Category: Shop Talk

How to Choose a Wood Stain

Wood Finishing – Selecting Wood Stain: What Stain Should I Use

Ever been in the stain aisle at your local hardware store, just staring at all the different options, and have no idea what stain to use?

Been there, done that.

Gel, Polyshade, Oil-based, Water-based, Varnish, Organic … the list goes on.

Here’s a quick run-through of the most common wood stains (the stuff you’ll find in any hardware store) and their differences to help you decide.…

DIYer Gift Guide

Gift Guide – Ultimate Gift Guide for the DIYer in Your Life

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Looking for gift ideas for the DIYer in your life? I’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide just for you!

You’ll find ideas ranging from $5 to over $100, all categorized according to price. Just click on the photo to start browsing.

Who am I kidding … this is my own Christmas list 😉

Happy shopping! …

How to Select the Correct Finish

How to Select the Correct Wood Finish

One of the biggest questions of any project is how to select the correct finish.

What’s the difference between Polyurethane, Varnish, Oil, Shellac, or Lacquer?

Does Wax work as a final finish?

What’s the difference between water-based and oil-based Polyurethane?

The last thing you want to do is finish a beautiful piece of furniture and then have it wear out in a year. You could spend all day reading and talking about the chemistry at work in the wide variety of finishes, but the more practical application is simply when to use what kind of finish.…

How to Align a Miter Saw

A well-aligned miter saw is the simplest and most accurate tool in the shop for cross-cutting lumber. If your saw has been used on a job site, or if it’s been awhile since its last calibration, it’s probably at least a little out of alignment. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial to align your miter saw and get back to those precise cuts.

How to Align a Table Saw

How to Align a Table Saw

A well-aligned table saw is one of the most useful and accurate tools in the shop. As with all of your prized tools, you want to keep them in tip-top shape. So I’ve written up this step-by-step tutorial to help you align your table saw to maximize its precision and accuracy.

Get Started

Basic Tools to Get Started Woodworking

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Curious about what tools do you need to get started building your own furniture and home goods? When I started on this adventure of building and DIY decor, I wasn’t sure where it was going or what I was doing. Now that I’ve gotten my feet somewhat under me, I’d like to share my insight on what tools are most necessary for a beginner! I assure you … you do not need anything fancy to get started.…

What is the Correct Screw Length

What is the Correct Kreg Screw Length

What size Kreg pocket hole screws do you need for your project?

There is a wide variety of wood screws out there, but I often use Kreg pocket hole screws. Pocket hole joinery is a simple method for the everyday diy-er to be able to start woodworking – it doesn’t require many fancy tools or equipment and is easy to learn. …