Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

Types of Joints and When to Use Them

Types of Joints and When to Use Them

Every woodworker must join pieces of stock together at some point or another. Even if you’re already working as an apprentice or under the guidance of a pro, you may not know the names of the most popular joints you’ll come across. Getting to know the different methods of joining wood and the strengths (and weaknesses) of those particular joints …

Read More

Choosing the Right Screw Length

Choosing the Right Screw Length

Master craftspeople make screw selection seem like it requires zero thought. Experienced artisans can quickly pluck the right fastener out of their stash just by eyeballing the size. Even when you’ve been woodworking for years, some projects can leave you baffled: how do you select the correct screw length for your project? What Happens When You Use the Wrong Size …

Read More

How Sustainable is Your Wood?

How Sustainable is Your Wood?

It’s virtually impossible to build anything without wood. Houses, furniture, flooring, even the tools used to craft other items are made partially from wood. But as accustomed as we are to seeing trees everywhere, we need to remember that our forests can’t always keep up with our demand for wood. Therefore, using sustainable wood is important. Sustainable wood ensures that …

Read More

Tips for Working with Crown Molding

Tips for Working with Crown Molding

A well-designed crown molding is the perfect addition to a beautiful case, table or cabinet project. Most furniture moldings are created using one or a combination of a few basic profiles, including the quarter-round, cove, fillets, ogee and bead. While these profiles are easily made using common router bits, the trick is in putting them it together properly when using …

Read More

Clear Coats Demystified!

Clear Coats Demystified!

If you’re working with wood, you’ll want to apply a clear coat to protect it. This advice applies whether you’ve decided to color the wood by adding a stain or prefer to leave it the natural color. Why Add a Clear Coat? Stain is meant to add pigments to the wood in order to darken it. The shade you choose …

Read More

Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Prepping Reclaimed Materials for Woodworking

Working with reclaimed materials for a woodworking project is a great way to incorporate the three “R’s” into your lifestyle: reduce, reuse and recycle. You’ll want to keep in mind that using salvaged lumber is not the same as buying new wood from a building supply store. Be prepared to expect to run into one or more issues when working …

Read More

Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Use Software to Design Your Next Project

Woodworkers craft furniture, artwork and often whimsical wonders out of wood and other wood-based materials. Some of these items are mass-produced, but many are custom made – designed in the mind of a craftsman and brought to life by hand. Some of the most beautiful woodwork in the world – architecture, furniture and musical instruments – were designed, crafted and …

Read More

Small Wood Shop Storage Solutions

Small Wood Shop Storage Solutions

Woodworking requires a lot of space. In addition to needing room to work, all of your equipment needs somewhere to stay when it’s not in use. The space issue becomes even more complex if you keep wood and other supplies in your shop because that also needs storage areas. All of this space can be hard to come by if …

Read More

Tricks For Managing Shop Heat

Tricks For Managing Shop Heat

Summer means hot in most areas of the country – and the last few years have been some of the hottest on record. That’s great if you’re able to get out and hit the beach or the pool; it’s not so great if you’re stuck in your shop while the sun’s beating down. To make matters worse, you usually can’t …

Read More

What’s In Your First Aid Kit?

First Aid

As much as we try to avoid them, accidents happen. It’s easy to laugh off the possibility of serious accidents in the wood shop, boasting that your first aid kit is just a roll of duct tape and some paper towels. If something does go wrong in your shop, though, it’s important to have the means at hand to take …

Read More

Page 4 of 5«12345»