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About Woodworking - Tips for a Perfect Finish
The difference between an average piece and a beautiful piece of woodwork is the finish. There are many different types of finishes to choose from. Learn finishing tips for putting a beautiful final touch on your handiwork.

Wood Joinery - Methods for Connecting Wood with Wood Joinery
Sometimes with wood joinery, the joint between two pieces of wood may depend more on how it looks than how strong it is. Quite often, a woodworker is judged by his skill in wood joinery. While there are many woodworking tools to assist in creating wood joints, a beginning woodworker should focus on mastering a few basic wood joints and continue learning his wood joinery from there.

Best Combo Router Woodworking Kits (Top 5)
A combo router won't handle every task, but they will tackle most woodworking router needs. Here are five choices, based on performance and value.

Getting Started in Woodworking - Basics for Beginners
Here are tips for how to learn woodworking. If you master these basic beginner woodworking principles, the rest will fall into place as you go along.

Wood Sanding Techniques
When learning how to sand wood, most woodworkers discover that it is a tedious task, but one that is vital to the quality of a woodworking project. Here are tips to 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.

10 Woodworking Safety Rules Every Woodworker Should Know
There are a few woodworking safety rules that should always be followed. Make woodworking safety a habit, and be safe in the woodshop.

How to Use a Brad Nailer - Woodworking Tool Tips
Brad nailers are similar to finish nailers, except that they use much smaller 18-gauge brads and are meant for delicate work. Here's how to use one.

Wood Finishes: 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 Cut a Dado - Basic Woodworking Joints
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.

Getting Started in Woodworking - The Basics
Woodworking basics to get any woodworker off to a good start, including setting up your workspace, acquiring the basic tools and the skills to use them safely, shop accessories and more.

Calculating Board Feet - Woodworking Tips and Techniques
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?

Getting a Beautiful Woodworking Finish With Shellac
Shellac is derived from a secretion from an insect, which when processed and mixed with alcohol, makes an amazing finish for woodworking projects.

When and When Not to Use a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
A pre-stain conditioner helps soft, porous woods such as pine, fir, birch and maple to absorb stain evenly, resulting in a more consistent finish.

What Size Screws Do You Need for Your Project?
When designing a woodworking project, how do you determine what size and length screws should be used to join pieces of wood? Here are the answers.

How to Fix a Stripped Screw Hole - Woodworking Tips
Here's how to fix a stripped screw hole using a few different simple methods for tackling this aggravating woodworking problem.

Understanding Wood Sizes - Woodworking Tips
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.

Tips for Using Poplar Wood in Woodworking Plans
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.

7 Power Tools Every Woodworker Should Have
Getting started in woodworking doesn't have to be expensive. Here are seven power tools that are useful and practical for any beginning woodworker.

How to French Polish a Woodworking Project
Few finishes offer such a remarkably beautiful shine as a French polish. Here's how you can use a French polish finish on your next furniture project.

Plywood Grades and Bonding Types - Woodworking Tips
There are many different plywood grades on the market, from marine to exterior and AA to CDX. Here are woodworking tips on when to use each grade.

Tips for Staining Wood - Woodworking Finishes
Staining wood on a woodworking project should show off the woodworker's skill rather than cover any blemishes like paint. Here are some staining tips.

Woodworking Tip: How to Remove Odors From Wood
Wood used for woodworking projects can take on certain odors from the environment. Here are some ideas and methods for removing odors from wood.

Identifying Plywood Sizes and Types
Buying plywood can be a bit confusing, particularly because the measured sizes don't match the common name for the product. Here's why.

Tips for Applying Polyurethane for a Perfect Finish
Polyurethane is a durable, easy to apply finish that provides protection to your piece. Learn methods for applying it properly to ensure success.

Why Doesn’t a 2x4 Measure 2-inches by 4-inches?
When buying lumber, do you understand how dimensional lumber is measured? In other words, why doesn't a 2x4 measure 2-inches by 4-inches? Here's why...

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Woodworking Projects for Advanced Woodworkers
Once a woodworker has a developed a solid set of skills, it may be time to try more challenging designs. Here are some advanced woodworking projects.

Woodworking Machine Tools
Woodworking Machines, large power tools that are typically stationary, are the backbone of every wood shop. Learn the features and functions of woodworking machines and how you can use them to complete your woodworking projects.

Power Tool Tune-up and Calibration Tips
Keeping your woodworking power tools in top form will not only help them last longer, but make them operate more efficiently and accurately. Here's how.

Handheld Power Tools
Getting started in woodworking with power tools doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Just a few well-selected power tools are all a beginning woodworker needs to complete a quite a number of woodworking projects and develop their skill level at the same time. Here are some handheld power tools that are the most useful and practical for any beginning woodworker getting started.

Woodworking Tools, Machines and Equipment
A thorough description of woodworking tools, including power and hand tools, blades, bits, jigs and woodworking supplies.

Compound Miter Saw Tips and Tricks
A compound miter saw is a power tool used to make precise square and angled cuts, if you know how to use it. Here are some miter saw tips and tricks.

Beyond the Basics: Power Tools for Advanced Woodworkers
Once a woodworker moves beyond the beginner stage, are there any power tools they may find useful? Here's some advanced woodworking tools to consider.

Blades & Bits for Your Woodworking Tools
Even the best woodworking tools are only as good as their blades or bits. In this category, learn the types of blades & bits necessary to cut, router or drill as necessary, plus ways to keep those implements in their best working condition.

How to Tune-Up a Drill Press
By learning how to tune up your drill press, you can ensure that it continues to run smoothly and drill as precisely as needed. Here are some tips.

How to Buy a Table Saw - Woodworking Tool Buying Tips
What features should you look for when buying a table saw? What are features that you don't need, to save some money? Here are table saw buying tips.

Learn the Basics of Woodturning 101
Woodturning can be a very enjoyable hobby, and if the novice focuses on developing the basic skills of woodturning, it can be a very safe hobby too.

Box Joints - A Simple Alternative to Dovetails
Dovetail joints are beautiful and strong, but aren't always practical. In some cases, a box joint may work, with some of the benefits of dovetails.

Radial Arm Saws - Unparalleled Versatility
While the table saw is the king of the woodshop, the radial-arm saw is likely more versatile. Here's tips for using a radial-arm saw on your projects.

How to Cut with a Band Saw - Woodworking Tips
To think that a band saw is only for cutting curves is to sell the tool short. Here are a variety of cutting techniques to try on your band saw.

Table Saw Tune-Up Tips - Woodworking Tool Tips
The table saw is the workhorse of the wood shop. Here's how to determine if your table saw needs to be aligned, and how to make the adjustments.

Wood Finishing and Paint Tips for a Woodworking Project
After making a great wood project, the finish you choose should show off your woodworking skills. Here's how to apply various wood finishes and paint.

How to Make Shop-Built Woodworking Jigs
Many woodworking tasks can be handled easily and safely with woodworking jigs. Here's how you can make a number of these jigs right in your wood shop.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Table Saw
The table saw is typically the center of the modern woodworking shop. Learn how to use a table saw safely and effectively with these tips and tricks.

Woodworking Tips and Tricks To Fix Problems
Here are some woodworking tips and tricks to help solve even the trickiest of problems you might encounter when building a woodworking project.

How to Use a Wood Lathe - The Basics of Wood Turning
Learn how to use a wood lathe and the basics of wood turning; it just takes some knowledge and a little practice. Here's how to get started.

Twelve Periods of American Furniture - Woodworking History
American furniture has had twelve major periods, relying primarily on French and English influence. These furniture styles guide woodworkers today.

Router Bit Profiles - Woodworking Tools & Accessories
Fixed-base and plunge routers are woodworking power tools for applying router bit profiles to the edge of wood. Here are ten router bit profiles.

Forstner Drill Bits - Woodworking Accessories
Forstner bits produce smooth, flat-bottomed holes perfect for fitting dowels into the holes. Learn how you can use them best in your projects.

How to Use a Compound Miter Saw - Woodworking Tool Tips
A compound miter saw is ideal for making clean crosscuts on wood. Here's how to use a compound miter saw, for straight, beveled or mitered cross cuts.

How to Use a Router - Woodworking Tips
Here's how to use a router and a few router bits, using either the full or partial profile, to apply hundreds of shapes to the edge of a board.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Akeda DC16 Dovetail Jig. Page 28.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Bosch Colt Palm Router. Page 29.

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This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Bosch JS5 Jigsaw. Page 30.

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This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Carvewright Wood Carver. Page 31.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Craftsman 21235 Miter Saw. Page 22.

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This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Craftsman Digital Miter Gauge. Page 32.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Grip Rite 18 Gauge Nailer. Page 23.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Grip-Rite 16-ga Finish Nailer. Page 33.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Hitachi KM12VC Router Kit. Page 16.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Irwin Quick Grip Clamps. Page 17.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Kreg Jig K3 Pocket Hole Jig. Page 21.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the MLCS Through Dovetail Jig. Page 18.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Milwaukee 12v Compact Driver. Page 25.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Milwaukee 5616-24 Router Kit. Page 24.

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This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the PSI Panel Saw System. Page 27.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the PSI Pocket Hole Jig. Page 26.

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This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Painter's Pyramid. Page 34.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw. Page 19.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Bosch 1617EVS Router Kit. Page 9.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the DeWalt DW618PK Router Kit

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Festool Mobile Dust Extractor. Page 5.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Festool OF 1400 EQ Router. Page 2.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Freud FT1700VCE Router Kit. Page 10.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Grip Rite GR152CM Compressor. Page 11.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Katie Jig Dovetail System. Page 14.

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This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Keller Dovetail System. Page 4.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Leigh D1600 Dovetail System. Page 3.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the MLCS Half-Blind Dovetail Jig. Page 8.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the review of the Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig. Page 6.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Porter-Cable 893PK Router Kit. Page 7.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Ridgid R2900 Router Kit. Page 12.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner. Page 15.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Saw Jaw blade guard. Page 20.

Reviews of Woodworking Tools - Image Gallery
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Here is the full review of the Zem by SensGard Hearing Guard. Page 13.

Reviews of Various Woodworking Tools
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Click on any image to read the complete review of that particular tool, to help you make an informed buying decision.

Reviews of Various Woodworking Tools
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Click on any image to read the complete review of that particular tool, to help you make an informed buying decision.

Reviews of Various Woodworking Tools
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Click on any image to read the complete review of that particular tool, to help you make an informed buying decision.

How to Sand Wood - Woodworking Tips
Here are wood sanding techniques to learn how to sand wood easier, faster, and most importantly, for making a beautifully smooth woodworking project.

Tips and Tricks for Joining Stock with a Biscuit Joint
A biscuit joint is ideal for gluing boards together to make a table top. In this article, learn tips for making strong and even biscuit joints.

About Woodworking - Wood Turning Tips and Techniques
Wood Turning on a lathe is a little bit different than working with all other machines in the workshop. Wood turning is truly an art that requires a great deal of practice. However, once the basics are mastered, few aspects of woodworking are as addictive. Learn the basics as well as tips and tricks to make wood turning easier and more enjoyable.

How to Use a Biscuit Joint - Woodworking Tips
A biscuit joint uses small, football-shaped slices of beechwood used to join wood together. Here is a list of tips on how to make a biscuit joint.

Types of Dovetail Joints - Woodworking Tips
A quality dovetail joints is a hallmark of fine woodworking. Learn the various types of dovetail joints, and how to make tight-fitting dovetail joints.

How to Make Mitered Butt Joints - Woodworking Joinery
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.

Drill Press Alignment Tips - Woodworking Tools
A drill press is a precision tool for drilling holes in wood that must be aligned to drill precisely. Here are some tips for aligning your drill press.

How to Use Dowel Joinery to Connect Wood
Dowel joinery is simple: a few dowels are glued into matching holes in corresponding boards. Learn how to use dowel joinery in your woodworking plans.

How to Use a Skew Chisel - Woodturning Tools
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.

How to Adjust a Miter Saw: Tune Up and Calibration Tips
A compound miter saw must be setup accurately to cut with precision. Learn how to adjust a miter saw with these tune up and calibration tips.

Wood Shop Accessories Every Woodworker Should Have
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.

Top 10 Essential Hand Woodworking Tools List
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.

How to Address Woodworking Problems
Knots, cracks, shrinking & expanding stock and blemishes are just a few of the problems a woodworker may have to deal with. Learn some easy-to-follow tips for avoiding problems before they occur, or address them after they have occurred.

Woodworking Tool Tips
When working with power tools in the woodshop, problems can occur for a variety of reasons. In these woodworking tool tips, look for specific tips on dealing with individual power tools and how to address them safely and quickly.

Refinishing Furniture - How to Strip Off Old Finishes
Removing paint or stain to uncover wood's beauty on an old woodworking project can be a tedious process. Here are some tips for removing the old paint.

About Woodworking - Recommendations for Woodworkers
In our Resources, we discuss ways to improve your skill level as a woodworker, whether by learning through woodworking television shows, books, magazines and courses to buying better tools, finding advanced projects and laying out ideas for improving your workshop.

About Woodworking - Identifying Types of Wood
There are many varieties of stock available to woodworkers. Here, we discuss the properties of wood products available to the woodworker today.

Woodworking Accessories - Reviews of Woodworking Accessories
Woodworking has been assisted over the years by the innovation of numerous woodworking accessories that make creating woodworking projects easier, safer and more accurate. In this section, we test and review a number of woodworking accessories available on the market.

Free Woodworking Plans and Designs
Are you looking for some free woodworking plans? We've got plans for home furnishings, patio furniture, toys, cabinets, shop equipment, jigs and more. Each project includes numerous dimensioned drawings to make completing the project easier.

Cabinetry - How to Build Cabinets for Your Kitchen, Bathroom and More!
Technically, cabinets are little more than boxes made for storing stuff. However, by dressing up these sturdy boxes and installing them securely, a simple box can become an elegant storage solution that becomes the focal point of the kitchen or bathroom. Learn more about building cabinets, drawers and cabinet doors.

Dovetail Jig Systems - Woodworking Reviews of Dovetail Jigs
Dovetail Jig Systems have been around since the 1970s, but have undergone some major development in more recent years. Here, we review numerous dovetail systems to help you find the unit that's right for you.

The Dovetail Joint - How to Make a Dovetail Joint
The dovetail joint is revered for not only its strength, but also its beauty. A dovetail joint comes in many varieties, including through dovetails, half blind dovetails, sliding dovetails and more. Learn the proper techniques of how to make a dovetail joint and use them in your woodworking projects.

Mechanical Woodworking Fasteners
While wood screws and nails are the two most common types, they're not the only types of mechanical fasteners used in woodworking. Learn about the many fastener choices you have for your woodworking projects.

Pneumatic Woodworking Tools
For today's woodworker, pneumatic nailers and staplers have become as commonplace as the saw and hammer. In these articles, we discuss different types of pneumatic woodworking tools and air compressors.

Woodworking Jigs - Make Woodworking Jigs for your Wood Shop
For a number of tasks in the wood shop, the safest and easiest way to accomplish the task is to use a woodworking jig. Many of these jigs you can make in your wood shop rather than buying an expensive option that might not be as effective. Learn how to build a number of these woodworking jigs.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology - A-B
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology beginning with the letters A & B, encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology - S
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology beginning with the letter S encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology - T
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology beginning with the letter T encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Handheld Power Tools
Getting started in woodworking doesn't have to be overly expensive. Just a few well-selected power tools are all a beginning woodworker needs to complete a quite a number of woodworking projects and develop their skill level at the same time. Here are some handheld power tools that are the most useful and practical for any beginning woodworker getting started.

Handheld Power Tools
Getting started in woodworking doesn't have to be expensive. Just a few well-selected power tools are all a beginning woodworker needs to complete a quite a number of woodworking projects and develop their skill level at the same time. Here are some handheld power tools that are the most useful and practical for any beginning woodworker getting started.

Free Woodworking Plans for Your Kitchen
Build these kitchen woodworking plans and projects, including a maple bread tray, hardwood cutting board, a pair of wine racks and a plastic shopping bag saver. These kitchen woodworking projects are fun to build and not show off your skills as a woodworker, plus they are very practical in the kitchen.

Free Woodworking Plans for Outdoor Projects
Looking for free woodworking plans for building projects for your backyard, patio or deck? Check out these outdoor woodworking plans, including an Adirondack loveseat glider rocker, a set of plans to build a cornhole game board or a board to play washers and more. Each set of free woodworking plans includes a measured drawing and bill of materials.

Reviews of Blades & Bits
Even the best woodworking tools are only as good as their blades or bits. In this category, read reviews of blades & bits used to cut, router or drill as necessary, plus ways to keep those implements in their best working condition.

Woodworking Plans for Your Wood Shop
Free woodworking plans designed for use in the wood shop. Build cabinets, a portable shop table, the ultimate wood sawhorses, a classic wooden toolbox, featherboards and more. Each of these sets of free woodworking plans includes drawings and step-by-step instructions so you can build these projects for use in your wood shop.

Woodworking Clamp Reviews
There are a number of styles and sizes of woodworking clamps that can be used to hold the parts of a woodworking project in place while you work. After you read the reviews of each of these woodworking clamps, click on the Compare Prices link to find the best prices on the web.

Woodworking Gift Ideas
Looking for woodworking gift ideas? If your someone on your gift list is a woodworker, check out this list of ten woodworking gifts. Find gift ideas ranging anywhere from under $50 to over $500, sure to please the woodworker on your list.

Power Machinery for Woodworking
The difference between woodworking and carpentry is that carpentry is commonly done on a job site where woodworking is more of a shop-based hobby. Of course, along with the use of a wood shop comes the opportunity to use stationary woodworking machines that can't be taken to a job site. While there are many additional woodworking machines we won't discuss here, learn about the most versatile fine woodworking machinery that are designed for use in the wood shop.

Woodworking Safety Equipment
There are a few varieties of woodworking safety equipment that every woodworker should put to use whenever possible. By making woodworking safety a habit, and you'll be much less likely to encounter a problem when woodworking. Try these pieces of safety equipment to help reduce the chance of injury in your woodshop.

Popular Species of Wood for Woodworking
There are many species of wood that are commonly used in woodworking. Here are descriptions of some of the most popular woods.

Woodworking Safety - Using Woodworking Tools Safely
Woodworking can be a dangerous hobby, particularly when using power tools. However, by following some basic, common sense rules, you can protect yourself from injuries when using any woodworking tools.

How to Make Your Own Built-In Bookcase Cabinets
A built-in bookcase cabinet is a great way to display books, trophies and framed photos. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to build one!

MLCS Pins and Tails Through Dovetail Template Review
The MLCS Pins & Tails Through Dovetail Template is a less-expensive solution (compared to other jigs) for through dovetails. How well does it work?

Craftsman Laser Trac 12-inch Compound Miter Saw Review
The Craftsman Professional Laser Trac 12-inch Compound Miter Saw is a 12-inch compound miter saw that is well-built and versatile. Is it a good value?

Review of the Festool OF 1400 EQ Plunge Router
The Festool OF 1400 EQ Plunge Router is loaded with innovative features that make it well worth investigating when you need a plunge router.

What Type of Wood is Best For Drawer Construction?
When building dovetailed drawers, what types of wood are best for the box construction? Should you use the same species as the unit, or will others suffice?

How to Use Pressure-Treated Lumber in Woodworking
Pressure-treated lumber has been treated with a solution to help the wood be more weather-resistant. Here's how to safely use pressure treated lumber.

Resawing Boards with a Band Saw - Woodworking Tips
Resawing is a woodworking technique using a bandsaw for cutting boards from a larger piece of stock. Here's how to safely and easily resaw boards.

How to Build a Kitchen Sink Base Cabinet
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!

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.

Stacked Dado Blade Sets - What to Look For & How to Use
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 Make a Butt Joint - Basic Woodworking Joinery
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.

Woodworking Tool Review of Kreg K3 Pocket Joint Jig
The Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System has simplified pocket joinery. Learn the features of the Kreg Jig K3 Pocket Hole System to make pocket joinery simple.

Porter-Cable PC180DK-2 Cordless Drill Driver - Woodworking Review of Porter Cable PC180DK-2 Cordless Drill
The Porter-Cable PC180DK-2 Cordless Drill Driver is NiCad-powered cordless drill. How does it compare in power and price to its Lithium-Ion powered cousin?

Boeshield T-9 Rust and Corrosion Protection
Boeshield T-9 Rust and Corrosion Protection is perfect for preventing rust and lubricating saw tables. Boeshield T-9 contains no silicone or teflon, so it will protect and lubricate your table saw, band saw and other saw tables without leaving behind any finish-damaging residue on your wood stock. Learn the advantages of Boeshield T-9 in this woodworking review.

Gator Micro-Zip Sanding Tool - Review of the Gator Micro-Zip Multi-Surface Sanding Tool
The Gator Micro-Zip Multi-Surface Sanding Tool is a handy little device for sanding small surfaces and detail sanding, in 80, 120 and 220 grits.

Sharpen Your Tools with the Grizzly T10010 Wet Grinder
Learn the features and advantages of the Grizzly Wet Grinder for sharpening your chisels, planes, knives and other woodworking tools in this review.

Jet JSSG-10 Slow Speed Wet Sharpener Tool Review
Keeping your woodworking chisels, planes and gouges sharp is easy with the Jet JSSG-10 Wet Sharpener. Learn how in this woodworking tool review.

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.

Woodworking Joinery: Half Blind Dovetails
There are times when a half blind dovetail joint is the best joinery choice. Here's when to use and how to build a quality half blind dovetail joint.

Compound Miter Saws - Precise Angled Cuts Made Easy
A compound miter saw can make precision angled crosscuts easily. Here are features to look for when purchasing single-bevel or dual-bevel models.

Using Your Woodworking Band Saw Safely
Is cutting with a band saw safe? By following the safety precautions in this article, you should be able to reduce the danger of using a band saw.

Where Should You Stand When Using a Table Saw?
Do you know where you should stand when operating your table saw? Here are some tips you can use to stand safely out of harm's way, should a kickback occur.

What are Anti-Kickback Pawls?
Do anti-kickback pawls really help to prevent kickback, or are they more difficult to use than the benefit they provide? Learn the details on how to use them.

Build a Modular Wine Rack - Free Woodworking Plans
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!

Modular Wine Rack Plans: Begin With the Sides
To begin making the modular wine rack, cut the side pieces out of 4/4 stock and place a dowel pin in a notch to hold the front and back halves of the rack.

Front of the Wine Rack - Free Modular Wine Rack Plans
With the sides of the modular wine rack finished, move onto the front of the wine rack. You'll need to cut 1-5/8

Free Woodworking Plans for How 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.

Free Woodworking Plans: Attaching Trim to the the Barn Doors
The next step in these barn door plans is to attach the 2x4 trim that was ripped on the table saw and mitered earlier in these free woodworking plans.

Attaching the 1x2 Trim to the Barn Doors - Free Barn Door Plans
To complete the woodworking on these free barn door plans, attach a traditional decorative X on each door using 1x2 trim with mitered corners.

Cut the Legs to Length - Making the Coffee Table Legs - Modular Coffee Table Plans
While the panels for the table top and shelves of these modular coffee table plans are drying, we'll work on the legs. Cut the five legs for the table to length according to the free woodworking plans you downloaded in the first step. Then we'll prepare the stacked dado set for cutting notches in the legs to accommodate the struts of the table.

Free Glass Coffee Table Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Sand the Rails and the Legs
With the rails and legs of our free modular coffee table plans completed, we should take this time to sand these pieces in preparation for assembly. Sand each of the edges with the exception of the areas that will make contact with other edges for gluing as shown in the free woodworking plans you downloaded in step 1.

Planter Box Plans - Free Woodworking Plans
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!

Cut the Plywood for the Planter Box - Free Woodworking Plans - Planter Box Plans
The first step in this woodworking project is to cut the plywood for the planter box. For this large planter box, we'll use an entire piece of 3/4

Connect the Edges of the Box with Biscuits - Using Biscuit Joinery to Assemble the Planter Box
Once the five pieces of the planter box woodworking plans have been cut to size, we'll assemble the basic planter box with biscuit joinery, glue and finish nails to hold the box while the glue dries. In this step, we'll cut the biscuit slots in the appropriate locations of the pieces of this woodworking project.

Free Woodworking Plans for a Large Planter Box - Attaching the Wood Trim to the Planter Box
Once the 2x2 base has been attached to the plywood box, we'll cover the edges with trim pieces. We'll attach trim around the top and bottom perimeter as well as across the top of the box. Eventually, we'll also place some trim just inside the box, but that is in a later step of these free woodworking plans.

Free Woodworking Plans for Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
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.

Finish the Slab-Style Cabinet Doors - Free Woodworking Plans - Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
The final step to building these slab-style cabinet doors is to sand, apply the finish of choice and install the doors. To sand the doors, begin with a relatively coarse grit sandpaper in your random orbital sander, and sand each edge and face of the door smooth. Pay special attention to the tongue and groove joints to ensure a beautiful looking slab-style cabinet door.

Slab-Style Cabinet Door Plans - Cut the Boards to the Length of Your Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
The first step to building slab-style cabinet doors is to cut the boards you intend to assemble to length. We'll be connecting these boards using tongue-and-groove joinery, so you'll want to allow at least 1/2

Size the Boards for the Slab-Style Cabinet Doors - Free Woodworking Plans for Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
With the boards for the slab cabinet doors cut to length, the next step is to ensure that the edges of the boards are flat, straight and square to the faces. This can be done with a jointer to gain the first edge, and then a table saw to cut the opposite edge parallel to the first. Straight, flat and square edges will make for virtually invisible tongue-and-groove joints in these slab-style cabinet doors.

Lay Out the Boards for the Slab-Style Cabinet Doors - Free Woodworking Plans for Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
With the edges of the boards for your slab-style cabinet doors jointed, the next step is to determine how you want to lay out the boards to form the door. Typically, the board sections will all come from one board, so the grain patterns of the boards should all be similar. Alternating the direction of the grain patterns should help alleviate any warping or cupping in the door.

Cut the Grooves for the Slab-Style Cabinet Doors - Free Woodworking Plans - Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
With the boards for the slab-style cabinet doors laid out, the next step is to cut the grooves for the tongue and groove joints. While these tongue and groove joints can be cut with matching bits on a router, for this set of cabinet doors, we'll cut the tongues and grooves on a table saw with a stacked dado blade set installed.

Free Woodworking Plans for Slab-Style Cabinet Doors - Cut the Tongues for the Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
With the grooves cut in the boards for the slab-style cabinet doors, we'll turn our attention to cutting the tongues to complete the tongue and groove joints. We cut the grooves first, because it is always easier to take a little more off of the tongues as needed to ensure tight tongue and groove joints. Good joints will make for solid slab-style cabinet doors.

Assemble the Slab-Style Cabinet Doors - Free Woodworking Plans - Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
After the tongues and grooves are completed, it's time to assemble the boards of the slab-style cabinet doors. Apply a thin layer of glue to each groove and insert the corresponding tongue. Then place the entire slab-style cabinet door assembly into a set of clamps and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.

Rounding Over the Slab-Style Cabinet Door Edges - Free Woodworking Plans for Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
With the slab-style cabinet doors cut to their finished size, the next step will be to treat the edges. This step is a matter of personal preference. Some slab-style cabinet doors have a rounded front edge, so for that step, we'll use a 3/8

Tall Oak Mirror - Download the Free Woodworking Plans
In these free woodworking plans, learn how to build a relatively simple but very attractive tall oak mirror. Download the measured drawings today!

Using Your Tapering Jig - Free Woodworking Plans for a Tapering Jig
The tapering jig is now complete! To use your tapering jig, adjust the angle of the jig and position the board to be tapered onto the left side of the jig, with the base of the board against the lip at the base end of the jig. Then, move your table saw fence over until you reach the desired width of cut. Hold your tapering jig against the fence and cut the taper.

Drill Bolt Holes in the Tapering Jig - Free Woodworking Plans - Tapering Jig Plans
The next step to building a tapering jig is to drill a hole in each side of the jig near the base to accommodate the carriage bolts. These holes should be just large enough for the two 1/4

Tapering Jig Plans - Building the Spreader Bracket for Tapering Jig - Free Woodworking Plans
The tapering jig is held at the chosen angle with a spreader bracket that you cut using your jigsaw. Cut a 2

Attach the Lip to the Tapering Jig - Free Woodworking Plans - Tapering Jig Plans
Before completing the tapering jig, there needs to be one additional piece of material added to the jig. There are a number of methods that can be used for this task, but I like to cut a 2

Free Utility Shelf Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Cut the Biscuit Slots
With both shelf brackets installed, we'll return to work on the shelf. In this step of these free woodworking plans, we'll begin the process of wrapping the shelf with the decorative 1x2. We'll be using biscuits and a plate joiner to affix the 1x2 to the plywood. In this step, we'll miter the 1x2 and cut the biscuit slots.

Sand and Finish the Utility Shelves - Free Woodworking Plans for Utility Shelves
With the woodworking on your utility shelves complete and the shelf brackets installed, the next to last step is to sand and finish the utility shelves. You may sand by hand or use a random orbital sander to sand the project after filling any nail holes or blemishes with wood filler. Then, apply the finish of choice and allow to dry thoroughly before the final installation of your utility shelves.

Free Woodworking Plans - Cut the Sides of the Wine Rack
The first step in these free woodworking plans for a wine rack with built-in wine glass storage is to cut the sides and the top and bottom of the unit.

Free Woodworking Plans - Round Over the Parts of the Wine Rack
The next step of these free woodworking plans is to round over the edges of the wine rack slides with a router table and a 1/4

Sanding - Free Wine Rack Plans with Built-in Wine Glass Storage
Before any assembly step of these free woodworking plans, sand all parts of the wine rack and wine glass rack and apply the finish before assembly.

Finishing the Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass Rack
Apply the finish to loose parts of the wine rack and wine glass slides now, because this woodworking project will be too difficult to finish after assembly.

Assembly of the Wine Rack and Wine Glass Rack Parts
In the final assembly steps of these free woodworking plans for a wine rack with wine glass storage, connect the parts of the case & attach the wine racks.

Notch the Beam for the Leg Assemblies - Free Miter Saw Stand Plans
Once the two leg assemblies of the portable compound miter saw stand are finished, notch the beam to fit into the leg assembly cross-braces.

Assemble the Classic Wooden Toolbox - Free Wooden Toolbox for Classic Wooden Toolbox
The final woodworking step in these free woodworking plans is to assemble the entire classic wooden toolbox. Use a waterproof glue to help hold the woodworking joints, where appropriate.

Cut the Toolbox Side Pieces - Free Woodworking Plans - Classic Wooden Toolbox
Once the end pieces for the wooden toolbox are cut to length, we'll work on the two side pieces. The remaining 1x10 will need to be ripped into two 4

Mark Curves on Ends of Classic Wooden Toolbox - Free Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans
Now that the ends and sides have been cut to length, we'll mark the shape of the curves on the ends of the toolbox. To mark these curves, you'll need a compass and will mark the curves into a shape that suits your taste.

Cut the Curves on the Classic Wooden Toolbox End Pieces - Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans
After marking the curves on the two end pieces of the toolbox, you'll want to cut these curves using either a band saw or a jigsaw. Cut just inside the line that you marked, and then clean up the cut to the line with sandpaper.

Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans - Cut the Dovetails - Free Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans
With the sides and ends of the wooden toolbox fashioned, we'll create the dovetails that will connect the four sides of the box together. You can cut the tails on either the sides or the end pieces based on whichever you believe will look better.

Cut the Dadoes for the Classic Wooden Toolbox Bottom - Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans
With the dovetails completed, next we'll need to cut the dadoes to hold the bottom of the toolbox. Since these dadoes will not extend the entire length of the sides and ends of the toolbox, we'll use a straight-cutting bit in a router to cut the dadoes.

Cut Wedges for the Classic Wooden Toolbox Handle - Free Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans
Before we can begin assembly, we need to cut a couple of wedges for the toolbox handle. You can cut the wedges out of any stock that is at least 1-1/4

Sanding and Finishing the Wood - Free Modular Wine Rack Plans
Now that the woodworking is completed on this modular wine rack, move on to finish. Sand the parts thoroughly and apply the stain or paint as desired.

Free Barn Door Plans - Attaching the Remaining Trim
The next step in these free barn door plans is to cut and attach the remaining X trim pieces using a compound miter saw and attach the boards.

Miter the 2x4 Barn Door Trim - Free Woodworking Plans
With the four edges of the barn door trim ripped in the previous step of these free woodworking plans, next attach that trim with a pneumatic nailer.

Modular Coffee Table Plans - Free Woodworking Plans
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!

Glue-up the Table Top and Shelves - Free Woodworking Plans - Making the Shelves of the Modular Coffee Table Plans
The first woodworking step in building these free woodworking plans is to glue up the table top, the bottom shelf and the optional middle shelf, if one is desired. While these assemblies are drying, work can be undertaken on the rest of the structure of the woodworking project.

Cutting the Rabbets in the Coffee Table Legs - Free Woodworking Plans for Modular Coffee Table
Now that you have your stacked dado set in place, we'll cut the rabbet-like notches in the ends of the legs of these free coffee table plans. We'll cut two sides of each leg, top and bottom, as shown in the free woodworking plans you downloaded in step 1.

Free Woodworking Plans for Modular Coffee Table - Cut the Rails of the Table
With the table legs cut, we'll move onto the rails that will form the structure of our free coffee table plans. You'll be cutting some 1x2 stock with 45-degree beveled ends, as shown in the free woodworking plans you downloaded in the first step.

Free Large Planter Box Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Attaching the Corner Trim
Now that most of the large trim is attached, we'll cover the exposed plywood edges of the corners with outside corner trim. Cut four pieces of 3/4

Build a Set of Washer Boxes - Free Woodworking Plans
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.

Cut the Slab-Style Cabinet Door to Size - Slab-Style Cabinet Door Plans
When the glue in the joints is dry, we'll cut the slab-style cabinet doors down to their finished size. This can be done with a circular saw and a straight-edge, or a table saw.

Finish the Tall Oak Mirror and Attach the Back
The final step of these free woodworking plans is to apply multiple coats of shellac, attach the mirror and hang it in its final position.

Routing the Edges of the Trim Pieces of the Tall Oak Mirror Plans
The next step to these free woodworking plans for a tall oak mirror entails routing some decorative edges, and routing a cove profile on three sides.

Cutting Pocket Holes for Joining the Tall Oak Mirror Rails to the Stiles
In this free woodworking project for a tall oak mirror, use pocket joinery to attach the rails to the stiles with a pocket hole jig and a drill.

Completing the Pocket Joints of the Tall Oak Mirror Plans
Once all the pocket holes in the rails of your tall oak mirror have been cut, the next step is to attach the rails and stiles with pocket screws.

Setting the Trim Blocks in the Free Tall Oak Mirror Plans
With the tall oak mirror's frame completed, the next step is to attach the trim blocks to the frame after sanding each part to their finished form.

Free Woodworking Plans for a Tapering Jig
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.

Cut the Tapering Jig's Spreader Bracket Slot - Free Woodworking Plans for a Tapering Jig
Before assembling the tapering jig, you'll need to complete the slot in the spreader bracket. To cut the slot, use your jig saw to cut between the edges of the center hole in the bracket and the hole farthest away. This will create a slot for the one of the carriage bolts to slide, allowing the tapering jig to open and close.

Attach the Utility Shelves to the Shelf Brackets - Free Woodworking Plans - Utility Shelves
The last step of these free woodworking plans is to attach the completed shelves to the shelf brackets. Position each shelf in its final location and attach to the brackets using some 5/8

Cut the Plywood for the Utility Shelf - Free Woodworking Plans
The first step in these free woodworking plans to build utility shelves is to cut the plywood that will be the surface of the utility shelf. Remember that we'll be wrapping the plywood with 1x2 in an upcoming step, so be sure to allow for 3/4

Mark the Holes for the Shelf Brackets - Build Utility Shelves with These Free Woodworking Plans
The second step to building utility shelves is to mark the locations of the shelf brackets on the wall. These brackets should be installed to the manufacturer's specifications, with the appropriate fasteners. When attaching to a plastered (or sheet rocked) wall, the brackets should be anchored to the underlying studs. When attaching to a concrete wall, you'll need to use appropriate anchors and screws.

Drill the Holes for the Shelf Bracket Screws - Free Woodworking Plans for Utility Shelves
With the holes for the mounting screws for the shelf brackets marked on the wall, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to pre-drill the holes for the screws (if necessary). You'll want to pre-drill holes for anchors if mounting in concrete, but if mounting on a plastered or sheet rocked wall, pre-drilling likely won't be necessary.

Tap in the Anchors to Support the Utility Shelf Brackets - Free Woodworking Plans
With the holes for your shelf brackets pre-drilled in the concrete wall, the next step is to tap in the anchors. Of course, if you're not installing your utility shelves on a concrete wall, this step likely will not be necessary.

Free Woodworking Plans for Utility Shelves - Attach the Shelf Brackets to the Wall
With the anchors in place (or the locations over the wooden studs marked), we'll now attach the shelf brackets to the wall using the appropriate screws. Be sure that each screw grabs and holds appropriately, as each screw will work with the shelf bracket to support the weight on the utility shelf.

Free Woodworking Plans - Attach the 1x2 to the Shelf - Free Utility Shelf Plans
With the first piece of 1x2 trim installed on the side of the shelf, continue the process by mitering the opposite corner of the front piece of 1x2 trim on the opposite corner. Then, mark locations for biscuit slots and cut the slots with your plate joiner. Finally, insert glue and biscuits into the slots, and attach the front trim piece with finish nails or clamps.

Build a Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass Storage
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.

Final Assembly of the Wine Rack and Wine Glass Rack
In the final step of these free woodworking plans, apply finish to the wine rack before attaching the wine glass slides and applying the plywood back.

Free Woodworking Plans for Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass Rack
The next step of these free woodworking plans is cutting the interlocking parts, which are integral to the look and function of the entire wine rack.

Cut the Toolbox Sides to Length - Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans
The first step to building your classic wooden toolbox is to cut the side and end pieces to length. These pieces will be ripped or cut to shape in upcoming steps.

Drill Holes for the Classic Wooden Toolbox Handle - Classic Wooden Toolbox Plans
The next step to building your own classic wooden toolbox is to drill a hole in each end piece for the dowel which will serve as the handle of the toolbox. Use a 1-1/4

Cutting the Barn Door Frame - Free Woodworking Plans
To begin building these barn doors, the first step is to cut the bevel on the top rail for the bottom barn door, and the bottom rail for the top door.

Free Woodworking Plans for Barn Doors
With the rails and stiles for the barn door frame cut, the next step of these free woodworking plans for barn doors is align the frame & check for square.

Cut the Pieces to Size - Free Woodworking Plans - Tall Oak Mirror
To begin making your own tall oak mirror, cut the pieces of oak into the necessary parts using a table saw. You'll also chamfer one of the boards.

How to Build Utility Shelves - Free Woodworking Plans
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.

Build a Classic Wooden Toolbox - Free Woodworking Plan
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.

Applying the Backing to the Sandpaper - How Sandpaper is Made - Applying the Sandpaper Backer
Once the sandpaper is flexed, the final step before cutting and packaging is to apply any required backer, such as a hook-and-loop system.

Creating a Drill Press Mortising Attachment
If you have a drill press, you probably don't need a dedicated mortiser for cutting square holes. Instead, add a mortising attachment to your drill press!

Rip the Cleat Cover of the Rustic Pot Rack
With your rustic pot rack assembled and installed, one final piece needs to be cut to cover the french cleat hanging the rustic pot rack.

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.

Free Bird Feeder Plans - Free Woodworking Plans for a Cedar Bird Feeder
With the ends affixed to the assembly in the previous step of these free woodworking plans, the next step is to cut the two roof panels. Two pieces of cedar will need to be cut to 18-inches in length, 6-1/2 inches in width with one long edge cut at a 31-degree bevel when ripping it on the table saw. The roof will be attached in an upcoming step.

Cut the Base Pieces for the Bird Feeder - Free Bird Feeder Plans
The first step to building this bird feeder is to cut all of the parts from the pieces of cedar 1x8. The easiest way to cut the parts for these free bird feeder plans is with a miter saw to cut the boards to length, and a table saw to rip the pieces to width. The pieces will be cut further and assembled in later steps of these free woodworking plans.

Cut the Perch Dowels - Build a Cedar Bird Feeder with these Free Woodworking Plans
The next step of these free bird feeder plans is to cut the two sections of dowel that will serve as the perches on the sides of the bird feeder. For this step, you'll need a section of 1/2-inch dowel as well as a circular saw or a miter saw. The perches will be assembled when the base is put together in an upcoming step of these free bird feeder plans.

Rip the Bird Feeder Base Pieces - Free Woodworking Plans for a Bird Feeder
After cutting the base pieces in a previous step, the next step in these free bird feeder plans is to rip the two base pieces to proper width with a table saw. After the boards are ripped to the correct width, they'll be drilled then assembled in upcoming steps of these free bird feeder plans.

Drill the Holes for the Perches - Free Bird Feeder Plans
After ripping the four boards to form the sides of the base, the next step of these free bird feeder plans is to drill the holes in the shorter boards to attach the perches to the end boards. To drill the holes, you'll need a cordless drill, corded drill or drill press along with a 1/2-inch drill bit.

Free Bird Feeder Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Cut the End Pieces to Width
With the base assembled, the next step of these free bird feeder plans is to cut the end pieces to the proper width and length before cutting the angles in the next step. To complete this step, you'll need a circular saw or miter saw, and a table saw for ripping the board to width.

Free Woodworking Plans - Cut the Angles on the Ends - Free Bird Feeder Plans
With the two end boards cut to the proper lengths and widths, the next step of these free bird feeder plans is to make the angled cuts on the two boards that will serve as the ends of the feeder. This step can be completed with a circular saw, but is much easier and more precise with a miter saw. These boards will be attached to the ends of the feeder in an upcoming step.

Cut the Grooves for the Plexiglass - Free Woodworking Plans for a Bird Feeder
Before attaching the ends of the feeder to the base assembly of these free bird feeder plans, there is one additional step that must be completed. There needs to be a groove in each side of the ends boards to hold the plexiglass in place. After cutting the grooves, the ends will be attached in the next step of these free bird feeder plans.

How to Install Router Bits Properly
For a router bit to function safely and cut cleanly, the bit needs to be installed correctly into the router's collet. A router bit that is improperly installed will not cut smoothly, and if the stress on the shank is too great, the bit could break off, becoming a wildly spinning (not to mention sharp) projectile. To prevent such of a dangerous problem, learn how to properly install your router bits.

How Far Apart Should Biscuits Be Spaced? Woodworking Tips
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,

Precision Holes - Using a Drill Press
A drill press is the woodworking tool of choice for drilling precise holes, but the drill press can be used for so much more. There are floor-standing and table-top drill presses, some that can be used to create square mortises, some that have laser pointers and on-board lighting and more. Learn the features that are the most useful when choosing a drill press in this article.

Rustic Pot Rack Plans - Woodworking Plans
Free woodworking plans to build a rustic pot rack, ideal for hanging up to ten cast iron pots and pans. Download the free woodworking plans today!

Cut the Boards to Length - Free Rustic Pot Rack Plans
The first step to building these free rustic pot rack plans is to cut each of the three cedar boards to the proper lengths.

Rip the Bottom Stretcher - Rustic Pot Rack Project
Before you can begin assembly of these free rustic pot rack plans, you'll need to rip the bottom stretcher from a 2x4, ripped to 3-inches in width.

Free Woodworking Plans for a Rustic Pot Rack
This next step to building these free rustic pot rack plans is to align the boards forming the sides, top and bottom of the rack.

Custom Woodworking Jigs - Tips for Building Custom Woodworking Jigs
For many woodworking tasks, the safest and easiest way to complete the task is with a woodworking jig. In many cases, you may be best served by designing and building a custom jig.

Rip the French Cleat - Free Rustic Pot Rack Plans
With the board all cut to length, the next step to building these free rustic pot rack plans is to rip the french cleat.

Assemble the Pot Rack - Free Rustic Pot Rack Plans
This step in these free woodworking plans to build a rustic pot rack is to assemble the parts and connect them using wood screws in pre-drilled holes.

How to Cut Circles on the Rockwell Blade Runner
The Rockwell Blade Runner is essentially part jig saw, part scroll saw. With a jig, this unique woodworking tool can be used to cut out circles.

Drive the Pivot Nail - How to Cut Circles on the Rockwell Blade Runner - Rockwell Blade Runner Circle Cutting Jig
To create a circle cutting jig for the Rockwell Blade Runner, begin by cutting the plywood down to size, then locate the spot for the pivot nail.

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.

How to Use a Drill Press for Woodworking
A drill press is a woodworking machine that can be used for numerous tasks besides drilling. Here are tips for getting the most out of your drill press.

How to Use a Block Plane - Woodworking Tool Tips
The block plane is among the most versatile hand woodworking tools, because it can be used to shape and clean up so many parts of woodworking projects.

How to Choose a Cordless Drill - Woodworking Tools
With improved battery life and torque, cordless drills are a viable option for nearly all hand held drilling tasks. Here are the features to look for.

Cutting Square Holes with a Hollow-Chisel Mortiser
A mortise can be cut using a power drill and a sharp chisel, but when you have a lot of mortises to cut, a Hollow-Chisel mortiser can be a real time saver.

Sheet Sanders - Palm Sanders for Woodworking Projects
When prepping a wood project for finishing, you have a few choices in power sanders. Here are some advantages of a sheet sander over other sanders.

Choosing a Portable Wood Shop Vacuum
What should you do if you don't have the room or the budget for a central dust collection system? Consider a portable wood shop vacuum.

Selecting the Proper Saw Blade for Your Woodworking Project
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.

The Use Particle Board in Your Woodworking Projects
Particle board is cheap, lightweight and stable. But should you use particle board in your fine woodworking projects? Here is the answer.

Tip for Cutting Precise Holes with Forstner Bits
When using a forstner bit with a hand power drill, often the bit has a tendency to walk, especially if the tip is worn. Here's a tip to solve the issue.

How to Remove Pitch from Blades and Bits
Woodworking cutting tools are only as good as their blades or bits. Here's how to clean pitch from your blades & bits, to keep those cutters sharp.

How to Cut Curves in Thick Stock - Woodworking Tools
Learn which woodworking tools are the best choices (after the band saw) for making the curved cuts necessary to complete woodworking projects.

How to Keep Your Saw Table Clean and Rust-Free
The cast iron table-tops found on most quality table saws and band saws are prone to rust damage. Here's how to protect your saw's table from rust.

How to Remove Table Saw Rust - Woodworking Tool Tips
How should one go about removing saw table rust and then prevent its return? Learn some steps to removing rust and keeping your table saw rust-free.

How to Eliminate Saw Blade Burns
Saw blade burns can be an ugly, unsightly problem on a freshly-cut piece of wood. Fortunately, this is an easy way to get rid of saw blade burns.

Methods for Squaring-Up Stock (Woodworking Techniques)
What is the best method for squaring-up stock? Should you use a jointer or table saw? Maybe both? Here are a few methods to try for squaring stock.

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.

How to Use a Jointer to Square and Flat Surfaces
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.

Surface Planers - Thin Your Stock Down to Size
When your boards are too thick, a surface planer can thin them down to size. Learn the functions and features to look for in a surface planer.

How to Store Wood and Moulding - Woodworking Tips
When you finish a project, you may have some extra stock left over for future use. How should you store this wood and moulding to protect it?

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.

Woodworking Finishing Tips: How to Fix Paint Drips
Paint drips are often caused by applying to much paint. Here are some tips for fixing paint drips, even if they've dried on your woodworking projects.

Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish - DIY Woodworking
Lacquer finishes have been used for many years, as they are durable, clear and dry quickly and can be hand-rubbed to an amazingly glossy finish.

How to Match Wood Fillers With Stained Wood
Filling nail or other holes on stained woodworking projects can difficult to match the stain color with the filler color. Here are some suggestions.

How to Remove Sawdust Before Applying a Finish
Before finishing a woodworking project, remove all traces of sawdust so that it doesn't interfere with the finish. Here is a quick tip that will help.

Easy Way to Check for Square - Woodworking Tips
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 Featherboard With Woodworking Tools
Featherboards, whether homemade or commercially-built, are designed to help hold stock securely against a fence when ripping or routing the board.

Woodworking Jigs for Perfect Cross-Cuts and Rip Cuts
Learn how to make a crosscut and panel cutting jig, plus a rip cutting jig with these free woodworking plans with these easy-to-follow instructions.

Should You Pull or Push Your Radial-Arm Saw?
When using your radial-arm saw, should you push or pull the saw through the wood? Which direction is safer? Learn the surprising answer in this tip.

Woodworking Tool Tip: Make a Circular Saw Measuring Jig
With a circular saw jig and a straight edge, you can make a number of cuts accurately and quickly without a table saw. Here's how.