Fancy miter gauges sure look nice, with all the coloured bits of anodized aluminium and brass knobs. But are those really something you need? Do you really think that an Incra brand miter gauge made out of bent sheet metal is more trustworthy than the more solid cast aluminium one that came with your saw? Sorry, but those are some of my pet peeves. Build yourself a good table saw sled instead, and you won't need to second guess it. If you cut a lot of 45-degree miters, make another sled with a 45 degree angle.

To start, you'll want to cut out the pieces. Crosscut the top pieces, breadboard ends, stretchers, and legs. Note that the breadboard ends are slightly wider than the tabletop. This is a rustic detail with a practical aspect. It will allow the top to expand and contract with humidity and never be wider than the breadboard ends. There is also a slight overhang on the stretchers, for a similar reason. When you cut the legs, double-check that the length is a good fit for your dining-room chairs, especially if any of them have arms. Chairs with arms should be able to easily slide under the table's aprons.


There’s no denying the value of a handmade gift. There’s still time to make a project and have it ready to give as a gift this holiday season. Here are fifteen woodworking projects that would make great holiday gifts for a wide range of people. Most are not difficult and some can be completed in a day. You can probably build a few of them with scraps you have around your shop. Just click on the project name to go to the full project article.
With a little wood glue and imagination, painted 2”x2” wood pieces are topped with wooden balls and then dressed with fabric and a twig shepherd’s hook. A smaller wood block, peg, and fabric make the manger in this craft from The 36th Avenue. Place inside a paper-lined crate graced with a craft paper star, and the true meaning of Christmas will quickly come to life.
Love the table! My husband and I are looking to build a table for our dining room. We love this table but I am having a hard time convincing him that people can still easily sit at the ends of the table even though there are support boards on the bottom. He seems to think that will get in the way (even though you clearly show your husband sitting on the end in one of the pictures 🙂 ) Can you tell me if it is a problem for those sitting on the end? Thank you!!

With a little woodworking knowledge and use of some basic items, you can build a wonderful tissue box holder of your own. You can easily build them in bulk and then sell at good rates. Although easy, a wooden tissue box is an equally important and useful item for households. You can also make wonderful variety of wooden boxes easily at home. It is actually very easy and interesting to make. These wooden items give a classy look to your interior furnishing. This is the easiest way to spice up your tables with beautiful wooden tissue boxes. By doing this you can give style to your table settings.
With a little woodworking knowledge and use of some basic items, you can build a wonderful tissue box holder of your own. You can easily build them in bulk and then sell at good rates. Although easy, a wooden tissue box is an equally important and useful item for households. You can also make wonderful variety of wooden boxes easily at home. It is actually very easy and interesting to make. These wooden items give a classy look to your interior furnishing. This is the easiest way to spice up your tables with beautiful wooden tissue boxes. By doing this you can give style to your table settings.
This tutorial shows the making of stylish wooden wall hangings which is one of the easiest ways by using basic tools like wood cutters, hammer, drill and measuring tape. I made it at home for my creativity in easy steps. You can also make by cutting, assembling, add mesh and plastic, then attach to boundary and fill with your favorite light to flowers.
How beautiful!!!! Your dining room looks so warm and inviting, the table is gorgeous! And I LOVE how you all signed it, it’s sweet little things like that that make a house a home! Thanks so much for the tutorial, we’ve been thinking about building a dining table too, I ant wait to show my husband your awesome tutorial! Hope there are lots of fun times and delicious meals in your dining room’s future 🙂
Liz, Great job on your new table and benches. They really look great. Love the chandelier also. Wanted to let you know that after I saw your tutorial on the board and batten in your living room and dining room, it really inspired me. I said to myself, “I can do that.” So, with that in mind, I am just finishing up board and batten in my laundry room. It was really an easy project and I love the results. It really perks up a drab old laundry room. I ended up doing all the work myself. The only help I asked my husband for, was with the nail gun, as we had to really get into some tight places. All in all, though, I am very pleased with it. Thanks for the idea.
Nightstand table plans have everything you need to create a bedside table to keep every needy thing at reach at night time. This Nigh Stand plan is quite different in design from the most of the other plans. This stand has not only the three regular drawers but also having a hidden drawer that uses a secret locking mechanism to keep contents securely.

Nothing could be easier to accomplish than these rustic, personalized wood slice tree ornaments. After slicing a log into discs, screw in an eye hook, and thread with some jute twine for a hanger. Decorate with paint or metallic markers, or try the clever ink-jet-printer transfer technique that Upcycled Treasures used for the ornaments shown here. One log will make gifts for your entire extended family.

The video above includes a step-by-step tutorial for making a wooden toy house. By following these steps, you can easily make it by yourself. You will also need some basic woodworking items, such as wood, pop sticks, cutter, glue and screws, etc. Even if you do not like this one, you can always browse the internet for more beautiful wooden toy houses ideas. I have also shared a link where you can find some really interesting and beautiful wooden houses ideas for every kind. Just select the one you like the most and start building.
This is another basic farmhouse table design which you can easily build. However, the table is large with a seating capacity of at least ten people. This table is also a great addition to be in your home as it serves many purposes including storage apart from dining. The instructions are provided in two separate parts; first part includes the construction process and the second part includes the finishing touches.
Methods for skinning a cat have nothing on ways to build a bench. Explore different joinery methods and work with those that you are able to complete the best. Don't overcomplicate something when it doesn't need to be. There's a reason tools have improved, glue has gotten better, fasteners stronger, and new joinery methods have been introduced. A lot of the time the focus in woodworking is on finding shortcuts to get the same or better results. Don't let joinery snobs influence you.
The cost of being disorganized is time. It takes me ten times as long to work on a project when I am scouring the room looking for a drill bit, the right screws, or trying to remember where I last used one of my 10 tape measures. Workshop organization is an ongoing project. As you acquire more tools, you have to rearrange your shop to work in storage for those new items. So mobile and modular storage, wherever possible will save you time down the road. Here are some amazing Workshop Organization Ideas that I hope will inspire you!

With a pencil and a protractor, divide the larger disc into 30-degree wedges to create 12 center lines for the bottle indents. Center and trace the smaller disc on top of the larger disc. Next, with a drill press, drill 3/8-in.-deep holes on the 12 center lines with the 1-7/8-in. Forstner bit, spacing them between the disc’s outer edge and the traced circle. Next, divide the smaller disc into 60-degree wedges and drill six more 3/8-in.-deep holes with the Forstner bit.
As Chief Creative Officer and Founding Partner at Brit + Co, Anjelika Temple brings her voracious consumption of all things creative and colorful to DIY projects, geeky gadgetry finds and more. When she's not DIY-ing her heart out, you'll find her throwing dinner parties with friends or adventuring with her husband David, their daughter Anokhi, and their silly dog Turkey.

This is not a guide to shop layout. That may, in fact come later, depending on how much time I devote to this web site. These are important issues that you must consider as you design your shop. My shop is in my garage. Even as we were picking out house designs I knew it would be in my garage. That means that there isn’t a time since we decided to build that I haven’t been considering these issues, and planning and changing plans. That is the nature of it. I knew what I would settle for as a minimum, and made sure it was expendable enough to ensure I could change my mind if I needed or wanted.
The most useful stationary tools are a drill press and a table saw. For the longest time, I only had a cheap old contractor saw, and only a very small drill press, but I made do with those. The difference between a good drill press and a cheap drill press is much smaller than the difference between a cheap drill press and no drill press, so don't wait until you can afford the perfect one. 

Cordless tools are very handy, and I love my cordless drills. However, if you are just dabbling with getting into woodworking, and you may only use your tools every six months, you may find the litium batteries dying prematurely. Litium batteries slowly self-discharge, and once fully discharged, they are permanently damaged. So if, for example, you use a cordless drill until the battery is low, put it away without recharging, and try to charge it again months later, you may find the battery no longer able to take a charge.
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