This is a serious shop lamp

Good lighting is one of the most under-appreciated assets for fine woodworking, especially handwork at the bench. It is a shame to see an elaborately equipped shop with nothing more than fluorescent ceiling lights illuminating the workbench. Basically, the properties...

Building A Simple Bookcase With Minimal Tools

Do you display photos and books on a few boards being held up with cinder blocks or bricks? If so, then I have some great news for you. To build a bookcase or book shelves, you aren’t required to be a master woodworker, carpenter, or designer. You can be even the most...

Beginner’s Guide To Woodworking: 5 Skills You Need to Know

Many people will often shy away from various woodworking projects just because they assume they’ll have to buy tools worth thousands of dollars, or simply because they haven’t tried it before. In actual sense, having some woodworking skills can be a great substitute...

How to Make and Install Sliding Barn Doors

My neighbor asked me to build a pair of Sliding Barn Doors for his living room/office doorway.  Check out my video below to see how I made them.[embedded content]Supply ListThese are the supplies I used to build and install the barn doors.  The key to building these...

Edge-to-edge joints, part 6

Clamping capacity Can small shop clamping methods generate enough pressure to make a good edge-to-edge joint? The short answer is yes. Let’s look at the details. The US Forest Products Laboratory in their very useful Wood Handbook, chapter 10, page 16 (2010 edition),...

Push Shoes, Blocks, And Sticks – Importance Of Design And Use

The finger looks terrible but I put it up for a reason. Many woodworkers go their whole life without ever cutting their finger on a table saw. Some say it is just luck of the draw, but that is rarely the case. The plain fact is there is no such thing as over...
DIY Floating Storage Nightstand

DIY Floating Storage Nightstand

Oh hey friends!  We have lots of Open Concept plans coming your way from our latest two episodes on HGTV!  Hang tight!  In the meantime, I wanted to share my latest little project with you.  Several weeks ago I shared the twin platform bed I built for my 12 year old...

MWA Episode 97.5 – Ben Strano 5 Questions

After he was kind enough to put up with us for episode 97, we put Ben Strano through the 5 questions.Where can you Find Ben?Zac Higgins Dyami Plotke Modern Woodworkers Association facebook.com/modernwoodworkers Modern Woodworkers Association Read...

Dynamite Chair Design

I love the ingenious creations that can result from having limited resources (tools, materials etc.). Here's a prime example. It was made by a miner at Independence Mine (gold) in Alaska from an old dynamite box. It probably dates to the late 1930s or early 40s.So...

MWA Episode #98 – Phil Pinsky

What’s in the shop? Still no bandsaw Finishing a whiskey box Main topic 5 Questions How did you get into woodworking? What’s your favorite tool? #5 1/4 jack plane Who has influenced you the most? Hard to say Woodworking - Hand tool guys What was your biggest stumbling...

Harbor Freight Foot Switch Review

I recently bought a foot switch from Harbor Freight for my scroll saw.  I thought it would be fun to try it out on other tools too.  Check out my video then read more about my thoughts below. Harbor Freight sells two types of foot switches.  The Momentary Foot Switch...

Edge-to-edge joints, part 6

Clamping capacity Can small shop clamping methods generate enough pressure to make a good edge-to-edge joint? The short answer is yes. Let’s look at the details. The US Forest Products Laboratory in their very useful Wood Handbook, chapter 10, page 16 (2010 edition),...

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