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SensGard Ear Chamber Hearing Protection

by Rob Porcaro page 18 Before reading why these SensGard hearing protectors are so good, consider if you share some of the problems I have had with other protectors. I do not like stuffing things into my ear canals, such as foam plugs that must be compressed with often dirty fingers,...

Shapely Legs

You needn’t rely on ready-made patterns to design good-looking gams. by Rob Porcaro pages 43-47 Legs with engaging, flowing three-dimensional curves can add immeasurably to the aesthetic success of such pieces as tables, stands and chests. In this article, using the legs for a small floating-top table as an example, I’ll...

Super Nova Magnetic Lathe Lamp

Three LEDs and a 30″ flexible neck deliver durable, excellent task lighting. by Rob Porcaro pg. 16 Good lighting can make a big difference in the quality of your woodworking, especially hand-tool work. Without it, there is little hope of accurately sawing to a layout line. It is also key in...

Upgrade Your Workbench

Simple and ingenious jigs that will unlock the full capacity of your workbench. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 57-61 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now The most important tool in my shop is one I never pick up: the workbench. I purchased my bench about 25 years ago,...

Making Multiple Through-Mortise-and-Tenon Joints

Wedged mortise-and-tenon joints add visual interest to any casework. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 62-65 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now To join partitions or shelves into solid-wood casework, woodworkers have several options. This basic task of connecting the end-grain edge of one board to the face of...

Jig Journal: Dovetail Markers

These simple shop-made helpers will make marking less of a chore. By Rob Porcaro Page: 64 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Marking out dovetails for hand cutting goes much easier with these helpers. Held in place while hooked over the end of a board, these markers...

Better Vision in the Shop

Proper lighting and vision aids can make a woodworking world of difference. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 63-65 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworking is a visual art. The capabilities of our eyes and visual system, as well as the quality of the conditions in which we...

End Grain: New Names for Old Tools

Just keep saying 'micron.' By Rob Porcaro Page: 64 From the August 2010 issue #184 Buy this issue now Woodworkers who use hand tools to lay the quality touch on their work know what can be accomplished with these wonderful inventions. Along with skill, supplied of course by you, a good hand tool is...