How To Get Clean Crosscuts with a Circular Saw

How To Get Clean Crosscuts with a Circular Saw

The first step in getting clean crosscuts with a circular saw is to make a useful and easy to make crosscut saw  jig that I designed.  Click here for a link to the how-to video on making the jig. Once the circular saw jig is made, it’s important to have a sharp...
Painting & Finishing Wooden Furniture

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...
Simple Tips for Gluing Table Heavy Table Tops

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...
Make a Simple Tenon Jig

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...
Make a Stop Block Fence for Miter Saw Station

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...
How To Use an Angle Grinder

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...
Use Stainless Steel Nails for Outdoor 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...
How to Install Composite Decking

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...
Make A Tabletop Tiki Torch

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...
Always Wear a Dust Mask or Respirator

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:   This...
Power Washing My Patio

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. Be sure to...
Small Engine Storage Tips

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. Check out STA-BIL for both...
Electrician Tool Box – Tool Suggestions

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. Here’s a short list of tools everyone homeowner should have in a dedicated “Electrician Tool Box”:...
Quick and Dirty Miter Box, Miter Saw

Quick and Dirty Miter Box, Miter Saw

I show you how to make a simple miter box and use it to make a few miter cuts to add shoe molding to a room.  The miter box is perfect for smaller projects when you don’t have a ton of cuts to make and don’t need to use a lot of tools.
How To Burn in a Beeswax Finish on a Steel Table

How To Burn in a Beeswax Finish on a Steel Table

Learn how to burn in a beeswax finish on a steel table using a hand torch. The steel work table will be used outside and the beeswax finish acts as a nice rust-inhibitor and it looks really nice.  I use the Bernzomatic TS 8000 torch for this project.  Here’s the...

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