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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.
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?
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?
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
Woodworking Accessories to Help Around the Woodshop
Everyone needs an extra set of hands sometimes. Well, accessories in the woodshop can seem like an extra set of hands. Here are some of my favorites.
Which Pneumatic Nailer is Best for Any Given Task?
Do you know what type of pneumatic nailer is the best choice for any given woodworking task? This article will help to answer your questions.
Woodworking Topics: All About Lumber
One of the first steps to building a woodworking project is to determine what species of wood to use. In this list, learn about different types of lumber.
Which Power Sander is Best for Any Given Task?
Do you know what type of power sander to use for any woodworking application? In this article, learn the types of sanders and when to use each one.
Woodworking Terminology: What is Quarter-Sawn Lumber?
Quarter-sawn lumber is a popular milling method, particularly in oak or maple, where look of the grain of the wood is affected by the cutting method.
Find the Right Air Compressor for Your Tools
In order to power most pneumatic tools appropriately, a woodworker needs to have the proper air compressor. Here's what to look for when buying one.
Work Safely with Your Compound Miter Saw
The most common injuries with using a compound miter saw are to the eyes and hands. With these safety rules, you can greatly reduce your chance of injury.
Give a Woodworking Gift for Any Occasion
If your someone on your gift list is a woodworker, here are woodworking gift ideas ranging anywhere from under $50 to over $500.
Woodworking Clamp Reviews from Various Manufacturers
Woodworking clamps are available in a number of sizes depending on your needs. Each review has a Compare Prices link to find the best prices on the web.
Jet Tools - Woodworking Profiles of Manufacturers
Jet Tools builds woodworking machines and tools, launching their line in the early 1980's. Learn more about the company in this manufacturer profile.
Chisels - Essential Woodworking Tools
There are many types of chisels, so there is a proper chisel for the every task. Learn the different types of chisels, and how to use them.
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.
Woodworking Reviews of the Best Woodworking Tools of 2010
Every year, a bevy of new products are introduced to the market. Here are some of my thoughts on the best woodworking tools of 2010.
Cut the Grooves in the Boards - Maple Cutting Board
The first step in building this hardwood cutting board is to cut the groove for the tongue-and-groove joints. Use a table saw with a stacked dado blade set for 1/4
Plans for Building Table Saw Jointer Jig
The jointer is a very useful woodworking machine for straightening boards. Don't have a jointer? Try a table saw jointer jig. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a table saw jointer jig that will allow you to straighten the edges of various sizes of boards with only your table saw.
Using a Bench Grinder for Sharpening Woodworking Tools
You may not think of a bench grinder as a woodworking tool, but it can be used to keep your cutting tools sharp. Here's how!
Manufacturer Profile of Hitachi Power Tools
Hitachi USA is a manufacturer of a wide line of power tools for woodworking and many other uses. Here is a brief history of the company and their line.
Hitachi Tool Reviews on About Woodworking
Hitachi has been making electric drills and other woodworking tools since 1948. Here are some of their products as reviewed on About Woodworking.
Woodworking Reviews of Ryobi Tools
Ryobi Tools manufactures a value-priced line of woodworking tools. Here are some reviews of Ryobi tools on About Woodworking, to help you find the right tool.
Woodworking Reviews of Ridgid Tools
Ridgid Tools make a variety of woodworking tools for various tasks in the woodshop. Here are a series of Ridgid Tool reviews on About Woodworking.
Gator Sanding Woodworking Accessory Reviews
Gator sanding tools are a line of abrasive products from Ali Industries. These products are designed to make hand sanding easier. How well do they work?
Rockwell Tool Reviews on About Woodworking
Rockwell manufactures a variety of innovative power tools. Here are a few that have been reviewed on About Woodworking. Are they worth your money?
Woodworking Reviews of Craftsman Tools (Sears)
Craftsman Tools, a division of Sears, has been offering power tools for nearly a century. Here are some Craftsmen tools reviewed on About Woodworking.
Woodworking Reviews of Milwaukee Power Tools
Milwaukee Tools are known for making heavy-duty power tools. In these About Woodworking reviews, learn about some Milwaukee tools tested in our shop.
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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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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? 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Paddle Bits and Spade Bits for Drilling in Wood
Spade drill bits (also known as paddle bits) are designed for drilling large holes in wood, typically from about 3/8-inch up to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. These spade drill bits are commonly used in construction by electricians and plumbers for quickly drilling holes in studs to accommodate wiring and pipes.
1/4" vs. 1/2" Shank Router Bits - Which are Better?
Many woodworking router kits include both a 1/4-inch or a 1/2-inch collet, allowing the same router to accommodate either 1/4 or 1/2-inch shank router bits. In many cases, the same router profiles are available in either size of shank. Which shank is better? Learn the advantages of 1/4-inch vs. 1/2-inch shank router bits on your woodworking projects.
Can You Use 8-Inch Dado Blades on 10-Inch Saws?
Most stacked dado blade sets have a pair of 8-inch dado blades and a series of chippers in between, but why, when most table saws and radial-arm saws use 10-inch blades? Are there 10-inch stacked dado blades available? If not, can you use an 8-inch stacked dado blade on a 10-inch table saw or radial-arm saw? Learn the answer to this question in this woodworking quick tip.
SPF Lumber - Softwoods - Spruce, Pine and Fir
Most of the dimensional softwoods sold at home centers and lumberyards today consists of a variety of spruce, pine and fir species (referred to as SPF lumber). These softwoods are great for construction purposes, but can SPF lumber be used for fine woodworking projects? Learn the answers in this woodworking article.
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.
Seven Free Woodworking Plans for Your Wood Shop
Download free woodworking plans for cabinets, a portable shop table, the ultimate wood sawhorses, a classic wooden toolbox, featherboards and more.
How to Use a Belt Sander - Woodworking Tools
A belt sander is ideal for removing substantial amounts of material quickly. Belt sanders are larger than palm sanders or random orbital sanders, and require a bit of muscle to use properly. The belts are typically much more coarsely grained than finish sanders, and can grab and pull very easily. Additionally, they can rip through skin easily, so caution is required. However, few tools are better at removing stock quickly. Here's how to safely and effectively use your belt sander.
Random Orbit Sander Buying Guide - Great Gift Ideas
Looking for an inexpensive power tool gift idea for the holiday season? Check out these random orbit sander reviews. Each would make a great gift idea!
Woodworking Router Buying Guide
For the woodworker on your holiday gift list, a new router kit might be the perfect present. Do you know which one to purchase? This buying guide can help.
Cordless Drill/Driver Buying Guide - Great Gift Ideas
If you need a gift idea for a homeowner or craftsman on your holiday gift giving list, check out these pocket and impact driver reviews.
Dovetail Jig Buying Guide
Dovetail jigs can be a great gift idea for the woodworker on your holiday gift giving list. Do you know which dovetail jig to buy? These reviews can help!
Cordless Drill Buying Guide
Would a cordless drill make a great present for someone on your holiday gift-giving list? Check out this cordless drill buying guide to find some great options!
Safety Glasses - Woodworking Safety Equipment
The most important safety rule of woodworking is to always wear safety glasses, no matter what task you're performing. What type should you use?
Reciprocating Saws - Types of Woodworking Tools
Reciprocating saws are commonly used in remodeling projects, but can they be used for woodworking? Find out in this woodworking article.
Final Assembly and Finishing
The last step of these free woodworking plans is to finalize the assembly, sand and finish the project to complete your computer monitor riser.
Complete the Drawer Assembly
In this step of our computer riser woodworking project, we'll assemble the drawers, clamp them up and set them aside to dry.
Begin the Carcase Assembly
When the half lap joints are completed, we'll cut a couple more pieces before we glue and screw the carcase of the computer riser together.
Complete the Assembly of the Carcase
To complete the assembly of the carcase for the computer monitor riser, affix the side and back pieces of hardwood to the unit.
Add Hardwood Sides to the Assembly
Before we can attach the top to the computer monitor riser, we'll add some trim pieces to give this woodworking project a finished look.
Trim the Table Top to Length
With the carcase of the computer monitor riser plans complete, prepare the top of the unit by removing it from the clamps and trimming it to length.
Ease the Edges
In this step, we need to ease some edges. We'll use part of a 3/4
Begin With the Drawers
To begin building this computer monitor riser, start with the dovetailed drawers. I used poplar, but you could also use pine for the drawer parts.
Prepare the Parts for the Carcase
To build the carcase of the monitor riser, create a couple of frames using half-lap joinery for strength and to guide the drawers.
Freud Diablo Saw Blade Review
To the uninitiated, one saw blade looks pretty much like another. The generally competent carpenter might look at a few different saw blades and understand how
How to Use a Reciprocating Saw
What is SPF Lumber?
Make Accurate Miter Cuts on a Table Saw
Can a table saw cut miters and bevels as accurately as a compound miter saw? What if you were to learn that it could be even more accurate? Here's how!
Should You Remove the Blade Guard on a Table Saw?
Is a blade guard on a table saw more of a help or a hindrance? Are there times when you can get away with removing the blade guard?
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.
When Should You Remove Your Table Saw's Riving Knife?
The riving knife is one of the most important safety features of a table saw, but are there times when using one is inappropriate or dangerous?
Woodworking Magazine, Book and Media Reviews - Media to Learn Woodworking Tips
There are plenty of ways to learn woodworking tips if you don't have a mentor to ask questions, such as web sites, woodworking magazine and books.
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 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.
Rockwell BladeRunner RK7320 Review
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glossary of Woodworking Terminology
An extensive glossary of woodworking terminology encompassing woodworking tools, types of wood and terms used in our free woodworking plans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.