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Updated Articles and Resources

By Chris Baylor

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Woodworking with Cedar Created: Monday, November 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Cedar is more weather-resistant than a many other wood species, making it perfect for outdoor woodworking projects such as benches and window boxes.
    • Applying a Gel Stain Finish Created: Sunday, December 17, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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...
    • How to Apply a Lacquer Finish Created: Sunday, December 16, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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 dam...
    • Pocket Joinery - How to Make Quick, Strong Pocket Joints Created: Monday, June 04, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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...
    • Woodworking Fasteners: Nails, Brads & Tacks Created: Sunday, October 29, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      In years gone by, no woodworker could get by without a wide variety of nails at their disposal. With today's woodworkers, though, nails are becoming more and more a thing of the past. That doesn'...
    • Tips for Woodworking with Maple Created: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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,...
    • Getting the Best Results When Woodworking with Oak Created: Monday, May 28, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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...
    • Wood Turning Safety and Safety Equipment Created: Friday, August 25, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      When wood turning on a lathe, as with other woodworking tools, safety should be the woodworker's first concern. Learn the special precautions one should keep in mind when wood turning, to make wood...
    • Tips to Reduce Router Tear-Out Created: Sunday, November 29, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Wood tear-out is one of the common problems when using a router bit. While it's nearly impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of a tear-out when cutting with a router bit, by understand...
    • Woodworking with Ipe Created: Sunday, April 18, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Brazilian Ipe that is sold by fine wood suppliers can actually be as many as ten different, but very similar Brazilian species, all of which are sold as Ipe. Learn how to work with Ipe, what types ...
    • Woodworking with Walnut Created: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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.
    • Plywood Grades Created: Wednesday, October 04, 2006 Updated: Monday, April 21, 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.

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