Miters are not the strongest joints, but we use them all the time for joining picture frames together. One method for strengthening this connection is to add a spline, a thin sliver of wood into a slot where the two miters join together. A common way to make these is to cut a slot about halfway […]
Unless I am going to make some sort of specialized cut, I don’t normally show a lot of wood being cut in my project videos. Sawing wood, especially on projects with lots of repetitive cuts, can make for some boring video, especially since there are really only 5 basic woodworking cuts to know how to make. […]
My two most often used tools are my drill and my impact driver. They are useful for woodworking, but also for all kinds of home improvement and repairs around the house. Let’s look at the basics of drilling and driving, why I recommend owning both tools, and how to use a power drill and impact driver. […]
You will probably want to protect most projects you make with a finish. But applying a wood finish doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s look at the basics. Let’s start out by getting this out of the way: Contrary to what many woodworkers will tell you, not all projects require a finish. For example. there […]
In this installment of The ABC’s of Woodworking, I discuss the various types of wooden cutting boards and how to care for them.
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 […]