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


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Bird’s mouth lap joint: the simple approach isn’t always the best

There are times when a simple, strong joint is the...

Make a sliding shoji screen

A shoji screen is a sliding door that also offers...

Build custom beer tap handles

With home brewing taking off, and makers getting serious about...

Top 10 underrated tools – part 2

There are many great woodworking tools on the market, but...

How much solid wood should you buy?

It’s one thing to understand a materials list and project...

3 simple (yet essential) shop-made router jigs

Routers can be made even more efficient and accurate with...

3 pros suggest how to spend your first $1,000 on woodworking

Outfitting a small shop is easy if money’s not an...

Top 10 small shop items worth under $10

Not every helpful tool is expensive. Here’s a list of...

Top 10 ways to amp up your clamping game

Clamping pieces of wood together is central to working wood....

An arbutiful life: Camosun fine furniture grads exhibit year-end project

In the past year, 15 Camosun students graduated with a...

Milwaukee 2445-21 jigsaw

Cutting Curves While...

Build an X-base dining table

Building your own dining table can make those special moments...

PantoRouter Pro-Pack

A Whole New World of...

Bora 100″ NGX Clamp Edge Saw Guide, NGX Pro Saw Plate

A cost-effective, simple and efficient solution to help woodworkers and...

The ultimate table saw crosscut jig

A quality table saw crosscut jig will help you make...

Top 10 Tips for Great Shop Organization

We all need more shop space, but another approach is...

Makita DTD171Z

First, let’s get this out of the way. Power. It’s...

Milwaukee M12 Surge

Using Milwaukee’s Surge for a few days made me realize...

Oneida BenchTop DC personal variable speed dust collector

Where’d the Dust Go? – Mask-free work can be accomplished...

Wooden gift tags for the holidays

The perfect addition to any gift, these customized gift tags...

Build a quarto game

Easy to learn, yet hard to master, Quarto is a...

Build an angled picture frame

This picture frame can be custom sized to fit any...

Create a set of textured ornaments

Bright, eye-catching ornaments make great gifts. This two-piece maple ornament...

Top 10 ways to teach young woodworkers

If young kids show an interest in woodworking, it’s time...

Make a Treadmill Laptop Desk

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

Viking Arm Installation Tool

Incredible Strength in Many...

Kreg Portable Crosscut Guide

Quick, Accurate Cuts, Wherever You...

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”...

Spoon and Utensil Making Basics

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

Hammer Small Shop Tips

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

12 Ways To Add Texture With Tools You Already Have

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

Top 10 Joints Beginner Woodworkers Should Learn

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

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 dust collection tips

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

Top 10 Ways to get the Most from your Cordless Drill

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

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...

Work Sharp WS3000

Work Sharper and...

MicroJig Zeroplay 360 Degree Sled Kit

Micro Adjustments for Perfect...

Bessey EHK Trigger Clamps

Bessey's beast of a trigger...

Rali 105 Evolution N Hand Plane

Rali's revolutionary...

Reciprocating Saws

The reciprocating (a.k.a. recip) saw is the preferred choice for...

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,...

Make a Necklace Stand

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

Make a Kid’s Art Storage Box

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

Visions in Wood 2020

Generally, every two years, the Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild mounts...

Leigh TD330 Through Dovetail Jig

Leigh brings simplicity to a complex...

Build a KITCHEN TABLE

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

Leigh TD330 Dovetail Jig

Leigh simplifies the process of cutting precise, repetitive...

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...

Carve a curvy spoon

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

Build a nook for your cat

Rather than have an ugly cardboard box laying around, build...

Trend Air Stealth Respirator

Trend protects your...

Top 10 underrated tools – part 1

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

Top 10 most dangerous woodworking machines and tools

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

Super-Simple End Grain Cutting Board

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

Top 10 Tips for Using a Router – Part 2

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

Top 10 Tips for Using a Router – Part 1

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

Artistry in Wood 2019

The recent ‘Artistry in Wood 2019' exhibition was put on...

Top 10 One-Day Projects

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

7 Steps to Organizing Your Small Shop

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

Top 10 Tips for Working with Sheet Goods

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

How to choose a finish

Read about some of the main considerations when choosing a...

Top 10 Jig-Making Parts

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

Build a modern floor lantern

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

Tea Light Holder with a Planished Copper Reflector

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

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

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

Contour Line Wall Art

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

Build a Round Hammock

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

How To Make a Double-Sided Board Game

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

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

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

9 Super-Simple Small Shop Hacks

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

Top 10 Ways to Better Use a Table Saw

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

Power Carve a Serving Dish

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

Top 10 power carving tips

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

OneTree 2017 Exhibit

Between November 16th, 2017 and January 31st, 2018, the Robert...

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...

Build an interior door

Building a set of doors is a great way to...

Top 10 lumber breakout tips

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

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...

Top 10 tools for adding curves to your work

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

Make a Kid’s Art Storage Box

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

Top 10 Tools to Teach Your Kids to Use

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

Top 10 Small Shop Finishing Tips

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

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...

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...

Top 10 Shop Storage Hacks

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

High and Dry: A Simple, Folding Laundry Rack

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

Chairisma: Seating in Western Maple

Camosun College, on Vancouver Island, recently put on an exhibition...

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...

Top 10 hand tools for a machine enthusiast

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

Bandsaw

Bandsaws are versatile shop machines that don’t take up much...

From Pallet To Patio Chair – Upcycling, the Comfortable Way

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

Rustic reflections: simple mirror frame with a weathered look

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

9 TIPS for Using Pallets to Make Furniture

It’s easy to create beautiful, functional pieces of furniture using...

Make Your Own Baseboard

If you’re looking for a unique look or a specific...

Top 10 Safety Items That Belong in Every Shop

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

Bottle Openers: 3 Takes on a Theme

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

Little Libraries Opening Doors in Peterborough

The Rotary Club of Peterborough-Kawartha has recently opened 25 new...

Top 10 drilling accessories

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

The Ultimate Router Table Revisited

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

Top 10 Router Table Safety Tips

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

Make a Business Card Holder

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

oneTree 2016 Exhibit

When a huge bigleaf maple tree in the Cowichan Valley...

Top 10 metal fasteners for woodworking

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

Build a Shop Library

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

Installing Straight Knife Hinges

Most other hinges are easier to install, though no other...

Carved maple leaf doors

Removing some material to create textured maple leaves on solid...

SAWS Biennial Exhibition 2016

Every two years, members of the Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society...

Top 10 project articles

As this is CW&HI’s 100th issue, we are showcasing our...

Top 10 articles

Continuing our 100th issue celebration, we also want to showcase...

Make a Tablet Stand

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

Canadians Building Together: Hand Tools

Here are images of some of the hand tools that...

Introduction to Dado Sets

Though they may not be as flashy as some other...

How to install beadboard

Installing beadboard is a great way to transform and update...

Dryburgh Pattern Maker’s Planes

Doug Evans is a huge tool fan, and has a...

Make a Scratch Stock

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

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

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

Build a Drill Charging Station

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

Top 10 Layout Tools for a Small Shop

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

Sheridan College’s Graduating Class: 2015

“1/16”, a January 2015 exhibition of work from Sheridan’s graduating...

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...

Top 10 router bits

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

Maple Key Seed Pod Box

The fundamental design of this box is quite simple: a...

1338P Preston Shoulder Plane

Lee Valley has a wonderful collection of tools, which, for...

Top 10 Considerations When Hiring a Contractor

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

Hidden Hinged Spice Rack

Home Improvement: This under-cabinet spice storage rack will work wonders...

Make a Lily Pad Box

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

Production for Box Making

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

Inset pierced carving

Adding small, intricate details, like this Japanese wave motif insert,...

Canadian-Made Boxes

Boxes are fun to make and can be very functional....

Top 10 corner joints for boxes

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

Box of many curves

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

Saskatchewan Woodworkers’ Guild’s 2014 Show

Since 1978, the Saskatchewan Woodworkers’ Guild has organized an annual...

Build a Mandolin Holder

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

What’s the Most Important Lesson Your Father Taught You?

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re taking a...

Saw Blade Holder

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

Top 10 Finishes

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

The West Coast’s 10′ Wide Wood Eagle

Wes Seeley from Comox, BC builds life-size wood eagles in...

Create a Fan-Type Carving

There are dozens of ways to make a classic fan...

Build a Timeless Jewellery Box

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

Top 10 ‘must-have’ clamps

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

Huron Heights Secondary School

I recently spoke with Karl Ludwig, a Technologies teacher at...

SAWS Biennial Exhibition 2014

The Southern Alberta Woodworking Society recently celebrated its 30th anniversary...

Meteor Cabinet

The contrasting colour of the stones and the carved texture...

Build a bent-laminated lounger

This customizable lounger might be just the thing to bring...

Canadian-Made Seating

A selection of some of Canada’s best chairs, from some...

Build a Walnut Sideboard

This walnut sideboard has a simple, modern style that will...

Working With Sheet Goods in a Small Shop

Sheet goods are great for many applications in the furniture...

Give your clamp collection a home

None of us have enough of them, and they all...

Build a Mitre Crosscut Sled

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

Wave Cabinet

A random wave pattern in wood is fairly easy to...

Build a Textured Tealight Holder

This is the perfect project to introduce yourself to adding...

Build a Textured Wall Shelf

With six different types of texture, this wall shelf is...

Texture and the Canadian Furniture Maker

Furniture makers across the country have been using texture with...

Make a Children’s Sleigh

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

Common Cents: Renovation Financing

Most of us enjoy making small improvements to our own...

Build A Kid’s Toolbox

A great way to introduce a child to woodworking is...

Build a pie safe

If you’re in need of extra storage space, a pie...

Build a Kid’s Toolbox

A great way to introduce a child to woodworking is...

Student Work from Across Canada

Thousands of students attend a woodworking class or school each...

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...

Top-Notch Drawer

Figured wood would have looked great, but this technique adds...

Useful Tools for the Small Shop

With so many tools and machines getting larger and more...

14 Practical Steps to Designing Furniture

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

Outside the Box

While there’s a place for simple and straightforward, these artists...

Contemporary Canadian furniture designers

It’s very “Canadian” of us to look abroad in admiration...

Going Against the Grain

If you’re working with veneered panels, you’re free to inlay...

Elliptical Router Jig

An ellipse is fairly easy to make, and looks very...

Spray Finishing – Tips for Getting Started

Rob Brown shares his tips for getting the best results...

Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society Biennial Exhibition

Design, execution and education play a large role in directing...

Children’s Blocks

Toys make great Christmas presents. This project doesn’t require a...

Hope Sawmill

As soon as you step through the door, you turn...

Inlaid Flower Box

When the weather turns cold, you can still add some...

Painting with Wood: Knife Cutting Marquetry Basics

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

Build a Coat Tree

A simple solution for entryway...

8 Real Life Shops

From basements and crawlspaces to outbuildings and apartments, there’s a...

Stone Age Joinery

Some projects call for a whole new approach when it...

Tilting to the Right

I have used both left- and right-tilt table saws over...

Top 10 Ways to Make Better Use of Your Shop Time

Make the most of what little you...

Elegant and practical zebrawood vanity

Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, small is sometimes the...

Making Compound Curves

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

Router Bit Comparison

We all expect a new router bit to be working...

Woodworking Books

From instructional to inspirational, woodworking books are a great way...

Inspired by Icicles

Learn the secrets to making this unique hall table...

Benchtop Planers

Bells and whistles often make it hard to see what...

Durham Woodworking Club

Sharing Knowledge is Just the...

Bridle Joint

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

Sliding Dovetails

Of the many styles of dovetail joints, none are as...

Chopsticks

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

Contemporary Sideboard

The combination of heart and sap wood give this sideboard...

Dining table

Every dining space is unique – learn to make a...

Dealing with Wood Movement

Wood movement is inevitable. However, there are many design and...

Wood Movement

Understanding the interrelationship between wood and moisture is a fundamental...

Moisture Meters

Use a moisture meter to help you determine the precise...

Door Surrounds

When I bought my first house I knew there was...

3D Models: Save Time and Money

Models, also known as maquettes, are one of the most...

Secretary Desk Part II: Gallery & Finish

The gallery of a secretary desk helps keep smaller items...

Mahogany Secretary Desk Part I

The secretary desk has been a popular piece of furniture...

Japanese paper lantern

This semi-circular lantern is an electrical version of a lantern...

Chrysanthemum table

This one-of-a-kind round coffee table is at home in a...

Step tansu

Japanese for 'trunk' or 'chest', tansus ranged from small three...
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