Mortise and Tenon Joints

mortise and tenon pictureMortise and tenon joints are commonly used in woodworking to connect one piece of wood to another, usually at a 90 degree angle. The first piece of wood has a tenon which fits into the second pieces mortise. A tenon is a square extension off of the first piece of wood that is usually smaller then the rest of the piece of wood.

Drying Soft Maple

Soft maple is used for furniture, kitchen cabinets, paneling, moldings, doors, musical instruments, and for turning. Drying soft maple adds to the woods worth by increasing its bending strength, crushing strength, stiffness and hardness. The use of kiln dried soft maple is also becoming more popular for use as a structural lumber.

Where Soft Maple Comes From

Drill Press

Antique Black & Decker Drill PressAlso known as the bench drill or pillar drill, the drill press is a valuable addition to any woodworking workshop or metalshop. It has higher accuracy than either hand drills or portable electric power drills and can drill holes to depths of up to 6 to 10 inches.

You can buy an accessory attachment that converts your power drill into a make-shift drill press if you want, but for sheer power and ruggedness, nothing beats the real thing.

Woodworking Benches

woodworking studioWoodworking benches should be a basic part of any home wood workshop, but they go all the way back to Roman and Greek times; they can be seen in images from these eras being used by carpenters and other workers. No mechanical vises were no used in those times, but holdfasts or pegs driven into holes in the benchtop held pieces being worked. Wooden vises came into use in the early 1800’s; these featured wooden screw rods fitted into the legs of the bench.

Staining Maple Wood

Stained maple floorboardsFor wood workers, maple is one of the most beautiful woods for making furniture, flooring, woodwork, and musical instruments. It has beautiful grains in varied patterns.

There is one problem with maple wood, however. It is very hard, and does not take stain very well. In fact, in many cases, stain when applied tends to soak into some spots and resist others, resulting in a mottled or spotty look that is not at all what the woodworker intended.