Woodworking Basics

Need a list of cabinet-making tools ? Or wondering what the disadvantages of epoxy countertops are? Let us get you to embark on a thrilling woodworking adventure, armed with the essential skills, tools, and dad-jokes to keep you motivated.

purple wood stains

Discover 8 Purple Wood Stains: Add a Splash of Color to Your Woodwork

How do you choose a purple wood stain, and can that choice fundamentally impact your final product? That’s the million-dollar question! As in our guide to maple stains, I’ll describe common types of purple stains, and give some advice on when you should choose one over the other. My background in professional woodworking (where I …

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black walnut lumber

What is Black Walnut Wood? Explore 5 Advantages and Disadvantages

Black walnut wood dons a coat of many colors. It is naturally available in white-blonde, honey-brown, and coffee-brown. After working with hardwoods for over two decades, I know there’s more to walnut wood than its color. I’ve earned my share of nicks and splinters from working with hardwoods like black walnut and acacia wood. So, …

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oak vs quarter sawn oak

Quarter Sawn Oak Showcased: 5 Signature Uses in Elegant Woodworking

Quarter sawn oak is stunning in Amish furniture. Its unique grain and ray flecks are distinct attributes of its furniture. I’m a carpenter who has spent 20 years in the workshop mastering different types of woodworking cuts. In the process, I’ve learned which cuts pair well with woodcuts and how to create elegant woodwork with …

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types of woodworking cuts

Types of Woodworking Cuts Explored: 7 Key Cuts to Elevate Your Woodwork

The simplest types of woodworking cuts for beginners are the crosscut and miter cut. But there are several more unique cuts for manipulating wood. I’m a carpenter who has mastered woodworking cuts over the last 20 years. I’m an expert at cutting hardwood for my projects and even working in wood filler to fix pesky …

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stained dark walnut

Walnut Wood Color Wonders: 7 Characteristics That Define Its Appeal

Walnut wood color is anything between blonde, grey, and brown. But if you’re anything like I used to be, you assumed walnut was a very dark timber. I’m a woodwork enthusiast with 20 years in the workshop, and I know walnut wood like the back of my palm. I’ve mastered the art of cutting and …

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Exterior Plywood Essentials

Exterior Plywood Essentials: 8 Must-Know Tips for Choosing The Right One

The most important tip for choosing exterior plywood is minding the grain. There are three grades of exterior plywood, categorized by the wood’s quality and bonding process. With over 20 years of experience as a carpenter, I’ve mastered making outdoor furniture with plywood. I’ve learned to select, construct, and stain plywood without mistakes. With my …

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what is quarter sawn oak

Wood Sawn Unveiled: 5 Transformative Techniques for Perfect Cuts

Using wood-sawn cuts to take your woodworking project to the next level is often ideal. But, how do you choose between the sawn lumber cuts? Like our guide on rough lumber, in this post, I’ll draw on my 30+ years of professional woodworking and carving experience (in diverse fields like cabinetry construction, carpentry, and workshop …

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rough wood

Rough Cut Lumber Explored: 5 Hidden Treasures in Its Raw Beauty

In the woodworking space, the question of rough cut lumber poses several unique and complex concerns. While rough wood is far from the only type of woodworking cut, it today remains one of the most common, frequently purchased, and beneficial lumber cuts you can find on the market.  This guide will use Simplewoodworker’s comprehensive experience …

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finishing wood with epoxy

Epoxy Resin For Wood: Unleashing the Glossy Magic in Woodworking

When you use epoxy resin for wood, there’s always magic to be made. Whether it’s to immortalize delicate art or seal pesky screw gaps in wood, epoxy has a forever place in the toolbox. So, knowing how to use epoxy for wood is pretty essential. After learning to make timeless pieces like stained maple wood, …

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plywood vs particle board

Wood Wars: Particle Board vs Plywood- A Light-Hearted Comparison

On the engineered wood battlefield, one fight has always reigned supreme: particle board vs plywood!  Though other low-cost hobbyist wood alternatives like rubberwood exist, particle board and plywood are like two champion teams that always seem to find themselves at the finals.  But how do they stack up against each other?  Let’s find out with …

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