Everyone starts out as a beginner not knowing much of anything, but these are things I wish I knew from day one.
It's not enough to just slap the first blade you find on your saw and go to work. You have to match the blade to the job and make sure the blade is up to the task.
These gifts are so easy they can be made in an afternoon! There are free plans available, so you can make and give some handmade gifts!
This corner display stand is intended for Christmas decor, specifically it's great for a Christmas village, but it can also be decorated for any time of year.
In this final episode of our TV Lift Cabinet I build the top, put on the trim, apply the finish, and then get this TV Lift Cabinet installed.
I don't watch much TV beyond sports, so the idea of building a beautiful piece of furniture that hides the TV was right up my alley.
We have our own language in woodworking and it can be confusing for beginners. Here are 25 basic woodworking terms to get you up to speed.
The jigsaw can be a difficult tool to great results with. I’ve identified six factors that you must get right in order to make the jigsaw behave and work well for you.
It was time I built new dining table benches. I walk through the whole build process from dowel joinery to paint & finish.
Taper furniture legs, cut complex angles, and joint rough edges with this easy-to-build Taper & Jointer Jig built for the table saw.
Everybody hates sanding, but a professional looking project depends on it. Here are the techniques of sanding.
Installing cabinet hardware can be quick and easy. Make this quick jig to knock out the rest of your cabinet hardware installs..
This handy circular saw crosscut and rip station will help you do some of the things a table saw and miter saw will.
I finally tamed the ridiculous dust hurricane that forms every time I make a cut with my miter saw. This jig is limited to 90 degree cuts.
Most miter saws come from the factory with some inferior features, so let's make some improvements and put on a new insert and a fence.
Glue makes the woodworking world go 'round. Find out the 7 things you'll really need to know about using wood glue and CA glue in your woodworking.
Easily lift full sheets of plywood by yourself with this plywood lifting jig that can be built in an afternoon.
The circular saw is a woodworking staple. Learn why you need one, the different types, and the best way to use it.
If you get the color right, these shutters will instantly transform the curb appeal of your home. And, they’re ridiculously easy to build. Make them as simple or intricate as you like.
Breaking down plywood is an issue for most hobbyist woodworkers. The best way I’ve found is to use a circular saw and some sort of straight-edge.
A local business asked me to build a table for their break room similar to a style they found available for sale.
This quick jig is perfect for a one-off use and can be built in about 20 minutes. Simple but accurate. It's easy enough that you could make it every time the need arises.
Wondering what in the world Ah (Amp hour) means? Is a 5Ah battery more powerful than a 2Ah battery? Does it last longer?
If you've never picked up a drill in your entire life, the above video and this article will show you everything you need to know.
It’s pretty amazing how easy this fireplace surround can be. It uses dimensional construction-grade lumber from the big box hardware store.
This project was an interesting request from a local client. They needed some benches that would help accommodate their large team meetings.
There are a thousand floating shelf examples, videos, and plans out there. But, I wanted to do something a little different and design one that was also entirely a hidden drawer.
Our good friends hired me to fill an empty, inset wall in their bonus room with built-in cabinets and bookcases.
It’s true. I can’t use a tape measure without making a mess. And, I make mistakes. I don’t screw up near as much as I used to, but I have been known to rebuild entire portions of a project.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when you first start woodworking is to figure out what kind of wood to use for your projects.
Shaker cabinet doors are a timeless and simple style. With the right tools they can also be easy to make. You may also hear this style of cabinet door called “frame and panel” or “ flat panel”.
This is an easy jig to accurately, safely, and reliably cut a bevel greater than 45 degrees on a large workpiece.
Organize your cabinet with this easy beginner woodworking project. I built these spice rack shelves with only a Jigsaw and a few accessories.
The jigsaw is a must for the beginning woodworker. It is a safer tool to use than many others and it lets you make all kinds of cuts.
It’s hard to get much done in the shop or on a job site without a miter saw. You can’t beat it for roughly crosscutting wood to length.
Learning how to capture, transfer, and measure angles is a foundational woodworking skill. It’s required for many woodworking projects.
I test 7 products on an ink stain in my new wooden desk. Some worked, some didn't, and one destroyed my desk.
With the right tools, a cutting board can be one of the simplest and most rewarding projects a woodworker can tackle.
I was recently asked to make some repairs to this antique wash basin stand. It has sentimental value to the owner and it was great to complete a quick project that means so much!
I woke up one morning to find our kitchen table chairs GONE. It was my wife's way of saying it was time to build new ones.
Making drink coasters is one of those quick projects that can be very satisfying. Wooden coasters make great gifts for any occasion.
Watch a beautiful coffee table come together in the style of Restoration Hardware built for a fraction of the cost.
This project is a simple design that allows you to keep a game going by covering with a lid. The table can be used while the game is covered.