Woodworking

Become a better woodworker with these projects, tips and ideas for building furniture, cabinets and all woodworking projects.

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  • Using Drywall Screws for Woodworking

  • Drywall screws have conquered home centers and hardware stores, but the traditional wood screw is still better designed for holding two pieces…

  • Woodworking Tips: Editors' Favorites

  • These six expert shop tips simplify and speed up sanding, gluing, cross cutting, drawing and measuring lines, making repetitive cuts and other…

  • How to Sand Woodwork by Hand

  • With a few special tools and good sandpaper you can smooth wood easily and quickly with first-class results. Often even better than with a power…

  • How to Sand Wood Faster

  • Sanding wood can get boring, but you can finish this tedious chore in as much as half the time—and with better results—if you know a…

  • How to Scribe for a Perfect Fit

  • Scribing is one of the key techniques for installing cabinets, countertops and built-in woodwork. Learn how to perfectly transfer odd shapes…

  • How to Use a Wood Chisel

  • A sharp wood chisel can cut mortises, shave rough surfaces, chop out corners and scrape off glue. We'll demonstrate these techniques and show…

  • How to Use a Jigsaw

  • A jigsaw is the grand master of cutting shapes in a variety of materials. All you need is the right blade. We'll show you how to use this…

  • How to Use a Block Plane

  • Nothing beats a handy little block plane for simplicity and convenience. It's versatile enough to perform all kinds of cutting and shaping…

  • How to Clamp

  • Improve your woodworking skills and glue joints with these 18 tips to show you how to clamp like a veteran woodworker. Our pro shows you…

  • Understanding Plywood Grades

  • We take the mystery out of the plywood grading system and show you what you will get in each grade. The higher the grade the better quality you…

  • How to Bend Wood

  • Curved hardwood nosing on a countertop can really make your project stand out. Here's how to make a 3/4-in. laminated hardwood nosing that bends…

  • How to Use a Bench-Top Planer

  • Learn to use a bench-top planer correctly and avoid common problems like tearout, snipe and ridges. Reclaim old wood, clean up inexpensive…

  • Crosscuts With a Table Saw Sled

  • A table saw sled makes crosscuts safe, simple and accurate. You can quickly make precise right angle cuts time after time. You can build one in…

  • How to Use Pocket Screws

  • 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…

  • Router Basics

  • The router does more than cut fancy edges. It'll also cut flawless dadoes and rabbets and perfect patterns. Our basics here show you how to…

  • Router Table Tips and Techniques

  • Double the usefulness of your router with a router table. Smooth edges, cut long moldings and mold small projects easier and more safely by…

  • How to Refresh Kitchen Cabinets

  • Bring tired kitchen cabinets back to life with a good cleaning, new hardware, a fresh finish and a few simple, creative accents. This article…

  • Circular Saw Guide

  • Cut boards faster, easier and more accurately with this cutting guide. It works for both square cuts and angle cuts and helps you find the angle…

  • How to Install Edging for Plywood

  • We'll show you how to add solid wood nosing to plywood shelves, bookcases and cabinets to cover up the ugly edge that plywood leaves. Applying…

  • How to Get Perfect Routed Edges

  • Modern router bits with carbide cutters and guide bearings make forming wood edges almost foolproof. But there are a few tips and tricks that'll…

  • Trim Painting Tips

  • How to repaint chipped, flaking or dirty moldings so they look like new; the secrets of a professional-looking job.

  • Advanced Router Techniques

  • Routers are one of the most versatile woodworking tools, useful not just for making trim and cutting edges, but for solving a whole range of…

  • The Best Drill Press Jigs

  • Make a simple adjustable fence and a right angle drilling jig to make your drill press work quicker and more accurately. Store them nearby so…

  • Build a Wall Niche

  • Save space by mounting a simple cabinet inside a wall between wall studs. You can build and finish it in a day for less than $50.

  • Mud-Busting Boot Scrape

  • Build this handy boot scraper yourself in less than two hours. Now you can clean your muddy boots hands-free and help keep your entryway clean.…

  • How to Cut Curves in Wood

  • Mark, cut and fine-tune curves in wood, using routers, saws and other simple tools, by following these expert techniques. You can master them…

  • How to Build a Drill Press Table

  • Build this deluxe drill press table to simplify clamping woodworking projects and holding them steady while drilling. Or build a simplified…

  • How to Build a Wainscoted Wall

  • Elegant, traditional wainscoting looks like an intimidating project, but with this simple, easy-to-assemble design even a moderately skilled…

  • How to Build a Wooden Planter Box

  • This stripped-down window planter can be built in less than an hour, yet the simplicity of the design resists rot far better than traditional…

  • Building Cabinets With Pocket Screws

  • Pocket screws let you assemble perfect, indestructible cabinet joints without expensive woodworking tools or complicated jigs—a huge leap…

  • Build Your Own Self-Watering Planter

  • Save water and grow healthier veggies and flowers with a self-watering planter. This attractive cedar design uses perforated drain pipe to store…

  • Kitchen Cabinets: 9 Easy Repairs

  • Sometimes, it's the little things that drive us crazy in the kitchen. The loose door knobs, nicked door fronts and slamming drawers. If any of…

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