OBJECTIVE Drill Bit Set Comparison (UPDATED 2019)

Posted in Home Improvement on April 4, 2019

First Things First: Why Did I Decide To Write About Drill Bits? Have you ever felt frustrated using a cheap tool? While making a repair at home, have you ever been betrayed by a poor-quality screwdriver? Have you ever berated at a pair of pliers that gave up on you in the middle of a Read More »

What Is The Best Benchtop Jointer? UPDATED 2019 Buying Guide And Reviews

Posted in Home Improvement on April 2, 2019

Flattening faces and squaring the edges of oversized, warped, rough lumber is a blessing for any woodworker. The truth is simple: the initial investment required to buy a jointer allows you to save money on lumber for years to come. My guide will compare current offers on the market, so you can take an informed Read More »

OBJECTIVE Cordless Drill-Driver Kit Comparison (UPDATED 2019)

Posted in Home Improvement on February 21, 2019

Every household needs a power drill, it is one of the most versatile tools you can have. You can use it for multiple jobs around the house such as hanging pictures and shelves, drilling accurate holes very fast, and even building simple pieces of furniture using a dowel jig or a pocket hole jig. And, Read More »

Who else wants an AFFORDABLE Small Woodshop Dust Collection?

Posted in Home Improvement on April 9, 2019

A clean shop is a safer and more efficient work environment, as well as a healthier place for your lungs. Smaller woodworking shops deal with the additional challenge of limited space. So how can you ensure you can have an efficient dust collection system without braking the bank? While some vendors and magazines may push Read More »

Benchtop Table Saw for Beginners: Buyers Guide, Tips & (Many!) DIY Accessories

Posted in Home Improvement on April 8, 2019

Buying a table saw used to mean shelling out a pile of cash for a big, heavy machine and then carving out a more or less permanent space for it in your garage or basement. Now there's a new breed of table saw that's light, portable and less than half the cost of its big Read More »

Pro Tips on How To Choose & Use Your First Miter Saw

Posted in Home Improvement on April 7, 2019

Ever wonder how a trim carpenter makes window and door trim and baseboards fit so perfectly? OK, so they probably have years of experience. But they also used the right tool — a miter saw. Since its introduction in 1967, the miter saw (also called chop saw) has become a must-have tool for trim carpenters Read More »

How to Use a Biscuit Joiner to Make Cabinets

Posted in Home Improvement on April 6, 2019

Complex woodworking projects — even some simple ones — used to scare me away. I just didn't have the patience, skills, or equipment needed to make strong, accurate joints. Then I discovered a clever little tool biscuit joiner. You use this tool to cut half-moon slots in the adjacent pieces of a joint, then you Read More »

Radial arm saw tips and tricks

Posted in Home Improvement on April 5, 2019

Some folks like old-style radial arm saws – if you watch youtube videos like I do, you might have seen Frank Howarth or The Homestead Craftsman with two radial arm saws (each) in their woodshops, you also know this is not a simple matter of age or woodworking style. What can you use a radial Read More »

How to use a jigsaw (with photos)

Posted in Home Improvement on April 4, 2019

Curves, cutouts, and straightaways - jigsaws can cut 'em all, providing you use the right blades and techniques. A woodworker buddy of mine mused that if he could keep only one power saw in his workshop. he'd hold only his jigsaw. Hand-held jigsaws not only excel at cutting curves. but can cut holes, compound angles, Read More »

How to use a wood chisel safely (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on April 1, 2019

You may not need one often, but when it comes time to carve out a recess for a hinge or strike plate, nothing beats a razor-sharp chisel. I'll show you basic chiseling techniques and sharpening tips so you'll be ready for any chiseling task. I learned what chisels shouldn’t be used for long before I Read More »

DIY Porch Swing: Free Plans & Instructions

Posted in Home Improvement on March 31, 2019

Kick back and relax with this fun-to-build weekend project. The smooth, gentle glide of this porch swing will keep you daydreaming for hours. In fact, you may lose your ambition for good! The swing's simple cuts and no-hassle glue and screw assembly techniques make it a great first-time woodworking project. You can build it in Read More »

How to Remove Rust from Metal

Posted in Home Improvement on March 30, 2019

Rust! To me, it's the ultimate eye-sore. Besides being ugly, rust weakens metal. So to make your metal railings, outdoor furniture, garden tools, and hand tools last longer, you need to do something about it — now! The bad news about rust is that you can't ever stop it completely. Where metal, air, and moisture Read More »

Dry Stone Retaining Wall Construction – Method, Instructions, & Tips

Posted in Home Improvement on March 29, 2019

You don't have to be a stonemason to build a wall Fred Flintstone would be proud of. Building a dry stone retaining wall is hard work, but it's also fun. 3 reasons why you will (also) love building a dry stone wall The low-tech appeal of doing what humans have done for thousands of years; Read More »

DIY Hard Maple Kitchen Shelf (FREE Plans)

Posted in Home Improvement on March 28, 2019

The beauty of this kitchen shelf lies in the details, like the finger-jointed drawers, square screw cover plugs, and the matching, shop-made drawer pulls. Even a little detail like hiding the hanging bracket adds to the project's beauty, offering uninterrupted, clean lines. The trick to mastering the details is to test all your setups on Read More »

What Is The Best Cordless Dremel Rotary Tool?

Posted in Home Improvement on March 27, 2019

The Dremel 8050-N/18 Micro Rotary Tool Kit with 18 Accessories is the best cordless Dremel rotary tool. Click here to find out today's discount. The Dremel is the Mighty Mouse of the power tool world. What it lacks in size and strength, it makes up for in speed and maneuverability. Plus, many a time it Read More »

DIY Toy Storage Box Build (FREE plans, instructions & pics)

Posted in Home Improvement on March 27, 2019

Wow, a giant building block that rolls and has a drawer too! Not that your kids or grandkids will actually put their toys away, but with a storage box like this to tempt them, who knows what miracles might happen! This is a fun project to build, but it does take some time and effort Read More »

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