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Woodworking Tool Manufacturers - Profiles of Woodworking Tool Manufacturers
A series of profiles of woodworking tool manufacturers and includes information such as the history of the company, innovations and the types of woodworking tools offered.

Woodworking Reviews of Delta Power Tools
Delta Machinery has been making quality woodworking machines for years. Here are some reviews of Delta tools posted on About Woodworking.

Bosch Accessory Reviews on About Woodworking
Bosch not only makes power tools, but woodworking accessories as well. Here are a number of Bosch accessories reviewed on About Woodworking.

About Woodworking Reviews of Bosch Tools
Bosch power tools are synonymous with innovation and engineering. Here are reviews of Bosch power tools that have been posted on About Woodworking.

Woodworking Reviews of DeWalt Tools
DeWalt has built professional-grade woodworking tools for many years. Here are a number of DeWalt tools that have been reviewed on About Woodworking.

Reviews of Porter-Cable Woodworking Tools
Porter-Cable has been making power tools for more than a century. Here are a number of Porter-Cable tools that have been reviewed on About Woodworking.

The Use Particle Board in Your Woodworking Projects
Particle board is cheap, lightweight and stable. However, should you use particle board in your fine woodworking projects? In this article, learn the advantages and disadvantages of particle board, to help you decide whether you should use it to complete your woodworking plans.

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.

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 some woodworking tips on when to use each.

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?

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.

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.

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.

How is Plywood Made? Learning Woodworking
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.

Dremel 3000 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Review
The Dremel 3000 Rotary Tool is a variable speed rotary tool with a quick collet, along with 30 accessories. How does it compare to other Dremel tools?

Review - Hitachi DS18DSAL Cordless Drill / Driver
The Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver is an impressive cordless drill. How does it compare to other cordless drills models?

Free Woodworking Plans to Make a Hardwood Bread Tray
In this set of free woodworking plans, we detail how to build a hardwood bread tray. This is a fun woodworking project to build.

Final Hardwood Bread Tray Assembly and Finishing
Now that the cutting is completed, fully sand the pieces, assemble the entire woodworking project and begin finishing the wood.

Cut the Bread Tray Slats - Hardwood Bread Tray
The first step in this woodworking project is to cut the 1x6 to proper lengths. Then, rip the stock and cut dadoes for the base of the bread tray.

Cut Notches in Bread Tray Parts - Bread Tray Plans
The next step in building this woodworking project is to cut the notches in the slats that form the bottom of the bread tray.

Assemble the Bread Tray - Free Woodworking Plans
With all slats and struts having dadoes cut into them, its time to assemble the base of the tray. Use waterproof glue in each notch for assembly.

Mark the Bread Tray Handles - Hardwood Woodworking Plans
With the bottom of the tray assembled, move onto the sides and ends of the tray. Use a compass to mark arcs to form the handles for the tray.

Hardwood Bread Tray - Cut the Bread Tray Handles
Once the arcs that form the handles have been drawn, cut out the center hole that forms the hand holds with a jigsaw.

Cut the Bread Tray Handle Profile - Hardwood Woodworking Plans
With a band saw or a jigsaw, cut the arcs and straight sections marked by the compass. Cut up to the line but not over and clean the cut when sanding.

Cut the Bread Tray Dovetails - Free Woodworking Plans
Connect the ends of the bread tray to the sides with dovetail joinery. Use a router and dovetail jig to complete this step of the free woodworking plans.

Hardwood Bread Tray Plans - Round Over the Edges
In the last woodworking step in this woodworking project, we'll use a portion of a 3/4

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.

Fine Woodworking Using a Circular Saw
Looking to develop your skills with your circular saw? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this essential hand woodworking power tool.

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.

Cut Dadoes and Rabbets on a Radial Arm Saw
Is there an easier way to cut a dado or rabbet in the face of a board than with a table saw? Depending on the need, a radial arm saw may be a better choice.

How to Install a Jigsaw Blade
A jigsaw can only cut well if the blade is sharp and straight. If your blade is damaged, do you know how to replace your jigsaw blade? Here are the steps.

How to Cut Curves with a Jigsaw
Cutting curves with a jigsaw can be tricky. Do you know any tips or tricks for making your cuts clean and precise? Here are some ideas to try!

Direct Drive Circular Saws vs. Worm Drive Saws
Worm Drive and Direct Drive circular saws are both popular choices, but which is better? That depends on your needs. Confused? Here are the answers.

How to Cut Plywood with a Circular Saw
Cutting plywood and other sheet goods accurately with a circular saw can be a daunting task. It doesn't have to be. Try these tips for straight cuts.

How to Cut With a Circular Saw
The circular saw is the most valuable tool on a homebuilding site, but it is useful in the woodshop too. Here's how to make accurate circular saw cuts.

Steps for How to Change a Circular Saw Blade
In order to cut properly with your circular saw, you need to install the right blade. Here are some easy steps to installing a blade on your saw.

Circular Saw Measuring Jig - Woodworking Tool Tips
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.

Leigh D1600 Dovetail Jig Woodworking Tool Review
In this product review, learn the features of the Leigh D1600 adjustable dovetail jig for cutting dovetails using your router.

Keller Dovetail System (Model 1601) Tool Review
The Keller Dovetail System was the first dovetail jig system to be patented and manufactured for making repeatable, consistent dovetails using a router.

AKEDA DC16 Dovetail Jig Woodworking Tool Review
The AKEDA DC16 Drawer Construction Jig is an example of engineering working to overcome deficiencies in other dovetail jigs. How well does it work?

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.

Rockwell Jawhorse SheetMaster Review
The Rockwell Jawhorse SheetMaster is a three-legged sawhorse with an amazing 1-ton clamping capacity. Learn about it in this woodworking tool review.

Common Woodturning Spindle Profiles
For turning wooden spindles on a lathe, here are the most common basic profiles that can be combined to create some pretty artistic spindle designs.

How to Replace a Woodworking Router Switch
Power tools are built to be durable, but they sometimes need a repair. Learn how to change a woodworking router's on/off switch in this quick tip.

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.

Getting Started in Woodworking? Topics for Beginners
Getting started in woodworking can be confusing. Here are a list of topics that trip up many beginner woodworkers, along with links to the answers.

Woodworking Tool Suppliers - Great Deals on Woodworking Tools
Some of the best deals on woodworking tools can be found online. A number of the following companies offer great deals on the tools that are reviewed on About Woodworking.

Creating a Mortise & Tenon Joint - Woodworking Joinery
Variations of the mortise & tenon joints have been used for centuries. Learn tips & tricks for making strong, tight fitting mortise and tenon joints.

Reviews of Dremel Woodworking Tools and Accessories
Dremel is a popular name in rotary tools, but they offer much more for the woodworker. Here is a series of reviews of Dremel tools on About Woodworking

Dremel MM20 Multi-Max Oscillating Power Tool Review
In this woodworking tool review, learn about the Dremel MM20 Multi-Max Oscillating Power Tool, which is Dremel's version of the popular multitool.

Good Router Bits Are Expensive - Get Your Money's Worth
Router bits are expensive. In this series of articles, learn how to get the most out of your bits, to ensure that they keep cutting cleanly and smoothly.

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.

How to Use Biscuit Joints in Your Woodworking Projects
Do you know how to use biscuits to join two boards? Or when biscuits are the best choice? Find out the answers and more in these articles on biscuit joinery.

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.

Free Woodworking Projects for Your Garden
Do you have a garden? Why not accent it with some of these great outdoor woodworking projects. Each project is free to download and follow along.

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.

Useful Accessories for Your Table Saw
The table saw can become even more versatile with a few handy jigs, most of which can be made in your woodshop. Here are some of my favorites.

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.

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.

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.

Profiles of Woodworking Tool Manufacturers
Want to know how many of the world's top tool manufacturers were started? Read these woodworking manufacturer profiles, with some fascinating stories.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Wood Drill Bits
To drill clean holes in wood for your projects, you need to understand how to properly use your drill bits. Here are some tips to drill precisely.

Bosch MRC23EVS Router Kit - Woodworking Tool Reviews
The Bosch MRC23EVS Router Kit is the replacement for the vaunted 1617EVS. Was it worth the wait and the hype? Does it really live up to the billing?

Porter-Cable PC250MT 2.5 Amp Oscillating Multi-Tool Review
The Porter-Cable PC250MT 2.5 Amp Oscillating Multi-Tool is Porter-Cable's entry into the multitool market. Is there anything that sets it apart?

Woodworking Review of 3M Fuel X2P Safety Glasses
The 3M Fuel X2P Safety Glasses have a grooved temple design and two-tone frame for stylish good looks. Can you really have safety and style?

Woodworking Review of Ridgid R7111 1/2-inch Drill
The Ridgid R7111 is a solidly-built heavy-duty 1/2-inch electric drill with an adjustable side handle, variable speed trigger and keyed 1/2-inch chuck

DeWalt DWD220 Power Drill Review
The DeWalt DWD220 Heavy Duty 1/2-inch Drill is a powerful keyed chuck electric power drill with a stout 10.5 amp motor. How durable is it?

Woodworking Tools: The Quick Change Drill Drive Set
My favorite power drill accessory is the quick change drill drive. This one unit lets you drill a pilot hole, add a countersink and drive a screw.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
These intricate wooden doors were found on a back entrance to the Iglesia de el Sagario in Quito. Page 8.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
This monstrous wooden door was photographed just off the square in Cotacachi, Ecuador. The door is about 18-feet tall! Page 5.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
Even the side streets in Quito, Ecuador have unique doors. Check out the character of the door in this photo. Page 4.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
Here's a photo of one of the exquisite wooden doors at the Ecuadorian Presidential Palace in Quito Ecuador. Page 6.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
Not every wooden door in Ecuador is monstrous. Here are some amazing French wooden doors from the Hacienda Pinsaqui. Page 7.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
Here's a beautiful set of doors from the Iglesia de San Francisco in Quito, which contrasts some amazing stone work. Page 9.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
Otavalo Ecuador is famous for their indigenous market, but they also have some amazing wooden doors. Check out this photo of a storefront door. Page 2.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
Here's a photo of an unusual wrought iron and wood door from Cotacachi, Ecuador, a town famous for leather goods. Page 3.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
Check out the photo of this amazing grand entrance to the Hacienda Pinsaqui, a grand hacienda in Ecuador.

Gallery of Wooden Doors - Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors
After a trip to South America, I created this About Woodworking Picture Gallery of Wooden Doors, of exotic doors that have stood the test of time.

Review of Porter-Cable PCL120DD Cordless Drill/Driver
The Porter-Cable PCL120DD 12v Max Cordless Drill/Driver is a lightweight combo drill and driver with a 3/8-inch keyless chuck and adjustable clutch.

Countersink - Woodworking Accessories - Drilling with a Countersink
A countersink is designed to help a screw head recess into wood so that it doesn't protrude. Read this glossary entry on how a countersink works.

How to Deal with 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.

Dealing with Common Project Problems
When woodworking, you may come across some of these common problems that seem to crop up. Here are some suggestions for dealing with these woodworking issues.

Tips for Dealing with Common Wood Issues
Wood is an organic material that isn't always uniform or easy to use. Here are some ways to deal with common woodworking problems as they crop up.

Types of Sanders to Use for Woodworking
Sanding is a necessary step in every woodworking project. Here are some suggestions for sanders and accessories that will make the job go smoothly.

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.

Reviews of Finishing Accessory Tools
Preparing and finishing a woodworking project is the difference between doing a good job and a great one. Here are some finishing accessories to help.

Tools to Use To Create a Rabbet
If you're building cabinets, you'll need to cut rabbets into the four back edges of the cabinet to fit the plywood back. How should you cut the rabbets?

Tools to Use for Creating a Dado
Dadoes are used in building cabinets and many other types of woodworking projects. Do you know the best tool to use to cut a dado? Here are some choices.

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.

Use These Plans to Build Your Own Kitchen Wall Cabinets
Wall cabinets are a necessity in any kitchen. Why buy them when you can build wall cabinets far more economically. Here are the basics of wall cabinetry.

How to Build Your Own Base Cabinets for Kitchen or Bath
Every kitchen remodel begins with the design of the base cabinets. In these articles, learn how to build the basic base cabinet styles for your needs.

Woodworking Review of Ridgid JobMax Cordless Multitool
The Ridgid JobMax Multitool is a 12-volt Lithium-Ion battery-powered multitool. Does it have enough power to make it worth your money?

Review of Bosch PS41 12v Max Lithium Ion Impact Driver
With the Bosch PS41 12v Max Impact Driver has 930 inch-pounds of torque, but it measures less than 5-1/2 inches in length and weighs about 2-1/8 pounds.

Woodworking Review of the Duo-Fast FloorMaster 250BN
The Duo-Fast FloorMaster 250BN Finish Nailer has detachable 45-degree no-mar tips for precision blind nailing into hardwood flooring. How well does it work?

Woodworking Review of Gorilla Glue Epoxy
Gorilla Glue Epoxy is a two-part epoxy that can fill voids and bond rough or uneven surfaces, sets in five minutes and be weight bearing with 24 hours.

Hitachi SV13YA Random Orbit Sander Review
Learn the features, advantages and drawbacks of this power tool in the About Woodworking Hitachi SV13YA Random Orbit Sander Review.

Tool Reviews: Hitachi DS18DBL Cordless Driver Drill
The Hitachi DS18DBL Cordless Driver Drill has an 8-speed brush-less motor capable of drilling in wood, metal or almost any other material.

Woodworking Tool Review of Bosch PS21-2A Pocket Driver
The Bosch PS21-2A Pocket Driver is a compact 12-volt driver weighing just 1.8 pounds, but can it drive three-inch deck screws with relative ease?

Woodworking Review of Bosch NailKiller Drill Bits
If you've ever ruined an auger bit by hitting a nail, you'll love this Bosch NailKiller line of drill bits designed to chew through hidden nails.

Woodworking Review of Final Cut Circular Saw Blade
The Final Cut Saw Blade is a patented saw blade with a sanding disk attached to each side of the blade to sand as it cuts. Does it really work?

Woodworking Review of Bosch ROS20VSK Sander
The Bosch ROS20VSK Random Orbit Sander has been redesigned, with a 2.5 amp motor for finishing with less vibration. Does it work as well as expected?

Woodworking Review of Micro-Jig GRR-Ripper Push Block
Push blocks and push sticks help with table saw safety, but they have inherent problems that the Micro-Jig GRR-Ripper Push Block tries to address.

Woodworking Review of the Delta 50-257 Mobile Base
The Delta 50-257 Mobile Base is allows one person to easily raise and move the 52-inch Delta Unisaw around the woodshop. How well does it work?

Keep Glue Run-Out From Damaging Your Wood Finish
Glue run-out on stained woodworking projects can mess with the look of a stained finish. Learn a simple trick to eliminate glue run-out finish issues.

Woodworking Review: Gator Finishing 5-inch Sanding Discs
In this woodworking review, learn about using Gator Finishing 5-inch sanding discs with your random orbit sander to sand your woodworking projects.

How to Build a Craft Storage Center (With Optional Ironing Board)
If you need a set of shelves for storing some relatively lightweight items, build this set of free woodworking plans for a craft storage center.

Cut the Parts for the Storage Center - Free Woodworking Plans
To begin working on these free woodworking plans, cut all of the parts to build the storage center from sheets of 3/4

Attach the Shelves to the Unit - Craft Storage Center
This step of the assembly of the craft storage center free woodworking plans is to attach the shelves to the supports and standards.

Free Sewing Storage Center Plans - Insert the Shelf Dividers
In this step of building a craft storage unit, we'll insert the dividers that will separate the cubby holes and provide support to the shelves.

Sewing Storage Center - Cut the Ironing Board Parts
Should you choose to build the optional ironing board included in these free woodworking plans, we'll begin cutting the parts in this step.

Free Sewing Storage Center Plans - Assemble the Ironing Board
With all of the parts for the optional ironing board cut, we'll assemble the ironing board and attach the ironing board mounts to the shelving unit.

Free Woodworking Plans - Attach the Ironing Board Leg
The only remaining step of these free woodworking plans is to add the support leg to the ironing board assembly.

Add the Finishing Touches to the Ironing Board
At this point, the woodworking on this set of free woodworking plans, including the optional ironing board, is complete. However, there's more to do.

Attach the Shelf Supports - Building a Craft Storage Center
Once you've cut the pieces for the craft storage center, begin assembling these free plans by attaching the shelf supports to the upright standards.

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.

Mount the Rustic Pot Rack - Free Woodworking Plans
After mounting the french cleat on the wall, the next step in these rustic pot rack plans is to mount the pot rack onto the wall.

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 Rustic Pot Rack Plans - Mount the Cleat Cover
After ripping and cutting the cleat cover to the proper width and length, mount the cleat cover onto the rustic pot rack.

Hang the Pots on the Rustic Pot Rack - Free Plans
Your rustic pot rack is now complete. The only remaining step to these free rustic pot rack plans is to hang the pots on the pot rack.

Mount the French Cleat - Free Woodworking Plans
With the major portion of these free rustic pot rack plans completed and assembled, it's time to begin hanging the rustic pot rack on the wall.

Mark the Holes for the Bars - Free Woodworking Plans
With the parts for the rustic pot rack cut and the french cleat ripped, the next step is to mark locations for drilling holes for the two iron bars.

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.

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.

Drill the Bar Holes - Free Rustic Pot Rack Plans
With the hole locations marked, this next step in these free rustic pot rack plans is to drill the holes for the two iron bars.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

Tips and Tricks When Using a Router Table
Here are some tips and tricks to getting great results when using a router table. Learn the type of router to use, what speed to set the router and more!

Tips and Tricks for Using a Table Saw
Do you want to do more with your table saw? Here are some tips and tricks for items you'd likely never have thought you could do with a table saw.

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.

How to Use a Pneumatic Nailer - Tips and Tricks
Pneumatic nailers are far faster and easier to attach pieces than using a hammer and a fistful of nails. Here's what to look for when buying a nailer.

Modern Woodworking Skills: Building with Hand Tools
Does modern fine woodworking require power tools? Here are tips for using a number of hand tools that, in many cases, are better than power tools!

About Woodworking - Free Woodworking Plans
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.

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.

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.

Free Beginner Woodworking Projects
Here are some basic woodworking projects that any beginner can build. Each of these free woodworking plans includes a downloadable measured drawing!

How to Get The Most Out of Your Drill Press
A drill press is great for drilling precise holes, but it must be aligned and maintained. Here's how to keep your drill press in proper working order.

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.

How to Get Great Results from Wood Staining
A stained wood finish is a great way to show off the beauty of your woodworking project. Here are some tips to getting a great stained finish.

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.

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.

The Best Wood Species for Outdoor Woodworking Projects
If you're building a woodworking project for outdoor uses, what type of wood is the best choice for your project? Here are some woods to consider.

Ridgid Tools - Woodworking Profile of Ridgid Tools
Learn more about the company in this woodworking profile of Ridgid tools, offered at least in part in Home Depot stores. How do they compare?

Craftsman Router Combo 28084 - Woodworking Tool Reviews
The Craftsman Router Combo (#320.28084) is a 2-1/4 HP, 12.5 Amp variable-speed router kit with three bases (fixed base, plunge base and D-handle).

Master Mechanic Swift Driver Ratcheting Screwdriver
The Master Mechanic Swift Driver Ratcheting Screwdriver doubles the driving speed of a traditional ratcheting or screwdriver. How well does it work?

Book Review: Woodchuckles-Steven Spiro and Dave Sanders
Woodchuckles, written and illustrated by Steven Spiro and Dave Sanders, is a book of cartoons for woodworkers and those who love us. Great gift idea!

Porter-Cable 893PK Fixed Base & Plunge Base Router Kit
The redesigned Porter-Cable 893PK Multi-Base Router Kit includes improvements such as an improved plunge base for better plunge router action.

Ridgid R3030 One-Handed Fuego Reciprocating Saw Review
The Ridgid R3030 One-Handed Fuego Reciprocating Saw was designed for those who need a reciprocating for use in tight quarters. How well does it work?

Woodworking Tasks Using Double-Sided Tape
Double-sided tape, from carpet tape to specially-designed double-face tape, is invaluable for some woodworking tasks. Here are some tips.

Woodworking Review of Delta Premium Saw Blades
While redesigning the Delta Unisaw, the engineers at Delta knew they needed a premium saw blade to match. Delta ended up with over 40 blade models.

Ryobi Tek4 Audio+Noise Suppression Headphones Review
The Ryobi RP4530 Tek4 Audio Plus Noise Suppression Headphones not only reduce harmful loud noises, but can enhance normal conversations. Do they work?

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!

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.

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.

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.

Cut the Decorative Coves in the Stiles of the Tall Oak Mirror Free Woodworking Plans
In this step of these free tall oak mirror plans, cut the decorative coves in the two long stiles that flank the long sides and make one cove cut.

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.

Free Tall Oak Mirror Plans - Cutting the Rabbet for the Mirror
With the tall oak mirror's frame assembled, cut the rabbet in the rails and stiles to accommodate the mirror using a rabbeting bit with a bearing tip.

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.

Attaching the Top and Bottom Trim Pieces to the Tall Oak Mirror
Once the glue on the four trim blocks on the tall oak mirror has dried, the next step is to attach the top and bottom trim pieces to the frame.

Can You Remove Safety Equipment from a Radial-Arm Saw?
Radial arm saws can rip, crosscut, make miter cuts and more, but does the safety equipment on these saws help or cause more trouble than they're worth?

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.

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 Choose the Right Router Bits - Woodworking Tips
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?

What Tools Do You Need to Get Started in Wood Turning?
Wood turning is a fun hobby, but to learn the craft, you need some proper tools. Here are the basic items you'll need to get started in wood turning.

What Hardwoods Are Best for Wood Turning Projects?
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.

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 Use Your Table Saw Safely and Get Great Results
The table saw is the most dangerous tool in the woodshop, but using these proper techniques combined with safety equipment can help reduce the risk.

How to Drill Wood Cleanly and Accurately
Learning how to drill a clean hole in any type of wood is a basic skill in woodworking. Here are some tips to help you drill clean holes every time.

Woodworking Power Tool Maintenance Tips
Keeping your power tools properly maintained will ensure that they're ready to work when you are. Do you know what steps to take to maintain your tools?

Woodworking with Ebony - Hardwoods for Wood Turning
Ebony is a jet black wood that provides an amazing contrast in segmented wood turnings, but it is rare and very expensive. Are there any good alternatives?

Woodworking Review of the Bosch BNS200-18 Brad Nailer
The Bosch BNS200-18 Brad Nailer is a well-balanced 18-gauge finish nailer loaded with features such as sequential and bump firing modes. Is it durable?

Woodworking Tool Review of Bosch P2+R2 Combo Bit
The Bosch P2+R2 Combo Bit is one single bit that can drive three popular non-standard screw head types: Phillips, Square-drive and combination head.

Woodworking Review of the Rockwell Jawhorse Workbench
The portable, sturdy Rockwell Jawhorse Workbench is perfect for the job site: strong, durable and heavy-duty, but how easy is it to set up and use?

Woodworking Review of Gator Zip Sand-Block Sanding Sponges
The Gator Zip Sand-Block Sanding Sponges have nine different grits, as convenient as they are useful. Does the sandpaper holds up well to tough sanding?

Fine Woodworking Magazine Archive Collection DVD Review
Fine Woodworking Magazine has released an Archive Collection DVD with every tip, technique, review from 201 issues of the magazine. Is it worth the price?

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.

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?

Tool Review of the Bosch SPS10 Cordless Screwdriver
The Bosch SPS10 Cordless Screwdriver is evidence that quality woodworking tools don't need to be overloaded with horsepower. Will it hold up on a job site?

Woodworking Tool Review of the Alpha-Clamp
The Alpha-Clamp by the Lowell Thomas Tool company from Bozeman, MT, is about as versatile of a bar clamp as I've ever used. Are there any drawbacks?

Hitachi KM12VC Fixed & Plunge Router Kit Review
The Hitachi KM12VC fixed base and plunge router kit is a bit less expensive than other routers. Are there enough features to make it a decent value?

How to Drill Clean Holes with Spade or Paddle Bits
When drilling with a large hole saw or spade bit, the back side of the stock tends to blow out. Learn two simple ways to solve this common problem.

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?

Woodworking with Sycamore - Hardwoods in the Woodshop
Sycamore trees are steeped in American history, but are they good stock for woodworking? Find out if this tree is good for furniture building in your shop.

Woodworking with Ash - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
While ash may be known as a hardwood commonly used for baseball bats, it is also a great furniture building stock. Learn some tips for woodworking with ash.

Woodworking with Rosewood - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Rosewood is a group of hardwoods that have a deeply reddish-brown color that is hard to find in other hardwoods. It also has a very controversial history.

Woodworking with Beech - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Beech wood is used to make beer barrels for a popular American lager, but is beech good stock for woodworking or furniture building?

Woodworking with Elm - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Elm trees were once revered for their hearty hardwood which made for very durable projects. Is elm still a viable hardwood for today's woodworker?

Woodworking with Mesquite - Building Rustic Furniture
Mesquite is a hardwood often used for flooring, but its also well suited for Southwestern-style furniture. Here are some tips for woodworking with mesquite.

Woodworking with Mahogany - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Mahogany is one of the most revered hardwoods for furniture builders because of its beauty and durability. Here are some tips for woodworking with mahogany.

Woodworking with Hickory - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Few hardwoods are as tough as hickory, but that doesn't prevent it from being beautiful wood. Here are some tips for woodworking with hickory.

Woodworking with Brazilian Ipe - Wood Qualities
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 of woodworking projects are best suited for this type of wood, and what safety precautions you should take when using Ipe.

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 with Bald Cypress - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Bald cypress is a weather-resistant wood used in outdoor furniture as an alternative to teak. Learn some tips for woodworking with bald cypress.

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.

Woodworking With Oak - Tips for Getting the Best Results
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.

Woodworking with Teak - Hardwood for Outdoor Projects
Teak is a hardwood that is commonly used for outdoor projects such as patio furniture, due to its noted weather resistance properties. Learn how to get the most out of teak when building your woodworking 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.

Tips for Woodworking, Sanding, and Finishing Cherry
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.

Woodworking with Cedar Varieties - Tips
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.

Woodworking with Maple Tips
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 Chestnut - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Chestnut was the hardwood of choice of American pioneers, but it is in far shorter supply in modern times. Here are some tips for woodworking with chestnut.

Woodworking with Birch - Hardwoods for Furniture Building
Birch has been used by American woodworkers for centuries, and can be used to simulate other woods. Here are some tips for woodworking with birch.

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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.

Finding Square Using the 3-4-5 Rule - Woodworking Tips
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.

7 Power Tools Every Woodworker Should Have
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.

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.

Getting Started in Woodworking - Basics for Beginners
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.

Tips for Applying Polyurethane for a Perfect 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.

Tips for Applying Wood Stain - Woodworking Finishes
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.

Perfecting a Lacquer Woodworking 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 French Polish a 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 Fix a Stripped Screw Hole - Woodworking Tips
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.

Choosing the Right Sandpaper For Your Woodworking
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.

How to Build Cabinets and Doors
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.

Getting a Beautiful Woodworking Finish With 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.

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.

Pre-Stain Wood Conditioners - When to Use Them
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.

Advice 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.

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? 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.

Best Combo Router Woodworking Kits (Top 5)
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.

Staining or Painting a Woodworking Project
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.

Tips & Tricks for Joining Stock with 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.

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.

Pressure Treated Wood Safety (Woodworking Safety Tips)
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

How Do I Know Which Band Saw to Use? (Woodworking)
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.

Box Joints - A Simple Alternative to Dovetails
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.

Best Table Saws for Woodworking & Wood Shops
Table saws are the among most versatile of all home woodworking machines. Learn how to find the best table saw for your workshop.

Half Lap Joints - Basic Woodworking Joinery
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 Make Shop-Built Woodworking Jigs
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.

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 Tools - Stationary & Plunge Routers
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.

Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish - DIY Woodworking
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.

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.

How to Use a Brad Nailer - Woodworking Tool Tips
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 the Most From Your Router - Woodworking Tips
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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Use Pressure-Treated Lumber in Woodworking
Pressure-treated lumber is typically dimensional lumber that has been treated with a solution to help the wood be more weather-resistant. For many years, pressure-treating used a process called wolmanizing, but in recent years, this formula has been replaced with a copper-based formulation, which has made it less toxic but more susceptible to corrosion. Learn how to use pressure treated lumber in your woodworking projects in this article.

Gel Stain Finish Application on Woodwork
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.

Paddle Bits and Spade Bits for Drilling in Wood
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.

Router Bit Profiles - Woodworking Tools & Accessories
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.

Woodworking Tips and Tricks To Fix Problems
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.

How to Remove Table Saw Rust - Woodworking Tool Tips
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.

How to Sand Wood - Woodworking Tips
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.

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.

Choosing a Sawblade by Teeth Per Inch (TPI)
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.

What Is 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?

1/4" vs. 1/2" Shank Router Bits - Which are Better?
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.

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.

Woodworking Fasteners: Working With Wood Screws
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?

Types of Wood Joints
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.

Types of Wood Joints
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.

Can You Use 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.

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.

Doweling as Woodworking Joinery - How-To Guide
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.

SPF Lumber - Softwoods - Spruce, Pine and Fir
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.

Woodworking Tools - Random Orbit Sander Product Reviews
5-inch random orbit sanders are probably the most popular woodworking sander on the market today. These sanders typically have swirl-less patterns to avoid scratching, dust collection to keep sawdust off of the stock, and easy hook-and-loop fasteners for connecting the disks to the sander's pad. In this list of woodworking reviews, find results of our testing on these popular sanders.

Learn the Basics of Woodturning 101
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.

Random Orbital Sanders in Woodworking
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.

How to Use a Biscuit Cutter (Plate Joiner) for Joining Boards
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.

Dovetail Joinery in Woodworking Projects
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.

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.

Seven Free Woodworking Plans for Your Wood Shop
Download free woodworking plans for cabinets, a portable shop table, the ultimate wood sawhorses, a classic wooden toolbox, featherboards and more.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Table Saw
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 Buy a Table Saw - Woodworking Tool Buying Tips
Do you know how to buy a table saw? What features should you make sure the table saw has before you buy it? Are there features that you may not need, and can save money by avoiding those features? Learn the ins and outs of buying a table saw in this woodworking tool buying tip.

Top 6 Kitchen Woodworking Plans and Projects - Free Woodworking Plans for Your Kitchen
Build these top 6 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 free woodworking plans show that fine woodworking isn't just about building furniture or cabinets. These kitchen woodworking projects are fun to build and not only show off your skills as a woodworker, but also are very useful in the kitchen.

Learning 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.

10 Woodworking 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.

Rockwell Blade Runner RK7320 Cutting Machine Review
The Rockwell Blade Runner RK7320 is marketed as The Ultimate Cutting Machine, because it can cut wood, ceramic tile, PVC, aluminum, steel and more. Think of the Rockwell Blade Runner as essentially a scroll saw that uses common T-shank jigsaw blades. The result is a very effective tool for cutting almost material you might need to cut on a construction site. Learn about the advantages and drawbacks to the Rockwell BladeRunner RK7320 in this woodworking tool review.

How to Use a Belt Sander - Woodworking Tools
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.

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.

Using a Compound Miter Saw - Woodworking Tool 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.

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.

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.

Expansion & Shrinking in Woodworking Projects
Planning for expansion and shrinking in woodworking projects will help eliminate problems later. Learn tips for understanding how wood expands and shrinks, and how to prepare for it.

How to Fix Paint Drips - Woodworking Finishing Tips
Paint drips are often caused by applying to much paint. Luckily, there are steps you can take to eliminate the problem. Here are some tips for fixing paint drips on your woodworking projects.

Types of Wood Species for Woodworking
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.