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Woodworking Essentials: Customize Your Table Saw

By Nick Engler Pages: 49-56 There are dozens of table saw accessories you can mount on your machine to make it safer, more accurate or extend its capacity. Some can be purchased, others can be made by you. By carefully choosing these options, you can soup up your old table saw or customize a...

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Woodworking Essentials: Basic Joinery

By Nick Engler Pages: 45-52 From the December 2004 issue #145 Buy this issue now There are three basic saw cuts: crosscuts, rips and miters. Crosscuts are made perpendicular to the wood grain, rips are cut parallel to the grain and miters are made at angles diagonally across the grain. None of these requires...

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Woodworking Essentials: Using the Saw Blade

By Nick Engler Pages: 49-56 From the November 2004 issue #144 Buy this issue now Your table saw is the central piece of machinery in your shop, and the blade (or more appropriately – blades) is a critical aspect of the ease and accuracy of your work. A top-quality blade mounted on a medium-quality...

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Woodworking Essentials: Intro to the Table Saw

By Nick Engler Pages: 53-60 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Few tools have revolutionized a craft as much as table saws have changed woodworking. These saws saved tedious hand work and – beyond making single pieces – made it possible to precisely reproduce parts quickly and accurately. This affected...

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Woodworking Essentials: Advanced Techniques for the Router

By Nick Engler Pages: 41-48 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now The router is an amazing tool that can mimic many of the other tools in your shop, including the table saw, the shaper, the jointer and even the planer. But it’s also capable of amazingly delicate profile work, complicated...

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Ingenious Jigs: Stopped Cuts Made Easy

This extra-long mortising fence helps you cut “blind” joints in your work. By Nick Engler Pages: 30-31 Cabinets and furniture often have “blind” joints − dados, grooves or rabbets that are stopped at one end so you can’t see the joint on the outside of the case. Sometimes these joints are “double-blind,” meaning they...