Category: Shop Talk

How to Select the Correct Finish

How to Select the Correct Finish for Your Project

One of the biggest questions of any project is how to select a finish. Whenever I complete a build, I always spend a significant amount of time going back and forth between all the different options.

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. Honestly, you could spend all day reading and talking about the chemistry at work in the wide variety of finishes. But I tried to keep this article focused on what finish is best in what case.…

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

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!…

Choosing the Correct Screw Length

Just like lumber dimensions, choosing the correct screw length is an important step at the beginning of your projects. I include the screw lengths at the beginning of each of the projects I post. However, for those of you who are interested, I thought I would compile some information about how to come up with the screw dimensions if you want to alter lumber sizes or get creative with something.…

Lumber Dimensions: What You See vs What You Get

As you could guess, lumber dimensions are a pretty important part of any woodworking. For those of you who are new to lumber or those of you who just enjoy reading along, I’ve compiled some more information on what’s going on behind the scenes of these project plans. I also wrote up a post on screw lengths based on your wood dimensions, which is helpful if you want to be able to actually put your projects together 😉 So, without further ado, here we go!…