Woodworking Blog for Beginners & Experts

Easily Cut A Wooden Sign with Your CNC

home-header

Wooden signs are all the rage currently, so we decided we needed to design and create some signs that signified home was where the heart was. First, we wanted to come up with the outline of each state. Since we live in Arkansas, we started with that. Finding a vector file of your home state should be very easy with a simple google search. Wikipedia is usually a really good place to start. Choosing a bit is an important decision. … click to read more

Posted in General Tips for Woodworkers, Router Bits | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Inside the mind of a CNC artist

blog-header-top-pierre

Inside the mind of a CNC artist! In conversation with Pierre-Luc Arsenu Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on” and in the case of Pierre-Luc Arsenu, we have enjoyed sharing his creativity with the Toolstoday community. In this blog, we are in conversation with Pierre-Luc to get inside the mind of a CNC artist. Concepts start in the thought process and we asked Pierre-Luc how his creative thoughts begin. He told us “The thought is very natural and … click to read more

Posted in General Tips for Woodworkers, Router Bits | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Table Saw and Router / Shaper Table Machine Setup Made Simple

tt blog top

Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways to set up a machine correctly. The available tools to do so and techniques that accompany them are quite dizzying. I break it down into two levels; machine calibration and machine setup. Calibration is usually an hour+ process involving calipers, machinist squares, and a bit of harsh language. Thankfully I only put myself through that once every few months. Machine setup on the other hand is something we do pretty much every … click to read more

Posted in Router Bits, Shaper Cutters | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Improving the Human Power Feeder

blog-header-brandon1

There are many important factors on getting a nice, clean cut at the router table or shaper. Cutter design, flute direction, spindle horsepower, size and depth of cut, workpiece control (featherboards and hold downs), grain direction, and machine calibration just to name a few. I was reminded of another factor the other day when I was milling parts for cabinet doors on the shaper. I noticed the edge along the panel groove of my stile was getting some tear out. … click to read more

Posted in Router Bits, Shaper Cutters | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Wide Range of High Quality Tooling

blog header matt k

It’s time to build some new high quality cabinets for the shop. click to read more

Posted in Router Bits, Shaper Cutters | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Opendesk’s Tools of the Trade

blog-opendesk-header

Furniture platform Opendesk runs through seven essential router bits that are used to manufacture their furniture around the world. click to read more

Posted in General Tips for Woodworkers, Router Bits | Tagged | Leave a comment

Router Table vs Shaper

One of the big frustrations with folks who initially get into woodworking is, “what machines do I start with?” Slider vs traditional table saw? Combo machines vs. standalone? Router table vs shaper? With such large purchases, the stakes of getting the correct machine that fits their needs are high. The debate between shaper vs. router table is a common one (and one that will rage on long after this is written). But it certainly helps to make a better decision … click to read more

Posted in General Tips for Woodworkers, Shaper Cutters | Leave a comment

Framing an Add-On Room, Finishing Kitchen Cabinets

Finishing Kitchen Cabinets

Framing Carpentry For well over a couple of weeks (and usually only for half a day as I do not last long in the Texas heat) I have been doing an add-on room.  I love framing carpentry, as it really does go from the ground up.  It also does not take long to show a great deal of progress. The homeowner expressed his amazement at how fast the walls were up (I surprised myself too!).  One reason was because the … click to read more

Posted in Router Bits | Leave a comment

Preparation and Planning

woodworking wood gate

This past couple of weeks I worked on a porch gates and fence renovation for a friend.  He has goats that can get on his porch which wraps around the entire house.  The porch does have posts and rails but the stiles between the posts are far enough apart that the goats still go through the space between.  There are also openings that did not have any gates. The solutions: put up some more stiles and build some gates.  My … click to read more

Posted in General Tips for Woodworkers | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Most Ancient of Modern Crafts

I read about a team from China finding what may be Noah’s Ark, which is another way of saying, “box”.  Probably it was a large rectangular box, very much like a two by four with a hollow center!  That is a very large two by four. Initial carbon dating puts the wood found at the site around 4800 years ago.  For a point of discussion, let’s accept that this discovery is a fact. This means woodworking has been around for … click to read more

Posted in General Tips for Woodworkers | Tagged , , | Leave a comment