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

how to build cabinet doors

How To Build Cabinet Doors

Depending on the type of cabinet you’re building, this process will vary some. But the basics are the same, you need a frame, that fits around a panel, which can be plain, raised, or decorated somehow. For this tutorial on how to build cabinet doors, I’ll be making a tongue and groove, framed x-style sliding door. And don’t worry about the hardware. Whether you’re using … Read More

kitchen island trim tutorial

Kitchen Island Trim For A Rustic Island Project

In this article I’m going to show you (with pictures) how to build, finish, and attach your kitchen island trim. For the sake of this post, that includes the face frame, trim work on the sides, and the base. For the trim and face frame I used white oak, stained with Minwax’s English Chestnut. The base is made from pine 2x4s, painted black, and set … Read More

How to build dovetail drawers

How To Build Dovetail Drawers The Easy Way

In this part of the Kitchen Island Tutorial, I’m going to show you (with lots of pictures) how to build dovetail drawers the easy way. I say the “easy way” because the process I use is beginner friendly. You don’t need years of experience, however you will need a table saw jig for cutting your dovetails. If you haven’t made a dovetailing jig yet, Wood … Read More

how to build cabinet shelving

How To Build Cabinet Shelves

You’re about to learn how to build cabinet shelves using plywood and a very simple process. These shelves work for any kind of cabinetry, including kitchen islands, base cabinets, hanging cabinets, etc… Plywood makes great shelves, because it’s very sturdy and stable. Plywood won’t shrink and expand like regular solid wood, making it ideal for not only the cabinet carcass itself, but the shelving within. … Read More

how to build base cabinets

How To Build Base Cabinets For A Kitchen Island

This tutorial is part of a larger project – my Kitchen Island. Below I’ll show you how to build base cabinets for an island using basic plywood you can get from any lumber store. This kitchen island is going to be counter height, which is usually 35″ to 36″. Depending on the top I go with (which as of right now has not been decided), … Read More

Kids toy shelf

Kids Toy & Book Shelf

This toy shelf / book case / seat is sized for a kid. It’s made with 3/4″ plywood, joined with dado, rabbet, and pocket hole joints. A single full sheet of plywood is plenty for this project. If you prefer to work with half sheets, you’ll need 2. Plywood edges are all covered with veneer edge banding, which you can buy from most home stores … Read More

How You Can Make Knot Holes & Voids Vanish

So I was making my coffee table and once the top was glued together, I sanded it down flat. It was at that point I could really see it. I could tell I didn’t choose the best lumber at lowes for this project. There were voids and knot holes everywhere! Ok, to be honest, I knew this was going to happen, and I chose the … 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

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 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

How To Stain Wood

How To Stain Wood – Easy Process That Works Great

Wood stain is a centuries-old dye or pigment used to change the color of raw wood. Read the wiki page to learn more about the history. However, for this article, I’ll just cover my basic and simple process for how to stain wood on a sanded and ready project. For my pine coffee table project I’ll be using a pre-stain wood conditioner, and then after … Read More

Edge jointing with a router

Edge Jointing With A Router – Easier Than You Think

In this quick technique post – Edge Jointing With A Router – I wanted to explain how you can use a router with a simple straight bit, and a bushing for your router base, and get the same results you can get with a large edge jointer. In addition to these tools, you’ll also need a good board to use as a straight edge. 1/2″ … 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