Types of Wood for Furniture

Best Types of Wood For Furniture (Indoor and Outdoor)

When choosing a type of wood for furniture, it’s best to factor in the top three considerations of any woodworking project: cost, location and aesthetics. Budget is often the first consideration in most woodworking projects. And, for furniture -grade wood its wise to keep cost in check. For example, a project that requires 40 board feet of lumber at $8 a board foot will cost you $320. And that’s before you start a saw, buy a hinge or purchase a …

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Hardwood Lumber Grades

Understanding Hardwood Lumber Grades and Jargon

After walking into a lumber yard for the first time many new woodworkers are instantly confused with the jargon. Purchasing hardwood requires understanding hardwood lumber grades and is not like buying wood from a big box store. For example, if you wanted a half dozen 6-inch boards you might have expected to buy them individually like a 2×4. But, when it comes to hardwood, you’ll face a language barrier. In this article learn how to understand the terminology, how best …

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How to Make a DIY Weekend Workbench

DIY Weekend Workbench With Casters and Vises

Building a DIY weekend workbench is possible with just a few upfront purchases, some basic planning and a few tools. Need plans or ideas on what to include in a bench? Not sure if you have the right tools? In this article we’ll show you how to tackle an at-home workbench. A few years ago I had to part with an oversized workbench to make room for other tools. With 8″ steel casters, a 40″ height for easy sanding cubbies …

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Wood Finish Types

Wood Finish Types for Interior and Exterior Projects

Fully understanding wood finish types requires either a degree in chemistry or decades of woodworker experience. But fortunately there are a few basic recipes that can be followed for all skills of woodworkers to achieve a glossy, unique color or even food-safe finish. While traditional wood finishes required hours to dry and often impacted the color of the wood, newer finishes have evolved that dry quick and won’t yellow.  In this article learn about finishes for internal and external projects, …

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Dust Collector Hoses and Parts

Best Dust Collector Hoses and Parts: A Woodworkers Guide (2022)

When purchasing or upgrading a dust collector the dust collector hoses and connections will help ensure maximum efficiency of the system. But for new woodworkers its more than simply connecting point A to point B. Its understanding there are dozens of unique add-ons that will make your system more useful. In this article you’ll learn: Choosing hoses for maximum flow rate (CFM) Solutions for both shop vacuums and full size collectors Unique hoods, shrouds and ports to maximize dust capture …

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What Is CA Glue Cyanoacrylate

What is CA Glue? And Why Every Woodworker Needs It (2022)

It’s not often woodworkers are stumped when it comes to glue. But when asked about CA glue (cyanoacrylate) they most likely will say: what is CA glue? To start, CA glue is: A fast setting, thin layer adhesive Available in various viscosities (watery to gel) to penetrate wood or form a bond Capable of everything from sealing wood or bonding metal, wood and other materials together Available in clear or a variety of colors to match your projects needs So …

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Complete Guide to Best Saw Blades

The Best Saw Blades for Your Woodworking Tools

There are no single best saw blades. Instead, there are the right types of saw blades for each saw and the right blade and tooth configuration for the situation. Because every saw has a different purpose one of the tricks to woodworking is taking the time to understand why certain blades work best. But, for simplicity, they can be purchased by your saw: BEST MITER SAW – is surprisingly the best blade I’ve put on my miter saw. And many …

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Best Dust Collector for Woodworking Shops

The Best Dust Collectors, Extractors and Filters for Woodworking

You already know this, but the best dust collector isn’t the same from workshop to workshop. While small shops need innovative solutions to maximize suction in tight quarters; large shop dust collectors need massive air flow with optimal ducting to control dust. In this article you’ll learn what the right dust collector is for your size workshop, tools AND budget.

Workbench On Wheels How to Build or Buy

Workbench on Wheels: Buy or Build A Mobile Bench (2022)

For small workshops a workbench on wheels is a must to allow moving your working surface around while in use. And then storing it against a wall when not being used. And while these benches are popular with woodworkers, many homeowners are looking for a mobile bench for anything from mechanical work to metal and welding projects.  In this guide we’ll cover: Manufactured options from simple designs to 9-drawer tool chests Design considerations when building a mobile workbench Caster choices, …

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How to Learn Woodworking

How to Learn Woodworking in 12 Easy Steps (2022)

For those new to woodworking the learning curve can be daunting. While there is no one way on how to learn woodworking, there are a series of basic steps that will help start a hobby that can fuel a passion for decades. And while learning as you build is required, it is best to spend some time understanding the basics. Because learning woodworking is also learning what type of woodworking might be best for you. How to Learn Woodworking in …

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