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Turn a Platter

Shop scraps and a few simple techniques will get you spinning along.by Steve Shanesy pages 48-51Large turning projects can be daunting. A large bowl, for example, requires gluing up a blank or sourcing part of a tree trunk. When first mounted on the lathe, such stock can be off balance and result in so much...

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Tool Test: Infinity Shrinks the Dado Stack

'Dadonator Jr.' is small in size but big on performance.By Steve Shanesy Page 14Regardless of what you may think, size doesn’t matter – at least not when you’re talking dado stacks. Infinity Cutting Tools’ 8" “Dadonator” was highly touted when it was released in 2008. Today, Infinity offers the “Dadonator Jr.” It’s the same tool...

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Tool Test: Amana Countersinks Conquer Burning & Marring

By Steve Shanesy Page 14Amana Tool has four new countersinks with various-sized drill bits and non-marring depth stops.Each countersink has twin carbide-tipped flutes, and these are the only countersinks in the industry with this feature. Carbide-tipped flutes allow the bit to cut cleanly and last longer when working with hardwoods, plywoods and other engineered wood...

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Tool Test: Clever Spyder Jigsaw Blades Make Super-tight Turns

By Steve Shanesy Page 16Spyder, a Kansas City, Mo.-based company, has introduced a jigsaw blade with teeth on the front and back edges. At first glance, these blades look odd at best and gimmicky at worst. But after taking these blades for a test-drive, I began to understand the versatility offered by this innovation. Of...

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Wall-mounted Server

A neat trick magically suspends this dining room project.By Steve Shanesy Pages 42-45As empty nesters, my wife and I recently said goodbye to the family homestead and downsized to a smaller house. Our generously sized dining room was traded for “dining space” at the new place. Our dining room furniture wasn’t going to fit.My challenge...

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Easy Chuck from Easy Wood Tools

By Steve Shanesy Page 18Four-jaw scroll chucks used in wood turning largely work the same. They have interchangeable jaws held by screws, and the jaws open or close using a geared key, a hex key or tommy bars. The jaws usually have a dovetail-shaped rim that clamps a similarly shaped tenon turned on the base...

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Makita LXT Cordless Sander

This full-featured, 5" tool is powered by an 18v lithium-ion battery. By Steve Shanesy Page 16Makita has liberated the pigtail from a full-sized random-orbit sander with the introduction of the 5" LXT 18-volt lithium-ion cordless sander.Cordless sanders have challenged manufacturers because of the continuous-duty nature of the tool; only Makita and Ryobi have one on the...