Tips & Techniques

Scrap the Scrap?

The plight of woodworking: what do you do with that leftover wood? It is hard for a woodworker to let go. "There has to be something I can use this for." One often says. Unfortunately, space (and spouse) may suggest (or declare) that it is time to ...

5 Woodworking Tips for the Beginner Hobbyist

The greatest thing about woodworking is that any person at any level of knowledge can get involved, learn the skills, and produce unique items in which they can be proud of. So while we often produce content that is geared towards our veteran ...

A Power Tool Safety Lesson From Alexander the Great

While the popularity of a manly beard has waxed and waned throughout history, there will always be those who buck whatever the current fashion trends happen to be, in favor of thick and lengthy facial hair. When it comes to working with power tools, ...

Your Table Saw Isn’t Complete Without a Feed Table

Woodworkers know that one of the most used saws in their bevy of tools is their table saw. While this particular type of saw can help you create some incredible projects, it also has the potential to do the most damage. You can prevent dangerous ...

Start Them Young: Woodworking for Children Under Five

Working with one's hands is becoming a fading enterprise. With a more service-oriented and urban culture predominate, the percentage of Americans that dabble in woodworking--whether professionally or as a hobbyist--has dwindled. Yet, interest ...

Can I Cut a Curve with my Circular Saw?

Circular saws are for cutting straight lines and jig saws for curved lines. Right? Well, you already know that circular saws can cut curves - just look at the edge of that piece of plywood you cut freehand. You know the one I'm talking about - the ...

Listen Up! Think About Your Ears!

We woodworkers are a bold crew. We move things we shouldn't. We put our fingers in harms' way on a regular basis. We put up with sawdust. All for the love of the art and craft of carpentry. We wouldn't have it any other way. Something we put at ...

Emergency Power Tool Maintenance

Everyone likes to picture the woodworker as someone who takes proper care of tools, but the truth is that anyone can lose track of their tools and lapse in the area of power tool maintenance. It’s not the greatest sin in the world, but neglecting ...

Random Orbit Sander or Orbital Finishing Sander: Which Is the Right Tool for Your Job?

As with many things in life, having the right tool for the job can make the difference between completing your task in a timely and enjoyable manner, and getting it done in twice the time, and with a lingering sense of frustration. Most home ...

Power Tool Care – Easy Fixes

How often have you seen someone throw a circular saw around or break and not repair something like the blade-guard pawl?  Have you ever seen someone continue to use a power tool with a badly torn up power cord and old tape dangling from the cord?  ...