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Carl Duguay - [email protected]

Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.


Author's Articles

Bosch 5″ Multi-Hole Random Orbit Sander/Polisher

Get superior dust control and consistently smooth and swirl-free surfaces...

Whiteside Ultimate Router Pattern Bit

The large cutting radius and high shear angles on this...

DeWALT Xtreme 5-in-1 Cordless Drill/Driver

An exceptionally versatile and compact, precision drilling and fastening...

Five Cordless Stick Vacs to Clean Your Castle

They're compact, light in weight, highly maneuverable, have suction power...

Castle 110 Pocket Cutter

The affordable, portable, easy-to-use pocket hole cutting...

DeWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Cordless Compact Router

The cordless DeWALT DCW600B performs as well as a corded...

ISOtunes Link Bluetooth Earmuffs

Excellent noise protection, top notch sound quality, and a very...

Spyderco CBN benchstone

Lately there has been much ado over cubic boron nitride...

Halder SIMPLEX replaceable-face mallets

As an alternative to a wooden mallet I've been using...

Cutting dados & grooves on the table saw

Dados and grooves are one of the most basic joints...

Trees of North America

A good beginner's general reference guide that will surely enlighten...

The life & love of the forest

A visually alluring book that succeeds well as a coffee...

The story of trees

One of the most enjoyable books I've read on trees...

The why and how of woodworking

An inspiring and instructive book that belongs in the library...

Mortise Master mortising system

An easy-to-use, durably constructed and precisely machined jig for routing...

Hatchets

5 Hatchets to Choose From - For Shop, Jobsite, Around...

Pica-Dry longlife automatic pencil

Lose the carpenter's pencil and step up to the best...

Japanese hand saws

Learn about the different types of Japanese hand saws, how...

Worxsaw cordless compact circular saw

Ample power, light weight, easy one-hand cutting and comfortable to...

Barron Dovetail Guide

The most effective and easiest way to cut perfect...

Bessey EZS one hand clamp

Well made with excellent clamping power, good trigger release, and...

Half-round cabinet rasps

Rasps are superb tools for shaping and smoothing stock -...

Aqua Coat clear grain filler

A superior water based grain filler that dries super...

King Canada 6″ benchtop jointer with helical cutterhead

A great combination of performance, precision, portability and...

Wiley X WX BREACH protective sunglasses

Exceptional sunglasses that are super comfortable and provide a balanced...

Carhartt rugged flex loose fit canvas work pant

A great choice to wear on a job site, in...

Kershaw Taskmaster 2 saw

Great value in a well designed, high quality folding hand...

Milwaukee M12 23-gauge pinner

As perfect a pinner as you can get for precision...

Helly Hansen Manchester construction pants

Comfortable, durable, well priced work pants for shop or job...

Rockler portable drill guide

Get the control and precision of a stationary drill press...

WoodRiver Quick Twist Bar Clamps

A good clamp in it's own right, and a better...

Top 10 Tips for Setting Up a Smart Home Office

Many of us are continuing to adjust to working from...

FAMAG Bormax 2.0 Forstner drill bits

Razor-sharp wave-form cutting teeth require less power, produce less friction...

Top 10 Finishing Accessories

Along with your favourite topcoats, dyes and stains, these accessories...

Installing a Drop-In Kitchen Sink

Replacing a top mount kitchen sink isn’t overly complicated. Preparation...

Awesome Gifts for the Dedicated DIYer in Your Home

Choosing the right gift isn’t always easy. Here are gift...

How to Choose a Kitchen Sink That Shines

We help you make the right choice when the time...

Brushes for Applying a Finish

You can get beautiful results applying film finishes – shellac,...

Make Sharpening Easier with Diamond Stones

Sharp tools make woodworking easier. One of the easiest and...

Basics of Spraying

After the many hours spent carefully building a project, it's...

Applying Stains

Try using stain to make even the most ordinary project...

Brushes

Wood Finishing: Selecting the right brush, and properly maintaining it,...

Hollow & Flat Grinding

The method you choose to sharpen an edge tool, such...

3 Easy Steps to Grain Filling

For an ultra smooth, glass-like surface on open pored woods...

Top 10 Tools and Tips for Spring Yard Work

Spring is almost here. Prepare for the warmer weather now,...

Top 10 DIY Makeover Ideas

Renovating or remodeling makes both practical and economic sense. It’s...

Top 10 Make Your Home Winter-Ready

Now is the time to make your home ready for...

Whittling

The carefree, unfettered sibling of...

Reciprocating Saw Blades

A reciprocating saw is one of the most useful power...

Make a Set of Cam Clamps

Shop Project: Easy and inexpensive to make, these quickly adjusting...

Pint-Sized Workbench

Build this super-sturdy, efficient workbench for your small shop and...

Shooting Board

Normally you flatten a face and the edges of a...

Zero Clearance Inserts

A zero clearance insert is easy to make and goes...

Streamlined Workbench

A good workbench is one of the most important tools...

Introduction to Plywood

Understand your plywood options before starting on your next furniture,...

HomeInOn: Windows

Whether installing new or replacing old, we provide the basic...

Finishing Isn’t an Afterthought

For novice woodworkers, learning about wood finishes and how to...

Penetrating Oil Finishes

Ease of application, lack of film build-up, a beautiful satin...

Easy Dust Management for Healthy Homes

Carpeting can be expensive to install or replace. Keeping the...

Window Film – Increase indoor comfort and lower your energy costs.

Applying heat control film on southerly facing windows is an...

Waterborne Finishes

Waterborne finishes have improved quite a bit over the past...

Dehumidifiers

Excessive humidity can be a real problem for your home...

Putty and Fillers

While both can be used to repair defects in wood,...

Brush on – The Right Way

You can get beautiful results applying film finishes – shellac,...

Shop Made Finishes

Make your own finish without the thick build-up common to...

Shop and Jobsite LED Lighting

To do good work you need good lighting. We look...

LED Kitchen Cabinet Lighting – In, Over or Under

LED lights are an easy-to-install, cost-effective way to improve the...

HELPING HANDS – Rebates and Tax Credits Help Take the Pain Out of Renovating

There are various programs to help you reduce energy consumption,...

Net-Backed Abrasive Sanding Discs

Enhance your sanding efficiency with net...

Hardwax Oil

If you're looking for a no-fuss, easy-to-maintain, high-quality finish, hardwax...

Ductless Heat Pumps

Here's a way to add a heating and cooling system...

Dye Stains

Dyes can open up a whole new world for coloring...

5 Outdoor Wi-Fi Security Cameras

Keep an eye on what’s outside for better protection of...

Multi-Function Worktable: Build the Ultimate Work Surface

Every workshop needs somewhere to machine joinery, sand workpieces and...

Portable Work Support

These sturdy, portable supports add versatility and convenience in the...

The Veritas Combination Plane

The Veritas combination plane is a groove demon, also capable...

Entry Doors

The front entry door is not just about a fabulous...

Desktop CNC Machines

The top four desktop CNC options for the hobby or...

Thinning Finishes

Let’s clear up some of the issues around thinning common...

Staining

Don’t listen to the naysayers. Staining can be an easy,...

Smart Sensors

These two smart sensors can help make your home safer...

Top 10 Books for Beginner Woodworkers

While there are lot of resources to help you become...

Kitchen Cabinet Makeovers On a Budget

When it comes to giving your kitchen a bright new...

Tankless Water Heaters

On-demand hot water systems save space, save energy, and save...

Pore Fillers

To get a glass-smooth, highly reflective finish on open-grained wood,...

Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostats

Use your mobile device or desktop computer for optimal control...

Home Insulation Options

Optimizing the energy efficiency of your home includes proper...

Outlets and Switches

No more wondering if you’ve forgotten to turn the lights...

6 roofing material options

Is your roof looking its age? Is there moisture seeping...

Benchtop Sanding Machines

Benchtop sanders make short work of sanding convex, concave, flared...

Wireless Audio for Workshop Jobsite

Whether it’s Beethoven or Beyoncé, Miles Davis or Dr. Dre,...

Shop and Garage Floor Coverings

Concrete and plywood are common options for shop floors, but...

Hand Powered Sanding

Sanding with a power tool is the first and most...

Doorbells And Viewers

See, talk to, and record video or still images of...

Hand Sanding

Sanding by hand is a simple enough technique, but one...

Siding

There are a lot of great choices when it comes...

Sandpaper

A great finish starts with proper sandpaper...

Smart Locks – Make for Better Home Security

Thanks to advances in smart technology protecting your family, home,...

Flooring

Floors can take quite a beating, especially in high traffic...

Introduction to Wood Finishing

Join us as we delve into the challenging, and often...

Countertops

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a...

Smart Protection For Your Smart Phone

The most useful tool in your shop might just be...

Routers

With a stationary (aka fixed-base) router, the cutting depth remains...

Build a Moxon Vise

This little bench top-helper will lend a hand at a...

Window Shutters

If you’re looking for a window treatment that adds style,...