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...

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...

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.   2: to...

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....

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 flare...
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