Drill Press Extension Table

My basement shop is quite small and my drill press is right next to my workbench. When I needed to drill a long board, I would stack pieces of wood on top of my workbench to act as a support.…

Clamping Method for Small Mitered Frames

Although I have several commercially made accessories for clamping mitered frames, they don’t work well on small frames. So, I devised my own small-frame clamping method. First, I made four [...]

Bench Jig for Thin Pieces

Most of the time, the end vise on my workbench is more than adequate to secure workpieces between bench dogs. Occasionally, though, I need to work with thin wood at the front edge of the bench [...]

Auxiliary Band Saw Table

When I rough out work on the band saw, I often find little pieces getting stuck in the throat insert or the split in the table. Also, I find that work can catch in the miter slot. So, I made …

Bickford Moulding Planes

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking. Vintage moulding planes are tricky beasts. Typically the wood is warped, the irons [...]

Great Legs

The black stallion’s name was Step. Marvin, the only man I ever saw ride him, called him simply “the horse,” his raspy Southern voice pausing for emphasis. I was 5 years old the first time I laid [...]

Line & Berry Chest of Drawers

Though not traditional, router patterns make quick work of the inlay. In southeastern Pennsylvania, just northwest of Philadelphia, is Chester County. It was one of the original three counties [...]

English Layout Square

This useful tool is easy to make, easy on the eyes and awesome to use. Wooden layout tools usually are superior to metal ones in my opinion. They are lightweight, inexpensive and as accurate as [...]

Greene & Greene Frame

It’s easy to get caught in the trap of design by formula. But if art were simply a matter of ratios, a paint-by-number Mona Lisa would be just as good as the one hanging in the Louvre Museum. The [...]

Victorian Side Table

Pattern routing makes quick and easy work of these urn-shaped sides. Click here for the SketchUp model of this project. While vacuuming a few weeks back, I was thinking about what to build for [...]

Tool Test: A Better Brad-point Bit

  Tool: Five Star Drill Set Manufacturer: Colt Price: $56 When I grab a brad-point bit to drill a hole, I don’t give much thought to the design of the bit and to the finer intricacies of [...]

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