Workbenches are too low!

Ever experienced back ache from working over a workbench? Ever wondered why the have to be so low that you almost have to double over in order to do your work? Well we don’t have an answer to that, but FineWoodworking has an answer to how to fix your back problem! Just make a smaller workbench and clamp it onto your normal one! Does that sound silly? Just watch this video and you’ll stop thinking it’s silly and start planning to make one of your own!

Make your own branding iron!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could mark stuff with your name, slogan or logo in a way that wouldn’t wear of? You need a branding iron! But instead of ordering really expensive ones, you should consider making your own. As this tutorial from John Heisz shows, it isn’t tricky at all. With just an old metal wrench as material and simple tools like drills, files, a hacksaw and an angle grinder, John Heisz makes his own branding iron with the name of his website “I build” with excellent results! Just watch and learn how you could make your own permanent stamp. And if you need help doing the pattern transfer, check out our How to transfer inkjet prints to wood post, it works on almost any surfaces.

How to sharpen forstner bits

A forstner bit is an excellent woodworking drill bit that clears out a lot of materials quickly and leaves a hole with an flat bottom. That makes it not only time efficient, but also useful for any inserted part that needs flat bottom, like round inlays. Many people love the fortsner bit (Adam Savage from Mythbusters is an outspoken fan of them), but they have one drawback. Because of the complex shape of the cutting edges, most people throw them away when they become dull, thinking they can’t sharpen it like they would a normal drill bit. This is not true, and here John Heisz  demonstrates how easy and cheap you can sharpen your forstner bit with simple hand tools! These bits can cost a lot of money, so why not save a pretty penny by sharpening that dull bit instead of wasting it?