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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...

Recent Projects

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 6,500...

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...

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". ...

Make a Simple Track Saw Jig

Learn how to make this simple jig for a circular saw.... it's definitely one of the most used jig in my shop and is easy to make and costs very little.  You can make the jig with scrap wood or MDF like I did.   Making this jig was one of my very first YouTube projects...

Simple Shop Stools – Free Design Plans

Here's a how to video and a material and cut list for making a set of shop stools. This is a pretty simple woodworking project that uses scrap materials from around the shop and the stools are really useful to have around the shop. https://youtu.be/k2vuMLf3tGI Click...

Flower Box Planter – Free Design Plans

Here's the how to video and design plans for the flower box planter.   This flower box planter was inspired from a recent trip to the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. It's a great place for woodworkers to visit and here's link to learn more:.  ...

Cordless Tool Charging Station, Shop Cabinet

I show you how to build a simple plywood shop cabinet to house my cordless handheld tools and battery chargers.   The cabinet will drop into the space behind my miter station and will allow me to get the charging cords and tools stored and out of the...

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...

Woodworking Basics – How to Trim Panels with Quarter Round Molding

Here's a how-to video and photos on trimming panels with quarter round molding to get really tight miters.   Be sure to always have a sharp pencil and a wet rag at the ready to wipe up any excess wood glue.  It also helps to use a sacrificial fence on your miter saw...

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...

Paint, Primer & Finish for Outdoor Projects – Products and Tips

Here's a video talking about some of my more recent outdoor furniture projects and the primer, paint and some of the outdoor finishing products I use, along with some helpful tips to seal and protect the finish on painted outdoor furniture.      Here are some of the...

Make an Awesome Burned Wood and Shellac Finish

I use the Bernzomatic TS 8000 hand torch to create a burned wood finish on the frame I built for the magnetic chalkboard.   The finish works great with simple 2x4s and the grain really pops with the torch finish and a few coats of shellac. Here's a link to the video...

How to Make Molding with the Table Saw & Build a Frame

Learn how to make molding using the table saw and 2 x 4's to build a frame.   The frame I'm building in this video is for the magnetic chalkboard I made.  I'll use the hand torch to create a burnt wood finish that will be finished with shellac to create a really nice...

Sofa Table Bookcase – Free Design Plans

This sofa table bookcase is a fun project and is pretty simple to build since it's  basically two plywood boxes.  I built this for a client’s home and we chose Sapele wood for the top and base, which has a ton of character.  We matched the paint color of the cabinet...

Spring 2017 Project Update – Look Around the Barn

tHere's a look at some upcoming projects and a tour of the outside of the barn and getting ready for spring.  I start by talking about making frames for my art clients, which I don't talk about too much on my YouTube channel, but it's  something I do just about every...

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...

Build A Storage Bed – Free Design Plans

Here’s a step by step guide to making a queen-sized storage bed with  drawers.  Download the complete design plans and cut list here and please be sure to check out my sponsors who made this project possible. Click Here for Complete Project Cut List & Design Plans  ...

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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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