Woodwork

  • Meet expert woodworker Craig Vandall Stevens and get started making an elegant handcrafted coffee table! Learn how to create effective preliminary sketches, then discover simple tricks for turning your sketch into a full-sized model. Plus, get expert advice on selecting wood and laying out the parts.
  • Turn your scrap wood into appreciated gifts as Andy shows you how to work delicate pieces. You'll master the use of a spindle gouge and cut grooves with a thin parting tool, and you'll love Andy's cool trick for making sure you have evenly spaced grooves on the dipper. Discover the movements you'll need to make with your spindle gouge as you round the head of the dipper and create the beaded detailing. Finally, see how to quickly apply a food-safe oil to your finished piece while it's still on the lathe.
  • Create a sturdy and useful citrus juicer as you learn techniques for carving a decorative V-groove with a skew chisel. Then, shape the handle and juicer with a spindle gouge. Andy offers advice for the size and scale of your juicer and points out troubleshooting tips along the way. Discover what wood works best for this project and then hand carve the grooves for the juicer head. Learn how to index your piece so that your grooves are evenly spaced.

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  • Meet your instructor, Andy Rae, and learn about proper bandsaw care and maintenance. See which blades are best for each cut and learn how to make sure your saw wheels are in tip-top shape. Andy demonstrates how to install a blade and adjust the guides for perfect cuts every time.
  • Meet woodworker Dale Barnard, and dive into your first project, a crosscut sled. Dale takes you step by step through the process from cutting all of the pieces to assembly, and offers tips for measuring and making adjustments along to ensure your sled -- and its cuts -- are perfectly square.
  • Meet master woodworker and award-winning author Kevin Rodel as he highlights the valuable techniques you'll learn to use your table saw to its full potential. Get an in-depth look at the major components of a 10-inch table saw and the common types of blades. Kevin also introduces you to a variety of basic cuts.
  • Learn fundamental woodturning techniques as you create one-of-a-kind bowls from start to finish. How to Apply Finishing by Hand
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  • One size does not fit all when it comes to wood glue, and you'll need to know how to sift through the pile of options out there and choose the right one for your project. Here we''ll break down five popular choices, and when to use them.
    Wilbur Pan
  • Think about the last time you looked at a basic wooden picture frame and thought, "That thing is perfect!" Never? Yeah, probably never.
    Chris Wong
  • Her Instagram feed is a wall of wood, tattoos, carvings and the occasional bloody finger. Her Twitter bio reads: Chainsaw artist seeking a life of travel, freedom and inspiration. When she's not working in the workshop, professional chainsaw artist Griffon Ramsey is a big-time influencer who shakes up assumptions about women artists and the world of wood-carving. Her art is definitely not about happy wooden bears lingering at tourist traps — though she does have a magical story about a roadside attraction.
  • A good woodworker knows dozens of different types of joinery. The hard part is knowing what to use, and when.
    Kate Taylor
  • Handsaws: the most iconic, and yes, hardworking of the woodworking tools. But sometimes it seems like there are as many kinds of saws as there are teeth on the things. Let's narrow it down a bit to the most useful ones you'll encounter.
    Rob Porcaro
  • Learning how to use food-safe finishes is a must for woodworkers, whether you're creating a dining table, a cutting board, or even just a decorative object. That's because many finishes contain toxic drying agents, not to mention that many people are sensitive to chemicals.
    Patrick Harper
  • For clean and accurate wood cuts, you've gotta have the right drilling tools. Here's a rough sketch of some items to have handy in your woodworking studio as you start tackling basic projects.
    Rob Porcaro
  • A while back, we looked at how a bandsaw can affect how you use and design with wood. If that didn't inspire you to buy one, this guide to choosing a bandsaw for a small woodshop should do the job.
    Rob Porcaro
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