If you’ve watched my show for any length of time, you know I am a fan of finishing my projects with lacquer. I think it’s the perfect finish for most projects; it’s easy to apply and it dries super fast. Unfortunately, using spray lacquer out of a rattle can is not very cost effective. And […]
What’s the difference between a miter and a bevel and does it matter? In this video, I discuss making beveled and mitered cuts.
Three ways to cut curves in wood My tablesaw probably gets used more than any other tool in my shop, but it has one big limitation: it can’t cut curves. Not counting CNCs, lasers and other specialty equipment, there are basically three power tools available for making curved cuts in wood. A scroll saw is great […]
For new woodworkers, one of the of the most confusing things to learn is not what tools to use or how to use them, but how decide what kind of wood to use. There are a lot of choices and enough industry jargon to confuse anyone. I’ll try to boil it down to the basics […]
In June 2014 I made this patio table and finished it with Spar Urethane. Two years later, it looked like this: The finish failed within a year and mold grew all over the table! I can only attribute this mess to the finish because I made this planter box two years before the table and, as […]
Sanding can be time-consuming, tedious and one of the dustiest, messiest, most boring tasks in the woodshop. But it’s also something that you’ll have to do in just about every single project. So let’s talk about the basics and how to minimize the monotony. Sanding and sandpaper is a big subject. Big enough that there are […]
Glue and gluing is an essential component of woodworking. It’s not exactly something that requires a lot of skill or technique, but I have a few tips that should get you started. Here’s what you need to know about glue: the basics. A trip to the adhesives aisle of your local hardware store of home […]
Over the past decade, pocket hole joinery has enabled millions of people to make strong, great-looking furniture and other projects without years of training or experience. Anyone can purchase a relatively inexpensive pocket hole jig and start building immediately! It’s not just a great introduction into woodworking, but a great technique for experienced builders too. Some people […]
If you want to make things out of wood, a table saw is one of the most useful tools you can own. If you are new to woodworking, this video will help get you started. Kickback caught on camera video.
In my last Mere Mini, I showed a method for squaring up board edges using a router. If you don’t have a router, you can make an edge-jointing jig for your table saw. It’s very simple to make. The most important part is to have a straight board to run along your rip fence. The […]
It’s surprising how often I seem to have the need to make a circle for a woodworking project and my regular drafting compass is too small. Usually, I will search around the shop and kitchen to find a bowl or a bucket that is close enough to the size I need. If I need a […]
If you want to use solid lumber for a woodworking project, it is often necessary to join boards together to make wide panels. In order for the edges to glue together properly, they need to be square. To do this, you need to “joint” the edges. I prefer using the term “square up the edges” […]