It can be very frustrating to be working on a project, enjoying an afternoon in the shop, only to find that you’ve run out of something and have to make a special trip to the hardware store. So I’ve assembled this list of 5 shop essentials you don’t want to be without. Things you don’t […]
Woodworking Safety Safety is my highest priority. Sure, I like to joke around in my videos and have fun in my shop, but when the power tools begin to run, I give them my full attention. Woodworking is a perfectly safe hobby so long as you understand and stick to a few safety procedures. 1. […]
I recently purchased a new tablesaw to use in my Weekend Woodworker course. It’s a good quality, affordable saw, but it didn’t come with a stand. This mobile tablesaw cart is a perfect solution: it’s on casters so I can easily roll it around to wherever I want to work and it’s got two drawers […]
Miter saw Basics A miter saw, sometimes called a chop saw, is often the first semi-stationary tool new woodworkers purchase. With a miter saw you can make repeated cuts, all the same length, as well as cut accurate miters, or angles. What is a miter saw? Unlike a table saw or band saw, when using […]
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 […]