Strike Plate Mounting Magic

When I had to install a bunch of magnetic catches recently, I came up with this simple method to mark the doors for the strike plate. It requires no measuring and the results are neat and clean. [...]

Right-Angle Guide for Jointing

Planing the edge of a long board perpendicular to its face is a real challenge. To make the job easier, I built a guide that attaches to the side of my plane with rare earth magnets. Now jointing [...]

Pop Rivet Center Pin

I make lots of lazy Susans in my cabinet business, so I cut circles of many diameters. Changing diameters is easy on my circle-cutting jig, because I use a pop rivet as a removable center pin. [...]

Good-Looking Panels

Nothing makes a cabinet look worse than door panels with unattractive grain that runs at werid angles. It pays to be picky about grain direction, even it means wasting some plywood. After [...]

Fender Washers for Mounting Pictures

I enjoy making picture frames but always found it a pain to use tacks or staples to hold the picture in place. Plus tacks and staples are hard to remove when you want to change the picture. [...]

A Shaker Dresser

Use the power of the sliding dovetail. PROJECT #2002 • Skill Level: Advanced • Time: 5 days • Cost: $500 The Shakers were a Protestant sect of English Quakers that immigrated to the U.S. in 1774. [...]

Elegant Tabletop Fasteners

On my best work, I want the bottom of my project to look as good as the top. That’s when I make an old-fashioned set of wooden tabletop fasteners, or “buttons,” rather than use the modern [...]

Metabo HPT Cordless Vacuum Contender

Tool: 36V MultiVolt Wet/Dry Vacuum-Pod Style Manufacturer: Metabo HPT MSRP: $499 (bare tool) As I replace old and worn out tools, I’ve made it my goal to find a cordless equivalent. Their [...]

Finishing For Beginners

Years ago I remember teaching a class about finishing that included one student who said he had never used a stain or finish, and to make matters worse, he had never even painted anything. This [...]

Woodworking Every Day

I’m a sucker for new year’s resolutions. As a pragmatic optimist, I really like the idea of a fresh start, a time to make your life better, for no other reason than a pope in the 16th Century [...]

Bowl Gouges

Bowl turning is a blast! Thanks to advances in lathes and tooling, lots of woodworkers have now discovered how fun it is to turn a hunk of green wood into a beautiful bowl. Start to finish, it [...]

Woven Paracord Bench

If you can cut a lap joint, you can make this bench. PROJECT #2001 • Skill Level:Beginner • Time: 2 Days • Cost: $100 When I started woodworking, it was driven by necessity; I needed something [...]

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