UPDATED 5Jun2017: Cheap lumber meant for framing houses is the least expensive source of wood, and some of it also happens to be great for building fine woodworking projects of all kinds. Hard to believe? Perhaps, but it’s true. Even experienced woodworkers are often surprised […]Continue Reading
Q: Can I install recessed light fixtures in a cathedral ceiling? There’s insulation right above the drywall, and I understand that recessed light fixtures need to have clearance around them because of the heat they generate. What can I do? A: […]Continue Reading
The world of saw blades is like poker. The longer the hand goes on, the higher the stakes get. The made-in-Italy Diablo Tracking Point blade is a perfect example. It’s the newest blade to hit the market and it’s the […]Continue Reading
I got the chance to check out Milwaukee’s new (as of March 2017) wide blade tapes and I thought you might like to see what I discovered. These 16′ and 25′ tapes are the most recent example of evolutionary improvement in […]Continue Reading
*TOOLS: See a great circular saw blade in action against steel.
*CONSTRUCTION: See a little item makes high-rises safer.
*WOOD FINISHING: See milk paint problem and solution.
*METALWORKING: The amazing power of water jet cutting.
Sap from softwoods is like the famous escape artist Houdini. It can get through almost anything. Unfortunately, there’s no certain way to stop sap when it’s determined to ooze out of wood in large quantities. And the problem is always […]Continue Reading
Got a wooden deck to stain? Need advice refinishing an older deck? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve been finishing decks for 30 years. Everything I know is right here.Continue Reading
UPDATED 2Aug2019: By the time you finish reading this article and watching the videos that come up later, you’ll know exactly how to create a glass-smooth finish on wood. If you pay attention and get the details right, you’ll be one of […]Continue Reading
*TOOLS: Watch a Milwaukee tape getting driven over by a truck.
*WOODWORKING: Learn how to sand wood perfectly smooth.
*WOOD FINISHING: Watch my favourite wipe-on poly in action.
*GOOD GEAR: See what makes some wood screws better.
UPDATED 2Aug2019: “How can I install a submersible pump?” If you’re asking this question, then this is the article for you. Read on for all the details. As far as I’ve seen, this is the most complete set of instructions on […]Continue Reading