There are some amazing specialty clamps for gluing miters, and we’re also amazed by some of the prices. It’s no trick to spend $40 apiece for mitered corner clamps. And because most frames have four corners, you can spend $160 very easily. By stealing some much less expensive hardware from a commercial application, we’ve come … Read more
The other night I was polishing the back of my favorite chisel I never use. I pondered my reflection in the shimmering metal, and wondered if I could get it shiny enough to enable time travel. I seemed to be getting close because I felt such a strong connection to woodworkers of days gone by. … Read more
This month’s winning trick is a nifty solution for Slide-out Tool Storage, from Dyami Plotke
Edited by Kari Hultman
ADDITIONAL IMAGES: See the construction process of the slide-out tool storage cabinet.
VIDEO: Tricks-in-Action shows you a free video of one of this issue’s tricks in use in our shop. Watch “A Better Dado Setup” – as well as a few of our other favorites.
WEB SITE: Visit the new Tricks of the Trade page online.
BLOG: Tricks editor Kari Hultman writes about woodworking on her blog, The Village Carpenter.
IN OUR STORE: “601 Woodshop Tips & Tricks,” by Graham McCulloch. Read more
Dan Urban, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., sent in this Trick of the Trade that appears in our June 2011 issue (#190).
By Popular Woodworking Magazine readers
From the April 2011 issue #189
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The winning trick from this issue is a “Benchtop Saw Upgrade” from Dan Chiappetta, of Astoria, N.Y. His clever shop-made MDF table adds surface area to a contractor table saw. Plus, a “Shop-made Pen Press” from Serge Duclos of Delson, Quebec, and “Transferring Images to Wood” from Mag Ruffman of Mansfield, Ontario (see the post below for a hilarious video of the process).
Our Tricks of the Trade column is written by our readers, and most of the entries come from “regular guys.” Occasionally we receive a trick from someone more recognizable, and this month our video trick comes from north of the border, courtesy of Mag Ruffman, aka “toolgirl.” Mag has written articles for us in previous … Read more
I improved the tabletop of my bottom-of-the-line table saw, and the saw’s performance has gone through the roof. A piece of MDF, a few scraps and screws, and a couple hours work was all it took. It saved me hundreds of dollars because I didn’t need to buy a bigger and better saw for my … Read more