Rescue Project: A Face-lift for Old Oak Doors

For nearly 100 years the thick oak pocket doors separated living and dining space in a charming craftsman style home. But the years and several different owners’ taste in interior finishes had not been kind to these once proud examples of turn-of-the-century...

Wood Finishing Techiques: Rubbing Out the Finish

When you apply the final coat of clear wood finish to a project, are you “finished”? That depends on the look you’re after. In reality, simply applying a few coats of clear finish and waiting for them to dry rarely leads to a smooth, consistent look....

Using White Oak for Woodworking Projects

White oak produces fine lumber and exquisite veneer. Its cellular structure proves impermeable to liquids and is resistant to decay, making it suitable for outdoor projects — a rare feat for a North American hardwood. Although only one species, Quercus alba, is...

Introduction to the Router Table

For as little as it takes to get set up, and the short time it takes to aquire skill at using a router table, it’s easy to see why this venerable workhorse is often one of the first and most important tool purchases that a woodworker ever makes. Below,...