When I decided to tackle a bookshelf project — which is finally under way with some choice walnut from Jeffries Wood Works — I came face to face with a tough realization: my comfort level with power tools. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve hung some heavy artwork, installed blinds, tackled a new dishwasher, wrestled a drum sander across my hardwood floors, re-caulked a bathtub — the list goes on and I’m always quick to brag.
But I have to admit my skill level with power tools is firmly novice. In order to brush up, I went to our site’s best reference feature: Tools Central. There’s a great video series from licensed contractor Kayleen McCabe titled Essential Tools that highlights best power tool practices every homeowner should know. A key tool for my project is the cordless drill, which Kayleen demonstrates here.
With walnut that looks this good, I’m not taking any chances on marring or destroying it because of a lack of knowledge.
What’s your next woodworking project? Before you begin, be sure to check out Dan’s post on how to buy wood. Now, let’s get started! For more power tool instruction, check out the photo galleries below.