I like to provide cutting templates with many of my woodworking plans. Templates make it easy to cut out pieces that would be otherwise difficult to measure and cut, especially parts with curves. Here’s a brief overview on how to set them up to print and attach to your work piece. I’ve also included some […]
It’s probably a reasonable guess that most of us don’t give a lot of thought to how we fold sandpaper. I picked up this technique many years ago and it does seem to make a sheet of sandpaper last longer. I don’t believe keeping the sanded sides of the paper from grinding against each other […]
One of the challenges to building a project every week is applying a finish. A lot of fine finishes require days or even longer to complete. I simply don’t have the time to wait for coats of polyurethane to dry and sand between each one. The solution is spray lacquer which dries extremely fast […]
It seems everyone has a different method for storing his clamps. For too long, I have kept my clamps in a mishmash of ways in various parts of my shop. I have never liked it and decided to organize them this week. My biggest problem was finding space for them until I had the revelation that there is unused […]
Really happy with the way this fence turned out. It’s got a lot of weight to it, is square, and moves pretty smoothly. I found the clamping system in a great book called Woodworking With The Router, by Bill Hylton. If you want a good, basic router book, I recommend it. Next week I plan […]
(Note: I built this router table before I learned how to use Sketchup. Unfortunately I have no plans.) This router table turned out to be a lot of work! I’ve been planning to make a router table for quite a while and it took me some time to figure out exactly what I wanted in a […]
I didn’t have time to work on a project last weekend but spent a lot of time this week figuring out what I wanted to make this weekend. I think I’m going to make a bed tray for a laptop computer. Basically, a breakfast-in-bed kind of tray. I had a viewer ask me about such […]
Getting started using your router. Videos for the total beginning woodworker. In part one you’ll learn basic techniques for using your router. It should be enough to get you up to speed and comfortable enough to move on to your first project: part 2: a simple picture frame.