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 … [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. … [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...]

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...]

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 … [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...]

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 … [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 … [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... ...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 … [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 … [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 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 … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]