A good combination square, properly used, is worth its weight in gold. Let us show you eight practical uses.
With a little ingenuity, you can cut your sawing time in half. Learn how to cut through stock using a radial-arm saw without spending forever in the shop.
Using pushblocks, flat-plane the face of a piece of wood on a jointer with no trouble at all. Follow these steps for easy cutting.
Cutting miters in crown molding can get tricky due to the compound angles involved. Here are three methods to make it a breeze.
Of all the cuts made with your mortiser, the first plunge into the workpiece takes the most force. Here's a tip on easing the load and prolonging the life of the machine.
You don't have to buy special stock to get the right grain orientation. Most boards display rift grain at the edges and plain grain in the middle.
To aid in the response to questions from the Dust Collection and Air Filtration discussion group, we've created this informational section.
Is it finally time to tackle the dust problem in your shop? Don't gamble by guessing on duct sizes and airflow. These basic calculations will tell you what flow capacity you need, what size ductwork that calls for, and how much static pressure loss your dust collector must overcome to work effectively.
Learn a new way to make beautiful raised panel doors. We'll show you the best tips, techniques, and tools to make doors quickly and easily without expensive panel-raising bits.
Perhaps no other joint has more strength or better looks than a corner joined by through dovetails. But here's a much simpler joinery process that comes pretty close.
Plywood and melamine-coated particleboard have plenty of advantages over solid stock, but you do need to cover their unsightly edges.
Simple dovetail jigs, such as the one shown here, help you make tight-fitting half-blind dovetails quickly and easily.
Although you can build drawer joints using any number of methods, we think lock-rabbet joints like the ones you'll find in this story make sense for attaching the sides, fronts, and backs of most drawers.
Before the advent of cardboard boxes, manufacturers joined the sides of thin wooden boxes with these joints because they were strong and fast to make. Today, box joints have taken on practical and decorative roles in projects ranging from jewelry cases to hope chests.
Staved or segmented construction figures in a lot of projects, from ornamental bowl turnings to porch pillars. A question we often hear is: What miter angle (or bevel) do I need? Another recurring question is: How long (or wide) should I make the pieces? Finding those answers is relatively easy. Here's how to do the math.
Shortly after assuming his duties as our new project builder, Chuck Hedlund made it a priority to flatten the benchtops in the WOOD® magazine shop.
Making cones, columns, or cylinders is a barrel of fun and requires little monkeying around when you chuck one of these unique cutters in your router.
Every between-centers lathe project you do begins with using a gouge. Done incorrectly, it can be dangerous. Here's how to do it right and safely.
How do you section and cut your way from an irregular-shaped hunk of wood to stock you can actually use to make something with?
The server base (parts A through F) is assembled and ready for the addition of the rail caps (G, H).