There are plenty of articles and videos floating about the interwebs, that may help you learn new skills or techniques. Many of them offer or include a set of “plans” to guide you in building the associated project. But have you ever wanted to build something, for which no plan was readily available? Did you find
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Pocket screws. There, I said it. That dirty little phrase that so many ‘fine furniture’ makers disdain with all their hearts. The epitome of cheap and dirty joinery. The lowest common denominator. A sure sign of poor craftsmanship. But are they, really? Let’s consider the reasons joinery is necessary, and why pocket screws exist. Near
da·do /ˈdādō/ noun noun: dado; plural noun: dados the lower part of the wall of a room, below about waist height, if it is a different color or has a different covering than the upper part. North American a groove cut in the face of a board, into which the edge of another board is
I am blessed with a family that is very generous. My wife encouraged me to pick out a tool or two as an early Father’s Day gift. Gotta love a woman like that! My son came along to help me pick stuff out. In fact, even the dog wanted to chip in! Fortunately, our local
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You know you need them. Every little jig or work-holding fixture you make seems to include some feature that needs a bolt and knob to lock it into place. Well, you can make a very functional knob from a small scrap of wood, in about two minutes. Only these tools are needed: A thread tap
If you are a typical DIY sort of home owner, building your own backyard deck is almost a rite of passage. Here is a quick and simple tip to speed that process along – buy a drywall screw gun. Drywall? Decks don’t have drywall! That’s right, but decks do take a TON of screws. A
Upon the completion of yet another journey around the sun, my wonderful wife and son treated me to a visit to a nearby (Relatively speaking, still a 1.5 hr drive) woodworking supply store that I recently discovered. If you happen to be on the West site of Memphis, TN, be sure to drop in and