Top Ten Hand Tools, Part 1 with Tom McLaughlin

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DIY Woodworking – Does It Pay To Do It Yourself?

The world seems to be completely abuzz with DIY (Do-It-Yourself) everything! From the big box home improvement stores to make-your-own pizza shops, you can find places catering to the do-it-yourself-er everywhere. Maybe folks have just gotten more independent around here, or maybe it’s the natural desire to try to save a buck that drives this, but didn’t people used to actually hire people to do things for them?

The Best 7 Tips for Creating Great Wood Toys

Always err on the side of caution when you work with woodworking tools and other sharp objects like needles if you are working with fabric. Most importantly of all, the toy you make should also be safe for the child who will play with it.

Build A Backyard Shed Over A Holiday Weekend

This year let your woodworking interests build a backyard shed over a holiday weekend.. The old wooden shed in the backyard needs replacement or to be built larger. There are shed plans readily available to ease construction needs for do it yourself woodworkers.

Personalised Gifts To Make For Someone Special

One of the great things about woodworking is that you can make personalised gifts for any occasion. Giving a present you have made yourself will always be much more special than buying something because it shows how much you care and it will be something that cannot be bought.

Woodworking: Not Just Your Hillbilly Hobby

There is an actual science and art to it. No dumb person can do woodwork. It’s as technical as conducting surgery; you have to be precise by the centimeter.

Choosing a Brush and Finish

While a seasoned finisher can apply a stain or topcoat skillfully with virtually any brush, most people are better off buying a good-quality tool. The brush may cost more than a lower quality model, but it includes certain features that will ensure consistently good results.

Woodworking and the New Woodworker

Each and every week, I take the time to read the comments that my readers make about my woodworking blog. First of all I want to them for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate all of the comments and suggestions. This past week there was a comment from a gentleman, who expressed a desire to get into woodworking. As a guy who is passionate about woodworking, I want to welcome him to the fold. And I want to offer him all of the advice and encouragement possible in his endeavors.

Hardware For Furniture Upholstery

Hand-forged, stamped and machine-cut iron tacks, pins, wire nails, staples and other hardware such as clips, hooks, clamps, braces, snaps and zips are used to attach layers of upholstery, and support systems to frames.   Eighteenth-century tacks have hand-forged iron shanks and hammered heads sometimes referred to as ‘rose head’. However, this term is also used to describe some machine-made types and should therefore be avoided as confusing.

The Best Free Shed Plans Don’t Have To Be Hard To Find

If you want to build a shed, stop. Before you do anything, get some shed plans. Not sure what you want or need? Try out some free shed plans first. But where can you find the best free shed plans? Is it possible to build a garden or storage shed without a set of plans? Well, technically yes, you could, but even the best carpenters have a plan before they start, even if it’s just in their head.

Woodworking Shop Setup – What’s The Ideal Layout?

I’ll just say it up front, there really isn’t one ideal woodworking shop layout! What is ideal for you will depend on the space, tools, and storage needs you have. A well laid out woodworking shop is a pleasure to work in, and with a little foresight, you can prepare a shop that’s the envy of all your woodworking friends.

Building Self-Esteem Using DIY Wood Building for Kids

No matter what carpentry skill level your child is at, it is possible to take quality time to a whole new level with multifaceted carpentry tools for kids and wood building projects for parents and children to enjoy together – while reaping the benefits of creating useful products. Focusing on building genuine and useful children’s carpentry projects that a child can feel proud about using and displaying, can strengthen both the parent-child bonds and the child’s self-esteem.

Hardwood and Softwood Differences and Misconceptions

A common misconception surrounding wood types and their pros and cons is the notion – understandably so – that hardwood is hard, and softwood is soft. Granted, there is room for their more literal usage, but being that these terms, when used for their taxonomic properties, carry a distinct meaning, it may benefit us to know what it is.

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