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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.

How to Install a Featherboard
Do you know how to install a featherboard onto your saw table to keep your work piece firmly against your fence or table? Here are the details!

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.

Where Should Your Hands Be When Using Your Table Saw?
Do you know where to place your hands when ripping a board on a table saw? How can you keep your hands safe and secure when ripping stock? Here are some tips.

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

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.

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.

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

Woodworking Projects Using a Router
The wood router is a great tool for applying edge profiles to woodstock. Here are a number of woodworking projects you can build using a router.

Woodworking Projects using a Circular Saw
The circular saw is commonly used for construction projects, but one can be used for woodworking projects as well. Here are some projects you can try!

Woodworking Projects Using a Drill Press
A drill press is far more precise than one can drill holes with a hand operated drill. Here are a few woodworking projects you can build using one.

Ridgid JobMax Multitool Review
The Ridgid JobMax Multitool is the company's entry into the oscillating tool market. Learn the features of this tool and whether it's worth your investment.

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

Rockwell BladeRunner RK7320 Review
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What Type of Wood is Best For Drawer Construction?
When building dovetailed drawers, what types of wood are best for the box construction? Should you use the same species as the unit, or will others suffice?

A Word on Wobble Dado Blades
Is a wobble dado blade a good option for cutting dadoes and rabbets? Or is it more trouble than the small amount of money you might spend on one?

Hitachi's New LIFETIME Lithium Ion Power Tool Warranty
Hitachi recently announced that they would cover their battery-powered tools with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty? Do you know what that warranty covers?

Buying a Cordless Drill
Can you do most drilling tasks in woodworking with a cordless drill? Or do you need a corded power drill? Here are some options when looking for a drill.

Old-School Woodworking
Does one need a big woodshop with noisy power tools for woodworking? Not necessarily. In this article, learn what to do when you don't have a woodshop.

Tips for Moving Your Wood Shop
Moving your tools to a new woodshop can be a daunting task. Here are some tips for making the move go as smoothly as possible.

Working with Recycled Materials
Do you need to use new wood for every woodworking project? Absolutely not! In many cases, recycled timbers are better. Here are some tips for recycling wood.

Tips for Using Wood Fillers on Stained Projects
Matching wood filler with the surrounding wood stain to help blemishes disappear is a tricky proposition. Here are some great tips that can help!

CarveWright Wood Carving Machine Review
In this CarveWright Wood Carving Machine Review, learn the benefits of this type of CNC machine for woodworkers that is great for tasks in the woodshop!

Do You Really Need a Big Router Table?
Do you need a big router table in your woodshop? Not necessarily. Here you'll learn what features you really need in a router table for most projects.

Build the Ultimate Wood Saw Horses
Few accessories are more useful on a job site than a sturdy set of saw horses. In these free plans, learn how to build the ultimate wooden sawhorses.

Woodworking Projects Using a Power Drill
With this list of free woodworking plans, you can build a variety of woodworking projects that all will require either a power drill or a cordless drill.

Woodworking Projects Using a Band Saw
Do you like to use a band saw? Here are ten sets of free woodworking plans for various projects that all use a band saw in the building process.

Woodworking Projects Using a Radial-Arm Saw
The radial-arm saw can handle multiple tasks in a woodshop. Here are some woodworking projects that you can download for free and build with your saw.

Free Woodworking Plans for a Bird Feeder
Bird feeders can be a lot of fun to build. Download these free bird feeder plans and build your own today. These free bird feeder plans use weather resistant cedar as the wood of choice, and plexiglass sides allow you to see how much feed is left. These free woodworking plans can be completed in a couple of hours, but the feeder will give you enjoyment for many years. Download the free bird feeder plans today.

Attach the Sides to the Base - Free Woodworking Plans - Bird Feeder
With the sides formed and the grooves for the plexiglass cut into the ends, the next step of these free bird feeder plans are to attach the ends to the base. Position each end on edge inside the base (centered along each 13-inch side) and attach with a few finish nails and a claw hammer. It may help to use a small woodworking clamp to hold the end in place while it is attached.

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

Attach One Roof Panel to the Bird Feeder - Free Bird Feeder Plans
With the two roof panels cut, the next step of these free bird feeder plans is to attach one of the two roof panels to the assembly. Position one of the roof panels over the ends so that the beveled edge is square to the base of the unit and flush with the peak. Each end of the roof should overhang the edges of the feeder by one inch. Attach the roof panel with some finish nails and a hammer.

Connect the Hinged Roof Panel - Build a Bird Feeder with these Free Woodworking Plans
With one half of the roof in place, the next step of these free bird feeder plans is to attach the remaining hinged roof panel to the bird feeder. Position the remaining roof panel onto the roof so that the two beveled edges align and the ends of the roof panel match the stationary panel. Align the two hinges over the beveled joint on top, and attach the hinges to each roof panel.

Mount the Bird Feeder - Free Woodworking Plans for Making a Bird Feeder
The construction phase of these free bird feeder plans is now complete. The only things that remain are to mount the bird feeder, fill it and enjoy. In this step, learn a couple of suggestions for mounting the bird feeder so that it is accessible to birds.

Fill the Bird Feeder - Free Woodworking Plans
With the bird feeder mounted using the method of your choice in the previous step of these free woodworking plans, it's now time to fill the feeder with bird seed. Simply flip up the hinged roof panel on top of the bird feeder and fill the area between the plexiglass sides with bird seed. The seed will flow under the openings in the feeder to the tray below.

Free Woodworking Plans for a Cedar Bird Feeder - Alternate Mounting Methods
One additional point to mention regarding these free bird feeder plans. By mounting the bird feeder on a pole or deck railing using an L-bracket, other critters (such as squirrels and raccoons) may enjoy a free lunch that you didn't intend for them. By hanging the bird feeder in an area not accessible to these critters, your visiting birds can enjoy their bird seed without intrusion from four-legged friends.

Free Woodworking Plans for a Bird Feeder - Assembling the Bird Feeder Base
The next step of these free bird feeder plans is to assemble the base of the bird feeder. The 16-inch boards are positioned 1-1/2 inch in from each end of the 13-inch boards, and the dowels will be inserted into the holes in the sides. Once the pieces are in place, connect them together using 4-penny finish nails with a hammer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Using a Homemade Woodworking Jig for Repetitive Tasks
Save time and effort when performing repetitive tasks in the woodshop by building some homemade woodworking jigs. Here are a couple of examples.

Woodworking Projects Using a Table Saw
This list contains a number of sets of free woodworking plans, all of which are built primarily using your table saw. Download your favorites today!

Woodworking Projects Using a Miter Saw
The compound miter saw is perfect for square cutting or cutting angles and bevels on boards. Here are some free woodworking plans that use a miter saw.

Woodworking - Tools, Techniques and Free Tutorials
Get free woodworking tutorials for beginner to advanced woodworkers. Learn about common tools, woodworking techniques and more.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

About Woodworking - Identifying Types of Wood
There are many varieties of stock available to woodworkers. A woodworker who understands how his choice of materials is affected by humidity, milling, joining and finishing will be better equipped to equipped to have a quality finished product. Here, we discuss the properties of wood products available to the woodworker today.

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

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

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.

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

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

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

Woodworking Tool Reviews - Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kits
With the wide range of profiles that can be routed onto the edges of stock, routers may be among the most exciting of woodworking tools for a woodworker to use. Read our reviews of these fun and useful woodworking tools.

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.

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

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

Woodworking 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.

Cordless Drills - Woodworking Reviews of Cordless Drills
Cordless drills have become more powerful, with batteries that last longer, deliver more power and charge faster. These cordless drills are loaded with features that makes one ponder whether there is a need to have a corded drill any longer. Read these reviews of cordless drills, to find one that is right for you.

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 Media - Woodworking Books, Magazines, DVDs & Television Shows
There are numerous instructional DVDs, books, magazines and television shows dedicated to woodworking. In this series of articles, we review and give our opinions on these various items for their instructional woodworking strengths and weaknesses.

Woodworking Suppliers - Wood Turnings and Table Legs at these Woodworking Suppliers
These woodworking suppliers offer custom wood turnings such as table legs, bedposts, Queen Anne legs, vanity legs and other turnings. Also, find corbels, pedestals and decorative kitchen knobs at these woodworking suppliers.

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.

Power Sander Reviews - Woodworking Reviews of Power Sanders
Comprised primarily of hand-held sheet sanders, palm sanders, belt sanders and random orbit sanders, these hand-held sanding tool reviews will help you make an informed decision on buying a sander that can prepare your project for finishing much easier and faster.

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.

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.

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

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woodshop Layout - Woodworking Tips for an Efficient Woodshop Layout
Efficient woodworking depends on a well-designed woodshop layout. Of course, every woodworker would love a larger workshop, but often the space isn't available. By setting up an efficient woodshop layout, the woodworker can work more effectively. Learn tips on making the most out of the woodshop layout space in you woodworking shop.

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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.

Pneumatic Woodworking Tools - Reviews of Pneumatic Woodworking Tools
Pneumatic tools, from air compressors to finish nailers and brad nailers, are a real work saver in the wood shop. Find reviews of various pneumatic woodworking tools, plus links to compare prices.

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.

About Woodworking - Links to Woodworking Suppliers
Links to woodworking suppliers for all of your woodworking tools, hardware, lumber and fine wood stock, and much more.

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? Learn methods for squaring stock and when to use each method in your woodworking projects.

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. This Milwaukee 6021-21 5-inch random orbit sander has features such as an ergonomic grip, electronic soft start, and is covered by a five-year warranty, all at a surprisingly good price. Learn the advantages of the Milwaukee 6021-21 random orbit sander in this woodworking review.

Build a Set of Washer Boxes - Free Woodworking Plans
Horseshoes is a game that has been played for years. However, playing horseshoes takes quite a bit of space and can really dig up a lot of grass in your back yard. Washers is a very similar game, but can be played on any surface, using a pair of washers boxes. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a matching set of washer boxes and teach you how to play this fun game of skill, indoors or out.

How to Build Barn Doors - Free Woodworking Plans
In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build barn doors using a 2x6 frame, with X-style trim and traditional barn-style Dutch-doors.

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

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

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

Attach the Hinges to the Barn Door - Woodworking Plans
With the basic woodworking on the bottom half of the barn door complete, attach strap-style barn hinges capable of holding at least 75 pounds each.

Installation: Free Woodworking Plans for Barn Doors
With the hinges attached to the barn door, the final step to building the bottom half of the barn doors is to install the door & the remaining 1x4 trim.

Finish the Barn Doors - Free Woodworking Plans
To complete these free woodworking plans for a set of barn doors, apply an eco-friendly finish in case animals nibble at the doors.

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

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

Free Barn Door Plans - Connecting the Barn Door Frame
With the rails and stiles cut and clamped into place, the next step to building a barn door frame is to toenail the frame with long wood screws.

Attaching the Barn Door Cross-Member - Woodworking Plans
With the rails and stiles of the barn door in place, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to add a diagonal 2x6 frame member for strength.

Free Barn Door Plans - Cutting the Siding for the Barn Doors
The next step to building these free barn door plans is to cut the T-111 siding with a circular saw and attach it to the frame using a pneumatic stapler.

Attach the T-111 Siding to the Barn Doors - Free Woodworking Plans
The next step of these free woodworking plans to build barn doors is to attach the T-111 siding to the barn door frame centered on the frame.

Free Woodworking Plans for Barn Doors - Rip the Barn Door Edge Trim
The next step of these free woodworking plans is to begin to trim out the doors, and protect the edges of the T-111 siding.

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

Woodworking Reviews of Sanders and Accessories
Sanding isn't much fun, but it's a necessary part of woodworking. Here are some reviews of sanding accessories that can make the job a bit more tolerable.

Saw Blade and Accessory Reviews - Woodworking Accessories
A great saw with a lousy blade will give poor results, but a great blade may make a basic saw cut cleanly. Read these reviews of popular saw blades.

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.

When Did a 2x4 Become 1-1/2" X 3-1/2"?
I've long lamented how lumber sizes seem to be shrinking a little more every few years, but I had never encountered a history of why, and more importantly, when

How to Protect Your Outdoor Woodworking Projects
When building outdoor woodworking projects, the woodworker is presented with a problem: how to protect the project from the elements. While there are certain types of wood that are more resistant to the elements than others, there are ways to protect projects that are made from nearly any type of material. Learn how to protect your plans from the elements, so you can get years of enjoyment from your woodworking plans.

How Far Apart Should Biscuits Be Spaced? Woodworking Tips
A biscuit joint is when a football-shaped biscuit (commonly made of beechwood) is inserted into matching slots in two corresponding boards. One common question is,

Under-Window Bookcase - Free Woodworking Plans
In building a bookcase, woodworkers use the same basic principles they would use when building cabinets. In these free bookcase plans, you'll learn how to make beautiful oak or pine bookcases while employing standard cabinet building techniques. With these free woodworking plans, you'll build a piece of furniture you'll be proud to display in your home or office.

Display the Finished Bookcase
Your bookcase is now completed. You should have a beautiful, heirloom piece of furniture that you will be proud to display in your home or office.

Cut the Standards and Shelves
The first step to building this under-window bookcase is to cut the shelf standards and the shelves themselves. While these would typically be cut out of birch or oak plywood, other woods can be used to make complete these free woodworking plans.

Cut the Dadoes and Rabbets
The next step to building a bookshelf is to cut the dadoes and rabbets into the shelf standards, as well as to cut the rabbets into the top and bottom shelf. These steps can be completed with a radial arm or table saw with a stacked dado set.

Assemble the Bookshelf
Once you have the shelves and standards cut, its time for some assembly using a shop table of other flat surface. You'll need woodworking glue and some finish nails to assemble the case.

Attach the Plywood Back and Top
Now that the basic bookshelf case is assembled, its time to attach the plywood back, which will provide considerable strength to the case, as well as to attach the top of the unit above the top shelf.

Cut and Attach the Decorative Base
Now that we've assembled the bookcase, we'll work on trimming it out, beginning with the decorative base. You'll make a couple of curved cuts using a bandsaw or jigsaw, then miter the edges to fit it to the unit.

Trim the Case With Moldings
The woodworking on this bookshelf is almost completed. Now, we're going to cut and attach the quarter round and cove moldings to give a nice profile to the bookcase.

Sanding the Bookcase
Now that the woodworking on the bookshelf is completed, we move on to sanding. Begin by sanding the entire unit with a coarse to medium grit (I use 100), followed by 150 grit and finally 220 grit. This will give the bookcase a nice smooth finish.

Staining or Painting
Once the sanding is completed, we'll apply the chosen finish to the bookcase, either stain and polyurethane or paint. Clean the unit with a clean, dry rag before applying the finish to the bookshelf unit.

How to Change and Install Band Saw Blades
Once the blocks and guide rollers are out of the way, the next step to installing a band saw blade is to set the blade to the proper tension. Keeping the correct amount of tension on the pliable band saw blade is key to having the blade track properly and keeping the cut straight and square to the face of the wood.

Position the Band Saw Guide Blocks and Rollers - How to Install a Band Saw Blade
With the band saw blade tracking on the center of the tires, and the tension on the blade set to the proper tightness, the next step to installing a band saw blade is to position the guide blocks and rollers to keep the blade from deflecting while in use. Begin by lowering the blade guard, then adjusting the top blocks and rollers, before moving onto the lower rollers and blocks.

Test the Band Saw Blade Tracking - Woodworking Tips on How to Install a Band Saw Blade
With the band saw blade installed and tracking centered on the two band saw tires, and the guides properly positioned, the final step to installing a new band saw blade is to turn on the saw and observe how the blade tracks on the tires. If the blade continues to track true and doesn't bind against any of the blocks, your new band saw blade is ready to use.

Raising the Band Saw Blade Guard - How to Change a Band Saw Blade
With the band saw blade loosened, the next step to changing a band saw blade is to raise the blade guard. This guard can be raised or lowered depending on the thickness of the wood being cut by the bandsaw. When changing the band saw blade, it is necessary to raise the guard to the highest position, so that the blade can be removed from the table in an upcoming step.

Remove the Rear Band Saw Blade Guard - Woodworking Tips for Changing Band Saw Blades
Once the band saw blade is loosened, and the front blade guard is up and out of the way, the next step to changing a band saw blade is to remove the rear band saw blade guard. This guard protects the user from the exposed band saw blade as it travels from the bottom wheel back up to the top wheel on its rotation. This band saw blade guard must be removed in order to change the band saw blade.

Loosen the Band Saw Under-Table Blade Guard - How to Remove a Band Saw Blade
After removing the rear blade guard, the next step in changing a band saw blade is to loosen the under-table guard. This is typically held in place with a Phillips screw, and can be accessed through the hole in the center of the band saw table. Once the screw is loosened, the blade guard should be able to be rotated out of the way.

Remove the Band Saw Blade - How to Change a Band Saw Blade - Removing Bandsaw Blades
With all of the band saw blade guards out of the way, you can now safely remove your band saw blade. Grab the loosened blade near the top wheel, and pull it off of the two band saw wheels. Guide the blade through the groove in the saw table and remove it from the band saw completely. For safe-keeping, fold your band saw blade and tie the three sections together before storing the blade.

Slide In a New Band Saw Blade - How to Install Band Saw Blades
Once the old band saw blade has been removed, you can begin installing the new band saw blade. Slide the new band saw blade through the slot in the table, and place the blade over the two band saw tires in the top and bottom cabinets. You can begin adjusting the tension on the band saw blade in this step as well.

Loosen the Band Saw Guide Blocks - Installing a New Band Saw Blade - Adjust the Band Saw Guide Blocks
With the new band saw blade strung between the top and bottom band saw tires, you'll need to loosen the top and bottom sets of guide blocks on the band saw, so that the blade can be tensioned properly. There is one set of guide blocks on the sliding blade guard above the table, and another set of guide blocks underneath the table. Loosen the blocks on both sides of the blade as well as the guide block (or roller) behind the blade, both above and below the band saw table.

How to Change Band Saw Blades (Page 1)
The band saw consists of two wheels with rubber tires around which a thin blade rides. The blade travels through the center of a saw table. As the wheels turn, the wood is placed on the table and pushed through the blade. For tighter cuts, a thinner blade should be used, where straight cuts require a thicker blade. Learn how to change the blade on your band saw and how to adjust the saw to keep the blade tracking properly.

Open the Band Saw Cabinets - Band Saw Tips - Changing Band Saw Blades
The first step to changing a band saw blade is to open up the top and bottom cabinets of your band saw, revealing the tires around which the band saw blade turns. Of course, you'll want to have the band saw disconnected from power while you change the blade.

Loosen the Band Saw Blade Tension - Woodworking Tips on Changing Band Saw Blades
After the band saw cabinet is opened, the next step to changing a band saw blade is to loosen the tension on the top tire, in order to take the tension off of the blade. This is done by rotating the knob on the top of the band saw, typically in a counterclockwise direction, until the blade is loose.

Woodworking Safety Tips - Using Your Radial Arm Saw
While radial-arm saws are one of the most versatile tools, they can also be extremely dangerous. However, with proper understanding and use of the safety features on your radial-arm saw, you can greatly reduce the risk of injury. In this article, learn tips for using your radial arm safely, no matter whether you're ripping or cross-cutting with your radial-arm saw.

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 cordless drill, impact driver and screw driver all in one unit. The 3rill is lightweight, and includes a soft-side carrying case, two batteries, a quick charger and a few bits. It has a 4-position selector switch on the top for switching between two-speeds of drilling, impact driving and screw driving. Learn the benefits of this combo unit in this woodworking tool review.

Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Woodworking Review
The Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool is a step above previous Dremel tool models. With an on/off switch that is separate from the variable speed control, externally accessible brushes and variable speed from 5000-35000 rpms, plus a huge assortment of available accessories, the Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool is the best Dremel rotary tool yet.

Saw Blade Tips
Saws will only perform as well as their saw blades can cut. In this list, find a number of articles to help you use and protect your saw blades.

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. With proper use of these two products, they guarantees relief for dry hands and feet that crack and split. In this woodworking review, learn how O'Keeffe's Working Hands and O'Keeffe's for Healthy Feet can help woodworkers, contractors and other hard-working people keep the skin on their hands and feet healthy.

Give a Woodworking Gift for Any Occasion
Need ideas for woodworking gifts? 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.

Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner Review
The biscuit joiner has one job: to cut biscuit slots, and the Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner does a very effective job for a value-priced tool. Even though it is less expensive than many other biscuit joiners on the market, it has a number of features that make it more than just a basic tool. Learn about the features and functions of the Ryobi JM82 in this woodworking review.

How to Use Biscuit Joints - Woodworking Tips
Biscuits are small, football-shaped slices of beechwood that are used to join to pieces of wood together. Typical uses of biscuits are when gluing boards together to form a table top or other glue-up, or when joining a face frame to a cabinet. In these articles, learn the basics of biscuit joinery, plus some woodworking projects that prominently use biscuit joinery.

Woodworking Band Saw Tips
The band saw is ideal for cutting curves or for resawing lumber. Band saws come in a variety of sizes, with motors with a variety of power ratings. Some have a larger throat opening than others, allowing the band saw to cut larger pieces of stock. Band saws can be a little fickle to fine-tune, and each blade change requires adjustments. In these woodworking tips, learn how to get the most out of your band saw.

Wood Shop Tips: Storing Nails, Screws & Other Fasteners
Every woodworker eventually ends up with a substantial assortment of screws, nails, brads and other mechanical fasteners. Keeping these fasteners organized can be a headache. Learn some suggestions for organizing your fasteners so you can have them available for your woodworking projects.

Planter Box Plans - Free Woodworking Plans
In these free planter box plans, follow along step-by-step to learn how to build a planter box that is large enough to hold a number of relatively large plants. The planter box plans are relatively simple, and can be altered to accommodate nearly any size. The box has a heavy plastic liner and drainage system to drain off excess water. Download the free planter box plans and build one today!

Attach the Final Trim - Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Large Planter Box
In this final step of these free woodworking plans, we'll install the drain and position the final pieces of trim to cover the plastic liner's staples from the previous step of this woodworking project.

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

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

Assemble the Plywood Planter Box - Free Woodworking Plans for Making a Large Planter Box
Once the biscuit slots are all cut in the five pieces of the plywood planter box, we'll assemble the box using biscuits, glue and finish nails. This step of these free woodworking plans will form the majority of the planter box.

Free Planter Box Plans - Cut the Trim Pieces for the Planter Box
Once the basic planter box has been completed, we'll turn our attention to trimming the box. We'll be attaching some trim to the outside of the top and bottom of the box, over the top of the box, and well as cutting some structural members for helping support the bottom of the box.

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

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

Free Woodworking Plans - Painting the Planter Box - Free Planter Box Plans
Most of the woodworking has been completed by this point, so we'll turn our attention to finishing. The parts have been sanded, so we'll either paint (primer then top coat) or stain (stain color of choice followed by polyurethane). Once this step of these free woodworking plans has been completed, we'll have a little bit of work left, but the unit must be finished before we can complete those steps.

Attaching the Plastic Liner - Free Woodworking Plans
Once the paint or polyurethane has had ample time to dry completely (at least 24 hours after the final coat), we'll turn our attention to lining the inside of the planter. We'll be attaching some 6-mil plastic and inserting a drain in this step of these free woodworking plans.

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.

Woodworking Tips for Using a Radial-Arm Saw
Many woodworkers tend to think of the radial-arm saw as a bad investment. Why? Radial-arm saws are often regarded as large, cumbersome and inaccurate tools whose tasks can be handled by other machines. While it's true that space is often a concern, particularly for woodworkers with a small garage woodshop, the radial-arm saw may be the most versatile woodworking machine of the lot. In these tips, learn how to get the most out of your radial-arm saw.

When to Use and How to Make Sliding Dovetail Joints
When considering the design of a woodworking project, there are a variety of woodworking joints to consider. One of the most versatile woodworking joints is the sliding dovetail joint. It is strong, has numerous practical uses, and can be made a few different ways with a variety of woodworking tools. Learn the uses and methods for building a sliding dovetail joint.

PSI Woodworking PHJIG3 Pocket Hole Jig Review
Pocket joints are easier to make consistently with a quality pocket hole jig than by hand. In this woodworking tool review, learn about the PSI Woodworking PHJIG3 Pocket Hole Jig.

Jet JSSG-10 Slow Speed Wet Sharpener Tool Review
Keeping your woodworking tools sharp is easy with a quality slow-speed wet sharpener. The Jet JSSG-10 Wet Sharpener is such a quality sharpening tool. Equipped with a ten-inch diameter stone wet grinding wheel, along with a leather stropping wheel, plus handy features like a torque adjustment, speed adjustment and tool storage drawer, the Jet Wet Sharpener is great for keeping your chisels, planes and gouges sharp.

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.

Free Woodworking Plans for Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
The slab-style cabinet door is the most basic style of cabinet door. It can be made from plywood or melamine with the edges banded, or it can be made from solid wood. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build slab-style cabinet doors using solid wood with tongue and groove joinery. They're versatile, inexpensive and can be finished in a number of ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Make Your Own Featherboards
In these free woodworking plans, learn how to create your own featherboards to make cutting smaller stock on your table saw or router table safer.

Making a Featherboard - Cut the Stock to Length
To begin cutting a featherboard, start by cutting the featherboard stock down to size. I like to use a scrap of 1x6, cut to a 12

Make a 30-Degree Crosscut - How to Make a Featherboard
The next step in making a featherboard is to make a 30-degree cut on one end of the stock using a miter saw for the angled face of the featherboard.

How to Make a Featherboard - Mark a 30-Degree Stop Line
The next step to making a featherboard is to measure three inches in from the mitered face and mark a 30-degree line parallel to the miter.

Cut the Fingers of the Featherboard - Free Woodworking Plans
The next step of these free featherboard plans is to rip 1/4-inch cuts through the board up to the line using your table saw to make the fingers.

How to Use a Featherboard - Free Woodworking Plans
A featherboard can be used on a table saw or router table, affixed to the fence (vertically) or the table (horizontally) to hold the stock being cut.

DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver Review
The DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver is a lightweight yet surprisingly powerful cordless screwdriver. With a 12-volt max lithium-ion battery pack, the DCF610 is strong enough to drive 3-inch deck screws with ease. Special features include a three-light LED on the front of the chuck for illuminating the work surface plus rubber bumpers on each side to prevent case scratching. Learn the advantages of the DeWalt DCF610 Cordless Screwdriver in this woodworking tool review.

Building a Clay Pot Hanger - Free Woodworking Plans
This spring, show off your woodworking skills and gardening abilities at the same time. Display your plants in this simple yet impressive clay pot hanger. Each hanger can hold four clay pots securely. Best of all, this is a very simple woodworking project that nearly anyone can build! Download the free plans and build your clay pot hanger today.

Using the Clay Pot Hanger - Free Woodworking Plans - Clay Pot Hanger
To use your clay pot hanger, simply hold the hanger in an upright position (or hang the hanger by the rope in it's desired location) and attach the first pot to the hanger. Tilt the pot slightly and slip one edge of the pot into one of the holes, then ease the pot upwards until it sits comfortably in the hanger. The weight of the pot will hold it in the clay pot hanger.

Lay Out the Clay Pot Hanger Cut Marks - Free Plans for a Clay Pot Hanger - Free Woodworking Plans
The first step to building the clay pot hanger is to lay out all of the drill locations and cut marks. This will take a tape measure and a pencil. A combination layout square is also helpful, to mark square and straight lines. Once the lines have all been laid out, we can begin drilling and cutting in the next step.

Mark the Clay Pot Hanger Cut Lines - Free Woodworking Plans - Clay Pot Hanger Plans
With the locations for the holes to be drilled marked, the next step to laying out the clay pot hanger plans is to mark some of the cut lines. These cut lines are important for making sure that your cuts in an upcoming step of these free woodworking plans for a clay pot hanger are exactly in the right location.

Drill the Clay Pot Hanger Holes - Free Woodworking Plans for a Clay Pot Hanger
With most of the layout and drill marks in place, it is time to drill some holes. Set up your corded or cordless drill with a one-inch diameter spade, paddle or forstner bit, and drill 1

Finish the Clay Pot Hanger Layout Lines - Free Plans - Free Clay Pot Hanger Plans
With the eight holes drilled in your clay pot hanger, it's time to complete the layout lines. Mark two lines between each of the two holes tangent to each edge (to form the shape of an oval). Also, make a line perpendicular to the long axis of the clay pot hanger at the base of the lower hole.

Free Plans for a Clay Pot Hanger - Cut Out the Sections of the Clay Pot Hanger
With all of the cut lines drawn, the next step in these free woodworking plans for a clay pot hanger is to make the cuts on the cut lines. This can be done with a band saw or a jigsaw. Just be certain to cut as closely to the lines and as straight as possible, to avoid more sanding later.

Drill the Rope Hole in the Clay Pot Hanger - Free Woodworking Plans - Clay Pot Hanger
The final woodworking step in these free clay pot hanger plans is to drill the hole for the rope that will be used to hang the clay pot hanger. This is a 1/2

Rounding the Edges of the Clay Pot Hanger - Free Clay Pot Hanger Plans
The next step to creating a clay pot hanger is optional, but definitely adds to the look of the clay pot hanger. This optional step is to round over all of the edges with a router, using a 3/16

Attach the Rope to the Clay Pot Hanger - Free Woodworking Plans for a Clay Pot Hanger
With the woodworking completed, it's time to apply any finish and to attach the rope to the clay pot hanger. You'll need a section of 3/8

Delta 18-900L Drill Press With Lasers Review
The Delta 18-900L Drill Press with Lasers is loaded with well-thought features, a vast improvement over basic drill presses. The Delta 18-900L includes both a work light and a cross-laser for pinpoint drilling accuracy. Additionally, with 16 spindle speeds and a simple-to-operate belt tensioner, the 28-900L is versatile and powerful enough to handle nearly any task. Learn the pros and cons of the Delta 18-900L Drill Press in this woodworking review

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.

Ridgid MobilAir Tri-Stack Air Compressor Review
The Ridgid MobilAir Tri-Stack Air Compressor (Model OF50150TS) is an interesting concept in air compressors. The triple-tank compressor can be used as a single unit for a full five-gallon capacity, or the compressor head and tank can be removed from the main tank for easier transport and flexibility at the job site. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of this air compressor in the About Woodworking Ridgid MobilAir Tri-Stack Air Compressor Review.

How to Eliminate Saw Blade Burns
Saw blade burns can be an ugly, unsightly problem on a freshly-cut piece of wood. Fortunately, there is an easy way to get rid of saw blade burns. Learn some thoughts for reducing or cleaning up the effects of ugly saw blade burns in this woodworking tip.

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

Cut a Mortise With a Drill Press
A mortise is a rectangular hole designed to receive a tenon of the same size. Traditionally, mortises were cut by hand with a chisel. There is now a specialty machine called a mortiser that is used for cutting mortises. A mortiser has a square chisel with a drill bit inside that drills the hole and cuts the square edges of the mortise. If you don't have a mortise, you can use your drill press to cut mortises, and then clean up the mortise with a sharp chisel.

Attach the Center Support Bracing to the Picnic Table
The final step to building these large picnic table plans is to attach the center support and braces. The finished unit may be painted if desired.

Cut the Large Picnic Table Parts - Woodworking Projects
Follow these steps to cut the parts to build the large picnic table based on the downloadable measured drawings in these free woodworking plans.

Woodworking Plans for a Large Picnic Table
Build a large picnic table by following the measured drawings in these free woodworking plans. This picnic table can easily seat eight people, ten in a pinch.

Attach the Seat Supports - Free Picnic Table Plans
With the legs and table top attached, the next step to building these free picnic table plans is to attach the seat supports and the seat boards.

Begin Assembly of the Large Picnic Table Plans
In this step of these free woodworking plans for a large picnic table, you'll assemble the table top and connect the table legs to the table supports.

Assemble the Glider Rocker Chair Sides
The next step in these free plans is to cut the sides of the Adirondack chair structure using a band saw & connect the pieces using half-lap joinery.

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). With a dust-sealed switch, a hard-shell case, a 3 year warranty and the ability to use either the dust bag or connect to a dust collection system, the DeWalt D26453 has everything one would look for in a random orbit sander. Learn more in this woodworking review of the DeWalt D26453K Random Orbit Sander.

Woodworking With Softwood Lumber - Materials
Walk through the lumber department of any home center and 90% of the material you find will be softwoods, and only about 10% hardwoods. Why the disparity? In this article, you'll learn about woodworking with softwood lumber and when to use these soft woods in your woodworking projects.

Free Woodworking Plans to Make Your Own Washers Game
Now that you've built your own set of washer boxes, only one step in this woodworking project remains: learn how to play washers! In this step, we'll show you the rules and give you some tips on how to play washers.

Cut the Stock to Size - Free Woodworking Plans - Play Washers
The first step to build this set of washer boxes is to cut the 2x6 members needed for the structure of the boxes. For this step of these free woodworking plans, you can use a circular saw or a miter saw. Connect the pieces of treated lumber with deck screws.

Connect the Sides to the End Pieces - Free Woodworking Plans
Once you've cut all of the structural members of the boxes, you'll begin to form the boxes in this step of these free woodworking plans. Connect the two long sides to the two short end pieces with deck screws.

Add a Cross-Member - Free Woodworking Plans for a Set of Washer Boxes
With the perimeter of the washer boxes assembled, add a bit of strength to the assembly by attaching a center cross-member. Be sure to attach it at the exact center of the sides to prevent any interference with the holes to be cut in the tops of the washer boxes in a later step of these free woodworking plans.

Free Washer Box Plans - Attach the Plywood Playing Surface - Free Woodworking Plans
The structure of the boxes are not complete, so now we'll add the plywood playing surface to the top. To complete this step of these free woodworking plans, cut a piece of AC plywood to 12

Free Woodworking Plans for a Set of Washer Boxes - Mark the Target Circles on the Plywood - Free Woodworking Plans
With the top attached, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to mark the three circles for the targets on each playing surface. You'll need a compass and tape measure to mark the three target circles in the plywood playing surface.

Free Washer Box Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Cut Out the Target Circles
After marking the three target circles on each washer box, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to cut out the three circles using a jig saw. Cut a pilot hole using a paddle bit with your power drill.

Free Woodworking Plans - Attach the U-Bolts - Free Washer Box Woodworking Plans
The boxes are now basically complete. The only thing that remains is to attach the chain that will keep the distance between the boxes consistent. Begin by attaching the two U-Bolts and key rings to the boxes in this step of the woodworking project.

Attach the Chain Spacer - Free Woodworking Plans for a Set of Washer Boxes
With the U-bolts and key rings attached, the last step of these free woodworking plans before you begin playing is to measure out 11' - 8

Woodturning Tips - How to Use a Roughing Gouge
In creating nearly every spindle or bowl that is turned on a lathe, the first tool used is probably a roughing gouge. This curved chisel is often used to round a square blank before more intricate work can begin. If proper technique is applied, the roughing gouge is a safe and fun tool to use. Learn how to use a roughing gouge in this woodworking article.

Bosch JS5 Orbital Jigsaw Review
The Bosch JS5 Jigsaw is a top-of-the-line jigsaw, equipped with orbital cutting action, a variable speed motor, and a single-handed jigsaw blade change mechanism. In this About Woodworking tool review, learn about the testing results of the Bosch JS5 Orbital Jigsaw. Read the full review and find out how this jig saw fared against the competition.

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.

Freud FT1700VCEK Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit: Review
Our review of the Freud FT1700VCEK Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit really revealed two separate woodworking tools, one that was exceptionally well built and another that could use a but more engineering. Check out this woodworking tool review to find out the good and bad.

How to Turn Hammer Handles on a Lathe
Wood turning can be a lot more than just round objects like spindles and bowls. Did you know that you can turn oblong hammer handles on a lathe? Instead of buying a new wooden hammer handle the next time one breaks, cut one of your own on your lathe using these simple tips.

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. As with any value-priced tool, there are a couple of features that I think could be improved upon, but with the extras that are included, this woodworking tool is still a surprisingly very good value.

Woodworking Joinery: Half Blind Dovetails
Of all woodworking joinery, the dovetail joint is known for strength and beauty. There are times when a half blind dovetail joint is the best choice for the connection. Learn when to use and how to build a quality half blind dovetail joint.

Sheet Sanders - Palm Sanders for Woodworking Projects
When prepping a woodworking project for finishing, you have a few choices in power sanders. You can choose a random orbital sander, belt sander or a sheet sander. In this article, we discuss the advantages of a sheet sander, including when to use on to complete your woodworking plans.

How to Use a Woodburning Parting Tool
The most common use for a parting tool in woodturning is to separate a finished turning from the rest of the un-turned stock, cutting off the part, if you will. It's not a one-trick pony, though, as parting tools can be used for other turning tasks, such as cutting square-grooves in spindles. Learn how to properly and safely use a parting tool on your lathe in this woodturning article.

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. Like many units, it also has some items that could be improved. Learn the features that set this router kit apart in this woodworking tool review.

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. These T-shank blades have two unique types of teeth: scalpel teeth for clean cuts on the bottom of the stock and pointed teeth, for clean cuts on top of the stock. The combination produces cuts that, in most cases, won't require additional cleanup. A terrific jigsaw blade.

How to Make a Bamboo Wind Chime
With their soothing sounds, wind chimes make a terrific addition to any backyard, deck or patio. If you buy them in a store, they also can be rather pricey. Ironically, they are relatively easy to build. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a bamboo wind chime. This is a fun woodworking project to build, one that you can easily make with your kids!

Tie the Tubes to the Chime - Free Woodworking Plans to Make a Bamboo Wood Chime
To finish these free bamboo wood chime plans, we'll tie the tubes to the hardwood circle, hook the base to the metal o-ring and attach the striker and wind catcher. Use 30-pound monofilament fishing line to make the connections.

Cut Two Circular Pieces of Hardwood - Free Woodworking Plans - Bamboo Wind Chime
The first step to building a bamboo wind chime is to cut two circular shapes, one from which to suspend the bamboo tubes, and the other to act as a striker. To cut the two circles, we've found that the best method is to use a circle cutting jig for the band saw, which we showed you how to build in a different set of free woodworking plans.

Sand the Hardwood Pieces - Free Woodworking Plans - Bamboo Wind Chime
With the three pieces of hardwood cut, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to sand the three pieces thoroughly. Use a random orbital sander to smooth the flat sides and the edges of the three pieces to prepare for the next step of this woodworking project.

Rounding the Edges - Free Woodworking Plans to Make a Bamboo Wind Chime
With the three hardwood pieces sanded thoroughly, we'll now turn our attention to rounding over the edges of the pieces. Set up a router in your router table with a 3/8

Free Bamboo Wind Chime Plans - Mark the Cutouts in the Bamboo Tubes - Free Woodworking Plans
With the work on the hardwood pieces complete, we'll now turn our attention to the bamboo tubes. In this step, we'll mark the cuts we'll be making in the next step of these free woodworking plans. Mark the shape to be cut on each of the bamboo tubes as shown in the picture.

Free Woodworking Plans for a Bamboo Wind Chime - Cutting the Fluted Profiles in the Bamboo Tubes
With the profile to be cut marked on the bamboo tubes, we'll cut out the fluted ends in this step of these free woodworking plans. Work slowly, particularly when cutting with the grain on your band saw, as dried bamboo has a tendency to split. Take your time and your efforts will be rewarded.

Free Bamboo Wind Chime Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Hollowing out the Chimes
With the flutes properly cut and sanded, the next step is to hollow out the nodes in the bamboo. We'll use a one-inch paddle bit and a 12

Free Woodworking Plans - Drilling Holes for the Tube Strings - Free Bamboo Wind Chime Plans
With the bamboo cut and the nodes drilled, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to cut the holes for the tube strings. The angle and distance that you'll need to cut the holes is dependent on the number of tubes, but for this particular woodworking project, we're going to assume five tubes in the bamboo wind chime.

Drill Holes for the Tube Strings - Free Woodworking Plans for a Bamboo Wind Chime
The woodworking will be completed in this step. Measure down about one inch on each side (matching the rip cut in the fluted bottom end) of each bamboo tube and mark a spot for a hole to hold the tube strings. We'll drill the holes in this step and then connect them all together in the next step of these free woodworking plans.

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.

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. The Dremel MM20 Multi-Max has a variable-speed motor, ergonomic grip and like nearly all Dremel products, there are a lot of accessories readily available. Learn all about the Dremel MM20 multi-tool in this woodworking tool review.