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Make A Knife Holder – Brazilian Cherry with FREE PLANS

I show you how to make a knife block using Brazilian Cherry or Jatoba.  This is a great scrap wood project and the knife block matches perfectly...

Recent Projects

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...

Bedside Table – Free Design Plans

Here's a simple woodworking project on building a bed side table or end table. I talk about the basic tools you'll need and show you how to build the project step by step.   Be sure to check out the free design plans for this project below.  Just drag the image to...

Fall Seeding – Lawn Tips & A Few Updates

Here's a Fall yard prep video which is the best time of year to seed your lawn. I spread a load of topsoil to fill in some bald spots and use a Craftsman slicer to aerate the turf and then seed. I also give some updates on other outdoor projects including the bees...

Assemble JET 18 – 36 Drum Sander

Here's a step by step video guide to setting up the the JET 18-36 Drum Sander.  The sander will get a lot of use and it seems to be really sturdy, easy to use, and it looks great in the shop. https://youtu.be/dGJ7Zxr7h5o

Running my Dust Collection Under the Floor

Here's the first in a series of videos on running my dust collection system under the floor of the wood shop.  It will be nice to have the table saw, new sander, joiner, chop saw and band saw hooked up to the dust collection system and I'll keep everyone posted as the...

Paint Can Storage Cabinet – Free Design Plans

Here’s a how-to video on building a paint can storage cabinet with free design plans.   Also, learn about the new Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Series Inverter Generator which is designed to be more than 60% quieter than standard generators and can deliver...

Build a TV Lift Cabinet – Free Design Plans

Here's the video along with complete design plans for the the TV Lift Cabinet.  This project features the Whisper Lift II  TV lift mechanism from Touchstone Home Products and it's the most sturdy, quiet and easy to install lift  I've used.  Also, see below for a list...

Load a Grease Gun + Grease Bob-Cat CRZ 52 Mower

Learn how to load a grease gun and use WD-40 Multi-Purpose Grease to grease my Bob-Cat CRZ 52 inch riding mower. Thanks to WD-40 for sponsoring this video. Check out the link to the product I used in this project:  WD-40 Specialist Superior Performance True...

Serving Tray – Free Design Plans

https://youtu.be/jnSXZiyovfk Here's the material list and design plans for the serving trays I made and painted with colors and a high gloss finish using Plutonium aerosol paints. Click To Download Plans as a PDF Plutonium paints are great to work with,  dry fast and...

Upcycle Stacking Tables – How to Make & Finish Small Table Tops

This week I up-cycled a few old stacking tables that my wife bought at a garage sale. I clean the metal with a wire brush, then prime it with rusty metal primer and spray paint the tables black. The tops are made of Sapele wood and are finished with the Waterlox...

Lathe Project – How to Make Cheese Knife Handles

I use the lathe to turn a set of handles using Bubinga wood to create a set of cheese knives.  This is a pretty easy project and a great way to improve your skills on the lathe.  Follow along with the how-to video and description below. You can but the cheese knife...

How to Make Grass Grow Fast & Fix Bald Spots

Here's the recipe and how to instructions to make grass grow fast and fix bald spots in your lawn. It's been working great in my yard and the key is to let the seeds germinate in the saw dust or peat moss and to keep watering until the grass takes hold.  I use the...

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ART Projects

How to Make a Convex Frame

Learn how to make a convex frame for a painting I made for a client. I make the frame and show it installed in the client's house.   Learn all of the tools, tips and woodworking techniques you'll need to make a custom frame. https://youtu.be/cjBC7fvQyS4

Make Tiny Painting & Build Walnut Frame

This is a tiny oil painting inspired by a walk through Hartshorne Woods.  The frame is made from American black walnut and finished with a hand rubbed shellac and wax finish. https://youtu.be/zKNaHxT6IeU This painting is at auction. All proceeds from this auction...

Make a Solar Wax Melter for Beeswax

Learn how to make a solar wax melter to melt beeswax that was comes from the beehive.   The wax will be used to make encaustic paint for my art projects and I might also use the melted beeswax to make wood finishing oils for furniture.   Learn all the tools and tips...

Make a Small Study Before you Make a Big Painting

This is a short proposal video. It will give the client a good idea of what a painting will look like when it's scaled up. This is the first step when I work on commissioned paintings:  I make a small study to give the client an idea for a full scale painting and then...

Paint By Numbers – Still Life with Rose of Sharon

The painting made in this video is up for auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald house. Click the link to bid http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/122080940715?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT This is a fun and easy way to start painting. The focus is on...

Auction to benefit Make-a-Wish, Landscape Painting in Fast Forward

This painting is up for auction with 100% of the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Click on the link to bid on this painting.   https://youtu.be/J_ogfrI46BE About the painting. I went on a walk this morning to Huber Woods park in NJ. This is the view looking...

How I Sell My Artwork – Digital Installation

I explain my digital installation process for artwork in this video  and how I work with clients and interior designers to create and install custom artwork.   I show you how I make and frame a painting that was  digitally installed and approved by the client.  In...

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