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Five map and compass skills every outdoorsman should master

How to master the art of finding your way home.<p><i>This story originally appeared on</i><p>In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, as you may remember, Johnny Depp’s character, Capt. Jack Sparrow, navigates with a magic compass whose needle points toward the object of the heart’s desire. …

The Best Oils & Techniques for Finishing Wooden Kitchen Tools

Over the past twenty years of working with wood, I have applied many finishes such as soap, shellac, oil, varnish, lacquer, polyester and polyurethane, and urishi. I have poured finishes, mopped them, sprayed, brushed, burnt, rubbed, and polished. I have even experimented with <i>not</i> finishing wood …

Will Hurd

How to Age Wood for a Rustic Look

<b>What You'll Need</b><p>wood<p>vinegar<p>steel wool<p>rubber gloves<p>mason jar<p>sandpaper<p>black tea<p>cooking pot<p>paint brushes<p>clean cloths<p>paste wax<p>baking soda<p>bucket<p>wooden …


Land Navigation: How to Orient With a Map & Compass | The Art of Manliness

Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Land Navigation Manual. In Part I, we covered how to properly use a compass, how to shoot your bearings, and the …


11 Things to Know Before Visiting the Lumber Yard - Quiet Corner

Choosing the right wood for a home improvement project can be tricky for experienced woodworkers and novice DIYers alike. Luckily, knowing a few key …


Garage Ceiling Overhaul


DIY Woodworking Drill Press Table Plans

This is a shop fixture that’s worth getting started on immediately. Stationary drill presses are definitely not set up for DIY woodworking. The cast …


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10 of the Best Long Rail Trails in the US

Where to go when you want that perfect stretch of car-free riding<p>Just about every cyclist can appreciate a good rail trail. The terrain is usually tame, there are no cars to contend with, and they're a great introduction to longer rides.<p>Here, we've listed the top 10 best rail trails you can find in …


Plane Thin Panels Safely with this Sled Jig


Wedged Through Mortise And Tenon Sprung Breadboard End - 239


Greene & Greene Bedside Tables

These tables are based on designs and plans (two pdf files) by Stu Crick, an Arts & Crafts builder and instructor who does some beautiful work. His …


Use the Mortise and Tenon Woodworking Joint for Building Rock Solid Furniture

There's a reason the mortise and tenon joint has been used for thousands of years—it can be carved using basic woodworking tools and it'll last for ages.<p>The mortise and tenon woodworking joint has been used around the world for thousands of years—for good reason. It's considered one of the …


How to Drawbore a Mortise and Tenon Joint


3 Arts & Crafts Furniture Tips


Clamp Boards Down Easily - The Holdfast & The Batten Technique

<i>This has been a very popular video since we published, and the method has been further explored in use and in it’s possible historical roots by Chris</i> …

Railyard Ping Pong Table

Built using salvaged and reclaimed rail pieces, the Railyard Ping Pong Table is part gaming table, part historical record. The side rails were …

Build A Woodworking Workbench for $110 USD


How to Use a Multimeter Video Tutorial

Martin Lorton is a solar power and electronics enthusiast. On his YouTube channel he has a number of really excellent video tutorials covering many aspects of electronics and electronics measurement. His 3-part series on how to use a multimeter is one of the best I’ve seen.<p>Many years ago, in …

How to make a Scroll Saw Ribbon Box - woodworking project

Makeshift scroll-saw star in 3D


Build an Adjustable Angle Drilling Jig And Never Drill a Bad Hole Again

Your steady hands can't match the accuracy of a drill press, and this jig drills perfectly angled holes without fail.<p>When the need arises to "toe screw" a couple pieces of wood (join them at an angle) or drill pocket holes, you'll need a jig to help do the job. A drill press is the ideal tool for …


Make a Wood Ampersand

About a year ago I started noticing ampersand (“and” symbol) decorations appearing everywhere. Thousands populate Pinterest and it took me while to …

How to: Make Your a Wooden Handplane

Are you still feeling the lingering of the Christmas spirit? Keep it going by crafting some carpentry tools dating back beyond the first century. …