How to Use a Center Punch Like a Pro (Quick Tip)

How to Use a Center Punch Like a Pro (Quick Tip)

A center punch is like an awl that had too many energy drinks and just found out it’s getting laid off. These suckers pack a punch (as the name implies). I keep my center punch on me at ALL t...
Basics of Grain Wrapped Boxes: 5 Steps to Elevate Your Woodworking

Basics of Grain Wrapped Boxes: 5 Steps to Elevate Your Woodworking

Planning projects around wood grain is a sign of woodworking mastery. And building a grain wrapped box is one of the best ways to start honing that skill. Think about it. When you’re first get...
The Layout Secret of Lazy Hand Tool Woodworkers (Quick Tip)

The Layout Secret of Lazy Hand Tool Woodworkers (Quick Tip)

Being an efficient woodworker doesn’t mean doing everything quickly. It means knowing which moments of a project actually matter — and spending your time there. And this is especially importan...
How to Get Boards to the Same Thickness with a Planer (Quick Tip)

How to Get Boards to the Same Thickness with a Planer (Quick Tip)

Batch milling is the easiest way to get multiple boards to the same thickness. But it’s not always possible. Batch milling means you run all the boards one after the other through your thickne...
My 9 Top Tips for Thickness Planers

My 9 Top Tips for Thickness Planers

Thickness planers are pretty straightforward tools. But to get good results, there are a few things to know. Used correctly, they’ll give you flat and parallel board faces that require minimal...
3 Tricks for Reading Grain Direction (Quick Tip)

3 Tricks for Reading Grain Direction (Quick Tip)

Does grain direction really matter? If you’ve ever cut against the grain, you know the answer. Grain direction refers to how the wood fibers of a board lay on top of one another. Cut with the ...
Easy Way to Mark the Center of a Board Without Measuring (Quick Tip)

Easy Way to Mark the Center of a Board Without Measuring (Quick Tip)

Need to find the center of a board? This no-measure method is as easy as it gets. It works best when you need to find the center point on a board’s long grain or end grain edge. But it can wo...
How to Make Simple Wooden Hinges With a Box Joint Jig

How to Make Simple Wooden Hinges With a Box Joint Jig

Making wooden hinges is an incredible way to elevate your projects. And it’s a lot easier than you think. Whether it’s for a box or small cabinet — or even an adjustable lamp arm… Wooden...
Trick for Cutting Miter Box Sides to Length (Quick Tip)

Trick for Cutting Miter Box Sides to Length (Quick Tip)

I have a very specific way of cutting box miters. And it helps me overcome one of the trickiest parts of this joinery style. The essence of the miter joint is a 45° cut. Just angle your table ...