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A jointer is a very important tool in the shop.  Its job is to set the foundation for all future work you will be doing with a board. Being able to properly mill a board flat and true is a fundamental task in woodworking because...

Surface prep is as important as applying a wood finish well.  If there are any defects in your workpiece, they will become painfully obvious once a finish is applied.  A good surface prep regimen is essential for a great finish.  My go to finish is...

The concept of a board foot can see confusing at first.  We are so used to looking at materials in terms of their surface area and that's why I think board feet confuses so many people.  What you need to keep in mind with board...

This time I show how I set up my hand planes.  I show how I sharpen the blade, how I add camber, chip breaker setting, throat adjustment, blade alignment, and depth of cut.  An then we make some shavings! This is the ninth episode of my...

A dull chisel is something that is hard to come by in my shop. So when I was asked to show how I would sharpen a dull chisel, I had to get creative with my dulling process.  This videos show how I would restore the...

This time I share all about my dust collection system.  I share some information about the collector, the ducting, and I also share what I dislike about the system. This is the seventh episode of my Ask Matt series where I answer broader topic questions.  If...

This time I share what I have in my chainsaw gear collection.  I show my two primary saws, what I keep in my chainsaw box, and my chainsaw mill. This is the sixth episode of my Ask Matt series where I answer broader topic questions.  If...

This time I share more information about my workbench.  I go over it's dimensions, it's work holding options, and I talk a bit about how I built it. This is the fifth episode of my Ask Matt series where I answer broader topic questions.  If you...

This time, I show my measuring and marking tools.  I also share how and when I use them in my work. This is the fourth episode of my Ask Matt series where I answer broader topic questions.  If you have an idea for a topic for...

This time, I show my hand plane collection and share how I use each in my work (if I use it at all) and which planes I use the most. This is the third episode of my Ask Matt series where I answer broader topic questions. ...

This week I am sharing an overview my sharpening methods.  This isn't meant to be an all encompassing sharpening video, I'm just sharing the nuances of my method.  Sharpening is something that is always evolving for me. The main focus of my technique is maintaining a...