Tools to make holes in wood

14 simple tools to make holes in wood of any shape or size

While obvious to a carpenter, sometimes choosing the right tools to make holes in wood takes a little research. And, from large holes to square holes, flat bottom holes in wood to small round holes there is always a tool or two to do the job. In this article learn what the best tools to cut wood are and how to use them. While a is the most popular any-size tool for cutting holes there are a lot of other choices. …

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Best Sandpaper for Wood

The Best Sandpaper and Grits for Woodworking

The best sandpaper for wood is a combination of choosing the right grit and the right sander. Did you know the best combination of sandpaper is spread across three machines (belt sander, orbital and palm sander)? In this article learn what sandpaper for wood is best and which grits to use. BEST ORBITAL SANDPAPER: BEST PALM SANDPAPER: BEST MOUSE SANDPAPER: Sanding wood is a progression. And it takes patience to do right. While it’s tempting to cut corners, planning out …

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Drawer Slide Jig

The Best Drawer Slide Jig From Kreg and Others

As you probably know, installing drawers without a drawer slide jig is a recipe for frustration and poor performing drawers. But did you know that variations in cabinet construction, mounting styles of your drawers and jig bundles are factors in deciding on the best drawer slide jig for your projects? In this article learn what jig you’ll need and some accessories to go with it.When I first started building cabinets in the 1990’s we made our own drawer jigs that looked …

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Pocket Hole Jig

DIY Guide: Best pocket hole jigs for woodworkers [2021 Review]

A pocket hole jig is one of the best ways to get into woodworking. But did you know there are big differences between the entry level jigs and a pocket hole system? For example, a system will feature fast clamping, dust collection, clamps and a self contained system for fast drilling. In this guide learn what the the best pocket hole jig is for your projects. Including a few Kreg jig alternatives. For over a decade I’ve been using a …

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Best Laminate Roller

DIY Guide: Best laminate rollers for counters and floors

A high quality laminate roller will make building counters, veneering wood and installing flooring a much easier job. And ensure a higher quality result as bubbles and adhesion issues will be minimized. When I first started building cabinets (decades ago) we made 90% of our counters from laminate. And while it might seem like a daunting project it’s actually relatively easy. With a table saw, edge trimmer, sander, paint brush,  and a laminate j roller you’ll be able to make a …

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Best wood glue scraper

Best glue scrapers for woodworking

While at first glance a scraper seems simple to buy, finding the best glue scraper requires a little research. Did you know glue scrapers design, weight, handle and cutting edge all dictate performance? In this article learn what the right wood glue scraper is for your projects.

overhead garage storage

7 best overhead garage storage racks

While you can build your own storage rack there are many reasons to instead search for one of the best overhead garage storage racks that are ready to hang. Due to the risk of overloading a homemade shelf (do you know the load rating of what you build?) and honestly the cost comparison between a DIY solution it makes a lot of sense to buy vs. build. And, most of the best overhead garage storage systems are under $200 (and …

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Lumber Storage Rack Store Wood

Best Lumber Racks For Small Shops

For less than the price of a dozen 2×4’s you can buy a lumber storage rack to keep your wood straight and dry. While a rack isn’t cheap, there’s no point letting good wood go to waste because it was stored improperly. In this article learn how to preserve your wood and what the best lumber racks are. BEST OVERALL:  six level wood rack for storing hardwoods. PLYWOOD CART:  store and access plywood easily. TWO SIDED RACK:  for easier access without …

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Slow Close for Barn Door

How to Choose the Best Barn Door Hardware

Choosing the best barn door hardware can be confusing. Since this type of hardware involves lengths that might not make sense, rollers, offsets and other jargon some education is needed if it’s your first time. In this article we’ll walk through the best hardware available, break down what the hardware lingo means, and highlight the key features that will simplify your buying decision. Before we begin let’s run down what goes into choosing the right barn door hardware: All metal …

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