Tips for Routing Cope and Stick Joints Cope and stick joints are a great way to create perfect face frame joints. We show you several tips to help you get great results when your using a router table and cope and stick bit set.
Using a Circle-Cutting Jig Sandor Nagyszalanczy demonstrates how to set up and use his circle cutting jig with a jigsaw or router.
Learn how wax paper can help prevent rust from developing on your cast-iron and steel tool tops.
By Steve Shanesy The biscuit or plate joiner category of the hand-held power tool world has been pretty sleepy over the past few years. But Makita has introduced a new model that, while not revolutionary, adds some nice, user-friendly features. The Makita PJ7000 biscuit joiner packs plenty of power in its 5.6-amp motor, yet the […]
When using a benchtop mortiser to cut a mortise, it is very important to get the chisel in the right position. So George Vondriska teaches you how to use the guess-and-check method to properly align the hollow chisel so that it is perfectly parallel to your mortiser’s fence.
Delta 14-651 Benchtop Mortiser Picking up where Craftsman left off, Delta’s 14-651 makes general setup an easier task: the machine has ratcheting levers that enable you to adjust and lock the hold-down, fence and depth stop rod without wrenches. The Delta 14-651 benchtop mortiser eschews the need for multiple wrenches by using the handles as […]
Types of Raised Panel Router Bits If you want to make a raised panel for a frame and panel door, you’ll be in the market for a raised panel router bit. Are they all alike? No – there are a few important differences. Below, we’ll cover the basics of the two main raised panel bit […]
Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw Review The table saw is the primary tool for any woodworking contractor. Most contractors prefer a powerful and portable jobsite table saw that will deliver superior performance and can be transported from one jobsite to another. The Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw delivers both. Bosch GTS1031 […]
It’s important that you pick the right sander for your next woodworking projects. From belt sanders and finishing sanders to random orbit sanders and straight line sanders, George Vondriska describes the benefits of each style and different situations where they work best.
By Joseph Truini Owning more than one power sander may seem unnecessary, but you might change your mind once you realize how diverse a workload different types can take on. There are five main types of portable and stationary power sanders, one for every project. If you do a little woodworking and some home remodeling, […]
Festool T-Series Cordless Drills – For Those Who Want the Best You probably spend more time using your cordless drill than any other power tool reliable, versatile, lightweight, and offer exceptional battery life. Here at Festool, we care about the details that other manufacturers seem to overlook. So, we’re so confident that you’ll find our […]
By Chris Baylor A compound miter saw is designed to make precise bevel (along the Y-axis) and miter (along the Z-axis) cuts, either independently or simultaneously. However, if your miter saw has been used on a job site, meaning that it has been bumped or banged around getting it into and out of a truck, […]
Listen to your power tools. What Your Power Tools Are Trying to Tell You Blades getting stuck, burn marks on the wood, tools that don’t have the power they used to—don’t just ignore these warning signs and forge ahead with your projects. Your tools are trying to tell you what’s wrong, so take a second […]
You might be a woodworker if… …you store turning stock under your bed. …there is sawdust in your belly button. …you can count fractions on your fingers. …there is more sawdust than lint in the lint screen in your dryer. …you use sawdust as body powder …you think your dandruff is sawdust …you think the […]
Black & Decker 20V AutoSense Drill Black & Decker 20V AutoSense Drill – the new 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill with AutoSense Technology, the first drill that is designed to intuitively understand when to stop screws flush with the work surface. Research has confirmed that do-it-yourselfers are frustrated with mechanical clutches. The 20V MAX Lithium […]
I decided it would be more useful to you if I discuss the differences between impact drivers, hammer drills, and regular drills. The distinctions eluded me for quite some time until I decided to do a little research and get some answers for myself. The subtle differences can be explained with a few rather simple […]
Cleaning an iron tool table A while back, I loaned a band saw to a friend who was remodeling his house. I won’t bore you with the details, but when I got the band saw back months later, I was astounded with the condition in which the saw was returned. I took a picture of […]
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Sliding Compound Miter Saw Reviews The sliding compound miter saw tops the list of woodworking tools that can make accurate and smooth angled cuts used in everything from fine cabinet work to house building. It’s lesser cousins include cut-off saws, so-called “chop saws” and any miter saw without the slide. In this review, we will […]
How to Check Parallelism on the Table Saw Woodworking Tips: Table Saw – If you don’t check to see that the blade and fence on your table saw are parallel, you could end up with binding issues that cause kickback and a whole bunch of other problems on your woodworking projects down the road, so […]
The Kreg Jig K4 is the perfect choice for do-it-yourselfers and anyone new to pocket screw joinery. Whether you’re building your first set of garage storage shelves or making simple repairs around the house, the Kreg Jig K4 can help you finish the job in less time, and with far less effort than you ever […]
Based on reviews from PopularMechanics.com, Taunton’s 2011 Tool Guide, Tools of the Trade, ThisIsCarpentry.com, The Journal of Light Construction, Fine Homebuilding, New Woodworker.com, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com, the writers at ConsumerSearch.com concluded the Bosch 4100DB-09 portable table saw is the best portable table saw. Their review follows. Bosch Portable Table Saw 4100DG-09 Review Highlights If […]
Based on review from PopularMechanics.com, Tools of the Trade, ThisIsCarpentry.com, The Journal of Light Construction, Fine Homebuilding, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com the researchers determined the DeWalt Benchtop Table Saw DW745 is the best midrange benchtop table saw. Their review is included below. dewalt Benchtop Table Saw DW745 Review Highlights For carpentry projects or as a […]
Based on review from Wood Magazine, Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking and the Woodworkers Guild of America, researchers at ConsumerSearch.com determined the SawStop Contractor Saw CNS175-SFA30 to be the safest. If you want the safest contractor table saw on the market, the SawStop Contractor Saw incorporates a proprietary flesh-sensing blade brake, plus a riving knife and […]
The table saw is likely the most costly and most important tool purchase a woodworker can make. This is the one woodworking tool around which most woodshops are centered, and as such, making an ill-advised purchase can be a costly mistake, not only in terms of finances, but also in terms of productivity. With that […]
When you set up a wood shop, organize woodworking tools, such as table saws, drill presses and sanders, to make room for large boards of wood. Keep a wood shop functional and safe by keeping tools organized with the help of this free video from an award-winning woodworker on basic carpentry.
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From time to time I make projects with mortise and tenor joints. It is not difficult to make a good mortise and tenon joint if you have the proper tools and use use good technique. I have found the following videos from Wood Workers Guild of America to be instructive and helpful in making a […]
DeWalt DCD780C2 Cordless Drill Review Highlights The 20-volt DeWalt DCD780C2 cordless drill packs enough power to tackle just about any task around the house. Reviews say its compact, lightweight body and comfortable handle are perfect for all-day use. The LED task light is bright enough to keep a workspace well lighted, and it has a […]
Every woodworker knows the utility of a good workbench. Good workbenches can cost hundreds of dollars. The video below show how to build a workbench, complete with accessories, save a substantial amount of money and be built to meet your needs. How to Build a Workbench Video George Vondriska teaches you how to build a […]
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Reviewers recommend the Makita BSS610 LXT cordless circular saw as the best cordless circular saw, praising its comfort, safety and convenience. The lithium-ion batteries hold their charge a long time between uses, and also last much longer than NiMH or NiCad batteries. The cordless saw bevels up to 50 degrees, has a laser guide, […]
Reviews say the 5.5-inch Ryobi P501 circular saw is the best budget cordless saw, but it’s not as accurate as more expensive cordless saws, nor does it use better lithium-ion batteries. The Ryobi P501 uses 18-volt NiCad batteries, and it comes with a carbide-tipped blade for longer blade life. The Ryobi saw bevels only to […]
The Work Sharp WS3000 Wood Tool Sharpener is the sharpening and honing solution for the discerning woodworker and heavy hobbyist who want sharp tools quickly and easily. The Work Sharp 3000 Wood Tool Sharpener offers 3 ways to sharpen your tools: Top Side with Tool Rest, the Chisel and Plane Iron Port and the Edge-Vision […]
Every hardwood has its tendencies, or maybe more appropriately for the craftsman, techniques for working with that particular hardwood. This can be especially true when it comes to finishing the piece. For instance, maple can be temperamental to finish and is susceptible to shrinkage due to expansion and contraction due to seasonal humidity fluctuations. Oak […]
There are a certain few things that no household should be without – warm beds, a full refrigerator and power tools, to name only a few. Having just a few basic power tools around the house (garage or shop) can simplify nearly every household task. More specifically, there are five life-changing power tools that no […]
Porter-Cable 450PK Compact Fixed/Plunge Combo Router Kit Review This site has reviewed Porter-Cable routers in the past, such as the Porter-Cable 893PK Fixed and Plunge Combo Router Kit, and these units have shown to be sturdy, powerful and easy to use. The Porter-Cable 450PK Compact Fixed and Plunge Combo Router Kit has proven to have […]
One of the oldest tricks in the woodworking book, so to speak, is a simple method for determining when any assembly or item is square. This basic trick really isn’t a trick at all; it is based on Pythagorean’s Theorem, which states “the sum of the squares of two sides of a right triangle is […]
The Bottom Line The Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw is a fine 14-inch entry-level band saw for hobbyist and weekend woodworkers. However, if you plan to put this model to use in a production wood shop, you’ll likely be disappointed. The motor is rather limited in power, so the blade speed will drop substantially when cutting […]
George Vondriska provides tips on how to use a flush trim router to cut matching pieces – such as a chair leg blank. The video includes tips on selecting the correct size of router bit, setting the height of a bit and using patterns to cut perfectly matched pieces. I think you will see that […]
The Rikon 10-325 14-Inch Deluxe Bandsaw is one of the leading bandsaw brands/models on the market these days. It is favored by woodworkers and hobbyists because it has the ability to cut through wood and other non-ferrous materials. This bandsaw has been receiving awards for its great quality, craftsmanship and the excellent cuts it provides. […]
How to Use a Bend Saw to Get Its Maximum Potential With apologies to the portability of the jigsaw, the band saw is widely considered the best choice for making curved cuts in wood. However, band saws can do a lot more than just cut curves. Knowing a variety of techniques for cutting with your […]
Oak is one of the most revered and appreciated species of stock used in fine woodworking projects. It is hard, strong, and when finished properly, absolutely beautiful. Oak can also be a royal pain to work with. However, there are some things that you can keep in mind when working with oak that will help […]
Drill Press has Every Feature a Woodworker Wants Powermatic’s new 18-in. drill press was designed with the fine woodworker in mind. With a 1-hp motor and weighing in at around 250 lb., this machine is a heavyweight, with a big, cast-iron table and a sturdy, usable fence. The table (14 in. deep by 20 in. […]
Twenty-eight percent of homeowners say they’re planning a bathroom remodel soon, a new report says. Here’s why. The “2013 Houzz and Home Survey” on renovation reports that of the more than 100,000 people questioned, an astounding 28 percent are planning a bathroom remodel or addition in the next two years. Twenty-three percent are planning a […]