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

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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

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How To Inlay Wood With A Router

So you want to learn how to inlay wood with a router, and like me, you don’t necessarily want to cut out intricate solid wood inserts to fill the inlay. Perfect, because that’s what this tutorial is for! I’m going to share all my steps, pictures, and even some video. I’ve come up with a very simple process for how to inlay wood with a … Read More

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The Right Way To Do Breadboard Ends For Your Table Projects

So you’re thinking about building a table? You’ve heard about these “Breadboard Ends”. You’ve probably seen them. Maybe you’ve even tried them out. I know a woodworker who didn’t know the correct way to create breadboard ends, and he ended up causing the table top to split. It wasn’t really his fault, he was simply never taught the proper technique. Well that’s what inspired me … Read More

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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

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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

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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 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

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