Video: Give your stairs a makeover with an oil finish
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Give your stairs a makeover with an oil finish

Use this technique to create a repairable, maintainable finish.


Welding 101
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Welding 101

Wood is wonderful stuff, but I wonder sometimes if woodworkers aren’t hooked on the material so much as they are on the act of...


Working with plywood
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Working with plywood

Working with solid wood is a joy in so many ways. When you see a minor defect, you have material thickness to sand, scrape and...


Working with fibreboard
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Working with fibreboard

Solid wood isn't always the best material for woodworking. The proof? Medium-density fibreboard. Commonly called MDF, this very...


Window shopping
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Window shopping

How to buy and install new windows


Fixing wooden chairs
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Fixing wooden chairs

My dining-room table, circa 1911, has stood the test of time; solid as ever, it seems to never lose its legs. The chairs,...


Use the best glues in your next workshop project
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Use the best glues in your next workshop project

Many of the advances we enjoy today in the workshop ultimately spring from innovations in glue chemistry. Sheet goods depend on...


Three things you need to know about green woodworking
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Three things you need to know about green woodworking

If you envision a granola-eating hippie hand planing his reclaimed lumber when you hear the phrase “green woodworking,” then...


Sanding secrets
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Sanding secrets

Sanding is both a plague for woodworkers and an essential ingredient of great craftsmanship. You may get everything else right,...


Router dos and don’ts
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Router dos and don'ts

Anything that spins at 25,000 rpm presents both great potential and great pitfalls. That’s certainly the case with routers....

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