10 Tips for Better Measurement

We use the phrase "two by four" in common parlance, but did you know it's actually 3.5 inches wide? Don't make assumptions on size; always measure first.

When working on projects, proper measurement can be one of the most enigmatic and frustrating skills to master. Here are some helpful pointers to make sure you measure correctly, and use the right tool for the job. Read more »

15 Fun and Unique Pallet Projects

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There's something about shipping pallets that makers are drawn to. They're easily obtainable on the roadside or by dumpster diving (don't steal!), the form-factor lends itself to certain types of construction, and the rustic finish is just appealing in terms of aesthetics. Read more »

DiResta: Leather Pants


In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PST), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy... Read more »

Ten Tips for Using a Circular Saw

This is a given for nearly every power tool, but especially so for a circular saw. Chips fly and can obscure your vision or even lodge themselves in your eye.

The circular saw is an essential modern woodworking tool. It's relatively inexpensive, rugged, and can be used for many applications. There are also many things to consider when trying to finesse the most out of your saw. Here are some handy tips and tricks for the next time you grab... Read more »