Trim Routers – your new best friend?

With some routing chores, bigger isn’t always better; sometimes it’s a bother. For small-cut jobs, a larger machine is the workshop equivalent of swatting a fly with an elephant gun. Enter the trim router. This prized tool – sometimes called a...

The Basics of Cabinet Making

Hearing that someone is a cabinetmaker tends to bring respect for the woodworking skills of the person described. That’s as it should be, but the skills are neither arcane, nor impossible for the average woodworker to gain. After all, most of us feel anyone can...

Wipe-On Oil Finishes – you may never use a brush again

Wipe-on finishes are popular for a variety of reasons, the biggest of which is the ease of application. Wipe-on oils may take a little more time to apply and to dry than do some spray finishes, but provide a different look, and feel, which is often preferable for the...

Building a Birdhouse

Spring brings means yard work but one of the most popular small projects this time of year involve birds – either feeding or housing. Building a birdhouse can be a fun project for the entire family – tools required are minimal and you can let your...

Introduction to Clamps and Clamping

CLAMP · Pronunciation: \’klamp\ 1: a device designed to bind or constrict or to press two or more parts together so as to hold them firmly. Any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something.  ...

Building a Table Saw Panel Cutting Sled

We recently moved our shop to a smaller location and had to get rid of several tools. One of the first casualties was a gargantuan sliding crosscut table attached to our table saw. Though it’s a useful accessory, it has some serious drawbacks: It takes up more...

Scroll Saw: Set-up & Use

Similar to the portable sabre saw or jig saw, a scroll saw uses an up-and-down reciprocating action. With its thin blades and ability to cut in fine detail it is really really a motorized coping saw. Scroll saws very in quality, features and price but they all have...

Veneering with Contact Cement

There are a number of ways to apply wood veneer to a substrate. If you prefer a fast, convenient method that doesn’t require a lot of special equipment, good results can be achieved with contact cement and a few hand tools. With a few tips, the process is...

Use Grain Fillers for a Great Finish

The first step to a superb finishing job on your projects is the realization that all hardwoods are not created equal. Most woodworkers really know this already, but check out the surface of a piece of red oak, and then hold a piece of cherry next to it. Look at them...