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Build a Dining Table – FREE Design Plans

Here's the complete project video and design plans for the indoor/outdoor dining table with a painted base and a Sapele top.   Follow the links to...

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Painting & Finishing Wooden Furniture

Here are some simple tips for painting and finishing wooden furniture, especially painted furniture that will be used outdoors like this dining table I'm making   I use Sapele for the table top and apron because it's a great wood to use for outdoor projects. I  would...

Simple Tips for Gluing Table Heavy Table Tops

Large, heavy table tops are difficult to glue up and I'll show you some simple tips to make the gluing up process easier, especially if you're working in a smaller shop or working by yourself.   I'm making this table top for an outdoor dining table using  5/4"...

Make a Simple Tenon Jig

Learn how to make a simple tenon jig that's perfect when making tenons in longer boards where a table saw or router table won't work.   There are certainly different ways to cut tenons, but this jig is very useful when using longer boards like for the 8' apron boards...

Make a Stop Block Fence for Miter Saw Station

I show you how to make a stop block fence for the miter saw station I made a few years back for my 10" Bosch Miter Saw. I use Ipe wood to make the stop block fence because it's a nice heavy duty wood. A stop block fence allows you to attach a stop block when you're...

How to Make a Fish Cleaning Table – FREE DESIGN PLANS

A dedicated fish cleaning table is a great addition to any dock and makes for easy clean up after a day of crabbing or fishing. I use treated lumber for the frame and base, scraps of IPE for the cutting surface and some composite fascia board from a recent decking...

How To Use an Angle Grinder

An Angle grinder is an incredibly useful and diverse tool that everyone should have in their garage or work shop.  You only need one to get started, but over the years I've accumulated a few grinders and have used them for metalwork, woodworking and masonry projects....

Use Stainless Steel Nails for Outdoor Projects

I use stainless steel nails for exterior projects.  The easiest way to test if the nails are stainless is to use a rate earth magnetic. Stainless is non-magnetic so it won't stick to the magnet...regular nails are magnetic. The stainless nails are definitely more...

How to Make a Sign/Mailbox Post – Free Design Plans

Here's a step-by-step video guide with complete design plans and a material list for making this sign post project.  I used some scrap pieces of Azek to wrap the post but you can used exterior plywood or MDO instead and finish it the same way.  You can also modify the...

How to Make a Zero Clearance Insert for your Table Saw

Learn how to make a Zero Clearance Insert for the table saw which is an important safety precaution when cutting on the table saw.  The first step is to remove the insert that comes with the saw and use it as a template for making new inserts. I do use the factory...

How to Install Composite Decking

I’m turning the shed into a music studio for my kids and thought it would be really great to have a deck for the kids to hang out on. Here's a how to video on installing composite decking using ZomeTek's xBeam Planks.     The x Beam Planks are made out of bamboo and...

How To Refinish Outdoor Metal Furniture

This is an easy and satisfying project that uses just a few tools to bring a set of outdoor furniture back to life.   https://youtu.be/hKQLb7d0h_s   All the products used in this project can be found at your local ACE Hardware store or online at  at...

How To Build a Treated Wood Planter Stand

Learn how to build a wooden planter stand using treated 4" x 4"s to house a large cast iron planter that I'll use to grow tomatoes in the new garden area. https://youtu.be/CwBcbQQLPV0   To make the planter base, cut 8 pieces at 20" and 8 pieces at 13" Use 3.5" deck...

Lathe Turning Project – Dogwood Mallet

Here's a fun shop project using the lathe to turn a wood mallet from a piece of a Dogwood tree.   The Dogwood was dead and I cut it down in the yard and I was surprised how heavy and dense the wood was.  It's still a little moist and green but it's always great to get...

Window Glazing — How to Repair and Glaze a Broken Window

Learn how to repair and glaze a broken window using glazing compound and just a few simple tools. You can find all the tools you'll need for this project at your local ACE Hardware store or online at  http://www.acehardware.com    https://youtu.be/PwecCyPd4e0   Step...

Small Sod Project

I remove an old cast iron planter in the yard that served as a firepit and install a small section of sod to patch the lawn.  This was a very satisfying project and a small section like this is ideal for sodding and ends up to be a very affordable and fast solution. ...

Make A Tabletop Tiki Torch

Here's a great project just in time for summer on making a table top tiki torch out of copper piping and some other easy to find materials. The tiki torches are inexpensive to make and a lot of fun and here's the how-to video and written materials list and...

Fine Homebuilding Episode #2: The Transitional Style Home Design

This is the second episode in the new Fine Homebuilding & Remodeling series where I go on site to meet with builders to look at the houses and projects they're working on to give you practical tips and ideas for your building projects. Today, we meet with Tim Cross...

Make a Pallet Wood Bridge – Dual Sport Motorcycle Trail

In early May, my brother Will and I loaded up the new Ford F150 with the ATV and some tools and took a ride from New Jersey to Ohio to to visit my brother Jim at the Hocking Valley Motorcycle Club. The guys at the Club were preparing  the trails for their upcoming...

Make A Sofa Table with Floating Top – Free Design Plans

Learn how to make a sofa table or entrance table with a floating top.  I use a 4" x 4" piece of Douglas Fir to make the four legs and a nice piece of straight grained Douglas Fir for the top.  Here's the how to video and design plans for the project....

How To Make a Float Frame without a Table Saw

This is a great beginner woodworking project showing you how to make a float frame for artwork without using a table saw.   I used .5  inch x 1.5" standard material to make this frame and you can find it any any home store.  I used Poplar, which is a good wood to use...

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 of baltic birch plywood for the bottom and sides of the box.  Baltic birch plywood is extremely strong and does a great...

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:...

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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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