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 […]

Should You Own It? -Trend 7” Angle Gauge model U*DAR/200

I’ve been doing woodworking and trim for 21 years now. In that time I have accumulated most of the tools I’ll ever need in this field. When it comes to doing trim and finding the angles, for years I have been using an antique bevel and a 99 cent protector. But over a decade ago, […]

Cannon Barrel Legs- Period Furniture with Dennis Laney

In a previous article, I mentioned that Dennis Laney, a highly skilled craftsman of over 60 years, has decided to take me under his wing and pass on the knowledge of building high end furniture pieces. This article, and the ones to follow, will document my journey. Click here for previous article The first piece […]

Getting the BEST results from Sanding.

For woodworkers, creating something out of wood is more than a hobby, it’s a passion. The process begins as raw, rough lumber. The woodworker shapes it into a beautiful finished piece that is inviting to touch. The whole process is something between geometrical and magical. But the one step in the process that nearly every […]

Period Pieces with Dennis Laney

The thing I love most about woodworking is the fact there is always something to learn. There are many way to attain woodworking knowledge  such as; books, videos, and newsletters. But also a great source of learning is being around someone in your field that knows more than you. For me, that person is my […]

Top 10 Tools Under $100 (Honorable Mentions)

For over 20 years I have been working in the trades and as a professional furniture maker. During that time i have acquired a lot of tools. And having the right tool for the job really does make a difference. However, I thought about the beginner just starting out. “What tools would he/she need to […]

Climate & Finishing : Basic Tips in Hot and Cold Weather

Not all of us have the benefit of a temperature-controlled shop. Winter is here and more cold temperatures are on the way, and before we know it summer will arrive, and we will be fighting heat waves instead. There are so many different finishes out there, and each have a different technique that works best […]

CNC- A Beginner’s Series

Welcome to CNC Workbench. This series is concerning basic CNC and non-CNC techniques. It is intended to encourage the novice in setting up and using a woodworking shop, as well as integrating a CNC router, how to set up a CNC woodworking shop, basic CNC machining, the equipment needed for your workshop to function, such […]