Wood Stain: Beyond the Basics

When most of us think of wood stain, we picture a can of premixed oil-based wood stain with a name like “Golden Oak” or “Vermont Maple”. And most of us know the familiar application process: Wipe the stain on the surface of the wood, let it...

Consider working with Maple on your next project

When a woodworker’s mind turns to maple, it revives images of golden autumn hues, sweet syrup, and honey-colored country furniture. And why not? Fall foliage of the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) draws millions of leaf “peepers” to New England and the...

Make unbreakable joints with a tapered mortise!

Avoid the possibility of joint failure in your chairs, stools, or log furniture with this clever expanding cutter and wedge-ring system. Click on image to enlarge Click on image to enlarge The high-speed steel Tenon-Lok™ cutter features spring-action blades that...

Marking and Measuring Tool Basics

If you’re like most woodworkers, you’ve spent a lot of time picking out the best woodworking machinery, hand planes, chisels, scrapers, rasps, clamps and all manner of specialized jigs, tools and accessories that help make your work more accurate and go...