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Down the Rabbit Hole

Miniaturist David Brookshaw sent me a photo of a cabinetmaker’s tool chest in 1/12 scale that begs for your “zoom tool.” We’ve been exploring all the tiny tools in the [...]

Origami Chisel Protectors

Reaching underneath my tool rack can be like sticking my hand in a lion’s mouth. All of the dangling edge tools have alternately shaved, nicked and scared the bejeezus out of me over the [...]

Craftsman Frame

Craftsman Frame Pegged half-lap joints are the cabinetmaker's way to build a beautiful frame. By Jock and Susan Holmen Picture frames are pretty easy to make, except when it comes to putting [...]

Benchtop Mortisers

For $250 and half an hour's worth of simple improvements, you can cut precise mortises all day. Mortising machines first answered the prayers of mortise-cutting woodworkers over 120 years [...]

Tidy Stripping

When stripping a chair or table, place each leg in a coffee can. Any excess stripper drips right in, and when you take off the finish, you can simply push your scraper down the length of the leg. [...]

Instant Wheel-Dresser Support

I use my grinder almost exclusively for beveling my chisels, so I like to keep the tool rest set to produce the 25-degree bevel I prefer. Having to reset the angle after using my diamond wheel [...]

Another Angle on Flat Glue-ups

  To keep panels from bowing under clamp pressure while gluing, I install lengths of angle aluminum on each end. I clamp the angle pieces just firmly enough to hold things in place. Then I [...]

Easy-Grip Handles

  After 37 years of pushing pencils and typing on a keyboard at the office, my grip is not what it used to be. So I found an easy way to get a powerful yet comfortable grip on my clamp …

Magnetic Clamping Pads

C-clamps can make nasty dents that are tough to sand out. Pads or blocks will prevent this, but they're often awkward to hold in place while you tighten the clamps. I make pads that don't [...]

Deep-Reach Handscrew

Recently, a friend asked me to reglue the buckled veneer in a tabletop. The problem was located too far from the edge to clamp with my longest handscrew, so I added wooden fingers to nearly [...]

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