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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  ...

Recent Projects

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:...

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...

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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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