Tail Vise Clamp

After years of wishing my old workbench had a tail vise, I realized I could make one of my new Jorgensen Cabinet Master bar clamps do the job. All I had to do was reverse the sliding lower jaw [...]

Textured Jewelry Box

Turn a single board into a heirloom. Jewelry boxes are some of my favorite pieces to make. There is so much versatility in the design and use! And, they give you a taste of all kinds of [...]

Flocking

Take that special drawer or box to the next level. Flocking is a two-step process that involves spraying tiny fibrous particles onto an adhesive-coated surface. Imagine spray-on velvet. This is a [...]

Quick-Change Turning Tools

Tool: Beginner Set of Tools Shop Now  Manufacturer: Jimmy Clewes MSRP: $743 A recent weekend of turning with Jimmy Clewes in Las Vegas led me to a new, favorite set of turning [...]

Milwaukee Installation Drill/Driver

Tool: Installation Drill/Driver Shop Now  Manufacturer: Milwaukee MSRP: $179 (bare tool) I use mostly 12-volt cordless tools in my shop. Modern technology helps you do a lot with [...]

Jigsaw Cushion

The next time you use your jigsaw, forget about hauling out the sawhorses or cantilevering a hard-to-hold workpiece off your bench. Extruded polystyrene insulation board, the rigid pink sheets [...]

Practical Paraffin

Ordinary paraffin canning wax has dozens of uses in my shop. It’s cheap at a few bucks a pound, available at any grocery store, and easy to cut into small chunks. Unlike candle wax, which often [...]

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