Hot Furniture & Woodworking How-Tos

How To: Build your own picture frame from scratch

This tutorial shows you how to build your own picture frame from scratch. It's a grea tutorial for those interested in saving some money for a high-end frame or for those interested in expanding their woodskills. This tutorial has great insight and tips for making a great looking frame. Sit back and enjoy! Build your own picture frame from scratch.

How To: Make a flower arrangement using old CDs

In this video, Steven Marin shows us an interesting method to recycle old CDs to make beautiful flower arrangements along with other recycled materials. In order to make the flowers, you need to take your old CDs and heat them up in a toaster oven. As demonstrated in the video, the CDs are very hot when they are taken out and should be handled with care. They are easily molded into the interesting flower shape by pressing them down over the neck of a bottle or by holding them in a cloth and s...

How To: Build a storage box for your deck

Building a storage box for your deck is a smart way to add extra storage to an area usually not known for having storage. The great thing about using wood than plastic, is that is adds to the feeling of being outside and can be stained to match the look of your deck. This three part tutorial, will take you through the steps of building a successful storage box and shows you step by step.

How To: Install the last row without a pull bar

When you end your last row, there are occasions where you can't use a pull bar. The alternative to using a pull bar is to modify the groove side of the plank that's on the floor. Shave the groove and remove the debris, making sure that there's none in the track. Next, take a small bead of glue and run it down the groove side of your plank. Engage the next plank as close as you can get. Set the plank in place with the pull bar. Finally, tape the plank to its neighbor to secure it until the glu...

How To: Use a horizontal router table in woodworking

Eagle Lake Woodworking, hosted by John Nixon, offers great do-it-yourself guides for building your own furniture, especially in the American Arts and Crafts style, and turning your garage into an amateur woodshop. Search Eagle Lake on WonderHowTo for more carpentry tutorial videos. From Eagle Lake Woodworking on this specific lesson:

How To: Install laminate flooring in a home

This video demonstrates the installation of laminate flooring. He shows which side of the board is the top, and shows how the tongue and groove enable the boards to snap together. The tools he uses are a tapping block, a metal pull bar, a hammer and a measuring tape. The flooring is installed by laying the boards down and tapping them into place. The video goes on to show two guys installing the floor in a living room in real time. This is a good do-it-yourself project that doesn't take very ...

How To: Install quarter round

This video will be a very quick, simple, and easy way to install your quarter round. To start you will see that instead of cutting a 45 degree corner, it was left flush. With the other piece you will cut a cove in it and then align it on top of the other piece at the corner of the wall. This method allows the pieces to fit, regardless of the irregularities in the wall (if any). To finish it up take the return and just apply enough glue to attach it to the end of the first piece. There it is -...

How To: Use a band saw to cut a tapered leg

Cutting tapered legs, can be a challenge withing itself. When using a band saw, it makes the job much more simpler to do, but there can be certain situations when it can prove to be tricky. That's when you need some tricks to help you out. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to cut tapered legs that have all four faces tapered. So sit back and enjoy! Use a band saw to cut a tapered leg.

How To: Build a DIY wooden kitchen wine rack

Wine racks are one of the easiest and best-looking DIY pieces you can add to your kitchen. They're sort of the adult equivalent of making a birdhouse or a spice rack in shop class. This video will show you how to build a really nice wooden one yourself that goes over your refrigerator and will hold about 30 bottles of wine or liquor.

How To: Measure wood by relative dimensioning

The Wood Whisperer demonstrates how we can install hinges on a cabinet without a tape measure, using relative dimensioning. In this example, we use center lines instead of marking the top and bottom of each piece that needs to line up. Using shims at the bottom and top of the door, we center the door on the cabinet to the desired spot. At this point, it's as simple as marking the center lines where you want your hinges to go on both the door and the cabinet frame. Now we can simply attach our...

How To: Create a knock-down bookshelf with mortise and tenon

Anything that contains the words, "knock" and "down" would sound like something that is unsafe and shouldn't be used. But in this case, knock-down refers to something that is easy to put together, but looks like it took days to complete. So check this tutorial out on how to make a knock-down bookshelf with a mortise and tenon joinery. Good luck and enjoy! Create a knock-down bookshelf with mortise and tenon.

How To: Undercut the door casing

This video demonstrates the proper technique for undercutting the door casing or the molding around the door. You will need to do this when you are laying a laminate floor, otherwise the laminate flooring will not seat underneath the door casing correctly. The first step is to figure out how much you will need to cut out of the door casing. This can be accomplished by measuring the thickness of the laminate flooring plus any underlay you may be using. The presenter demonstrates this with a po...

How To: Keep your outdoor deck in top shape

Keeping your deck in shape involves a number of steps. You can't just go out and start staining the deck. It must be cleaned first. Composite decks or PVC decks can be pressured washed but if you use too much power on a wood deck you will curl it or cause the fiber on the deck to peel up and roll back. There are some key products to use to clean the deck. Corte Cleaner is an excellent eco-friendly cleaner. One gallon mixed will do 200 square feet of the deck and it won't hurt the plants or an...

How To: Make your own tortilla press

This step by step instructional video will show you how you are able to make your own tortilla press at home using simple everyday materials. Shows the best sizes of wood to make the tortilla press and what tools you will need to complete this project. Including tips and tricks to make sure that the tortilla press makes the tortillas well. After watching this quick and easy to follow how to video you can easily make your own tortillas at home.

How To: Whittle a wooden bird

Whittling has been around for years and years and doesn't require a great amount of skill to perform. What it does require is patience, a steady hand, and a creative mind. This tutorial focuses on how to start of whittling a wooden bird. So sit back, pay attention, and enjoy!