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...

Build a Knock Down Workbench

Here is a workbench that is quick and easy to construct, professional looking and absolutely rigid. Designing the Workbench The workbench mainly consists of four legs and four stretchers held together with eight identical joints. The joints are easy to cut yet...

Outdoor Woodworking: A springtime ritual

Spring: Time to clean-up the yard, refresh the garden and perhaps build something new. Despite the warm breezes and sunny days, what we build for the outdoors will eventually face Arctic blasts, blistering heat, and torrential rain – all bent on peeling years away...

Using Cherry for Woodworking Projects

CHERRY (botanically called “black” cherry, Prunus serotina) has long been ranked second only to walnut by makers of finely crafted furniture. Once you’ve worked it, you’ll understand why: great color, fine grain, a wonderful luster, and it even...

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...

Workshop Project: Making Tools Mobile – Adding Casters

Most of us soon or later find that our shops are quite a large as we thought they were on paper. As we accumulate more tools, tool stands and tool boxes the frustration of crowding sets in. There is a solution short of building a new shop – convert as many of the...

Workshop Project: Table Saw Tune-up

As durable as most table saws are, they do require attention from time to time. If you’re table saw is is leaving rough saw marks, burning wood or bogging down when you rip average stock thicknesses, chances are something’s amiss, and it’s time to...

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...

Using Western Red Cedar for Woodworking Projects

Using Western Red Cedar for Woodworking Projects Most of the cedar you’ll encounter for woodworking hails from the Pacific Northwest. In the trade it’s called western red cedar (Thuja plicata). However, there are other cedars available, too, with a few variations...

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...