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Fixed-width Panel Raiser

Build a plane that cuts smooth and crisp raised panels with, against or across the grain – the magic is in the spring and skew. By Willard Anderson For a PDF version of this article as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Panel-raising planes are used to shape the raised...

MegaSled

Table Saw MegaSled

Make accurate and safe crosscuts with ease – and set the stage for clever accessories by James Hamilton (aka Stumpy Nubs) Most power-tool woodworkers have at least one table saw sled. And while a sled can make your work safer and more accurate, a well-thought-out sled can also do much more....

How to Carve Drawer Pulls by Hand

There comes a time in every project with doors and drawers called “pull-gatory,” when the struggle of sticking something onto the front of the beautiful piece you’ve just made grinds progress to a halt. I’ve been there a few times, and I’m there now with a little wall cabinet that I’m...

Video: How to Choose a Push Stick – Table Saw Safety

Push sticks? Yes, that is the topic of today’s blog, and it’s also the answer – Yes! Every woodworker has had a close call (or worse) or knows someone who has. Table saws are dangerous and even the experienced get hurt. But before this devolves into a diatribe about table saw...

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Give Me a Brake (How to Make a Riving Brake)

Get some splitting leverage with this simple contraption. by Peter Follansbee Reach for a froe, and you should immediately think, “Give me a brake.” The brake can be a constructed workholding device, or just a couple of logs. Its function is to trap your workpiece in such a way that you...

Tricks of the Trade: Gas-powered Plane-till Lid

I have a meager collection of handplanes made up of mostly dog-meat users. I like using planes that have history because it’s fun to think about what each might have made during the last 100 years. None of my planes are particularly nice, but I do want to keep them from...

Wedged Sliding Mortise Gauge

Make your own copy of this precision vintage tool. by Peter Follansbee from the December 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Even after two years of working alone, I can still hear the visitors to my museum shop where I worked for 20 years: “My grandpa was a carpenter….” It’s a line...

Japanese Garden Bench

Combine five 2x4s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon to build a handsome and sturdy sitting spot for your deck or garden. by Christopher Schwarz & Kara Gebhart Uhl My father always has had a knack for doing more with less. He built the first house on our farm...