Working with Poplar: America’s utility hardwood

Yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera, or tulip tree), the tallest hardwood tree in North America, also rates as the most valuable commercial species because its intolerance to shade stifles lower branches and produces a perfect, straight trunk with clear lumber even...

Shop Project: Air Filtration for Dust Control

Dust — It’s everywhere! Despite our best efforts in recent years to control the dust and chips that our woodworking tools produce, we still end up breathing in more than we should. Breathing in the fine dust particles produced from sanding, routing, and sawing...

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...

Custom-made Picture Frames

Everyone Likes a Picture Frame Creating custom picture frames for friends and family is a great gift giving project that’s sure to please even those difficult to shop for gift recipients. Everyone has a special photo or keepsake they’ve meant to have...

Wood Finishing with Shellac

Want a safe, non-toxic finish on your project? Finishing or refinishing your woodworking project with Shellac gives you the both of best worlds: A beautiful (superior clarity) and an environmentally friendly finish. Shellac is perfect for antique restoration,...

Painting Kitchen Cabinets – A quick and simple update

Update a dreary and dim kitchen by giving it new color with a coat of paint. It’s a swift and simple solution that requires no construction or other major undertaking. a wonderful alternative to buying new cabinetry. Select Your Painting Alternative You can...

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...

Adding A Pre-Separator To Your Dust Collection System

Adding a pre-separator to your single-stage dust collector will save you time and money. It’ll save you time because it’s a lot easier to empty one of these than the lower, or “chip,” bag of a bag-over- bag collector. It’ll save you money...

Shop Project: Adding A Router Extension To Your Table Saw

Adding a router-table extension to your contractor-style table saw is fairly easy to accomplish – simply remove the metal extension that’s there now, and then build and bolt this one into place. Important note: This table was built for a specific 10″ saw...

Building an Auxiliary Band Saw Table

The cure for the incredible shrinking work surface isn’t a new band saw. There I was, perfectly content with my minuscule 14″-square band saw table, not even aware that there was something far, far better. Then I took a job teaching wood craftsmanship at...