Woodworking Basics

Here you'll find the basics on how to set up your work area, what tools you'll need to get started, how to work safely with your tools and more.
Pins and tails of dovetailed joint
Box Joints In Woodworking
Pile of logs from poplars in La Vega valley in Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Tips for Using Poplar in Woodworking Projects
Woman wearing safety goggles while cutting wood
Woodworking Safety Rules Every Woodworker Should Know
Cutting a Dado
Woodworking Joints: How to Cut a Dado
Polyurethane being applied
Applying Polyurethane for a Durable, Beautiful Finish
Staining Wood Bench
Tips for Applying Wood Stain
Young carpenter varnishing in his workshop
How to Apply a Beautiful Shellac Finish on Woodwork
Close-up of sandpaper the legs of a wooden chair
Choose the Right Sandpaper
Carpenter French polishing on wooden drawer
How to French Polish Your Woodworking Project
Carpenter cutting wooden plank in a workshop
Tips for Better Biscuit Joints
Cutting on a pristine table saw, full of rust
Removing Rust From a Table Saw
Newly constructed dowel joinery
How to Use Dowel Joinery
Carpenter man is carving the wooden stick.
Best Hardwood Species for Spindle Turning
man holding piece of plywood
Plywood Edge Treatments
hands measuring a wood board
Tips for Woodworking With Maple
Mitered Butt Joint
How to Build a Mitered Corner Joint
Man selects wood for a project
Woodworking With Walnut
Planks of wood in workshop
Wood Jointer—The Easy Way to Make Square and Flat Board Surfaces
Man working in woodshop
Woodworking With Pine
Stack of Old Wooden Railway Sleepers Background Pattern
Understanding Actual vs. Nominal Lumber Sizes
Illustration of a brad nailer
How to Use a Brad Nailer
A man moving a large piece of wood in a workshop
Understanding Plywood Sheet Sizes
Men carrying plywood in home improvement store
Plywood Grades and Bonding Types
screws in a wooden board
How to Choose the Correct Size Wood Screws
Craftsman applying wax finish to furniture
How to Apply Finishing Wax to a Wood Finish
Wood, workbenches and tools in workshop
Wood Shop Accessories Every Woodworker Should Have
Riving knife on a table saw
Using a Riving Knife on Your Table Saw
Illustration of gel finish being applied
Applying a Gel Stain Finish
Illustration of how to remove odors from wood
How to Remove Odors From Wood
Carpenter cutting wooden plank in a workshop
Dealing With Expansion and Shrinkage in Woodworking Projects
Santa Fe Style: Mesquite Wood Door with Rusty Keyhole (Detail)
Woodworking with Mesquite
Young carpenter woman
Features to Look for When Choosing a Jigsaw
wooden planks lumber industry
Nominal vs. Actual Lumber Dimensions
Close up of Power Saw
How a Saw Blade's TPI (Teeth Per Inch) Affects Cutting
Digital illustration of securing loose joints in casement window with recessed metal angle and glued dowels driven into mortise-and-tenon joints
How to Create a Mortise-And-Tenon Joint
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How to Get the Most out of Your Table Saw
Man clamping wood to a table
Safety Equipment for Woodworking
Woodworker using hand plane on lumber
Hand Sanding Is Essential for a Fine Wood Finish
Worm drive saw cutting through 2x8 on construction site
How to Use a Worm Drive Circular Saw
Man turning a bowl on a lathe
The Basics of Wooden Bowl Turning on a Lathe
Woman carpenter inspecting freshly painted wood
Using a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
A black and white photo of a man chiseling oak
How to Get the Best Results Woodworking With Oak
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Checking for Square Using the 3-4-5 Method
Stack of lumber ends.
Using SPF Dimension Lumber in Fine Woodworking Projects
A Directoire style cherry wood Venetian writing desk.
Tips for Woodworking With Cherry
Painted open drawer in Oak showing dovetail Joints
The Basics of Making Dovetail Drawers
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Woodworking With Cedar
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Best Online Woodworking Classes of 2023
spray lacquer
How to Apply a Lacquer Finish
How to fix a stripped screw hole
5 Ways to Fix a Screw That Has Stripped Out
Determining Square in Woodworking
How to Check for Square When Woodworking
person using a jigsaw
The Difference Between a Jigsaw and a Sabre Saw
Dado Blade Set
Can You Use 8-Inch Dado Blades on 10-Inch Saws?
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Easy Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish
Man measuring wood planks at home improvement store
Understanding Board-Foot Pricing for Hardwood Lumber
A circular saw blade
Choosing the Right Circular Blades for Your Power Saws
Big Cypress Trees with Huge Roots at Garner State Park, Texas
Woodworking With Bald Cypress
Types of wood joinery
13 Types of Wood Joinery
Close up of person working a boat-builders workshop, joining together two pieces of wood.
How to Make a Butt Joint in Woodworking
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Break out a Router for These Woodworking Projects