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By Chris Baylor

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Plywood Grades Created: Wednesday, October 04, 2006 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      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.
    • Free Bird Feeder Plans Created: Sunday, May 22, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      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 plexig...
    • How to Build Cabinets and Doors Created: Saturday, May 01, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      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...
    • Best Wood Router Kit Values Created: Monday, May 12, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      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 ...
    • How to Fix a Stripped Screw Hole Created: Thursday, September 06, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      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 French Polish Your Woodworking Project Created: Thursday, September 27, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      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 ...
    • Build a Kitchen Sink Base Cabinet Created: Thursday, February 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Building a sink cabinet is one of the easiest pieces of cabinetry to make for woodworkers. Follow these simple steps and build one for your home today!
    • Woodworking with Pine Created: Monday, April 20, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      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, ...
    • Applying Polyurethane for a Durable, Beautiful Finish Created: Thursday, October 02, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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, y...
    • Identifying Plywood Sizes Created: Wednesday, October 04, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Buying plywood (and other sheet goods) at the lumber yard can be a bit confusing, particularly because the actual sizes (as measured with a tape measure) don't actually match the common name for th...
    • How to Calculate Board Feet Created: Thursday, October 29, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      When buying hardwood lumber, you'll find that the wood is sold by the board foot. How can you easily calculate board feet, and why would you want to calculate board feet when the lumberyard has alr...
    • Top Hand Tools Every Woodworker Needs Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • Tips for Working with Poplar Wood Created: Thursday, March 27, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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 moder...
    • Tips for Woodworking with Cherry Created: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • How to Buy Pre-Owned Tools Created: Thursday, November 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Use this used woodworking tool buying guide when considering buying pre-owned tools so you get the quality item that you need.
    • How to Cut with a Band Saw Created: Sunday, August 07, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      To think that a band saw is only for cutting curves is to sell the tool short. Learn a variety of cutting techniques when using your band saw.
    • Ridgid Oscillating Spindle Sander Review Created: Monday, June 13, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Learn the advantages and drawbacks to this versatile oscillating spindle sander in this woodworking tool review with extra links for more information.
    • Porter-Cable PCL180DK-2 Cordless Drill/Driver Created: Thursday, December 11, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Learn about the Porter-Cable PCL180 18v 1/2-inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver, and how it measures up with the top cordless drills on the market.
    • Review of the Bosch 1617EVS Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit Created: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      This tool is a solid choice for the woodworker who needs versatility in a plunge and fixed base router, despite some suggested improvements.
    • Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig Review Created: Sunday, February 18, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      This dovetail jig is well-built and relatively easy to use for cutting. Learn the features and functions of the Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig.
    • Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw Tool Review Created: Thursday, February 08, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      While the Ridgid Band Saw certainly doesn't have the horsepower for production shop work, it may be the perfect choice for the weekend woodworker.
    • Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe Review Created: Friday, February 19, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Learn the advantages of the Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe in this Woodworking Review, including a discussion of the optional extension and base.
    • Choosing Proper Router Bit Speeds Created: Sunday, February 11, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      In this woodworking article, you'll find a chart with guidelines for the maximum recommended speeds for each size of router bit." itemprop="description">
    • Build a Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass Storage Created: Friday, March 09, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • Build a Classic Wooden Toolbox Created: Sunday, January 14, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • How Much Pressure to Use When Gluing Wood Together Created: Monday, September 05, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      How does one know when enough pressure is enough? Learn some ideas on how much pressure to apply to a glue-up in this woodworking tip.
    • Straight Router Bits and Spiral Router Bits: Which are Better? Created: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Learn the differences between straight router bits and spiral router bits, and when to use each for the best advantage in your woodworking projects.
    • How to Use a Framing Nailer Safely and Effectively Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A framing nailer allows the operator to put a number of framing nails into an assembly in the time it would take to drive one nail with a hammer.
    • How to Use a Skew Chisel Created: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • Find the Best Circular Saw for your Shop Created: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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 Fix a Sticky Drawer Created: Thursday, May 10, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Wooden drawers can sometimes stick with the natural expansion and contraction of the wood based on seasonal moisture content. Learn how to fix a sticky one.
    • Modular Wine Rack - Beautiful and Expandable Created: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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!

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