Milwaukee is Tops in 18 Volt Circular Saw Reviews

by Chris Marshall We test and review five 18-volt, pro-quality 6-1⁄2″ circular saws. See which one is our “best bet.” I can’t think of a single woodworker who doesn’t also do home repair. And, when my “shop” shifts to some far corner of the yard, cordless tools are essential. In recent years, … [Read more...]

Tips for Using a Hand Plane on Short Pieces of Wood

Tips for Using a Hand Plane on Short Pieces of Wood Using a hand plane can be a great solution for cleaning up the surfaces of your boards, but using a hand plane on short stock can be VERY challenging. We need to make certain the plane won't hit a clamp or hold down, and the piece being planed … [Read more...]

5 Tips on How to Use Hand Planes

Why Use a Hand Plane? If all of your woodworking has been done with nothing but power tools, and done successfully, you may wonder why you should bother learning to master the use of woodworking hand tools. In this video Tom Caspar provides a dose of reality on why hand planes are beneficial to … [Read more...]

How to Trim Hardwood Edging

Hardwood edging is a great way to cover up the edges of plywood. And extra-wide edging is the best way to ensure complete coverage. The challenge is removing the excess so it’s perfectly flush without damaging the veneer on the plywood. If I only have a couple shelves and the edging is fairly thin, … [Read more...]

How to Make a Mortise and Tenon Joint

Types of the mortise and tenon joint have been used for centuries by woodworkers because of their combination of superior strength and simplicity. They are typically used when one piece of stock is joining to the other at 90-degrees, but may be used at a slightly lesser angle in certain … [Read more...]

Drill Press Mortising Attachment

If your woodworking plans call for only one or two mortise and tenon joints, you can probably get away with creating the mortises with a power drill and a sharp chisel. But what if your woodworking project calls for a number of mortise and tenon joints? Typically, you might turn to a dedicated, … [Read more...]

How to Cut a Mortise on a Drill Press

By Chris Baylor How to Cut a Mortise without a Dedicated Mortiser 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 … [Read more...]

Choosing the Best Scroll Saw for Your Needs

George Vondriska shows some of the types of woodworking projects you can complete on a scroll saw and demonstrates how to use the handy power tool. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video. The video present features to consider when deciding which scroll saw best suits your needs. … [Read more...]

DeWalt Random Orbit Sander D26453K Review

DeWalt Random Orbit Sander D26453K DeWalt likes to say that they build tools for the professional, and the DeWalt Random Orbit Sander D26453K certainly lives up to that motto. It's a solidly-built 5-inch (8-hole) random orbit sander with a 3.0 amp, variable-speed (7,000-12,000 RPM) motor, the … [Read more...]

Tips for Routing Cope and Stick Joints

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. … [Read more...]

Using a Circle-Cutting Jig

Using a Circle-Cutting Jig Sandor Nagyszalanczy demonstrates how to set up and use his circle cutting jig with a jigsaw or router. 514openusing-a-circle-cutting-jigopenpublish0postnt_url1}ReviewAZON_WordToLinks … [Read more...]

Building Cabinet Face Frames with a Pocket-hole Jig

Traditional face frame joinery on a cabinet is made using mortise-and-tenon joints. However, modern pocket-hole jigs allow us to create joints that are just as strong and less time-consuming to make. Ernie Conover demonstrates how he's employing the General Professional Face Frame Jig system in his … [Read more...]

Reciprocating Saws: Abusive Lab Test

BY Seth Porges & Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechaics With its ability to handle construction, demolition and even odd yard jobs, the reciprocating saw is a power tool that is virtually unmatched in its versatility. Today, the saws are easier to handle and pack more power. We put four new models to … [Read more...]

How to Use a Makita PJ7000 Biscuit Joiner

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 … [Read more...]

Aligning the Chisel on a Benchtop Mortiser

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. … [Read more...]

Delta 14-651 Benchtop Mortiser

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 … [Read more...]

Horizontal vs Vertical Raised Panel Router Bits

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 configurations and … [Read more...]

Bosch GTS1031 Jobsite Table Saw Review

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 … [Read more...]

Which Electric Sander to Use?

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. … [Read more...]

5 Electric Sanders and Tips for Using Them

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 … [Read more...]

Why I Bought a SawStop Table Saw

By David Munkittrick SawStop Table Saw Review I recently bought a SawStop table saw. On the one hand, it was an easy decision. Who wouldn’t want the blade brake safety feature only SawStop offers. On the other hand, it wasn’t a snap decision. In fact, years went by between the time I first used … [Read more...]

Festool T-Series Cordless Drills

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. … [Read more...]

Compound Miter Saw Tune Up and Calibration Tips

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 … [Read more...]

What Your Power Tools Are Trying to Tell You

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 … [Read more...]

You might be a woodworker if…

You might be a woodworker if... store turning stock under your bed. ...there is sawdust in your belly button. can count fractions on your fingers. ...there is more sawdust than lint in the lint screen in your dryer. use sawdust as body powder think your dandruff is … [Read more...]

Black & Decker 20V AutoSense Drill

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 … [Read more...]

Drills vs Hammer Drills vs Impact Drivers

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 … [Read more...]

How to clean an iron tool table

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 the saw table (the picture … [Read more...]

Sliding Compound Miter Saw Reviews

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 … [Read more...]

How to Check Parallelism on the Table Saw

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 make … [Read more...]

How to Use a Kreg Jig

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 … [Read more...]

Bosch Portable Table Saw 4100DG-09 Judged Best

Based on reviews from, Taunton's 2011 Tool Guide, Tools of the Trade,, The Journal of Light Construction, Fine Homebuilding, New,, and, the writers at concluded the Bosch 4100DB-09 portable … [Read more...]

DeWalt Benchtop Table Saw DW745 Judged the Best Midrange Saw

Based on review from, Tools of the Trade,, The Journal of Light Construction, Fine Homebuilding,, and the researchers determined the DeWalt Benchtop Table Saw DW745 is the best midrange benchtop table saw. Their review is … [Read more...]

Table Saw Features You Need – and Those Features You Don't Need

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 … [Read more...]

How to set up a wood shop

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. … [Read more...]

Save on Woodworking Essentials

Save up to 45% on DeWalt woodworking tools and other woodworking essentials at 269opensave-woodworking-essentialsopenpublish0postnt_url1}ReviewAZON_EnableWordToLinksAmazon … [Read more...]

Tips on Using a Benchtop Mortiser

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 good … [Read more...]

DeWalt DCD780C2 Cordless Drill Judged the Best

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 … [Read more...]

How to Build a Workbench

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 … [Read more...]

DeWalt Woodworking Tools Sale

Shop Amazon Tools - Up to 45% Off DEWALT Woodworking Tools and Products 248opendewalt-woodworking-products-saleopenpublish0postnt_url1}_yoast_wpseo_linkdex41 … [Read more...]

Work Sharp WS3000 Wood Tool Sharpener

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 … [Read more...]

Woodworking with Walnut

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 … [Read more...]

Power Tools Everyone Should Own

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 … [Read more...]

Porter-Cable 450PK Compact Fixed/Plunge Combo Router Kit Review

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 … [Read more...]

The Easy Way to Check for Square

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 equal to … [Read more...]