All posts in "How To"

Begin Woodworking the Right Way

By Wayne / May 8, 2013

“How to I Begin Woodworking” is a popular question that comes to the BLOG.  Frequently readers ask about tools that are required, how much space is needed and what to do first. The good news is those are the exact questions that this site is designed to cover. Woodworking can be extremely rewarding. Needing a […]


Hand Saw Sharpening – New Life for and Old Tool

By Wayne / May 7, 2013

Hand Saw – The Best Tool we Never Use We’ve all got at least one hand saw laying around our homes, maybe more than one, but we probably never use them because they are dull or, worse, so rusted that they appear completely unusable.  Too bad because the trusty hand saw is an  extremely useful […]


How to Find the Best Wood for Woodworking

By Wayne / April 23, 2013

Deciding what to build is just the beginning when tackling a woodworking project. Once you have an idea of what you want to build, then you need to figure out what to build it out of… Plywood, Softwood or Hardwood. Each can have a place in your next building project, and, if chosen properly all […]


A Workbench to Last a Lifetime

By Wayne / April 7, 2013

When setting up shop for woodworking, a flat, stable work surface is an essential tool for success.  Luckily, it also makes a great woodworking project.  Read on to see how you can build this amazing workbench for your shop.


Dust Separator Review

By Wayne / April 6, 2013

Dust collection is an extremely important consideration for woodworkers.  At best, woodworking dust is a nuisance, at worst, fine dust can be deadly if it builds up in your lungs.  The right way to remove dust from your shop is to vacuum it, not to sweep it . A Shop Vac is a great tool […]


Supercharge Your ShopVac

By Wayne / April 5, 2013

If you’ve ever used a Shop Vac to clean your woodshop, you have quickly realized that the fine dust particles clog up the Shop Vac filter very quickly.  A clogged filter means less suction power and increased strain on the motor, likely causing the motor to fail prematurely.  Today’s article will show you a clever […]


Introduction to Handheld Routers

By Wayne / April 1, 2013

Steve Ramsey from Woodworking for Mere Mortals takes us on a 11-minute tour of the handheld router. What I love about Steve’s approach is that he makes all kinds of useful household items in his garage workshop. He doesn’t have fancy tools and he takes the approach of using whatever tools he has to complete […]


How to Make Half Lap Joints on the Table Saw

By Wayne / March 29, 2013

A lap joint is a technique of joining two pieces of material together by overlapping them.  In a half lap joint, material is removed from each of the members so that the resulting joint is the thickness of the thickest member.  Most commonly in half lap joints, the members are of the same thickness and half […]