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Build a Toolbox for a Four Wheeler ATV

I make this handy toolbox for the front of the ATV to store and transport battery and gas powered tools for work around the yard. I use scrap pieces...

Recent Projects

Make a Job Site Miter Saw Station – Free Design Plans

This simple Miter Saw Station does a great job of supporting the wood and makes for a comfortable work space on the job site. Here's the how to video and design plans for the project: https://youtu.be/WEVVWzszBeQ Click Here to Download the Design Plans as a...

Make A Rustic Bench – Free Design Plans

Learn how to make this rustic bench with a burnt wood and antiqued finish built using  mortise and tenons and a combination of woods I had around the shop including Red Oak and White Oak and Hickory for the top.  The bench is extremely sturdy thanks to the joinery and...

Always Wear a Dust Mask or Respirator

I always wear a dust make or organic vapor respirator when sanding, cutting wood on the table saw or cutting grass and also when working with contact cement, oil based paint, spray paint and other solvents.   Here's a video talking about the masks I use:...

Making a Cutting Board / How-To

Learn how to make simple cutting board with walnut and maple scrap wood. Cutting boards are great woodworking projects and you can use hand tools instead of power tools if you don't have them.    They are pretty easy to make and cutting boards always come in handy in...

Double Sided Fireplace Cabinet

I build this double sided cabinet with the Sideline Electric Fireplace from Touchtone Home Products on one side and a bookcase on the other side.  The project is broken down into four separate parts starting with building the cabinet, building the bookcase, making the...

Wooden Countertop Miter Joint 4 Years later + LED Cabinet Lighting

I take a look at the Sapele kitchen countertop at my brother Will's house to see how the inside miter joint is holding up.  The countertop was installed about four years ago using pocket screws that were placed every inch and a half or so and the miter joint is still...

How to Make Molding with a Router

Learn how to make cove molding using a router. I'm adding the molding to a double-sided cabinet made of Sapele and I show you how to trim the inside of the flat panel sides of the cabinet with the cove molding. https://youtu.be/m2zba8glnr4 Start with a 1" x 6" x 8'...

Biscuit Joiner – How to Avoid Biscuit Telegraphing

Using a biscuit joiner and biscuits is a great way to join multiple pieces of lumber so the boards are aligned during glue up...this is a big time saver.  One issue that can arise if a biscuit isn't placed properly is called "telegraphing", which means that a biscuit...

Tour of Monteath Moulding & Lumber

Come on a video tour of the 15,000 square foot warehouse store of Monteah Moulding and Lumber in Old Bridge, NJ with long time employee Buzzy who shows us their big selection of moulding and lumber. Monteath has been in business since 1856  (over 160 year) and they...

Make Molding with the Table Saw & Build a Picture Frame

I show you how to make molding using old Douglas Fir 2 x 4's and the table saw and then use the molding to make a picture frame. Once I cut the coves into all of the 2 X 4 pieces using a jig, I use the table saw blade again to mill Poplar boards into 3/8" pieces to...

How to Make a Canvas Stretcher & Re Stretch a Painting

I make a new canvas stretcher for a painting that's out of square and show how to re stretch the canvas on the new stretcher so it's square and ready for framing.  The painting is by the artist Francis Cunningham, who I consider by painting teacher and mentor and this...

Build a Set of Plywood Chairs – Free Design Plans

Learn how to build a set of chairs using just one sheet of plywood.  I used Garnica's Maple Plywood on this project and it has a really consistent Poplar core and nice Maple faces that make it ideal for furniture projects.   Here's the how-to video and free design...

Make Trim & Molding – Free Design Plans

Building a model for a trim and molding project is a great way to see what the molding will look like before it's installed and understand how everything comes together. Here's the how-to video on making a trim model and some helpful tips at the end of the video caulk...

Working with Spray Foam to Frame & Mount Artwork

I use spray foam to fill the gaps on a wooden frame that I built to display a piece of artwork that is painted on metal and is warped in a bunch of areas. The art is hung using a French Cleat system. https://youtu.be/qiJWB1RAkO8 Here's the step-by-step process for...

How to Make, Fit & Finish a Wooden Countertop

The final step of the kitchen pantry project is making, fitting and finishing the wooden countertop.  I like to use Sapele for countertops because it's extremely durable and has great character when finished.   This project starts at the lumber yard and it makes sense...

How to Scribe, Fit & Install Kitchen Pantry Cabinets

In this video, I build the base cabinets for the kitchen pantry project and attach the drawer fronts, hardware and install the cabinets. I also show you how to scribe the cabinets so they are flush with the wall and scribe the countertop.  Follow along with the video...

Power Washing My Patio

I test out the new zero-G hose from Teknor Apex to power wash my blue stone patio.   The hose is lightweight, kink free, and really well built....power washing is surprisingly addictive and my son Michael did a great job helping out on the project....

Simple Desk Refinish + Sunroom Renovation -Before & After Pictures

I refinish a solid wood desk I made about 17 years ago with dovetails using Bubinga with Rosewood handles. The original finish was Waterlox and I refreshen the finish by giving the desk a light sanding and adding two new coats of Waterlox.   I also installed a wall...

Build Kitchen Cabinets & Install Drawer Slides – Free Design Plans

Learn how to build the lower cabinets for the kitchen pantry project and install the drawers using drawer slides. https://youtu.be/TnYkE-tip-k Click Here to Download The Plans Thanks to my sponsors Garnica Plywood and Rockler: Click here to learn more about the...

Paint By Numbers – How To Paint a Sailboat

https://youtu.be/S5bxYMZTwfk Here is the paint by numbers image that you can print and affix to a 5" X 7" panel along with the photo of the sailboat scene to help with the painting. Click Here to Download a PDF of the Drawing  Click Here to Download the Photo and...

Wood & Copper Push-Up Bars – Free Design Plans

Here's a fun project using copper fittings and Sapele and White Oak to make a set of push up bars.   I use the Bernzomatic TS8000 torch to solder the copper fittings and and the Excelsior Mini Lathe from Rockler to shape the handlesL  You can download the design plans...

11 Gift Ideas for Woodworkers – Free Design Plans

Here are 11 of my most popular woodworking projects with how-to videos and design plans that are great for Holiday Gift giving or for building anytime https://youtu.be/WeOLMO-ZblY   Click on each project below to get a  PDF of the design plans that you can download...

Stuffed Clams with Chorizo and Kale

Stuffed clams are a New England classic and this version combines smoky Spanish Chorizo sausage with kale, which is very popular in Portuguese cuisine. We did this batch on the grill with the help of a cast iron skillet but you can open the clams and make the stuffing...

Small Engine Storage Tips

I use STA-BIL fuel stabilizer to treat all of my small engines and add it to the gas tank not only in the late fall for winter storage, but throughout the year for my generator, chainsaw and other tools that I don't use all the time. https://youtu.be/LBQHSTHgj5I Check...

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How to Make a Canvas Stretcher & Re Stretch a Painting

I make a new canvas stretcher for a painting that's out of square and show how to re stretch the canvas on the new stretcher so it's square and ready for framing.  The painting is by the artist Francis Cunningham, who I consider by painting teacher and mentor and this...

Working with Spray Foam to Frame & Mount Artwork

I use spray foam to fill the gaps on a wooden frame that I built to display a piece of artwork that is painted on metal and is warped in a bunch of areas. The art is hung using a French Cleat system. https://youtu.be/qiJWB1RAkO8 Here's the step-by-step process for...

Paint By Numbers – How To Paint a Sailboat

https://youtu.be/S5bxYMZTwfk Here is the paint by numbers image that you can print and affix to a 5" X 7" panel along with the photo of the sailboat scene to help with the painting. Click Here to Download a PDF of the Drawing  Click Here to Download the Photo and...

Small Cocktail Table – Free Design Plans

The design for this small cube-shaped cocktail table was inspired by the German-American artist Josef Albers who was famous for his use of geometric shapes and patterns and the use of color.   I built the cube with Garnica HDF engineered wood, which is great for...

Painting Lesson – Tips on Mixing Color

Paint along with me in how to painting video.  Download the images below or drag and drop it to you desktop to print.   The finished painting is called On the Way to Huber Woods and is oil on wood,  6"x 6". ...

Painting Daffodils – 4/18/2017

You can follow along with me by watching the how-to video as I paint this still life of daffodils   Print the images below:  The first is a drawing that you can glue or affix to a board using matte medium.  The second is a photograph of the still life which might help...

How To Make a Magnetic Chalkboard – Smooth Finish

Learn how to make a magnetic chalkboard with a smooth, natural slate looking finish.  I use a sheet of 2' x 3', 22 gauge steel and mount it on 1/2" MDF using contact cement and then paint it with black chalkboard paint. Here's the how-to video and some additional...

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