Woodworking Sitemap - Page 1 2015-08-03
Irwin Marples 1769179 3-piece Woodworking Chisel Set
The Irwin Marples 1769719 3-Piece Woodworking Chisel Set includes a 1/2-inch, 3/4-inch and 1-inch bevel-edged woodworking chisel. Is this set a good value?
Woodworking Tools - Irwin Quick Grip Clamp Review
If woodworkers can never have enough clamps, one handy addition to the cache might be the Irwin Quick Grip Woodworking Clamps. Are they easy to use?
Woodworking Review of Bosch PB360S Power Box
The Bosch PB360S Power Box is a power center with four AC outlets, a single DC outlet and a crystal-clear 360-degree sound system with subwoofer.
Milwaukee 5616-24 Router Kit Review
The Milwaukee 5616-24 Router Kit is equipped with a 2-1/4 HP heavy-duty motor and includes a fixed base and plunge base. Is it a good tool value?
DeWalt DW618PK Fixed & Plunge Router Kit
Read an in-depth product test of the DeWalt DW618PK Fixed & Plunge Router Kit and discover the features that set this router kit apart.
Review of the Festool CT 22 E Mobile Dust Extractor
The Festool CT 22 E Mobile Dust Extractor is a step above any normal shop vacuum. Learn the features that sets this cleaning tool apart from others
PSI Woodworking Portable Panel Saw System PPS-2 Review
Read about this test of the PSI Woodworking Portable Panel Saw System PPS-2 where you can turn a circular saw into a precise panel saw. Is it a good value?
Dremel 300 Series High-Speed Rotary Tool Review
The Dremel 300 Series Rotary Tool is a lot more than just a woodworking tool, with a kit with 55 different accessories. Is this tool worth your money?
Boeshield Rust-Free Rust & Stain Remover
Boeshield's Rust-Free Rust and Stain Remover claims to remove rust and stains from cast iron and steel surfaces. Does it really work?
Ryobi 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer
The Ryobi 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer with AirStrike Technology uses a 18-volt battery to power the nailer - no cartridges or air compressor needed.
Freud D12100X Diablo Ultra Finish Saw Blade Review
Woodworking Review of the Freud D12100X Diablo Ultra Finish 12-Inch 100-Tooth Saw Blade with a laser cut ultra-thin kerf design for your miter saw or table saw
Porter-Cable 560 Quik Jig Pocket Hole Joinery System
This Porter-Cable 560 Quik Jig Pocket Hole Joinery System Review covers how to use the jig for cutting repeatable pocket holes in different wood sizes.
Woodworking Review of the Katie Jig Dovetail Jig System
The Katie Jig differs from many dovetail jigs that require use of a woodworking vise. It also has some interesting innovations that make it worth considering.
Porter-Cable 450PK Compact Fixed/Plunge Combo Router
The Porter-Cable 450PK Compact Fixed/Plunge Combo Router Kit, built with the same quality as their larger routers, is ideal for trimming tasks.
Woodworking Review of Duofast DFS350S Framing Nailer
The Duofast DF350S Framing Nailer is a lightweight, durable framing nailer with a powerful motor and features that set it apart from other framing nailers.
Grip-Rite GRTBN200 Brad Nailer - Woodworking Reviews
The Grip-Rite GRTBN200 Brad Nailer is an 18 gauge pneumatic brad nailer that is well-balanced, lightweight and is easy to clear in the event of a jam.
Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig Review
This dovetail jig is well-built and relatively easy to use for cutting. Learn the features and functions of the Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig.
Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw - Tool Review
While the Ridgid Band Saw certainly doesn't have the horsepower for production shop work, it may be the perfect choice for the weekend woodworker.
Delta UNISAW - Woodworking Tool Review
Since its 1930's release, the Delta UNISAW has been an innovative leader in table saws. Learn more about the saw in this review of the new revamped saw.
Ridgid Oscillating Spindle Sander - Woodworking Reviews
Learn the advantages and drawbacks of this versatile oscillating spindle sander in this woodworking tool review with extra links for more information.
Milwaukee 6955-20 Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review
The Milwaukee 6955-20 sliding dual bevel miter saw is a very sturdy woodworking machine in the tradition of Milwaukee tools. Is it a good value?
Woodworking Review of Bosch 1274DVS Belt Sander
The Bosch 1274DVS Belt Sander is a well-built, sturdy variable-speed belt sander with numerous accessories available including a clamp and sanding frame.
Ridgid Fixed Base and Plunge Router Kit Review
The Ridgid R2900 Fixed Base and Plunge Router Kit is a solid, well-built basic router with some very innovative and unusual features. Is it a good value?
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?
Freud FT1700VCEK Fixed Base and Plunge Router Kit
Our review of the Freud FT1700VCEK Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit really revealed two separate woodworking tools. Is one better than the other?
Ridgid MobilAir Tri-Stack Air Compressor Review
The Ridgid MobilAir Tri-Stack Air Compressor (Model OF50150TS) is a triple-tank compressor with a pair of functioning options. How will it work on the job?
DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver Review
The DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver is a lightweight yet surprisingly powerful cordless screwdriver strong enough to drive 3-inch deck screws with ease.
Bosch JS5 Orbital Jigsaw Review
The Bosch JS5 Jigsaw is a top-of-the-line jigsaw, with orbital cutting action, a variable speed motor, and a single-handed jigsaw blade change mechanism.
DeWalt D26453K Random Orbit Sander Review
The DeWalt D26453 Random Orbit Sander is a 5-inch (8-hole) random orbital sander with a 3.0 amp variable speed motor (7000-12,000 rpm). Is it a good value?
Delta 18-900L Drill Press With Lasers Review
The Delta 18-900L Drill Press with Lasers is a vast improvement over basic drill presses, with a work light and a cross-laser for drilling accuracy.
Ridgid 18 Volt Combo - Woodworking Tool Review
The Ridgid 18 Volt Combo contains a drill-driver, impact driver, portable radio, batteries and charger. Read our review of this 18 volt combo kit.
O'Keeffe's Working Hands - O'Keeffe's for Healthy Feet
O'Keeffe's Working Hands and O'Keeffe's for Healthy Feet are designed for people who are rough on their hands and feet. How well do they work?
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.
PSI Woodworking PHJIG3 Pocket Hole Jig Review
Pocket joints are easier to make with a quality pocket hole jig than by hand. In this review, learn about the PSI Woodworking PHJIG3 Pocket Hole Jig.
Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Woodworking Review
The Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool is a step above previous models. With separate on/off switch from the variable speed control, is this the best Dremel yet?
Rockwell 3rill 3in1 Drill/Driver/Impact Driver Review
The Rockwell 3rill 3in1 Cordless Drill/Driver/Impact Driver RK2515K2 is a 12-volt Lithium Ion battery powered combo unit. How well does it work?
Milwaukee 6021-21 Random Orbit Sander Review
The Milwaukee 6021-21 Random Orbit Sander is a 5-inch palm sander with a 3.0 amp, variable speed motor. Does the surprisingly low price belie a quality tool?
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.
Paslode Cordless 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer Review
The Paslode Cordless 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer frees you from the tether of an air compressor. Learn the benefits of this nailer in this review.
Porter-Cable PCL180CDK-2 18v 1/2-inch Cordless Drill/Driver Review
The Porter-Cable PCL180CDK-2 18v 1/2-inch Cordless Drill/Driver is the latest in the PCL180 series, lighter, more powerful, better balanced than ever.
Ridgid R3002 Reciprocating Saw - Woodworking Tool Reviews
The Ridgid R3002 Reciprocating Saw has useful features that give it an advantage over standard recip saws. Learn those features in this tool review.
Grizzly Model T10010 Wet Grinder Review - 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.
Porter-Cable PCL180DK-2 Cordless Drill/Driver Review
Learn about the Porter-Cable PCL180 18v 1/2-inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver, and how it measures up with the top cordless drills on the market.
Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe Woodworking Tool Review
Learn the advantages of the Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe in this Woodworking Review, including a discussion of the optional extension and base.
Woodworking Review - Bosch GCM12SD Sliding Miter Saw
Sliding miter saws have been around for years. The Bosch GCM12SD Sliding Miter Saw has attempted to change the rules. Do their changes work?
Rockwell RK3440K Versacut Mini Circular Saw - Review
The Rockwell RK3440K Versacut Mini Circular Saw with Laser is a 3-3/8 inch mini circular saw for precise, small cutting tasks. How well does it work?
SawStop CNS175 Contractor Table Saw Review
A few years ago, SawStop released their patented safety technology on a cabinet saw. Will it work just as effectively on a contractor saw? Find out here.
Bosch 1617EVS Fixed Base and Plunge Router Kit - Review
This tool is a solid choice for the woodworker who needs versatility in a plunge and fixed base router, despite some suggested improvements.
CarveWright (CW001) Wood Carving Machine Review
The CarveWright Wood Carving Machine, also known as the Craftsman CompuCarve, is a compact, powerful counter-top woodcarving machine. How well does it work?
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.
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.
Rockwell Blade Runner RK7320 Cutting Machine Review
The Rockwell Blade Runner RK7320 is called The Ultimate Cutting Machine, as it can cut wood, ceramic tile, PVC, and metal. How well does it work?
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?
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?
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 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 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?
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 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 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?
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?
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.
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).
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!
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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 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?
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 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 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 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.
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 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?
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 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 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.
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 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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner Review
The biscuit joiner has one job: to cut biscuit slots, and the Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner does a good job for a value-priced tool. Here you can read more.
Bosch T308B Jigsaw Blades Woodworking Review
It's hard to get excited about jigsaw blades, but frankly, the Bosch T308B jigsaw blades are the best blades I've ever used. A terrific jigsaw blade.
Rockwell SoniCrafter Oscillating Tool (Review)
The Rockwell SoniCrafter Oscillating Tool is a 72-piece multitool that can cut, sand, scrape and polish wood, plastic, brick, concrete, metal and more.
Bosch Colt Variable Speed Palm Router Kit Review
In the Bosch Colt Variable Speed Palm Router Kit, Bosch engineers have devised a lightweight fixedase router that is truly a joy to use.
Irwin FK Series Utility Knives
The Irwin FK Series of Utility Knives may not seem like classic woodworking tools, but there are plenty of uses for these knives in the woodshop.
Irwin 19-Piece Drill/Drive Set Review
The Irwin 19-Piece Drill/Drive Set is a kit with 14 driver bits, four tapered drill bits with counterbores and a depth stop. Are they worth your money?
Lenox Gold Power Arc Curved Reciprocating Saw Blades
Lenox Gold Power Arc Curved Reciprocating Saw Blades have a curved design and titanium coating to dissipate heat. Do they cut better than straight blades?
Irwin 48-inch Parallel Jaw Box Clamp
The Irwin 48-inch Parallel Jaw Box Clamp is a strong I-beam style bar clamp, but is it any better than using a pipe clamp on a woodworking glue-up?
Woodworking Review of Irwin WeldTec Self Feed Drill Bits
The Irwin WeldTec Self Feed Drill Bits come in a variety of sizes ranging from 1-inch to 4-5/8 inches in diameter and chew through wood, nails, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Replace Band Saw Guide Blocks
Guide blocks and bearings are used to keep the blade in place as it rotates between the guide wheels. Changing the guide blocks is easy using these steps.
How to Replace a Band Saw Tire
Much like a car, a band saw needs tires in good shape in order to run properly. If your band saw tires need to be replaced, here's how to change them.
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.
Endangered and Restricted Wood Species
Why are some exotic hardwoods considered endangered and restricted (and thus illegal) for woodworking? What are your available options? Here are some tips.
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.
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.
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.
Handy Fraction / Decimal / Metric Conversion Chart
Here is a handy fraction to decimal to metric conversion chart for woodworkers. Print this handy conversion chart for use in your wood shop.
How to Repair a Sticky Wooden Drawer
Wooden drawers can sometimes stick with the natural expansion and contraction of the wood based on seasonal moisture content. Learn how to fix a sticky one.
Straight Router Bits Versus Spiral Router Bits
Learn the differences between straight router bits and spiral router bits, and when to use each for the best advantage in your woodworking projects.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.