Woodworking Tips, Articles, Advice & Plans
Take your woodworking knowledge and skills to the next level – beginner, intermediate, or professional – with the guidance of Popular Woodworking’s online editorial team. Get all the advice, tips, plans, and project ideas that you need, right here in one place, along with special discounts on our best products. Discover information in these short articles on everything from refurbishing classic hand tools to selecting new woodshop machinery, from building your first Roubo bench to perfecting a period clock. Dig in, and enjoy the advancement of your craft!
The amount of knowledge contained in any one book of woodworking can take you through many levels of the craft, not to mention the know-how inside five or ten fine woodworking books. But the list of great woodworking books is long, so we've narrowed it down for you, here are the best, must-have books for any woodworker!
Box-making should be a skill-building process. If you are beginner or intermediate woodworker, start a technical piece with some basic knowledge building (ie read this article), then you can begin to conceptualize something new!
The dovetail saw is one of the first few hand tools that you are likely to buy for your growing hand-tool kit. It is highly useful, and not only for cutting a basic dovetail joint. It’s a tool that takes your woodworking skills and projects to the next level.
The only drawback to getting into hand planes is that it might become an addiction! After mastering your first metal-bodied bench plane, you may find yourself seeking out a hand router plane or some wooden hand planes. They all have their uses. We have resources and expertise here, no matter how deep you want to go in the topic.
You may know how to build a picnic table – you may even be an intermediate woodworker with a couple outdoor table plans under your belt – but that does not necessarily mean you know how to make outdoor furniture that will stand up to the elements. Outdoor furniture plans need "something extra," because nature will show no mercy on what you make.
All bookcases are susceptible to various stresses which, over just a few years or even months, will distinguish solid pieces and good bookcase plans from those that are just knocked together. In this article I categorize the stresses under three simple headings that we all understand -- gravity, wear-and-tear, and "honey, I don't like how that looks anymore."
So you haven't used your hands for this type of work since “Woodshop Projects 101” and, since then, you've grown somewhat attached to the look and quantity of your fingers. You have a few questions on basic woodworking tools, mechanics, and procedure. And there's still the question of what exactly to build. Well, never fear! We've all been there.