“It’s Good Enough.” – Tough Lessons from an Easy Project

Recently I built a project for a customer. It was a simple, rudimentary patio bench. Nothing fancy for this project. This was going to be made out of 2×4’s and 1” by. The construction consisted of butt joints with screws to fasten it together. I was so convinced that my skill level was way above […]

Pagoda End Table

Three seasons I did the video series, “I Can Do That” with Popular Woodworking. During that time I designed over 60 projects that can easily be built with simple carpentry tools, such as a circular saw, miter saw, and jigsaw. I have decided to make plans for these pieces of furniture for people to build […]

Kreg Track Saw Accessories

As most of us know, Kreg Tools makes some great products. Recently I was able to use and work with the Kreg track saw. I have a Festool track saw and at first, wasn’t really eager to use another track saw. But by the suggestion of McFeely’s I decided to give it a try. (click […]

Keeping It Real

Recently, I have done a few videos about a particular tool and how it performs. I find these videos very difficult to do. For one thing, I don’t call them a “review” video. In my opinion, a review video should have a variety of different brands of the same tool to compare it against. Talking […]

Air Dried or Kiln Dried Lumber. Which is Better?

As a woodworker, this is a question you will encounter more that one time in your shop. It’s an important question because it deals with the moisture content of the wood. The moisture content of wood has to do with the amount the wood will move, shrink or expand. To not understand wood movement can […]

Making a Living as an Online Woodworker

Anyone who works has heard the expression, “It’s all about the numbers.” The number of sales, the number of orders, the number of customers, the number of growth. As a fulltime furniture maker, these are issues I have to concern myself with. Making furniture designs for my local.customers and staying in their budget is key […]

Never Stop Learning

In this day and age, we have access to almost everything. If we choose to, we can watch new shows online or find old ones from the past. We can do all our shopping without even leaving our house. If it’s a topic we are looking for, with just a couple off words typed in […]

Sawdust plugs the wood pores – Myth Debunked!

“Sanding at a very high grit will plug the pores of the wood, not allowing stain to be absorbed.” If you never have heard this statement before then surely you have experienced it. You finish building your project and you are doing the sanding. You want that extra smooth touch and feel to be as […]