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Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.


Author's Articles

Woodpeckers joint bridge clamping pads

These pads are very functional and make an excellent addition...

Caulking and sealants

Use the right product to keep water, moisture, air and...

Two-part epoxies

When you need an adhesive with exceptional shear and peel...

Top 10 bandsaw accessories

A bandsaw is one of the most versatile shop machines...

Truewerk ultra-light work pants

Super light weight, remarkably comfortable, abrasion resistant and long wearing...

Shellac mixing chart

Use our chart to select the right proportions of shellac...

Blue Spruce card scrapers and burnisher

Highly effective at producing smooth, nearly finish-ready surfaces and very...

Festool mobile phone charger

Makes it easy and convenient to charge your wireless device...

Evapolar evaCHILL personal evaporative air cooler and humidifier

A sleek unit that doesn't take up much space, does...

Worx 1800 PSI pressure washer

This portable, light-duty pressure washer is great for small to...

Best stacked dado sets 2022

Stacked dado sets are indispensable for quickly cutting dados grooves...

Laguna P|Flux cyclone dust collector

Superb performance from a full-featured dust collector built to last...

DEWALT DCW682B brushless cordless biscuit joiner

Well constructed, easy to set-up and use, and effective for...

BORA 3.25 HP fixed-base router

A powerful, vibration-free router that can easily handle the largest...

Tero food waste recycler

An easy, quick way to make odour and pest-free organic...

Woodpeckers setup blocks

The easiest and most efficient way to accurately setup shop...

Bosch GEX brushless cordless 5″ random orbit sanders

Great ergonomics, excellent balance, light weight, ample power and good...

DEWALT XTREME 12V brushless cordless oscillating tool 

The DCS353 has all the essential features you'll need in...

WORX NITRO cordless wet/dry vacuum

The new WORX NITRO cordless, brushless vac offers a good...

Starbond CA glue

A high quality cyanoacrylate (CA) glue available in thin, medium...

Minimalist workbench

This small, robust workbench is ideal for hand work in...

Kinex precision try squares

Accurate, reliable, durable and...

Build a bench-on-bench

This versatile, handy workbench addition will bring your hand work...

Veritas bullnose shoulder plane

The Veritas Bullnose Shoulder Plane is one sweet...

Waterborne finishes – the clear finish

You might be surprised to know that waterborne (or water...

Danner Riverside low work boot

What you get with the Danner Riverside is a lower-cut...

Tooling for the bench top lathe

We look at some basic turning tools and accessories that...

Senco cordless stapler

A pro-quality tool that has easy staple loading, quick depth...

Bosch cordless brushless track saw

For a professional-level plunge saw that's easy to use and...

CEC CA glue

CEC CA glues are competitively priced and most importantly work...

CamVac 55L 2.7HP dust extractor

Powerful suction, excellent dust filtration and a reasonably low noise...

Festool TopRock Bluetooth Speaker

It's been five years since Festool released the SysRock Bluetooth...

Lynx quadrant scrapers

Great for quick and easy smoothing of convex shapes from...

HomeInOn – 4 ways to keep your house cool

Summers are getting hotter right across Canada. We list a...

Wax finishes

Finish your finish with a wax topcoat for a soft...

Helly Hansen Premium Work Wear

Premium workwear with the durability, longevity, and comfort to stand...

Lynx mini scraper set

Small, flexible scrapers ideal for fine precision...

Introduction to Brushless Motors

Over the past few years just about every new cordless...

Dremel Multi-Max MM20V Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit

An easy tool to use single-handed with ample power to...

Angle grinders

The wide range of accessories available for angle grinders make...

Saws, Planes, and Scorps: Exceptional Woodworking Tools and Their Makers

Appreciate the hand made tools you use on a regular...

Spyral Freestyle Coping Saw

The easy way to cut curves from any...

Lynx concave and convex scraper sets

Exceptionally useful for anyone who works with mouldings and...

Supermax 16-32 drum sander

For any woodworker who does a lot of sanding, especially...

Ulmia precision layout tools

Premium layout tools for precise...

DEWALT ATOMIC 1/4″ Cordless 3-speed Impact Driver

Amazingly compact, frighteningly...

Dremel 8260 Cordless Brushless Smart Rotary Tool

An indispensable tool for all manner of small scale cutting,...

Top 10 ways to add value to your home

Simple renovations any DIYer can undertake to improve the resale...

Bosch 5″ Multi-Hole Random Orbit Sander/Polisher

Get superior dust control and consistently smooth and swirl-free surfaces...

DeWALT FLEXVOLT 12″ 120V double bevel compound miter saw

A durable, high-performance saw that provides both cordless and corded...

Whiteside Ultimate Router Pattern Bit

The large cutting radius and high shear angles on this...

DEWALT Xtreme 5-in-1 Cordless Drill/Driver

An exceptionally versatile and compact, precision drilling and fastening...

Trees of life

An enthralling, wonderfully illustrated book that celebrates the wonder of...

Five cordless stick vacs to clean your castle

They're compact, light in weight, highly maneuverable, have suction power...

Castle 110 pocket cutter

The affordable, portable, easy-to-use pocket hole cutting...

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Cordless Compact Router

The cordless DeWALT DCW600B performs as well as a corded...

ISOtunes Link Bluetooth Earmuffs

Excellent noise protection, top notch sound quality, and a very...

Spyderco CBN benchstone

Lately there has been much ado over cubic boron nitride...

Halder SIMPLEX replaceable-face mallets

As an alternative to a wooden mallet I've been using...

Trees of North America

A good beginner's general reference guide that will surely enlighten...

The life & love of the forest

A visually alluring book that succeeds well as a coffee...

The story of trees

One of the most enjoyable books I've read on trees...

The why and how of woodworking

An inspiring and instructive book that belongs in the library...

Mortise Master mortising system

An easy-to-use, durably constructed and precisely machined jig for routing...

Hatchets

5 Hatchets to Choose From - For Shop, Jobsite, Around...

Pica-Dry longlife automatic pencil

Lose the carpenter's pencil and step up to the best...

Japanese hand saws

Learn about the different types of Japanese hand saws, how...

Worxsaw cordless compact circular saw

Ample power, light weight, easy one-hand cutting and comfortable to...

Barron Dovetail Guide

The most effective and easiest way to cut perfect...

Bessey EZS one hand clamp

Well made with excellent clamping power, good trigger release, and...

Half-round cabinet rasps

Rasps are superb tools for shaping and smoothing stock -...

Aqua Coat clear grain filler

A superior water based grain filler that dries super...

King Canada 6″ benchtop jointer with helical cutterhead

A great combination of performance, precision, portability and...

Wiley X WX BREACH protective sunglasses

Exceptional sunglasses that are super comfortable and provide a balanced...

Carhartt rugged flex loose fit canvas work pant

A great choice to wear on a job site, in...

Kershaw Taskmaster 2 saw

Great value in a well designed, high quality folding hand...

Milwaukee M12 23-gauge pinner

As perfect a pinner as you can get for precision...

Helly Hansen Manchester construction pants

Comfortable, durable, well priced work pants for shop or job...

Rockler portable drill guide

Get the control and precision of a stationary drill press...

WoodRiver quick twist bar clamps

A good clamp in it's own right, and a better...

Top 10 Tips for Setting Up a Smart Home Office

Many of us are continuing to adjust to working from...

FAMAG Bormax 2.0 Forstner drill bits

Razor-sharp wave-form cutting teeth require less power, produce less friction...

Top 10 Finishing Accessories

Along with your favourite topcoats, dyes and stains, these accessories...

Installing a Drop-In Kitchen Sink

Replacing a top mount kitchen sink isn’t overly complicated. Preparation...

Awesome Gifts for the Dedicated DIYer in Your Home

Choosing the right gift isn’t always easy. Here are gift...

HomeInOn – How to Choose a Kitchen Sink That Shines

We help you make the right choice when the time...

Make Sharpening Easier with Diamond Stones

Sharp tools make woodworking easier. One of the easiest and...

Brushes

Selecting the right brush, and properly maintaining it, will ensure...

Top 10 tools and tips for spring yard work

Spring is almost here. Prepare for the warmer weather now,...

Whittling

The carefree, unfettered sibling of...

Reciprocating Saw Blades

A reciprocating saw is one of the most useful power...

Hand Sanding

Sanding by hand is a simple enough technique, but one...

Zero Clearance Inserts

A zero clearance insert is easy to make and goes...

Laguna B|Flux dust collector

Small footprint, great suction, decent size waste bag, good dust...

Mid-Century modern design: a complete sourcebook

A fabulous guided excursion through the world of design from...

Introduction to Plywood

Understand your plywood options before starting on your next furniture,...

HomeInOn: Windows

Whether installing new or replacing old, we provide the basic...

Finishing Isn’t an Afterthought

For novice woodworkers, learning about wood finishes and how to...

Penetrating Oil Finishes

Ease of application, lack of film build-up, a beautiful satin...

Keen Venture Mid Boot

These light weight, breathable, waterproof boots make for ideal spring...

HomeInOn – Easy Dust Management for Healthy Homes

Carpeting can be expensive to install or replace. Keeping the...

HomeInOn – Window Film

Increase indoor comfort and lower your energy...

Waterborne finishes

Waterborne finishes have improved quite a bit over the past...

HomeInOn – Dehumidifiers

Excessive humidity can be a real problem for your home...

Putty and fillers

While both can be used to repair defects in wood,...

Brushes for Applying a Finish

You can get beautiful results applying film finishes – shellac,...

Brush on – the right way

You can get beautiful results applying film finishes. But, to...

Shop Made Finishes

Make your own finish without the thick build-up common to...

Keen Targhee Vent Mid Length Boots

Light, breathable, durable and super comfortable make this an ideal...

Shop and Jobsite LED Lighting

To do good work you need good lighting. We look...

HomeInOn – LED kitchen cabinet lighting

LED lights are an easy-to-install, cost-effective way to improve the...

Helping hands – rebates and tax credits help take the pain out of renovating

There are various programs to help you reduce energy consumption,...

Net-Backed Abrasive Sanding Discs

Enhance your sanding efficiency with net...

Hardwax oil

If you're looking for a no-fuss, easy-to-maintain, high-quality finish, hardwax...

HomeInOn – ductless heat pumps

Here's a way to add a heating and cooling system...

Dye Stains

Dyes can open up a whole new world for coloring...

5 Outdoor Wi-Fi Security Cameras

Keep an eye on what’s outside for better protection of...

Multi-Function Worktable: Build the Ultimate Work Surface

Every workshop needs somewhere to machine joinery, sand workpieces and...

Portable Work Support

These sturdy, portable supports add versatility and convenience in the...

The Veritas Combination Plane

The Veritas combination plane is a groove demon, also capable...

HomeInOn – Entry doors

The front entry door is not just about a fabulous...

Desktop CNC Machines

The top four desktop CNC options for the hobby or...

Thinning finishes

Let’s clear up some of the issues around thinning common...

Staining

Don’t listen to the naysayers. Staining can be an easy,...

Smart Sensors

These two smart sensors can help make your home safer...

Top 10 books for beginner woodworkers

While there are lot of resources to help you become...

HomeInOn – Kitchen Cabinet Makeovers On a Budget

When it comes to giving your kitchen a bright new...

HomeInOn – Tankless Water Heaters

On-demand hot water systems save space, save energy, and save...

Festool SysRock Bluetooth Jobsite Radio

It's sturdy, compact, and the stellar sound will keep you...

Pore Fillers

To get a glass-smooth, highly reflective finish on open-grained wood,...

Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostats

Use your mobile device or desktop computer for optimal control...

HomeInOn – Insulation Options

Optimizing the energy efficiency of your home includes proper...

Outlets and Switches

No more wondering if you’ve forgotten to turn the lights...

HomeInOn – 6 roofing material options

Is your roof looking its age? Is there moisture seeping...

Benchtop Sanding Machines

Benchtop sanders make short work of sanding convex, concave, flared...

Wireless Audio for Workshop Jobsite

Whether it’s Beethoven or Beyoncé, Miles Davis or Dr. Dre,...

HomeInOn – shop and garage floor coverings

Concrete and plywood are common options for shop floors, but...

Hand Powered Sanding

Sanding with a power tool is the first and most...

Doorbells And Viewers

See, talk to, and record video or still images of...

Hand Sanding

Sanding by hand is a simple enough technique, but one...

HomeInOn – Siding

There are a lot of great choices when it comes...

Mirka DEROS 550X Random Orbital Sander

Low vibration, quiet running, comfortable to hold, minimal heat-up, and...

Sandpaper

A great finish starts with proper sandpaper...

Smart Locks – Make for Better Home Security

Thanks to advances in smart technology protecting your family, home,...

HomeInOn – Flooring

Floors can take quite a beating, especially in high traffic...

Introduction to Wood Finishing

Join us as we delve into the challenging, and often...

HomeInOn – Countertops

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a...

Introduction to Interior Trimwork

Learn about the terms, tools, materials, and equipment necessary for...

Smart Protection For Your Smart Phone

The most useful tool in your shop might just be...

Make Sharpening Easier with Diamond Stones

Sharp tools make woodworking easier. One of the easiest and...

Routers

With a stationary (aka fixed-base) router, the cutting depth remains...

Drill press

To drill straight and true holes quickly, easily, and consistently,...

Cyclone Dust Collectors

If you’re looking for a highly efficient, whole-shop dust collection...

Top 10 make your home winter-ready

Now is the time to make your home ready for...

Pneumatic Pinners, Nailers and Staplers

While a pneumatic fastening tool isn’t a replacement for your...

Festool TSC55 Cordless Track Saw

The ultimate portable power tool for precise, chip-free processing of...

Air out your shop

An air compressor is a convenient and versatile machine to...

Make a Set of Cam Clamps

Easy and inexpensive to make, these quickly adjusting clamps with...

Top 10 Easy Gift Projects

These simple projects will be worth their weight in gold...

Top 10 DIY makeover ideas

Renovating or remodeling makes both practical and economic sense. It’s...

Pint-Sized Workbench

Build this super-sturdy, efficient workbench for your small shop and...

Wolverine chisel midcut steel toe boots

A great general purpose work boot - comfortable, light in...

Build a Moxon Vise

This little bench top-helper will lend a hand at a...

Building a Custom Wood Fence

Fencing can have a dramatic impact on the curb appeal...

Under the Stairs Storage

Six Creative Ways to Make the Best Use of Space under...

The common wood screw

Go into any building supply store and you’re bound to...

Streamlined Workbench

A good workbench is one of the most important tools...

Oscillating Spindle Sanders

Whether sanding curves or straightening edges, look to the oscillating...

3 Easy Steps to Grain Filling

For an ultra smooth, glass-like surface on open pored woods...

Compact 12V Drill Drivers

With leading edge battery technology, the new generation of 12V...

Miter Saws

Miter saws have come a long way from their ‘chop...

Solvents

Solvents are useful products that can make the finishing process...

Tape Measures & Straight Rulers

The ability to take accurate measurements for precise stock preparation...

Combination saw blades

When it comes to a general purpose, workhorse saw blade,...

Display Stand

Build this elegant stand to display your favourite plant or...

Miter Sled

With this sled you can quickly and easily make perfectly...

Wall Beds

If you need a room in your home to serve...

Applying stains

Try using stain to make even the most ordinary project...

Pocket Combination Squares

A pocket combination square is pretty much a ‘do-all’ marking...

Mortising Jig

This versatile jig enables you to rout mortises for furniture...

Dust Collectors for the Home Shop

There is one thing that all woodworkers share no matter...

Window shutters

If you’re looking for a window treatment that adds style,...

Biscuit Joiners

When it comes to assembling sheet goods, nothing is quite...

Biscuit joiner spline jig

Create strong, attractive mitre joints with...

Entrance Doors

Doors are one of the most immediate and welcoming features...

Ambient Air Cleaners

An ambient air cleaner, which you can run intermittently throughout...

Wood Finishing Reference Chart

This handy chart explains what you need to know about...

Flush Trim Router Jig

When working with sheet stock, thick solid wood edge banding...

Entrance gates

A well designed and constructed entrance gate can add appeal...

Cordless Screwdrivers

For a lot of shop projects and home maintenance tasks,...

Featherboard

Safety should always be ‘top of mind’ when working in...

Granite Tops: Rock Solid Innovation

Granite is a viable alternative to cast iron for machinery...

Hardwood Flooring

Walk into any room and chances are that the first...

Hollow & Flat Grinding

The method you choose to sharpen an edge tool, such...

The Well-Dressed Board

How you prepare your stock will have an impact on...

1/4 Sheet Finishing Sanders

There are two aspects of woodworking that most people just...

Digital Calipers

A good quality dial or electronic caliper can be one...

Fireplace Surrounds

Enhance the look of your living room with a spectacular...

8″ Bench Grinders

When it comes to putting a new bevel on a...

Push block system

Safety is all about putting some distance between your body...

Classic Wainscoting

Add charm, character and visual appeal to any room with...

Bevel Chisels

Planes, saws and chisels form the triumvirate of woodworking hand...

Shooting Board

Shooting boards come in various sizes. In many shops you...

Easy Kitchen Countertops

Invariably, if you update your kitchen cabinets you’ll think about...

Tips for the Novice Woodturner

These tips are bound to help you get the most...

Tapering Jig

To cut a consistent angle on the table saw with...

Saw Blade Storage Box

This saw blade storage box (aka 'the box') contains 12...

Bench Hook

The bench hook is likely one of the most basic...

Portable Spray Booth

Hand rubbed oil and wax finishes are justifiably popular, but...

Marking gauge

This marking gauge is handy to have at hand whether...

Cutting dados & grooves on the table saw

Dados and grooves are one of the most basic joints...

Installing Hinges

While hinges may look different from each other, they all...

Tenoning jig

This tenoning jig cuts tenon cheeks on rails safely and...

Workbench Accessories

We have seen a lot of woodworking shops, and we...

Table Saw Cross Cut Sled

A cross cut sled enables you to cut material safely...

Installing drawer slides

Mechanical drawer slides offer some major advantages over shop-made wooden...

Basics of Spraying

After the many hours spent carefully building a project, it's...

Hammers

Hammers come in a variety of sizes and shapes, each...

Choosing lumber

"A Board in the Hand is Worth Two in the...

The ins and outs of drawer slides

What holds your possessions and travels miles without ever leaving...

Bostitch trim air

At just 8.8 kg (19.5 lbs), this compressor is designed...

Bit by bit – a boring story

From exceptionally clean, flat-bottomed holes in fine furniture to...

Files and rasps

Today's woodworker has many options for shaping and smoothing, and...

Miter trimmer

The Miter Trimmer is an archaic looking tool that resembles...

High quality finishing with HVLP

If you ask woodworkers what their least favourite aspect of...

HNT Gordon block plane

Terry Gordon has been making wood bodied hand planes since...

Shop clamps

There is one inescapable fact in woodworking – you always...

Drawing curves

Curves can soften the look of a piece of furniture...

Workshop safety

When it comes to making your shop a safer place...

Story sticks

Story sticks have been used in furniture making for a...

Ridgid R2400 laminate trimmer

Laminate trimmers (also called trim or palm routers) are the...

Stains

A stain is a liquid substance that, when applied to...

Bench grinder upgrade

Trick out our bench grinder to get the most out...

Rubbing the finish

The smooth, clear look that you see on expensive furniture...

Bench top lathe

If you've ever wanted to try woodturning, but thought that...

Kreg precision miter gauge and band saw fence

It's a frustrating fact of woodworking life that most tablesaw...

King 6″ industrial jointer

The 6" jointer is a shop staple. Without it, truing...

Blue Spruce marking knife

The Blue Spruce marking knife is an exceptional tool. It's...

Portable compressor

The air compressor is a valuable addition to any woodworking...

Ryobi 25 piece master router bit set

The new Ryobi 25 piece Master Router Bit offers a...

Trade Secret furniture restoration kit

Let's face it, furniture gets scratched, scuffed and...

Inside Passage school of fine woodworking

Nestled among towering cedars and Coastal Mountains of British Columbia’s...

ProSite protractor

If you use a mitre saw a lot, then you’ll...

Cordless impact drivers

Although they look a lot like the conventional drill/driver you...

Measuring gauge

Use this gauge for measuring the depth of dadoes, mortises,...

Try squares

Squares are indispensable shop tools for layout and measurement, and...

Kell specialty honing guides

The Kell Standard Honing Guide and the Kell Skew Honing...

Lacquer wood finish

Use lacquer for a super clear wood finish that is...

Varnish

For many, varnish is the king of finishes. It produces...

The coper

The Coper is a novel product, out of Lethbridge, AB,...

French polishing

French polishing refers to a technique for applying shellac, not...

DMT DuoSharp

The stones are competitively priced, considering that they should give...

Two cherries chisels

A good set of chisels is an important shop purchase....

Shellac

Shellac is the finish that poses no problems: it’s easy...

Brute-Tough drill driver

Bosch is to power tools what Porsche is to cars:...

Oil finishes

Oil finishes are referred to as penetrating finishes: the oil...

GRR-RIPPER

The Adjustable Push Block...

Veritas: lord of the planes

Veritas has introduced two new products that are getting a...

Filling pores

Some woods, such as oak, ash, mahogany and walnut, have...

We shop test 11 air nailers

Air tools are becoming much more common in woodworking shops....

Surface preparation

Most woodworkers will agree: the fun is in the making,...

Veritas standard block plane

This is one sweet plane!...

Leigh mortise and tenon jig

The mortise and tenon is arguably one of the most...

SuperBar and MasterPlate

In order to do the best work that you are...

Mast-R-Lift

Recently JessEm announced a new addition to their family of...

Tite-Mark marking gauge

There are all manner of marking and cutting gauges on...

Long Ranger dust collector switch

The Long Ranger III is as easy to use remote...

 Festool ATF55E track saw

What makes the ATF55E so useful, in my view, is...

Milwaukee 1-3/4 HP BodyGrip router

There are quite a few mid-size routers on the market,...

Spokeshaves: life on the cutting edge

The spokeshave fits nicely between the drawknife and the...

Introduction to handsaws – part 2

This article covers traditional and contemporary Japanese style...

Introduction to handsaws – part 1

There is a level of satisfaction and enjoyment you get...

Table saw blades

Buying a new table saw blade can be a daunting...

Doweling jigs

Doweling jigs provide an efficient and cost effective alternative to...
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