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

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