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Woodworking Essentials: Taming the Table Saw

There’s no need to fear the most versatile machine in the modern shop.by Robert W. Lang pages 58-61There are good reasons that the table saw is at the center of many shops. This machine revolutionized the way we make things. And in recent years, it has become the center of controversy on two fronts: safety...

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Woodworking Essentials: Pick the Perfect Lock

The key to selection is knowing the terminology and how a lock works.by Glen D. Huey pages 52-55Locks protect our worldly goods from outsiders who wish to take those goods from us. In earlier days, the use of furniture locks had a somewhat different purpose.Blog: Get step-by-step instruction from Glen Huey on how he...

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Woodworking Essentials: The Hole Story

Discover a bit about clean, accurate boring.By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 58-59There are many tools in modern woodworking you can use to bore holes: powered drills (both corded and cordless), drill presses, hand-powered eggbeater drills, braces and more.Drill presses are the powered method of choice when accuracy is important. Battery-operated drills are convenient and fast. Corded...

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Woodworking Essentials: Hand-stitched Rasps

Learn how to choose and use these essential shaping tools.By Robert W. Lang Pages 50-54Rasps are simple tools, yet incredibly versatile. With a good rasp, you can remove band saw marks from a curved surface, shape a cabriole leg, round over an edge, tweak a tenon and modify a mortise. Powered by hand, they are...

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Woodworking Essentials: Measure, Mark & Lay Out

Double-check your tools, your technique and your thinking.By Robert W. Lang Pages 58-60One of the most important skills in woodworking is rarely discussed or considered as a thing that needs to be learned or practiced. The basic skills of measuring and its close cousin, layout, are essential to produce quality work. As a bonus, mastery...

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Woodworking Essentials: The Right Wood in the Right Spot

The end grain holds the secret to what stock to use where.By Robert W. Lang Pages 20-23The single-most important factor in the appearance of any woodworking project is the selection of the material. This isn’t what species to use or what color of finish; it is the choice of which board goes where. The wrong...