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Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop

Another big decision you need to make as a new woodworker involves setting up shop and buying tools. There are A LOT of opinions out there on this stuff. You might be wondering, “Should I go all hand tools?” “All power tools?” “A mixture of both?” If you ask me, I say a truly functional workshop is one that incorporates both hand tools AND power tools. The best tool... [Read more]

Selecting and Using Wood

Selecting and Using Wood

Without a doubt, the most important part of woodworking is the medium itself: wood. Just about everything on this page covers the ins and outs of working with wood. But what about buying it? [Read more]  Read More →

Design – Bring Your Ideas to Life

Design – Bring Your Ideas to Life

When starting your first project, its a good idea to follow a plan. This way you can focus on your milling and joinery skills. Eventually though, you are going to want to start designing and planning your own projects. Thinking of the idea is the first part of the challenge, and coming up with a reasonable way to bring that idea to life is the second part. Here are some videos on designing your... [Read more]

Milling Your Own Lumber

Milling Your Own Lumber

To Mill or Not to Mill? That is the question! Buying lumber in the rough and milling it yourself has lots of benefits. First of all, its cheaper. Second, you can keep your boards as thick as you want. And finally, you can be sure that your boards are always flat with nice straight sides and 90 degree corners. But, you need to have the budget and the room for the main tools involved in milling:... [Read more]

Using Hand Tools

Using Hand Tools

Hand tools are enjoying quite a renaissance amongst woodworkers these days. And for good reason. They can be inexpensive, they’re quiet, and they require no power. Not to mention the romantic notion that hand tools somehow bring you “closer” to the wood. But hand tools do have a slight (and sometimes great) barrier to entry: they require dexterity and practice. But most folks... [Read more]

Joinery

Joinery

One of the most fundamental concepts in woodworking is joinery. Without it, our projects would simply fall apart. There are hundreds of ways to join one piece of wood to another. Here are some videos that cover some of the basics: The Wood Whisperer – Video: When Dovetails Cry The Wood Whisperer – Video: Tenons Anyone (Pt. 1) The Wood Whisperer – Video: Tenons Anyone (Pt. 2) Woodworking... [Read more]

Photographing Your Work

Photographing Your Work

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