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Handsaw Tenon Jig

This simple jig enables you to cut accurate tenons and slice very thin pieces. I use a flush-cut saw because it has no set to its...

Shaker Construction Methods

A furniture maker visits the Pleasant Hill, Ky., community and unearths a fair number of surprises (nails!) about Shaker joinery....

Five Common Finishing Problems

Bleeding, blushing, blotching, orange peel and fish eye. The basics of wood finishing are really quite simple: You use one of three...

Non-Slip Bench Hook

Planing or scraping parts with angled or mitered ends is tricky. Bench dogs will damage a crisp corner, and clamps get in the way....

Shell, Stone & Metal Inlay

Learn a straightforward approach to creating stunning details. I come to the field of woodworking with an unfair advantage. I grew...

Unexpected Out of the Box Chair Restoration – Part 3: The...

One of the more disappointing joining methods that miserably failed due to the traumatic fall (or jolt) before the chair had been...

Troubleshooting Finish Application Problems

Solutions to a baker’s dozen of common finishing difficulties. It’s easy enough to provide instructions for applying finishes. But...

Inheritance

  A sharp reminder and remembrance of a life cut short. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue...

Blowout Beater

A coping sled is a must-have accessory for router table work. It helps you hold a narrow piece, such as a door rail, perpendicular...

Ryobi Sheet Sander Review

Tool: PCL401 18v ONE+ Cordless 1/4 Sheet Sander Kit Shop Now   Manufacturer: Ryobi MSRP: $109.97 (includes 4.0Ah battery, charger,...

Log Cabin Shop

My shop may appear rustic, but you won’t find a dirt floor or antique machinery inside. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared...

Carving Incised Letters

Create artistic signs the old-fashioned way. You can churn out lettered signs by the dozens with a router and a set of letter templates...

Budget Spring Clamp

This light-duty clamp is ideal for small parts-and easy to make by the dozen. All you need are a couple wood scraps, a rubber band,...

Adjustable Circle-Cutting Jig

Cut perfect circles up to 4′ across! Have you ever tried to cut a circle on a bandsaw, freehand? It’s quick, but it sure isn’t exact....

Tablesaw Trap

Even with a zero-clearance throat plate in my tablesaw, a thin cut-off slips through now and then. These pieces can clog a vacuum...

Unexpected Out of the Box Chair Restoration – Part 2

My course of action with any repair, restoration or conservation is: Do No Harm. That is, I try to deal with the essential structural,...

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