Must-have Trim Router Bits

You’ve bought a trim router (aka pony router) and beyond trimming laminate you are trying to figure out what it does best. Here’s a short list of bits most commonly used with a trim router and their use. See our companion Article: Trim Routers – your new...

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...

Make unbreakable joints with a tapered mortise!

Avoid the possibility of joint failure in your chairs, stools, or log furniture with this clever expanding cutter and wedge-ring system. Click on image to enlarge Click on image to enlarge The high-speed steel Tenon-Lok™ cutter features spring-action blades that...

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...

Selecting the Right Saw Blade

It pays to be selective when you shop for saw blades – making smooth, safe cuts with your table saw, radial arm saw, chop saw, or sliding compound miter saw depends on having the right blade for the tool and for the type of cut you want to make. There is no...

Introduction to Clamps and Clamping

CLAMP · Pronunciation: \’klamp\ 1: a device designed to bind or constrict or to press two or more parts together so as to hold them firmly. Any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something.  ...

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...

Scroll Saw: Set-up & Use

Similar to the portable sabre saw or jig saw, a scroll saw uses an up-and-down reciprocating action. With its thin blades and ability to cut in fine detail it is really really a motorized coping saw. Scroll saws very in quality, features and price but they all have...

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...

The Plate (Biscuit) Joiner – a tool for everyone

The plate (or biscuit) joiner is one those tools that gives a really big bang for the buck. In the hands of a seasoned professional or novice, it provides rock solid joints. For beginners, it is a tool that provides an immediate improvement in woodworking skills....