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 [...]

Small Shop Miter Station Stand

A welded base provides tons of strength for a versatile platform. Project #2003 • Skill Level:Intermediate • Time: 2 days • Cost: $250 My shop is a 12×24, one-car garage. I’ve fought (myself [...]

Adding Curves to Your Toolkit

A lot of woodworkers shy away from curves. There’s plenty of reasons for this. For starters, some of the common power tools are built for rectangular construction, a table saw is a good example. [...]

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