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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Mobile Base to Big Tools

Few of us ever admit to having “enough” tools and machinery, but sooner or later, we realize that it’s possible to own one too many. Finding parking spots for those most-needed machines, benches, stands, and materials in a crowded garage or basement...

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″...

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...