Shop Tips

Sort by:

  • How to Repair a Cracked Bowl by Stapling

    If you turn enough bowls, you are bound to have one crack on you as it dries. What should you do when you have a cracked bowl? Some people might throw away the bowl, but I say that’s crazy talk! Think of the cracked bowl as the starting point for a new art project. There…

  • Antiquing Hardware

    Have you ever built a project where you wanted to use hardware that has the patina of a 100-year-old piece? You can use shiny brand-new hardware on a project like that, but it might stick out like a sore thumb, and nothing screams “rookie woodworker” like using hardware on a woodworking project that doesn’t align…

  • Drilling Angled Holes

    If you build a project that requires angled legs, such as a bench, stool, or similar, you will have to come up with a method for drilling angled holes to receive the angled legs. While it might be tempting to just “eyeball it” I wouldn’t recommend that approach because it is difficult to establish accuracy…

  • Shop-made Quick Release Hose Clamps

    Any woodworker who has a dust collection duct system knows what a pain it can be to do any reconfiguration. Moving tools around, adding new ducts, extending a line for better tool spacing, can all be time consuming, tedious tasks. Oftentimes this means having to remove screws, and then replace them again after the ducting…

  • Repair a Cracked Bowl Blank

    If you’re a woodturner, CA glue is one of your best friends. It’s perfect for doing spot repairs on your bowls and spindles. There are a variety of viscosities of cyanoacrylate glue available. I typically use medium or thick for these repairs. Accelerator for the glue isn’t a must, but it’s handy to have. In…

  • Cross Halving Joint: Narrow Stock

    A cross halving joint is a strong, simple joint that is commonly used in applications ranging from simple boxes, to furniture, or complex egg crate inserts. As with many aspects of woodworking, there are a variety of ways to create a cross halving joint. Methods for creating this joint might involve a table saw, bandsaw,…

  • Repairing a Cracked Table Leaf

    A friend of mine owns a very old dining room table. It belonged to her parents, and has an heirloom aspect that she’s very proud of. Unfortunately, over time, some of the table leaves developed cracks. Not huge cracks but, still, unsightly. I wanted to help her save the table. What NOT to do Sometimes…

  • Double-Face Tape Substitute

    Double face tape has many applications in a woodworking shop. It can be used to hold pieces together for tracing or cutting, and is durable enough to hold up to machining operations. With as versatile as this product is, it becomes essential to have in the shop. But what if we find ourselves in a…

  • Tips for More Accurate Pencil Tracing

    It’s pretty common practice to use a pencil to trace one part onto another. Whether you’re copying a buddy’s templates and patterns, or making a new insert for your table saw, pencil tracing is an easy, low tech way to get the shape transferred. However… The problem with this is accuracy. Because of a pencil’s…

  • Shop-made Epoxy Mold

    There are lots of ways to work with resin. It can be cast, used as a table top decoration or finish, poured as a skim coat to add a decorative element to your projects. Casting resin is easy and, thanks to what we’re about to show you, you can make your own resin molds in…