Tool Sharpening 101: Stones

Different types of sharpening stones exist for a reason – there is not one type or style of stone that is best for every sharpening task. Choosing the one that best one is a matter of matching the best combination of advantages for your particular sharpening...

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...

Woodcarving: Selecting Wood

The ideal carver’s wood might be as soft as white pine, with mahogany’s straight grain, totally without knots or difficult grain, and able to hold detail as well as persimmon. But the next carver in line may well prefer working with very hard woods that...

Choosing the Right Wood Lathe

Woodturning is an art of the highest order dating back to 6th century B.C. You become a sort of creator, turning a dull chunk of wood into a magnificent masterpiece, which is why choosing the right wood lathe is of the utmost importance. Inspired by the intriguing...

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....

Introduction to the Router Table

For as little as it takes to get set up, and the short time it takes to acquire skill at using a router table, it’s easy to see why this venerable workhorse is often one of the first and most important tool purchases that a woodworker ever makes. Below,...

Trim Routers – your new best friend?

With some routing chores, bigger isn’t always better; sometimes it’s a bother. For small-cut jobs, a larger machine is the workshop equivalent of swatting a fly with an elephant gun. Enter the trim router. This prized tool – sometimes called a...

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...