hide Glue – Why You Should Start Using It Too

Hide glue gets its name from the fact that it comes from animal hides, bones, hooves… (I’ll stop there).  It’s a very archaic glue that’s been around as long as woodworking has. But even still, today’s hide glue creates just as good of a bond as PVA wood glues. Read more about PVA wood glue here. Traditional hide glue is pliable when it’s heated up, and … Read More

panel glue up

12 Tips For Making Flatter Panel Glue Ups

Gluing up a panel for a woodworking project is an important skill to develop as a new woodworker. I’ve made panels for many projects, including a dining table, coffee tables, end tables, a computer desk, and others. I’ve messed a few up, but I’ve also learned some tricks along the way. Now when I glue up a panel, I can test my results like this: … Read More

food safe wood finish

Food Safe Wood Finish – 9 Best Finishes for Cutting Boards, Toys, & More

With all the toxins that exist around us, in what seems like everything…. It’s no wonder there’s been a surge in the popularity of food safe wood finishes. I mean, we have to be careful about what we ingest, right? So it only makes sense to use food safe finishes when we’re working on wood projects that will come in contact with our mouths, our … Read More

squaring up rough cut lumber

Squaring Up Rough Cut Lumber

We’re talking about flattening, milling, straightening, ripping, truing, paralleling, etc… All of this is used interchangebly when desribing the process that can be summed up as “Squaring Up Rough Cut Lumber”. It’s everything you do before the glue ups, before the sanding, before the finishing. It’s the Prep Work that you just gotta do. And if you get this right, your completed project will thank … Read More

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