Beginner Power Tool Recommendations

I’m doing a presentation at the Greater Toronto Area Home & Reno Show this weekend, and the topic is Woodworking Advice for Home Improvement Projects.  As part of the presentation, I’m talking about the essential tools you need to start with.  I thought I’d share this with our readers for those who aren’t in Toronto. …

Beginner Wood Finishing Recommendations

After you’ve overcome the challenges of building your project, are you fearful that the finish might ruin all your work?  That’s the way I felt about a lot of my projects, but with practice and education, I’ve overcome most of those fears.  This guide will help you understand the various types of finishes and recommend …

Wood Dust Health Risks

I’ve had a few people recently ask me about what dust mask I use for woodworking and I cringe when I hear the question.  There are so many people who are not aware that wood dust is a carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer.  The US Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) regulates workplaces to …

How to Price Your Work as a Maker

As a Maker, how do you price your work?  I have a degree in business and I’ve run my part-time custom woodworking business since 1999.  In that time, I’ve learned how to price my work by experiencing what works for me and what doesn’t.  Just like learning your craft, you have to gain experience at …

Fun Halloween Yard Sign

A few years ago, we wanted to dress up our home with something unique for Halloween.  We found a photo of a sign similar to the one we made for our front lawn.  It’s become a hit in the neighborhood with parents taking selfies with the sign every Halloween. The project is made from an …

5000 Subscribers

We are proud to say that our Home Improvement Woodworking YouTube channel officially reached 5000 subscribers today. This is a big milestone for us. We began our YouTube journey 14 months ago in May of 2017.  We’ve had so many positive comments and such encouraging feedback from our viewers and would like to thank everyone …

Rockler Plywood Challenge Top 40

We are so happy to announce that we made it into The Modern Maker Podcast Top 40 for the #RocklerPlywoodChallenge last week.  Ben, Mike, and Chris reviewed their top picks from the contest submissions.  Our Modern Hourglass Table made it to their top 40 list. There were so many amazing submissions. See the review of …