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Quick Tip: Dining Table Design Guidelines

When designing a dining table, it is important that you set the dimensions to something that will feel comfortable and natural to those using it.  You will find here, a guideline that will ensure that your table is comfortable, appropriately sized for the number of people you want to seat and looks just right.

Quick tip: Save money while making your own wipe-on polyurethane

Available in both brush and wipe-on formulas, Polyurethane finish has long been a staple in many workshops. Providing a tough finish capable of withstanding much abuse makes Polyurethane the one we reach for the most often. The wipe-on variety offers an easy and almost foolproof method for applying this protective coating. 

Joinery - Easy Joinery With Pocket Screws

What is Pocket Screw Joinery?

Pocket Screw joinery is a quick and easy woodworking joint that comes in handy in many projects. The best way to describe the pocket screw joint is as an enhanced version of the traditional butt joint. Here, a screw is added to the butt joint via a pocket hole drilled into one of the pieces. The screw essentially acts as the clamping force that keeps the butt joint together.

Butt joint versus pocket screw joint

Save some money woodworking by reducing, reusing and recycling wood

Save some money woodworking by reducing, reusing and recycling wood

Reduce the waste

While building your projects, there is always a sense of satisfaction if you manage to use some of your cut-offs from previous projects into your current masterpiece. There is something about using your lumber to the last inch that gives you the sense that you got your money's worth from that lumber purchase.

At times, you will likely also find yourself gazing at your cut-off bin thinking of projects that could benefit from this ever-accumulating stash of remnants. 

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