Shop Tips

Friday at Brad’s Bench May 16th

You Want Me To Help You Make a What? If you have kids in school, you’re well aware of the fact that you’ll be pressed into service to help make art projects countless times. For me, it’s always fun because it’s a chance to hang around with my kids and problem-solve...

Q & A: What’s a Tail Vise?

Q: I am really puzzled as to how the tail vise actually works as I have only used a front vise. A: A tail vise’s main purpose is to hold a board flat on the bench for planing, routing, sanding and so on. The tail vise pushes a board tightly against...

Friday at Brad’s Bench May 9th

A Little Bit of Buried Treasure   A friend of mine had an old two-seater Adirondack chair that she figured was rotting and ready for the landfill. But she liked it so much, that she asked me to copy it for her, but build it using composite decking material. Not my...

AW Extra 5/8/14 – Clamp Leash

Clamp Leash My spring clamps always seem to be out of reach or scattered around the shop. To solve my problem, I suspended my dog’s old leash over my workbench. Now my spring clamps are always accessible. They’re also easy to transport around the shop so, unlike my dog, they never...

Friday at Brad’s Bench May 2nd

Cordless Jointer.  Yup, it's late. But it's still Friday. It's been a whirlwind of a week. While working on a project today, I got to use one of my favorite techniques. Most seasoned woodworkers are well aware of this one, but not everyone is a seasoned woodworker, and this is just...

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage Before I installed these rollers, sliding plywood in and out of my storage rack used to wear me out. It also damaged the edges of the sheets. Now plywood sheets glide in and out.I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in. hard maple on my drill press using...

Friday at Brad’s Bench April 25th

Not Exactly At The Bench Browsing my local Woodcraft supply store today. Turns out they're now distributing Shapton sharpening products. If you're not familiar with them, they are the cream of the crop ceramic stones. I was drooling over their glass-backed versions today. I'll be talking more about these, their traditional...

Friday at Brad’s Bench April 18th

The Right Boards  I've been planning out a bowfront wall cabinet with coopered doors for a few months. Originally, I was set on making it of walnut or cherry – two of my favorite woods to work with because they're very hand-tool friendly. I took a trip to the local lumberyard,...

Friday at Brad’s Bench

Making a change to my blog posts. Instead of posting old tips from the American Woodworker archives, I'll be posting a wide variety of stuff, including projects on which I'm working, new tools that I'm putting through their paces, or maybe just an interesting piece of wood.    When I'm not...