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    Dovetail Drawer Assembly Clamping Blocks

    Half blind dovetailed drawers are great, but clamping the joints properly can be challenging. Using clamping blocks that apply pressure exactly where the dovetail pins and tails join is crucial. These simple-to-make clamping blocks do the trick. I’ll show you how to make a batch with just a few machine setups. Once you’re done you’ll… Read more »

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    Box Joint Jig Video: How to Make a Box Joint Jig/Finger Joint Jig for a Tablesaw

    Box joints, also called finger joints, are a great way to join corners on a box. Not only do they add a significant amount of strength, they also look great. Especially when the box joint is made from contrasting materials. The table saw, equipped with a dado head, provides a great way to make box… Read more »

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    Make a Bottle Opener that Pops

    Does your bottle opener lack pizzazz? This clever opener features contrasting strips of woods, a curvaceous shape, and uses a coin as the bottle opening mechanism. As an added bonus, an embedded magnet catches the cap after removing it from the bottle.

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  • Homemade Walnut Knobs

    Easy Shop-Made Knobs

    Custom Knobs Create a Warm and Personal Shop Jigs are everywhere in my workspace. Taper jigs, custom sleds and even fixtures for boring holes populate my shop in alarming numbers. Single use jigs are crude, but jigs made for the long-term get special treatment. While cast plastic polycarbonate knobs are available at woodworking stores, I… Read more »

  • Simple Workbench Plans

    Folding Workbench Plans

    If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, here’s a great way to maximize valuable shop space: a full-size, wall-mounted workbench that folds up into a neat, 13-inch-deep package. It even has space for a built-in light and plenty of storage shelves. We make this project easy with our folding workbench plans. The workbench is as easy to use… Read more »

  • Shop-Made Straight Edge

    Shop-Made Straight Edge

    A straight edge is an invaluable tool in your woodworking shop. Unfortunately, buying a quality straight edge can be very expensive. Here’s how to avoid that expense by building your own shop-made straight edge. The key is taking three different boards and using each as a reference to make sure you end up with three… Read more »

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    Build a Better Joiner’s Mallet: Domed Head Provides Forgiving Strike Surface

    One of the most frequently used tools in my shop is a joiner’s mallet.  I use one for finesse work such as tapping chisels and carving tools, as well as more blunt force actions like banging a carcase together or forcing a panel flat during glue-up.  I have made a half dozen or so joiner’s… Read more »

  • Make a Jig for a Half-Lap Joint

    Make a Jig for a Half-Lap Joint

    Half lap joints are a popular way to join two pieces of wood together and can be used on a number of woodworking projects. One way to cut half lap joints is on a table saw. George Vondriska takes you step-by-step on how to create a simple jig for cutting half lap joints on a… Read more »

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    DIY Woodworking: Shop-Made Drill Press Table Plans

    This is a shop fixture that’s worth getting started on immediately. Stationary drill presses are definitely not set up for DIY woodworking. The cast round table below the chuck isn’t woodworker friendly or even metalworking friendly. Once you build this fixture you’ll love its adjustable fence for drilling equally centered holes and the stop block that… Read more »

  • George's Solid Wood Storage

    George’s Solid Wood Storage

    George Vondriska explains how he set up the solid wood storage area in his storage building. Using some heavy duty, inexpensive shelf brackets from a home center, he found an effective way to store solid woods. It was easy to set up and helps keep the wood organized. Including a miter saw in this area… Read more »