Belt-driven tools: Performance Upgrade

Swap your old school V Drive belt for a Link v-belt for instant benefits One of the easiest upgrades you can perform on a belt-driven shop tool (table saw, drill press, etc.) is the removal of the OEM style V drive belt(s), and replace it with a correctly sized...

Random Orbital Sander vs Sheet Sander

Random Orbital Sander No matter what the advertising says, hand sanding has not been eliminated and when working with shapes and contours it [hand sanding] is really the only way to get the job done. But there are times when the job is big or the amount of material to...

Pocket Hole Joinery with a Kreg® Jig

Pocket hole joinery isn’t new. The speed and reliability of the technique have made it a favorite in furniture manufacturing and cabinet shops for decades. But for the small shop and weekend woodworker, pocket hole joinery took a giant leap forward in 1990, when...

Marking and Measuring Tool Basics

If you’re like most woodworkers, you’ve spent a lot of time picking out the best woodworking machinery, hand planes, chisels, scrapers, rasps, clamps and all manner of specialized jigs, tools and accessories that help make your work more accurate and go...

Scroll Saw Blades 101: Choosing the right blade

Walk into any well-stocked hardware store and you’ll be confronted with a wide array of scroll saw blades – different manufacturers, varying material, and a range of prices. The inclination, especially among beginning scrollers is to buy blades off the shelf...

Wood Finishing Techiques: Rubbing Out the Finish

When you apply the final coat of clear wood finish to a project, are you “finished”? That depends on the look you’re after. In reality, simply applying a few coats of clear finish and waiting for them to dry rarely leads to a smooth, consistent look....

Router Bit Basics

Sorting through router bit terminology and making selections from a seemingly endless variety of router bits can be confusing, especially if you are new to working with a router. Reading up on the basic router bit facts will help you to choose the best router bits,...

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...

Wood Stain: Beyond the Basics

When most of us think of wood stain, we picture a can of premixed oil-based wood stain with a name like “Golden Oak” or “Vermont Maple”. And most of us know the familiar application process: Wipe the stain on the surface of the wood, let it...