Tips & Techniques

Wood for Your Project: What to Look For and Where to Find It

Sometimes finding great lumber is simple. Other times, you may have an idea of what you are looking for, but can't find just the right wood with just the right grain for the project you have planned. Whether you are a beginner or have already ...

Power Tool Maintenance Tips to Enjoy Long-lasting Tools

When you invest in power tools, the last thing you want to do is not maintain them, thus reducing the overall value because you either have to spend money on replacing or repairing them sooner than later. Proper power tool maintenance is not that ...

Great Jointer Tips and Tricks Part Two

If you read part one of our jointer tips series, you learned how to spot errors in your fence and how to eliminate ripples. In part two, you'll learn more specific tricks that help make your jointer work more efficiently. Making Tight Butt Joints ...

Great Jointer Tips and Tricks Part One

A high-quality woodworking jointer is a powerful and useful tool that you'll use in just about every one of your woodworking projects. The following tips and tricks will help make sure you get the most out of it as possible. Inspecting Fence ...

Taming Your Orbit Sander

Random orbit sanders are one of the most powerful and useful sanders on the market. However, they have a tendency to be a bit...hard to handle for some people. You really have to know how to use these babies to get the best out of them. Follow ...

Common Power Tool Maintenance Tips: Part Two

In part two of our basic power tool maintenance series, we'll look at more complex machines and help you keep them running smoothly. Chain Saws Chain saws are highly adaptable tools that can be used on a wide variety of projects. Keep it in ...

Common Power Tool Maintenance Tips: Part One

We've discussed a variety power tool maintenance techniques for specific tools and brands, but have rarely taken the time to look at basic techniques. The following methods can be used on just about any brand. Basic Maintenance Tips Before we get ...

Choosing the Right Table Saw

A portable DeWalt 745 table saw on stand Table saws are one of the most basic, yet vital, woodworking tools in your arsenal. Choosing the right table saw requires understanding your woodworking needs and the benefits each saw offers. Read on ...

Woodworking Tips 101: Sanding

Sanding pretty much seems like a no-brainer. And it's pretty much a thankless part of your work, because really, who ever notices that part? For something that requires so much time, it's the least likely job to get noticed. But if you don't do ...

Five Best Safety Tips for Power Sanding

No woodworking project is complete without a heavy-duty sanding job. Sanding helps eliminate annoying grit and splinters and makes it easier to paint or stain your masterpiece. However, if you're power sanding, you need to follow these five ...