table saw sacrificial fence

What is a Table Saw Sacrificial Fence, And How You Build One

The table saw sacrificial fence is a special shop-made fence that literally sacrifices itself to serve its purpose. You can use the sacrificial table saw fence to help you line up notches that run along the edge of a board. This type of cut is called a rabbet, and to get a better idea of what a rabbet is, vs a dado or groove, read … 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

9 Wood Shop Projects

9 Wood-Shop Projects To Get Your Woodworking Hobby Off The Ground

If there’s one thing most beginner woodworkers are missing, it’s the right tool for the job. But that doesn’t always mean an expensive power tool. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a simple jig that can assist you in making the cutting or clamping process go easier. So today, I want to show you 9 awesome wood shop projects that will help you with many different … Read More

Miter Sled

How To Build A Miter Sled

In this project tutorial we’ll be making a miter sled, which will be dedicated to cutting 45 degree angle cuts, ideal for trim work, picture frames, wall decor, and many other projects. This is a sled for your table saw and it’s made with a 1/2″ plywood base (although that can be done in 3/4″), the miter fences are 1-1/2″ plywood (two 3/4″ pieces laminated), … 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

How to make table saw runners

How To Make Table Saw Runners

If you’ve spent any time in the wood shop making sleds for your table saw, you know that table saw runners are an important step to get just right. However, for many beginners, the process can be a bit of a mystery. How do you make the runner fit perfectly without any slop? How do you properly attach it to the sled? How do you … Read More

Wood finishes

Wood Finishes 101 – Polyurethane vs Varnish vs Lacquer vs Shellac

When it comes to woodworking projects, you have so many options and very few limitations. From the species of wood you use, to the type of milling used to create the boards, tons of joinery options, unlimited ways to personalize your project, variations of design ideas, and more. But when all that comes to an end, when all the options and all the choices you’ve … Read More

How to sand wood

How To Sand Wood Like You Know What You’re Doing

I’m sure you probably know some basics on how to sand wood, but I wanted to really break it down to help you save time and get sanding done with minimal effort and maximum results. So that’s why I titled this How To Sand Wood Like You Know What You’re Doing. Sanding your wood is not always a fun process. In fact, for me it … Read More

Cut perfect miters

How To Cut Perfect Miters Every Time

A good miter joint is a beautiful thing. If done right, the wood appears to flawlessly wrap around each corner. But this effect only works if you do it right. I want to show you my methods for how to cut perfect miters every time. The following are some key points you should consider when doing miter joints. If you’re doing a single corner, or … Read More

Table Saw Sled

How To Build An Easy Crosscut Table Saw Sled

The absolute best cut quality I have ever achieved was, and always is, on a table saw. It cut’s smoother, cleaner, and with a good blade, requires less sanding (if any at all). While it’s main job may be ripping boards, you can also use it for all of your crosscutting. If you do that, then you need to build yourself a table saw sled … Read More

My 2-Car Garage Woodshop Layout

As you can see in the graphic above, I’ve got a 2-car garage that I’ve turned into my woodshop, while leaving space for my wife to park inside. Even though it was laid out to allow for that parking, she usually parks outside so I’ve got more room for assembly. Not only that, we’ve got 3 kids and they tend to need space for their … Read More

Torsion box workbench

Torsion Box Workbench

I used to do all my assembly work on a workbench that had a double-layer plywood top. At the time of building that workbench, I had never heard of a torsion box workbench. The old plywood top lasted for years and along the way, I noticed that it was not as flat as I once thought it was. I would like to believe that when I … Read More

woodworking tools list

My Woodworking Tools List For 2019

My lists: Tools – Jigs – Workbenches – Everything If you need a good idea of what kinds of tools and equipment I use to build my furniture, check out my complete woodworking tools list here. No tool left out. I even lay out the types of workbenches and shop-made jigs I use. As for beginners, FYI, this is not a list of tools you … Read More