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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...

Recent Projects

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...

Kitchen Pantry Cabinets – Free Design Plans

I build a and install a set of kitchen pantry cabinets using Garnica's HDF engineered wood that's prefect for cabinet building and other painted furniture projects. https://youtu.be/p1wzRSZ8PDg Here are the design plans and cut list for the cabinets, face frame 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...

Mid-Century Modern Cabinet – Free Design Plans

Here's the final project video and the complete design plans for the Mid-Century Modern Cabinet project. Thanks to Brian Benham from Benham Design Concepts for his great work on putting the plans together. https://youtu.be/oI7szrvqKRI Click Here to Download The Design...

Testing a 60 Volt Battery Powered Cordless Chainsaw

I test out the Greenworks 60 Volt battery-powered cordless chainsaw to clean up a big branch that fell from a tree during a recent windstorm.    This is a relatively small job and a good way to test out the power and battery life of the chainsaw....

Electrician Tool Box – Tool Suggestions

My friend Tony the Electrician talks about tools that every homeowner should have as part of a basic tool box for electrical jobs around the house. https://youtu.be/fqK7YYmjSDg Here's a short list of tools everyone homeowner should have in a dedicated "Electrician...

How to Hang Cabinet Doors with the Soss Invisible Hinge

Learn how to hang cabinet doors using the SOSS Invisible Hinge. I'm using the Model 204 Invisible Hinge for this project and It helps to use the jig that SOSS provides. https://youtu.be/hVNRBVU4yMY Video about using the SOSS Jig:...

TV Lift Cabinet SHORT – Free Design Plans

Here's a shortened version of my recent TV Lift Cabinet project. I used the Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV lift mechanism, which is quiet and easy to install. https://youtu.be/uRvikC6qo_4 Here are the design plans for the TV lift cabinet and also a link to Touchstone...

How to Make Lap Joints & Base for the Modern Cabinet Project

Learn how to make lap joints and the walnut base for the Mid Century modern cabinet I'm building. I like to start a furniture project with a small design drawing and then make a full scale drawing to get the dimensions and cut list. I always leave the design plans...

Why Use Veneer? It’s Great for Mid-Century Modern Projects

In this video, I explain why I use veneer for this Mid-Century Modern furniture project and answer some questions that you have about using veneer in your woodworking projects. Learn about different types of veneer, how to apply veneer, where to buy it, and some other...

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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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