If you haven’t built an outdoor structure before a common question is a basic, but great one: what are the best screws for outdoor use? Can I use galvanized (cheapest) or do I need to invest in stainless screws? Will all screws work with my types of wood? In this guide learn how to pick the right exterior screws for your project.
Over the years I haven’t just used sandpaper – I’ve used up and replaced many sanders. So my view on the best grit for sanding wood comes from a lot of time standing in front of many sanders. What is sandpaper grit? Grit on sandpaper refers to the size of the abrasive material used to remove wood or metal. The lower the number (eg. 24 grit vs. 220 grit) the larger the size of the abrasive. And the faster the
Hardwood is expensive and I’m cheap. Learning how to select hardwood lumber isn’t an option – it’s a must if you want to find the right boards at the right price. A top grade board can cost $50 or more and grabbing the wrong one can be costly. Why? Warped or “waned” lumber can result in crooked cabinet doors. And buying lower grades for high end projects can just result in excessive cutting or a poor finish. Worse, over-buying grades
So you are all set for your next woodworking project and face the classic question: where do I find hardwood lumber near me? In this article we’ll share both a hardwood lumber directory as well as at least two sources for hardwood you may not have expected.So here’s my first trick for finding hardwood lumber near me: start with either for small projects or Woodcraft for small to large sized projects. Since smaller quantities and sizes can be easily shipped
Buying the best wood vise requires understanding where you’ll mount it, jaw size and how large of workpiece you’ll be clamping. But if you haven’t purchased or used a vice in awhile you’ll also want to understand features like quick release, pivot jaws, brands and your benchtop thickness. So, in this article learn how to pick the best vise for your bench. A woodworking vice puts that perfect finishing touch on any bench. And while it’s possible in a lot of
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.
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
The best way to heat a garage is with a power friendly heat source that maintains heat when you need it. Want something you can install yourself? Looking to heat a workshop when you need it? Or, need to keep a garage around 50-degrees for a freezer or refrigerator? In this article learn what your options are and what might be best to heat your garage.
For a lot of home woodworkers our projects don’t happen because setting up the tools to build can take as long as building the project. And I know, because I’ve been in this situation. So, rather than continue to let organization prevent progress it’s time to build your own wood garage cabinets.
In an age of heightened concern with respiratory illnesses it’s important to keep our airways clean. And a woodworker owes themselves and their family a new look at woodshop dust control to reduce the amount of sawdust exposure to their lungs. And I have to admit I’ve inhaled too much dust in my woodworking career. Way too much. When I first started work at a two-man cabinet shop back in the mid-90’s I was young and ignorant to the impacts
Looking for a clear wood finish for your next project? Not sure if you should use an oil or water based finished? Or perhaps you’re concerned a finish will yellow? From cabinets to cutting boards, in this article learn what the best wood finish is for your project.
In this article we’ll show you how to apply polycrylic finish on your project in just a few easy steps. We’ll also cover surface preparation and a few of the best rated polycrylic finishes available. First, polycrylic is water-based alternative to it’s cousin polyurethane. And if you’ve used polyurethane, it’s important to know there are a few steps on how to apply polycrylic that will be different. Key differences in applying a polycrylic finish: Polycrylic works best on light woods