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 a silverware drawer organizer

How To Build A Silverware Drawer Organizer

Are you tired of over-crowded silverware slots? Are your forks and spoons overflowing your k-mart-special plastic fork divider? Keep reading to learn how to build a silverware drawer organizer that fits tight and gives you more space. TOOLS AND MATERIALS NEEDED: Table saw Curve-cutting saw (jig saw, band saw, etc…) Sandpaper 1/4″ plywood Ideally, the plywood you use for this should be a high quality … 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

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

dust collection for woodworkers

Wood Shop Dust Collection For Benchtop Tools And Sanders

Is dust collection really that important? Well, for small-shop woodworking, yes it is. While the most important reason may be that we need to take care of our lungs, the reason I actually care most about is finish work. In a small wood shop, your work area is also where you apply your finishes. And for me, that’s usually polyurethane. Polyurethane + Dust = 2 … 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

5 Techniques for Better Accuracy In Your Wood Shop

Accuracy is a big hurdle for many aspiring woodworkers. All too often, your cuts and your joints end up out of square, unlevel, not flat, gapped, and so on… So what do you do about it? Well, for starters, don’t let it get you down! It’s not your fault. We all lack the ability to a certain extent to produce all of our cuts with … 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

how to sharpen chisels

A Mirror’s Edge – Blade Sharpening Guide for Chisels

There are tons of opinions out there on how to sharpen a blade. I’ve got my methods, and so that is the best I can offer you here today. I’ve learned, through trial and error, a simple and systematic process for sharpening my blades, and if you haven’t got your process down yet, then this article should really help. You may think your chisels are … Read More

How to clean your table saw blades

Make That Carbide Shine! How To Clean Your Table Saw Blades

Burning wood. Slow, difficult cuts. Dulling blade. All bad things. This is what happens more and more, the dirtier your table saw blade becomes. The carbide tips on your blade will get packed with pitch and resin from the wood you cut, some wood types are worse than others. So after a couple projects, it’s a good idea to spend 20 minutes cleaning your blade … 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