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 imagination run...

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...

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...

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...

White Pine: Your next woodworking project

Eastern White Pine is one of the most common and widely used construction lumber species in the northeast United States. It has two cousins: Sugar Pine and Western White Pine. Of the three, Eastern White Pine tends to have the finest texture and smallest resin (sap)...

Using Forgotten ‘Throw-away’ Wood

I grew up in Connecticut, where large trunk hardwood trees were in abundance. Split vertically the grains visible on their flat surface run as long and with as much grace and purpose as the highways crossing this country. I now call the Bitterroot Valley in Montana,...
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