Shop Essentials

Shop Essentials
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Crosscut Sled
1: Crosscut Sled

Meet woodworker Dale Barnard, and dive into your first project, a crosscut sled. Dale takes you step by step through the process from cutting all of the pieces to assembly, and offers tips for measuring and making adjustments along to ensure your sled-and its cuts-are perfectly square.

36 min
Fences
2: Fences

Build a sliding tall fence, useful for cutting raised panels or grooves into the ends of long boards. You'll love how quickly this jig comes together and how you can turn it into a stationary fence if needed. Finally, discover why Dale says it's important to "measure once and cut five or six times."

31 min
Push Sticks
3: Push Sticks

Keep your fingers out of harm's way as you create a variety of push sticks. Discover which woods work best for these tools, and why you'll want push sticks in a variety of widths. Then, use Dale's patterns to make two different styles, and improve your bandsaw skills along the way!

19 min
Squaring Jigs
4: Squaring Jigs

Assemble boxes, doors, bookshelves, and more with confidence as you learn how to make a squaring jig of any size. See how to measure your jig for square and learn how to make adjustments if it isn't. Then, learn how to clamp these jigs to your projects to bring them into square.

28 min
Straightedges
5: Straightedges

Trim down doors or create rabbet joints with ease using custom-made straightedge jigs for your power saw or router. You can build these to any length! Learn how to use your router or saw to ensure that cuts are always straight, and gather Dale's tips for securely clamping the jigs to your projects.

25 min
Clamping Cauls
6: Clamping Cauls

Glue segments of milled wood together to create smooth tabletops and more with the help of your clamping cauls. Dale shows you how to taper the cauls using a jointer, but offers a variety of other methods for shaping, too. Pick up tips for gluing and clamping your wood together as you create a solid piece.

24 min
Small Shop Stools
7: Small Shop Stools

Build a multipurpose stool using many of the tools you've made in the class. Use your glued-up wood to cut the pieces you need and shape them using a bandsaw or orbital saw. Then, assemble your stool. You'll be glad you have your cauls, crosscut sled, push sticks, and squaring jigs for this project!

38 min
Dale Barnard

My goal is to build your confidence in craftsmanship as you create beautiful furniture and learn new skills.

About Dale Barnard

Dale Barnard has been named one of the top woodworkers in the country by Popular Woodworking magazine. During his expansive career, he has worked in the fields of carpentry, home building, cabinetry, architectural millwork, antique repair and craftsmen furniture. His work has been featured on HGTV's Modern Masters. Dale also owns and operates the Barnard Woodworking School out of his shop in Paoli, Indiana.

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