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  1. Building Cabinets With Biscuit Joints

    Biscuit joiners allow you to make solid precise joints, accurate enough to build fine cabinets. We show you the three key techniques you need to know—joints at right angles, joints in narrow materials and joints in thin materials.

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  1. How to Make a Clamp for Miter Joints

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    Gluing a miter joint together often requires a special clamp. Don't have one? Well, here's how to make a clamping jig that will do quite nicely. Using a combination square, lay out a right triangle on a scrap piece of three-quarter-inch plywood. Cut out the shape using a bandsaw or jigsaw. Save ...

  2. Make a Perfect Miter Joint

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    In pursuit of the perfect miter joint ? These tips for tighter miters cover common situations you’ll undoubtedly encounter in your workshop.

  3. How to Make a Biscuit Joint

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    Take your woodworking skills up a notch. Learn how to make the four basic biscuit joints with these close-up, step-by-step photos and videos.

  4. How to Use Pocket Screws

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    Even a novice can build nice cabinets. Make tight, strong wood joints quickly and easily with pockets screws. No clamps, no dowels. We show you how to do it in two steps.

  5. How to Build a Built-in Bookcase

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    Learn how to use inexpensive materials like birch plywood and standard trim to build a classic, built-in wooden bookcase.

  6. Repairing Wood: Strong Glue Joints in Wood

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    Repair broken furniture and cracked woodwork, make stronger woodworking projects, and learn how to make cleaner, tougher glue joints with these gluing tips and techniques.

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  1. Retrofit Mortise and Tenon Joints

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - featured

    I once had a large table that would have been great except for weak joints between the apron and table legs, which made the table wobbly.  I wanted to strengthen the table without modifying it, and decided to see if I could retrofit mortise and tenon joints. After removing the top, I drew in ¼” x ...

  2. Easily assemble miter joints without jigs

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - featured

    Miter joints are very common, popular joints in woodworking. They're also devilishly difficult to make.  The 45 degree angles need to be cut dead-on to avoid gaps, and the gluing-up process is a horrorshow- the moment you clamp a miter - joint -to-be, the pieces slide around. Various companies sell ...

  3. Biscuit Joints - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Ideal for light-duty woodworking projects, biscuit joints are easy to accomplish quickly, even for beginners.

  4. How to Install Tongue and Groove Ceiling - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    For a traditional look either indoors or out on the porch, why not install a tongue - and - groove ceiling? Follow these simple guidelines to achieve pro-quality results.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Create Rustic Furniture Mortise and Tenon

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    Rustic furniture can be a great addition to any room in your house. If you struggle with the joinery or would like to discover the best way to “connect the parts,” let George Vondriska show you a foolproof method to perfect mortise and tenon joinery .

  2. How to Use a Frame Mortise and Tenon Jig

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    George Vondriska provides step-by-step instruction on how to use an FMT (Frame Mortise and Tenon ) jig to cut a tenon and mortise.

  3. How to Glue Biscuit Joints

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    The Family Handyman editor, Ken Collier, shows you how to glue and clamp biscuit joints for a strong and nearly invisible joint.

  4. How to Use a One Piece Tongue and Groove Bit

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    George Vondriska provides instruction on how to setup a router table to use a one piece tongue and groove bit.

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Blog Posts

  1. A Little Roofing

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    FromAna-White.com

    This I promise is the last post on these little roofs!   We just finished the underside of the little roofs - the part that you look up and see - with locally milled tongue and groove .  And man is she pretty!!! There's only one way to find out. We take a scrap piece of tin and a scrap piece of ...

  2. Porch Copper Drainage System

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  3. DIY Woodworking Project – Tropical Inspired Wall Panels

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    Fromwww.remodelingguy.net

    If you’re looking for a simple diy woodworking project for yourself or a bored loved-one this idea might get your creative juices flowing. Have a look at the panel covered sections of wall in the picture below. When I see that I think it looks pretty cool, but what it really does is start to [...] ...

  4. Ridge Media Console

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    FromAna-White.com

    Free plans to build a solid wood media console with flip down storage for hiding controllers. Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Good Monday to you! I'm so happy to deliver a brand new plan to you today! My friend Jen Woodhouse loved the Pottery Barn Ridgely Media Console , but wanted to DIY something a little less expensive and a little more custom to her family's needs.  So she asked me to draw a plan for her!   Oh goody! And of course, we get to share those plans with you!  You'll find the plans following! But if you want lots more photos including how those drawer faces were made, building tips and finishing steps, please take a quick second to pop over and say hi to Jen and check out her building post .   Thanks Jen! Now for those plans for you all! Materials and Tools Shopping List:  5 - knobs or handles 1 set of butt hinges or piano hinge 1 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long 1 - 1x12 @ 3 feet long (or 8 feet long if you are using a 1x12 for back) 6 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 6 - 1x6 @ 72” long 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 13 1/2” x 58 1/2” (can use shelving materials here) 2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long 1/4” plywood for the back if not using the 1x12 1 1/4 inch finish nails 2 inch finish nails 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill circular saw jigsaw compound miter saw nailer sander countersink drill bit Cut List Cut List:  4 - 2x4 @ 29 1/4” 2 - 1x12 @ 13 1/2” 2 - 1x2 @ 53” (for additional support, use 2x2s here instead - ie heavy bottom shelf loads) 3 - 2x2 @ 13 1/2” 3 - 1x6 @ 53” 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 13 1/2” x 58 1/2” (can use shelving materials here) 2 - 1x3 @ 53” 2 - 1x2 @ 53” 2 - 1x2 @ 7 1/2” 1 - 1/4” plywood @ 53” x 11 1/4” (could use a 1x12 for the back - especially if you are planning to place heavy weight on top this may make sense) 3 - 1x6 @ 70 1/2” 2 - 1x2 @ 16 1/2” 2 - 1x2 @ 72” 1 - 1x8 @ 49 3/4” Step 1 Build two of the leg sets by attaching the side apron to the legs. Step 2 Then attach the leg sets together with the bottom shelf trim. Note from Jen: instead of using 1 1/4" PH screws, I used 2 1/2" PH screws since it's going into a 2x4. The shorter screws didn't seem to bite in deep enough, so I think the 2 1/2" will hold stronger. Step 3 To reinforce the bottom shelf, add supports - more for heavier loads. For very heavy loads (stacks of books) maybe try adding a center support leg that is hidden in the middle of the shelf. ERROR in Diagram: use 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws here. Step 4 Next, attach your shelf boards to the bottom shelf. Note from Jen - After attaching the bottom shelf, I jumped to the 2nd graphic on page 5, and attached the tabletop frame (1x2 boards). I also added 3 2x2 supports just for extra strength then I pre-drilled countersunk holes from the underside of the 2x2s to attach the tabletop. Step 5 Jen wanted a flip down cubby area to hide all the constrollers and cords, so this is the bottom of it. Attach to legs and end aprons. Step 6 Then attach front trim. If you want to dress it up, use a jigsaw to cut out the ends as shown in diagram. It's up to you - no structural reason here. Step 7 Then attach the top trim boards. TIP: Attach boards in next step to the 1x2 @ 53” first as you won’t be able to fit your drill inside to do the next step. Step 8 These guys go to the ends to fiish them out - as noted above, you may wish to attach them first, depending on your right angle drill situation (if you don't have one, you won't be able to fit a drill in there to attach to the top trim). Step 9 Attach back to the console. NOTE: The benefit of using a 1x12 for the back is added strength if you are putting heavy loads on top (TV). If you use a 1x12, attach with pocket holes to the legs as well. Step 10 NOTE: Before building the top, you may want to attach the hinges for the flip down drawer face with the top off (make attaching hinges more accessible). Build your top first using pocket hole joinery . Then attach the completed top to the console. Step 11 Trim out the outsides of the top as shown above, nailing on the trim. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. May I Suggest a Finish? Painting White Outdoor Adirondack Projects Express Color with Minwax Stain Staining Wood Trim   1 of 9 ››

  5. 10 DIY Farm Tables

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    FromAna-White.com

    Follow Ana on Pinterest! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time now to build that Farmhouse Table! Here's 10 of my favorite DIY farm tables that you can build! Awesome Idea #1 Rustic Simplicity The simplest farm table you can build - just a frame with boards on top and 2x4 legs - is made exceptional with a wood on white weathered finish by From Our Hiding Place . Check out the full plans here. Awesome Idea #2 Substantial Turned Legs For a space that is less decorated, try upping your fancy factor with a statement making farm table with massive turned legs. I built this table for my sister's family - with off the shelf turned legs and a wood top made out of 2x6s. Check out the plans here. Awesome Idea #3 Truss Inspired For $65, I teamed up with my friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic for these plans. I love the added detail in the center, perfect to add architectural interests to a room - or outdoors! Check out the full plans here. Awesome Idea #4 The Original This is the original plans for the Farmhouse Table I still use today! Featured in Country Living  magazine, made with reclaimed lumber, I love how the weathered wood in the table adds texture and a natural element to this room.   The  original farmhouse table was modified to fit the space of Deckroid ,with wider width boards used for the tabletop.  To hide all screw holes, pocket hole joinery was used -   Plans for the pocket hole version of the original farmhouse table can be found here. Awesome Idea #5 Fancy Pedestals Yes, those are just 2x4 boards!!! This amazing triple pedestal table was built by The David and Heidi Family - isn't it beautiful? From this dining table I teamed up with Shanty2Chic to get you plans here. Awesome Idea #6 Simple Truss I love how Hillary from The Friendly Home modified these plans to make this beautiful table.  And isn't this table just beautiful, how the legs are notched together?  Check out more photos and details here , and the original plans here. Awesome Idea #7 Refined Rustic My friends Matt and Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect handmade this amazing table, using reclaimed wood and rustic hardware.  Isn't it beautiful?  They modified these plans .  Check out more photos and finishing details here. Awesome Idea #8 $2 Reclaimed For just $2, Handy Andy built this table out of reclaimed wood from pallets.  It is absolutely beautiful, and I love the added storage shelf, modified from these plans. Awesome Idea #9 Contemporary Chic If your home or backyard needs a more contemporary flair, this beautiful modern table, designed and built by Decor and the Dog , might just be the one for you!  Check out the full plans here. Awesome Idea #10 Simple Modern I love the simple clean lines of this modern farm table, built by Organizational Hysteria , from these plans .  Bonus - bench plans too!

  6. Shit I Should Have Done Sooner: DIY Console Table

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    FromDIY Diva

    There are a lot of little projects on my list that I put into the “you know, sometime I should… ” category.  This area of...

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