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13 Methods of Wood Joinery Every Woodworker...
Without wood joints, a woodworking project would need to be carved from a single piece of wood. Learn the basics of joinery and when to use each type.
Cabinetry 101: How to Build Your Own Cabinets
Learn step by step how to build cabinets for your kitchen, bathroom, utility room or garage with these free woodworking plans.
A Handy Guide to Applying a Polyurethane Finish
When finishing a woodworking piece, a good way to protect the wood is by applying polyurethane. While available in both oil-based and water-based polyurethane versions, by applying polyurethane, you're giving your piece a durable, easy to apply finish that provides protection to your piece. Learn methods for applying polyurethane properly to ensure a smooth, beautiful polyurethane finish to your woodworking projects.
The 7 Power Tools Every Woodworker Needs to Own
Getting started in woodworking doesn't have to be expensive. With just a few well-selected power tools, a beginning woodworker can complete a quite a number of woodworking projects and develop their skill level at the same time. In this list, find the seven power tools that are the most useful and practical for any beginning woodworker getting started.
Everything You Need to Build Barn Doors
In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build barn doors using a 2x6 frame, with X-style trim and traditional barn-style Dutch-doors.
How to Make Flawless Box Joints
With this table saw jig, perfect box joints are easy to make in any size stock. Follow these free woodworking plans to learn how to make the jig.
How to Make Beautiful Louvered Doors and Window...
In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build louvers into doors or window shutters, including a router jig for consistent reproduction.
Build the Ultimate Sawhorse with This Easy...
A strong, sturdy set of wooden sawhorses will be useful for countless tasks in the shop. Follow these free woodworking plans to make a set of your own.
Your Quick Guide to Identifying Plywood Sizes
Buying plywood can be a bit confusing, particularly because the measured sizes don't match the common name for the product. Here's why.
Smart Tips on Working with Poplar Wood
Poplar wood is one of the most common types used in furniture making, boat-building and other woodworking projects because it is inexpensive wood, fairly workable, will take paint well and is moderately durable. While Poplar wood shouldn't be used for every set of woodworking plans you intend to build, it is a versatile material and can be used for a number of projects.
A Guide to Understanding Wood Sizes
Are you confused by the wood sizes sold at your lumberyard? Here's how to find the exact wood sizes of stock you need to complete your project.
Get the Right Sandpaper for Your Project: Read...
The finish on a woodworking project is only as good as the sanding job underneath. Choose the right grades, grit and abrasives of sandpaper for the job.
When and When Not to Use Pre-Stain Wood...
When working with soft, porous woods such as pine, fir, birch and maple, stains often are absorbed unevenly. To help combat this problem, apply a pre-stain wood conditioner. Learn how this one extra step will yield much better results in your stained woodworking projects.
How to Get Vibrant Wood Finishes Using Shellac
A shellac finish has been a popular choice for woodworkers since the early 1800's. Shellac is actually derived from a secretion from an insect, which, when processed and mixed with alcohol, makes an amazing finish for woodworking projects. Learn the history of shellac and how to properly apply and refinish with shellac.
Build Your Own Cornhole Game Board with These...
Cornhole is a popular outdoor game that is fun to play. You can build your own game board with these downloadable plans and step-by-step instructions.
How to Build Your Own Woodworking Jig
Some woodworking tasks can be handled easily and safely with a jig. Here's how you can make many of these woodworking jigs right in your wood shop.
Woodworking 101: How to Calculate Board Feet
When buying hardwood lumber, you'll find that the wood is sold by the board foot. How can you easily calculate board feet? Why would you want to?
How to Apply a Lacquer Finish
Lacquer has been used for literally thousands of years to protect woodworking projects. A lacquer finish provides a hard, durable, clear finish that does a good job of protecting against water damage. A modern lacquer finish is designed to be applied either by spraying or by brush. Learn the advantages of using a lacquer finish to protect your woodworking projects.
How to Fix a Stripped Screw Hole
One of the most problematic experiences when dealing with older wood furniture is when a screw hole becomes stripped and will no longer hold the fixture or accessory it was designed to hold. Learn how to fix a stripped screw hole using a few different simple methods for tackling this aggravating woodworking problem.
How to French Polish Your Woodworking Project
Back as far as the Victorian era, French Polishing has been a effective, although time-consuming method for finishing woodworking projects. While it is seldom used today, few finishes offer such a remarkably beautiful shine as a french polish. Learn how to french polish a finish, and put so you can put french polishing to the test on your next furniture set of woodworking plans.
How to Build Your Own Portable Shop Table
As a woodworker, I can never have enough table or bench top space in the workshop. These free portable workshop table plans solved that problem.
How to Cut a "Dado" like a Master Woodworker
The dado is a common woodworking joint, one particularly well-suited for building cabinets. Learn how to cut them and when to use one in your projects.
Wondering What Size Screw You Need for a...
When designing a woodworking project, how do you determine what size and length screws should be used to join pieces of wood? A lot depends on how the parts will be affixed. In other words, screwing into end grain is far different than inserting a screw across the grain. How do you know what size and length to use? Learn the answers in this article.
Safety Rules Every Woodworker Should Know
There are a few simple woodworking safety rules that every woodworker should always follow. Make woodworking safety a habit, and you'll be much less likely to encounter a problem when woodworking.
Tips for Applying Wood Stain
Applying wood stain onto a woodworking project should show off the woodworker's skill rather than cover any imperfections, as paint would do. Learn tips for staining your handiwork and how to get the best color and protective finish you can.
Ideas for Removing Odors from Wood
Wood used for woodworking projects can take on certain odors from the environment. On occasion, these odors can become so embedded into the wood that the piece is no longer usable in its current state. Here are some ideas and methods for removing odors from wood.
The 5 Best Value Wood Router Kits
Combo router kits, a single 2-1/4 HP motor with both a fixed base and a plunge router base, represent a great value for budget-minded woodworkers. A combo router won't handle every task, but they will comfortably handle most woodworking projects. Learn our top five choices for the best wood router kits, based on performance and value.
How to Use a Brad Nailer
Brad nailers are similar to finish nailers, except that they use much smaller nails and are designed for very delicate work. Brads used in brad nailers are made from 18-gauge wire, and are seldom longer than 1-1/2 inches. In this article, learn how to use a brad nailer, and when this should be your choice for fastening pieces in your woodworking projects.
Getting Started in Woodworking
Getting started in woodworking can seem like a daunting task. From the expense of buying tools to determining the different types of wood, there is so much to learn that even the old-timers are still learning. However, learning woodworking isn't difficult. If you master the basics by following beginner woodworking tips, the rest will fall into place as you go along.
The 10 Tools Every Woodworker Needs
In modern woodworking, power tools have their place, but for some tasks, you need hand tools. Here are the ten essential hand tools for woodworking.
The Different Plywood Grades and Bonding Types
There are many different plywood grades on the market, from marine to exterior and AA to CDX. Here are some woodworking tips on when to use each.
Need a Simple Alternative to Dovetails? Try Box...
Dovetail joints are beautiful and strong, but aren't always practical. Would you use dovetails when joining two pieces of plywood? Not likely. However, a box joint would work fine, and have some of the qualities of dovetails. In this article, we discuss how and when you should use box joints instead of dovetails in your woodworking projects.
How to Apply a Paste Wax Wood Finish
Paste wax wood finishes have been used for centuries, but there are better protective finish choices. However, it's great for some rustic furniture.
How to Make Your Own Featherboards
In these free woodworking plans, learn how to create your own featherboards to make cutting smaller stock on your table saw or router table safer.
How to Make Butt Joints like a Master Woodworker
The Butt Joint is the most basic of woodworking joints, but it does require precision. Here's how to make a butt joint that is clean and functional.
Dovetail Joinery - Through Dovetails
Of all woodworking joints, the through dovetail is one of the strongest and most attractive. Dovetail joints can be challenging to cut, but dovetailing jigs and routers have made this joint much easier to perfect. Learn the keys to a quality through dovetail joint.
How to Make Mitered Butt Joints
The mitered butt joint is often better than a standard butt joint for square joints, because the end grain of the two pieces of stock are hidden.
Free Woodworking Plans for a Bird Feeder
Bird feeders can be a lot of fun to build. Download these free bird feeder plans and build your own today. These free bird feeder plans use weather resistant cedar as the wood of choice, and plexiglass sides allow you to see how much feed is left. These free woodworking plans can be completed in a couple of hours, but the feeder will give you enjoyment for many years. Download the free bird feeder plans today.
A Photo Guide to Dovetail Drawer Making
In these free woodworking plans, learn the basics of building through-dovetail drawers, one of the most fundamental skills of furniture making.
Everything You Need to Know about How and When...
Half lap joints are easy to make with a table saw or a radial-arm saw. Simply remove half of the material from two boards and fit them together.
How to Build a Beautiful Bathroom Vanity Cabinet
In these free woodworking plans, walk through building a bathroom vanity cabinet, complete with a deep drawer and storage compartment under the sink.
An Expert Guide to Using Biscuit Joints
Biscuit joints are ideal for gluing boards together to make a table top. In this article, learn tips for making strong and even biscuit joints.
Will a Stacked Dado Blade Fit on Your Table Saw?
Many small and medium table saws have relatively short arbors onto which the blade is mounted. This can be a problem when trying to use a stacked dado blade on one of these table saws, as the arbor isn't long enough to safely accommodate the dado blade and chippers. How to you work with this limitation? Learn how to cut dadoes and rabbets when your table saw or radial arm saw has a short arbor.
Everything You Need to Know about Table Saws
Table saws are the among most versatile of all home woodworking machines. Learn how to find the best table saw for your workshop.
Jigsaws and Sabre Saws: What is the Difference?
Learn the common explanations of both tools, when you should use a sabre saw as opposed to a jigsaw, and other woodworking tool tips.
How to Make Mortise and Tenon Joints like a...
Variations of the mortise & tenon joints have been used for centuries. Learn tips & tricks for making strong, tight fitting mortise and tenon joints.
Make a Hardwood Cutting Board as Easy as It Is...
If you need a simple, beginner-level woodworking project, this may be the one for you. In these free woodworking plans, learn how to make a hardwood cutting board with breadboard-ends.
1/4" vs. 1/2" Shank Router Bits - Which are...
Many woodworking router kits include both a 1/4-inch or a 1/2-inch collet, allowing the same router to accommodate either 1/4 or 1/2-inch shank router bits. In many cases, the same router profiles are available in either size of shank. Which shank is better? Learn the advantages of 1/4-inch vs. 1/2-inch shank router bits on your woodworking projects.
How to Build a Jointer Jig for Your Table Saw
The jointer is a very useful woodworking machine for straightening boards. Don't have a jointer? Try a table saw jointer jig. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a table saw jointer jig that will allow you to straighten the edges of various sizes of boards with only your table saw.
Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker Plans
Build an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker, perfect for your deck, patio or front porch. Download the free woodworking plans today!
How to Build Cabinets and Doors for Your...
Learning how to build cabinets and the matching doors is one of the most popular tasks in woodworking. Many woodworkers want to learn woodworking solely for this purpose. In this series of articles, learn basic cabinetry and how you can adapt that knowledge to almost any type of cupboard. Additionally, find free woodworking plans for building a variety of doors that will fit and enhance the look.
Slab-Style Cabinet Door Plans
The slab-style cabinet door is the most basic style of cabinet door. It can be made from plywood or melamine with the edges banded, or it can be made from solid wood. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build slab-style cabinet doors using solid wood with tongue and groove joinery. They're versatile, inexpensive and can be finished in a number of ways.
A Quick Guide to Band Saws and Choosing the...
A band saw can do a lot more than cut curves. In this article, learn features you should consider when choosing a band saw for your woodshop.
Everything You Need to Build a Portable Miter...
A miter saw can be cumbersome to set up on a job site. Download these free woodworking plans and build a sturdy miter saw stand with stock supports.
Stationary or Plunge Router? Find out Which...
Fixed base and plunge routers are typically considered to be among the favorite power tools used by woodworkers. The main reason is probably the versatility of a router, particularly when considering the variety of edge profiles that can be applied to an edge of a board with one or more router bits. In this article, learn some features to consider when purchasing a stationary or plunge router.
Learn the Basics of Woodturning
Woodturning can be a very enjoyable hobby (one that is often considered separately from fine woodworking), and if the novice focuses on developing the fundamental basics of woodturning, it can be a very safe hobby too. The same woodturning techniques used to turn spindles such as table legs, bed posts or finials can be applied to turning bowls, pens, bottle stoppers and more.
Tongue and Groove Joinery
Tongue and groove joinery is much stronger method of joining boards than a butt glue joint. Here is a table saw technique for creating accurate T&Gs.
Circle Cutting Jig for Band Saws - Free...
Many woodworking plans call for cutting stock into circular shapes. Woodworking projects like round table tops, archways and many other circular forms need consistent, precise rounded cuts that can't be obtained cutting by hand. One of the easiest ways to cut circular shapes is with a jig. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a simple yet very effective circle cutting jig for the band saw.
The Easy Way to Check for Square - Woodworking...
Woodworkers need to be able to determine whether an assembly is square. This simple tip is based on Pythagorean's Theorem, and works each and every time.
How to Use a Compound Miter Saw in the Woodshop
A compound miter saw can make precision angled crosscuts easily. Here are features to look for when purchasing single-bevel or dual-bevel models.
Learn the Basics of Wood Turning
Learning wood turning can seem like a daunting task. Seeing experienced wood turners take a square chunk of wood and turn it into an exquisite bowl, spindle or other turning can be an inspiring and perhaps intimidating sight. Learning wood turning basics isn't difficult. Once you understand how to use your lathe safely, it only takes practice. Learn wood turning basics in these woodworking tips.
8-inch Dado Blades on 10-inch Saws?
Most stacked dado blade sets have a pair of 8-inch dado blades and a series of chippers in between, but why, when most table saws and radial-arm saws use 10-inch blades? Are there 10-inch stacked dado blades available? If not, can you use an 8-inch stacked dado blade on a 10-inch table saw or radial-arm saw? Learn the answer to this question in this woodworking quick tip.
Build a Tall Oak Mirror with These Free...
In these free woodworking plans, learn how to build a relatively simple but very attractive tall oak mirror. Download the measured drawings today!
How to Sand Wood
When learning how to sand wood, most woodworkers learn that it is a tedious task, but one that is vital to the quality of a woodworking project. In this list, learn wood sanding techniques for how to sand wood easier, faster, and most importantly, for making a beautifully smooth woodworking project that is ready for your choice of finishes.
How to Craft Cove Raised Panel Cabinet Doors
Download this set of free woodworking plans, and learn how to make raised panel cabinet doors for your kitchen using little more than your table saw.
Build a Tapering Jig
A tapering jig, when used with a table saw, is the easiest and most consistent way to cut tapered legs for woodworking projects such as fine furniture projects. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build an adjustable tapering jig that will allow you to cut tapers with angles of up to 15-degrees.
How to Build Woodworking Projects Using Maple
Along with cherry, walnut and oak, maple is one of the most popular hardwoods for woodworking. It's tough and looks great when finished properly. Woodworking with maple can also be somewhat trying, as it can be temperamental, particularly in the finishing stage. In this article, learn some tips for woodworking with maple, to get the most out of your maple furniture projects.
Woodworking with Walnut - Hardwood Properties
Walnut is a hardwood that many woodworkers love, while others avoid using it. Learn the properties that make this hardwood loved or hated for woodworking.
How to Find Square like a Pro Using the 3-4-5...
One of the simplest ways to finding square is to use the 3-4-5 rule, no matter whether you're creating a small project or are building a house. The 3-4-5 rule is based on the Pythagorean Theorem, but you don't need a calculator or need to do any complicated math to employ the rule. Learn how to put this easy rule into practice in your woodworking projects.
10 Steps to Building an Under-Window Bookcase
In building a bookcase, woodworkers use the same basic principles they would use when building cabinets. In these free bookcase plans, you'll learn how to make beautiful oak or pine bookcases while employing standard cabinet building techniques. With these free woodworking plans, you'll build a piece of furniture you'll be proud to display in your home or office.
Hot to Easily Build a Beautiful Modular Wine Rack
Store your bottles elegantly by building these free modular wine rack plans. The units are expandable so the more wine you have, the more racks you can add!
Woodworking With Oak - Tips for Getting the...
Although there are numerous varieties of the species, one of the most revered types of wood used in woodworking is oak. Building woodworking projects out of oak can be very rewarding. It can also be very frustrating. There are a number of considerations one should remember when woodworking with oak. Learn some steps for getting the best results out of your oak woodworking projects.
Doweling - Woodworking Joinery
Doweling as a method of joinery is simple: a few dowels are glued into matching holes in corresponding boards. The joint is clamped until the glue dries, which yields a strong, durable, classic woodworking joint. Learn how to incorporate doweling into your woodworking plans.
How to Remove Table Saw Rust
Many woodworkers live in climates with high humidity, and cast-iron table saws don't mix well with humidity. In these locales, the saw's table will rust easily. How should one go about removing the rust and then preventing its return? Learn some steps to removing the rust and keeping your table saw rust-free.
Drill Large Holes in Wood With Ease
Spade drill bits (also known as paddle bits) are designed for drilling large holes in wood, typically from about 3/8-inch up to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. These spade drill bits are commonly used in construction by electricians and plumbers for quickly drilling holes in studs to accommodate wiring and pipes.
Radial Arm Saws - Unparalleled Versatility
While the table saw is the king of the woodshop, the radial-arm saw is probably more versatile. Here's tips for using one on your projects.
Replacing the Surface on a Radial Arm Saw
If your radial-arm saw's table becomes damaged beyond being usable, what type of sheet material should you use to replace the table? Is plywood the best choice? How about aligned pieces of dimensional lumber? Perhaps OSB or MDF? In this woodworking tip, learn what materials work best for replacing a radial-arm saw table.
How to Build Pantry Cabinets for the Kitchen
Need more kitchen storage? Don't buy a pantry - build your own kitchen pantry cabinet with these handy step-by-step woodworking instructions.
Applying a Gel Stain Finish
When staining your fine woodworking projects, one option is to employ a gel stain. A gel stain will give you some control over the depth of the color that you add. Learn how to properly apply and work with gel stains.
Find the Best Circular Saw for your Shop
A circular saw is an extremely versatile power tool, in that it can be used to rip or cross-cut boards (either with a guide or simply free-hand).
How to Create Various Dovetail Joints
Quality dovetail joints are a hallmark of fine woodworking. Learn the various types of dovetail joints, and how to create tight-fitting dovetail joinery.
How to Match Wood Fillers with Stained Wood
Filling nail or other holes on stained woodworking projects can be a source of frustration for woodworkers. Learn strategies for matching wood fillers with stain colors to get the best results from your woodworking plans.
Creating a Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish
Lacquer finishes have been used by woodworkers for many years, as they are durable, clear and dry quickly and can be hand-rubbed to an amazingly glossy finish.
Free Plans to Craft Attractive Planter Boxes
In these free planter box plans, follow along step-by-step to learn how to build a planter box that is large enough to hold a number of relatively large plants. The planter box plans are relatively simple, and can be altered to accommodate nearly any size. The box has a heavy plastic liner and drainage system to drain off excess water. Download the free planter box plans and build one today!
Wood Finish Tips
After putting in all of the time to build a great woodworking project, you need a beautiful wood finish to show off your woodworking skills. A good wood finish is the difference between a good woodworking project and a beautiful woodworking project. Whether you choose to paint, stain, lacquer, shellac or French Polish your project, in this list you can find tips for great wood finishes.
Free Plans to the 7 Ultimate Projects for...
Download free woodworking plans for cabinets, a portable shop table, the ultimate wood sawhorses, a classic wooden toolbox, featherboards and more.
How to Cut a Rabbet
A rabbet is a very useful joint for connecting two pieces of stock, particularly when building cabinets. A rabbet is merely a dado cut into one piece of wood at the edge that will securely hold another piece of wood.
Woodworking with Cedar - Types of Wood for...
Cedar is a type of wood that encompasses a variety of species. When woodworking with cedar, one needs to know the wood's limitations and it's strengths. Cedar is more weather-resistant than a lot of other commonly-available species, making it ideally-suited for outdoor woodworking projects such as benches and window boxes. Some species of cedar, Aromatic Red Cedar in particular, are used for lining closets. Learn the advantages of woodworking with cedar.
9 Resources for Getting the Most Out of Your...
The table saw is the center of the modern woodworking shop. It is the most versatile tool, the one around which all of the work in the shop is centered. If there is one tool that woodworkers need to buy the best that they can afford, it is the table saw. Learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of your table saw.
How to Use a Skew Chisel
A skew chisel is a woodturning tool that is sometimes used for making square-shaped grooves in a spindle and one of the more dangerous turning tools.
Jointers - The Easy Way to Square & Flat...
A jointer is a woodworking machine designed to create a flat surface on one edge of a board. However, the jointer also excels as making a perpendicular edge square to that flat side. Learn how to properly utilize this useful power tool for your woodworking projects.
Using Wood Screws in Your Woodworking Projects
Wood screws are strong, hold well, plus they are versatile and easy to use. Do you know what types are best to use in your woodworking projects?
Play Washers - Build a Set of Washer Boxes
Horseshoes is a game that has been played for years. However, playing horseshoes takes quite a bit of space and can really dig up a lot of grass in your back yard. Washers is a very similar game, but can be played on any surface, using a pair of washers boxes. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a matching set of washer boxes and teach you how to play this fun game of skill, indoors or out.
Build a Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass...
In this set of free woodworking plans, build a wine rack that holds thirteen bottles of wine while also holding twelve of your favorite wine glasses.
How Many TPI Should My Saw Blades Have?
A common question among novice woodworkers revolves around the number of teeth per inch (TPI) a saw blade should have for a particular cut. As a general rule, the more teeth per inch, the smoother the cut, but the fewer teeth per inch, the faster the cut. Learn all of the details on how many teeth per inch your blades should have for any particular cut in this woodworking tip.
Tips for Woodworking, Sanding, and Finishing...
Cherry, specifically American Black, is one of the most revered species used for woodworking. Learn tips for getting the most out of this favorite wood.
Free Woodworking Plans - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.
Make a Bamboo Wind Chime
With their soothing sounds, wind chimes make a terrific addition to any backyard, deck or patio. If you buy them in a store, they also can be rather pricey. Ironically, they are relatively easy to build. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a bamboo wind chime. This is a fun woodworking project to build, one that you can easily make with your kids!
What is Plywood and How is it Made?
Plywood is a series of layers of wood glued together. Learn how plywood is made and the advantages of using it in your woodworking projects.
Pocket Joinery - How to Make Quick, Strong...
Pocket Joints are little more than a screw driven through a diagonally placed hole. While pocket joints can be difficult to create by hand, with a special pocket hole jig, they are very easy to use. Learn the benefits of pocket joinery and when to use them in your woodworking projects.
Get the Most Out of Your Router
With a woodworking router and a few router bits, using either the full or partial profile, you can apply hundreds of shapes to the edge of a board.
How to Select and Use Router Bits for Your...
Many woodworking suppliers carry router bits of every shank size and profile imaginable. How do you know which router bits to choose for your project?
How to Use a Biscuit Cutter
A biscuit cutter (also known as a plate joiner) is designed for cutting biscuit slots into pieces of stock. A biscuit is then inserted into the slots with a little glue to hold the biscuit joint securely in place. Here are some tips for using a biscuit joiner as well as some features to look for when you buy one.
Compound Miter Saw Tune Up and Calibration Tips
A miter saw must be setup accurately to cut with precision. Learn how to adjust your saw with these compound miter saw tune up and calibration tips.
Miter Saw Tips
A compound miter saw is ideal for making clean crosscuts on wood. A standard miter saw can cut any angle up to 45 degrees left or right (and sometimes a little greater of an angle), while a compound miter saw can cut the same miter angles, but also be beveled up to 45 degrees left or right while cutting the miter, hence the word compound. Learn how to get the most out of your miter saw, whether it has compound miter saw capabilities, or is just a basic miter saw.
Woodworking with Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF), is regularly used in mass-manufactured furniture. In many cases, MDF has a veneer glued to its faces, making it appear to be finely grained wood. Why not use real wood? MDF is cheap, and can be built from scraps of other woods. It also contains formaldehyde, which can be hazardous to your health. Does MDF have a place in fine woodworking?
How to Use a Belt Sander
A belt sander is ideal for removing substantial amounts of material quickly. Belt sanders are larger than palm sanders or random orbital sanders, and require a bit of muscle to use properly. The belts are typically much more coarsely grained than finish sanders, and can grab and pull very easily. Additionally, they can rip through skin easily, so caution is required. However, few tools are better at removing stock quickly. Here's how to safely and effectively use your belt sander.
Stacked Dado Blade Sets
Using stacked dado blades would likely be the easiest and most accurate method for cutting dadoes and rabbets, particularly in plywood. While there are other types of dado blades (primarily wobble dado blades), a quality set of stacked dado blades will give the cleanest cut with edges that will be square to the foot of the cut.
How to Buy and Use a Wood Lathe
Woodturning is a popular subset of woodworking, in that all you really need is a good lathe and some sharp hand tools to get started. Learn all about wood lathes and what to look for when you buy one.
Build a Classic Wooden Toolbox with These Free...
In this set of free woodworking plans, you can learn how to build your own classic wooden toolbox that relies on joinery rather than nails or screws.
Woodworking Review - Bosch GCM12SD Sliding...
Sliding miter saws have been around for years. The Bosch GCM12SD Sliding Miter Saw has attempted to change the rules. Do their changes work?
Tips for Woodworking With Pine
Pine is one of the most common softwoods available at home centers. Pine is often though of as a construction material, but it can also be used for building fine woodworking projects. Stable pine, particularly old long-leaf pine, is quite beautiful in fine furniture. Learn tips for getting the most out of pine in your woodworking projects.
Woodworking Projects to Build Using a Table Saw
This list contains a number of sets of free woodworking plans, all of which are built primarily using your table saw. Download your favorites today!
Build a Clay Pot Hanger
This spring, show off your woodworking skills and gardening abilities at the same time. Display your plants in this simple yet impressive clay pot hanger. Each hanger can hold four clay pots securely. Best of all, this is a very simple woodworking project that nearly anyone can build! Download the free plans and build your clay pot hanger today.
Selecting the Proper Saw Blade for Your...
The secret to getting a great cut with a circular saw is knowing the differences in blades and choosing the right blade for the cut you need to make.
How to Use a Finish Nailer
Finish nailers come in a few varieties, (straight or angled magazine, various sizes of nails, pneumatic or cordless, etc.) but all operate on the same basic principles. In this woodworking tool tip, learn how to get the most out of your finish nailer, plus tips on making adjustments to the nailer when needed.
Safety Equipment for Woodworking in the Woodshop
There are a few basic pieces of safety equipment that every woodworker should use religiously. Developing the habit of using the safety equipment every time you work in the shop will help protect you from injury.
10 Router Bit Shapes Every Woodworker Should Know
Woodworking routers, both fixed-base routers and plunge routers, as well as shapers are all woodworking power tools that are commonly used for applying profiles to the edge of wood. The particular profile applied to the edge of the wood is based upon the shape of the router bit installed into the router. With a single bit or a combination of two or more bits, a woodworker can apply innumerable shapes to the edge of a board. In this article, learn about the ten most versatile router bits.
Layout Square
Every carpenter carries a triangular layout square (or combination square) in their nail pouch, and in the wood shop, it is equally as useful. Learn the features of the combination square, and why you should always have one within easy reach when woodworking.
Free Woodworking Plans for Outdoor Projects
Looking for a new backyard, patio or deck project? Here are many free outdoor woodworking plans including a rocker, game board and more.
Free Woodworking Plans for Furniture
Do you need a set of free woodworking plans for building a furniture project or accessories for your living room, bedroom or office? Check out this list of woodworking furniture plans, including a pair of modular coffee tables, a set of plans to build an under-window bookcase, an Adirondack loveseat glider rocker and more. Each set of free woodworking plans includes a measured drawing and bill of materials.
Woodworking with Various Wood Species
There are numerous species of wood that are used for woodworking around the world. Each species has different rules for getting the most out of that particular type of wood. In this list, learn woodworking tips for dealing with just a few of the most popular varieties of wood used for woodworking, such as oak, maple, pine and more.
Jigsaws - What Features do you Really Need?
With the proper blades, jigsaws can be employed to cut metal, plastics and other materials. Learn the features you should look for when buying one.
Free Woodworking Plans using a Router
The wood router is a great tool for applying edge profiles to woodstock. Here are a number of woodworking projects you can build using a router.
Four Methods for Covering Exposed Plywood Edges
Building with plywood? Don't leave the unsightly edges uncovered. Here are four attractive methods for dressing up the exposed plywood edges.
How Far Apart Should Biscuits Be Spaced?
A biscuit joint is when a football-shaped biscuit (commonly made of beechwood) is inserted into matching slots in two corresponding boards. One common question is,
Woodworking Machines for Your Shop
One difference between woodworking and carpentry is that carpentry is done on a job site where stationary woodworking machines that can't be taken.
How to Use SPF Lumber in Fine Woodworking...
Most of the dimensional softwoods sold at home centers and lumberyards today consists of a variety of spruce, pine and fir species (referred to as SPF lumber). These softwoods are great for construction purposes, but can SPF lumber be used for fine woodworking projects? Learn the answers in this woodworking article.
Top 10 Shop Accessories Every Woodworker Should...
While every shop should have an assortment of woodworking tools, there are many woodshop accessories that are just as useful. Here is our Top 10.
Sliding Dovetail Joints
When considering the design of a woodworking project, there are a variety of woodworking joints to consider. One of the most versatile woodworking joints is the sliding dovetail joint. It is strong, has numerous practical uses, and can be made a few different ways with a variety of woodworking tools. Learn the uses and methods for building a sliding dovetail joint.
Rockwell Blade Runner RK7320 Cutting Machine...
The Rockwell Blade Runner RK7320 is called The Ultimate Cutting Machine, as it can cut wood, ceramic tile, PVC, and metal. How well does it work?
How to Build Super-Strong Shelves
When building a bookshelf for a lot of books or shelves for heavy electronics, you'll want to build super-strong shelves, much stronger than a single thickness of 3/4-inch plywood or other stock will provide. In this article, find some woodworking ideas for building super-strong shelves to help support a set of encyclopedias, a lot of big books or other heavy items.
Pressure Treated Wood Safety
For years, pressure-treated lumber was treated with an arsenic-based substance to help protect against moisture. In recent years, health concerns caused the United States' Environmental Protection Agency to convince lumber companies to change to a new, copper-based formula. However, is this new formula better? Learn about pressure treated wood safety using this
Hanging Cabinets with French Cleat Wedge Brackets
A French Cleat is a type of wedge bracket that can be used to mount a cabinet tightly against the wall. Here's how to incorporate a French Cleat.
Plans for Various Kitchen Cabinets
When budgeting for remodeling or building a kitchen, the cabinets can be a source of sticker shock. What's really frustrating is that kitchen cabinets are
Compact Power for Drilling & Driving
Cordless impact drivers have taken a prominent place among cordless woodworking tools, mainly because they pack a considerable amount of power into drilling and driving tasks without transferring the impact to the user. While some might consider an impact driver to be more of a construction tool than a fine woodworking tool, there are plenty of uses for one around the woodshop. Learn how to put the power of an impact driver to use on your woodworking projects.
How to Build Utility Shelves
In laundry rooms, garages or other locations, a utility shelf can be very useful. Properly built shelves are more than just wood attached to some brackets. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build strong, sturdy shelving that will also look great.
How to Build Base Cabinets for the Kitchen or...
Why buy cabinets when you can build your own base cabinets inexpensively and easily? Learn how to build a base cabinet that is adaptable to your kitchen needs.
Plywood Edge Treatment Options
Plywood is a very stable material for making cabinets, bookcases and table tops. However, the exposed edges of plywood is rather unsightly if left uncovered.
Milwaukee 6955-20 Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw...
The Milwaukee 6955-20 sliding dual bevel miter saw is a very sturdy woodworking machine in the tradition of Milwaukee tools. Is it a good value?
10 Tips and Tricks for Solving Woodworking...
Learn some woodworking tips and tricks to help solve even the trickiest of problems. While there are literally countless ideas for solving wood working problems, here are a few of my favorite woodworking tricks that I've learned over the years. If you have a problem, perhaps one of these woodworking tips will work for you.
Twelve Table Saw Safety Tips
The table saw is the centerpiece of most woodshops. It is also widely regarded as one of the most dangerous power tools. With the proper precautions, the table saw can be much safer. Learn twelve table saw safety tips to help you operate your table saw safely and effectively.
Do You Know What Hardwoods Are Best for Wood...
If you're an experienced wood turner, or are just learning, your chances of success are much greater if you choose the right hardwoods for turning.
Hand Sanding for a Perfect Final Touch
Power sanders are perfect for most sanding tasks, but for an absolutely perfect finish, try these hand sanding tips before you apply your finish.
Dovetail Jigs
For many years, dovetail joints have been cut by hand saws and chisels. However, in recent years, cutting the pins and tails with a router and a jig has become the method of choice. There are a variety of different types of templates available: some that require a guide collar on the base of the router, some that use a bearing-tipped bit, some that must be used on a router table and more. Learn about some of the most popular commercial dovetail jigs on the market today.
Rounding Between Centers or Faceplate Turnings...
In creating nearly every spindle or bowl that is turned on a lathe, the first tool used is probably a roughing gouge. This curved chisel is often used to round a square blank before more intricate work can begin. If proper technique is applied, the roughing gouge is a safe and fun tool to use. Learn how to use a roughing gouge in this woodworking article.
Photo Gallery: Inside the Woodshop
If you're looking for ideas for the layout of your woodshop, check out this woodshop photo gallery. Perhaps you need ideas for how to position all of your woodworking machines in a limited space, or maybe ideas for lumber storage. Want to show off your woodshop? Send your photo to the woodworking guide to add your shop to this woodworking workshop photo gallery.
Random Orbital Sanders
Technological advances have made Random Orbital Sanders almost a necessity in the wood shop. The random action of the sander makes most sanding a relatively quick chore, without creating scratches from the sanding action.
Build a Modular Coffee Table
Looking to build something for your living room? Try these modular coffee table plans. Two coffee tables can be placed together in a number of varied arrangements or placed separately for use as end tables. Download the free woodworking plans and build a pair of these modular coffee tables for your living room today!
How to Build a Computer Monitor Riser
Learn how to build this neat hardwood computer monitor riser, equipped with two dovetailed storage drawers for better ergonomics at your office desk.

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