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Rob is a studio furniture maker and the editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.


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Top 10 ‘Must-Have’ Clamps

Clamps are critical to almost every project you make. Depending...

Make a Treadmill Laptop Desk

If you work on a laptop for much of the...

Top 10 Tips to Make Better Use of Your Shop Time

Make the most of what little you...

Viking Arm Installation Tool

Incredible Strength in Many...

Kreg Portable Crosscut Guide

Quick, Accurate Cuts, Wherever You...

Top 10 Tips on How to Better Use a Table Saw – Part 2

The table saw is a very common machine, mainly because...

Top 10 Small Shop Finishing Tips

With the right approach, applying a gorgeous finish isn’t that...

Make a Beer Caddy

Beer makes a great gift. But giving beer in a...

Top 10 Ways to Amp Up Your Router Game

Routers are wonderful for profiling edges, but that’s just the...

Build a Wall Cabinet with a Sliding Door

This simple wall cabinet is easy to build, and the...

Top 10 Joints Intermediate Woodworkers Should Learn

A follow-up column to our “Joints Beginner Woodworkers Should Learn”...

23 Tips on How to Design, Build and Maintain Your Dock

Docks are the focal point of many cottages, cabins and...

How to Choose a Finish

Wood Finishing: There are lots of reasons to choose one...

7 Steps to Organizing Your Small Shop

Just because your shop space is limited doesn't mean you...

7 Great Knife Grips to Get You Started

Knives are simple tools that can do so much, but...

How to Teach a Young Woodworker To Carve Spoons

Kids are often interested in how things are made. And...

Spoon and Utensil Making Basics

Carving a spoon by hand, or even incorporating some power...

9 Super-Simple Small Shop Hacks

Every woodworker would agree that small shop hacks can make...

Create a Fan-Type Carving

Finer details: There are dozens of ways to make a...

Hammer Small Shop Tips

Contest Entries: A special thanks to Hammer for sponsoring Canadian Woodworking...

Production for Box Making

Making one box is much different than making 100 boxes....

Installing Straight Knife Hinges

Shop Skills: Most other hinges are easier to install, though...

12 Ways To Add Texture With Tools You Already Have

If you can open your eyes to what else your...

3D Models: Save Time and Money

There are many aspects involved in furniture design. Rough sketches...

Dealing with Wood Movement

Skill Builder: Wood movement is inevitable. However, there are many...

Making Compound Curves

An accurately made form and a healthy dose of planning...

Inspired by Icicles

Finer Details: Learn the secrets to making this unique...

Going Against the Grain

Going Against the Grain: Working with veneered...

14 Practical Steps to Designing Furniture

Use these steps to help you design furniture that is...

Bridle Joint

Learn to make this simple but strong joint that has...

Painting with Wood: Knife Cutting Marquetry Basics

There’s no better way to add style and originality to...

Top 10 Tools for Adding Curves to Your Work

Straight lines are relatively easy to create in a shop...

Top 10 Lumber Breakout Tips

Breaking out lumber begins the process of turning rough material...

Top 10 Power Carving Tips

Getting into power carving is like opening up an entire...

Top 10 Ways to Better Use a Table Saw

The table saw is a very popular machine, mainly because...

Top 10 Joints Beginner Woodworkers Should Learn

Joints are the cornerstone of just about every woodworking project....

Top 10 Tips for Working with Sheet Goods

Many woodworkers shy away from sheet goods as they think...

Top 10 One-Day Projects

Summer is a great time for catching up with some...

Top 10 Tips on How to better use a router – Part 1

Routers can do so much in a small shop setting....

Top 10 Tips on How to better use a router – Part 2

Probably the most versatile power tool in the wood shop,...

Top 10 Most Dangerous Woodworking Machines and Tools

We all strive to make working wood as safe as...

Top 10 Underrated Tools

Some tools do a lot, and we all know it....

Top 10 Jig-Making Parts

When you need to make a jig, the last thing...

Top 10 Spoon and Utensil Embellishments

Though wooden spoons and utensils can be left very simply...

Top 10 Tips for Using a Band Saw

We know setting up a band saw properly is critical...

Top 10 Finishes

Learn the basics of when and how to use these...

Top 10 Router Bits

There are literally hundreds of options when it comes to...

Top 10 Layout Tools for a Small Shop

Assuming you already have a mechanical pencil, a tape measure...

Top 10 Items You Didn’t Know Were Great Woodworking Tools

When making a tool list, we never forget the classics...

Top 10 Dust Collection Tips

Unless you’re using only hand tools, and don’t sand any...

Top 10 Metal Fasteners for Woodworking

There are dozens out there, but some are crucial to...

Top 10 Drilling Accessories

Creating holes is simple…as long as you have the right...

Top 10 Safety Items That Belong in Every Shop

Woodworking is a lot of fun, as long as you...

Top 10 Hand Tools for a Machine Enthusiast

You can divide woodworkers into two camps: hand tool lovers...

Top 10 Ways to get the Most from your Cordless Drill

Cordless drills are ubiquitous, but not everyone uses them correctly....

Top 10 Shop Storage Hacks

Bring these household items into your shop to increase your...

Top 10 Tools to Teach Your Kids to Use

If your kids show a desire to learn about the...

Top 10 Router Table Safety Tips

Router tables are versatile workhorses but, as with all machines,...

Top 10 Corner Joints for Boxes

Although not an exhaustive list of joints, you will find...

Top 10 Considerations When Hiring a Contractor

It’s rewarding to do a job yourself, but some projects...

Top 10 Assembly Tips

With all the hard work that goes into breakout and...

Top 10 Reasons Why We Work Wood

Though I’m sure more than one of these reasons applies...

Build a Nook for Your Cat

Cats love lounging in cozy, warm places around your home....

Make a Table Saw Mitre Spline Jig

Accurately and safely machining grooves to a mitred corner will...

Make a Veneer-Cutting Jig

Veneer is a great material to incorporate into a project,...

Carve a Curvy Spoon

Great for measuring ground coffee or mixing up a few...

Build a KITCHEN TABLE

A simple kitchen table with an interesting visual design element...

Make a Necklace Stand

If there’s a special someone in your life who wears...

Make a Charcuterie Board with Drawers

Sitting down to enjoy delicious food and quality time with...

Tea Light Holder with a Planished Copper Reflector

This easy project makes a great present for anyone on...

Super-Simple End Grain Cutting Board

End grain cutting boards are not only great to cut...

Build a Kids’ Train Set

This fun train set is a simple project to make,...

Make a Simple Textured Box

These boxes are so easy and fun to make, you...

Power Carve a Serving Dish

Power carving is a woodworking technique that not many woodworkers...

How to Build a Round Hammock

If you're after a unique place to lounge in the...

How To Make a Double-Sided Checker Board

Whether you're relaxing by the lake, or having some quiet...

Scroll Saw Wall Art Project

Create this contour line wall art with your scroll saw...

Build a Modern Floor Lantern

This fun to build floor lamp will create a beautiful...

From Pallet To Patio Chair – Upcycling, the Comfortable Way

This chair was designed and built with the material from...

Make a Set of Kids’ Playing Card Holders

If you have kids or grandchildren who would like to...

Make a Smartphone Case

Technology is often shiny and cold to the hands and...

High and Dry: A Simple, Folding Laundry Rack

There’s no cheaper way to dry your family’s laundry than...

Design and Build a Wall Unit

Wall units are complex projects, but with the right approach,...

Simple, Yet Attractive Modern Bookshelf

This quick and easy bookshelf is your answer to great...

Simple, Quick and Cost-Effective: Your New Closet

Many people would like more storage, but they aren’t using...

Japanese-Inspired Shop Storage

It’s nice to have at least some of your shop...

Build a Knock-Down Finishing Rack

This simple rack is easy to make, and provides a...

Make a Kid’s Art Storage Box

The perfect level of difficulty for a kid’s birthday party,...

Upholster a Simple Cushion

With only a few items from a fabric store, and...

Build A Modern Coffee Table

This mitred coffee table includes clean lines, storage and a...

Make a Scratch Stock

This shop-made tool will help you customize small mouldings, as...

Make a Tablet Stand

If you have a friend or family member who has...

Build a Shop Library

No woodworker knows everything. Whether it’s technical information, project articles...

Make a Business Card Holder

What better way to show off your woodworking skills, and...

The Ultimate Router Table Revisited

This router table was built 20 years ago and has...

Bottle Openers: 3 Takes on a Theme

There’s nothing like a nice cold one after some time...

Rustic Reflections: Simple Mirror Frame with a Weathered Look

This simple frame is accentuated by a bold, distressed finish...

Build a Mandolin Holder

This holder will keep your mandolin accessible, while making sure...

Box of Many Curves

Curves make this box stand out. They also will allow...

Make a Lily Pad Box

Similar to a bandsaw box, I made this small box...

Make a Set of Clamping Cauls

This simple project will go a long way to improving...

Make a Twig Trellis

Toss your tape measure, store your square. This twig trellis...

Build a Drill Charging Station

This custom-made rack will store your drills for easy access,...

Build a Timeless Jewellery Box

Even if you’re not addicted to jewellery, you likely know...

Saw Blade Holder

This blade holder will not only protect your sharp saw...

Build a Mitre Crosscut Sled

This simple sled provides a safe, accurate and easy way...

Build a Walnut Sideboard

This sideboard has a simple, modern style that will never...

Build a Bent-Laminated Lounger

It’s great to relax outdoors while reading a book or...

Step Tansu

The step tansu became popular during the early Edo period...

Chopsticks

This hand-made set of chopsticks will make a great non-traditional...

Make a Children’s Sleigh

Rather than spend another Canadian winter waiting for spring, get...

Garden Trellis

Spruce up your yard with this great looking and easy-to-build...

Heirloom Tool Cabinet

Sure, you can hang all your tools from sheets of...