Quick, Slick Burnisher

A nice scraper burnisher can be made quickly for little or no cost. All you need is a cheap wooden file handle (available at hardware stores) and an old drill bit. You simply drill into the [...]

Safer Ripping of Short Stock

Ripping very narrow stock on the table saw can be a bit dicey because your push stick runs so close to the blade. If you’re not careful to keep it against the rip fence, it can tip into the [...]

Shop-made Beam Compass

In my work I often need to draw large-radii curves, for which I use this long beam compass. Built from scrap wood and a dowel center, it’s cheap and easy to make in any length. It can be quickly [...]

Reversible Bench Hook

Like many woodworkers, I use a bench hook to support small pieces on the bench for handsawing. A typical bench hook is just a small panel with a shortened topside fence at one end for supporting [...]

Offset Detail Sander

When doing repair work, I often have to inlay small patches of wood into a finished surface. To help level the patch afterward without marring the adjacent surface, I made up several of these [...]

Popping Plugs

After cutting out plugs on the drill press, I used to saw them from their blank using the table saw. Unfortunately, this would often send the freed plugs flying across the shop, forcing me to [...]

Clamping Edges with Wedges

I made a built-in bookcase for my daughter that required attaching the face frame after installing the case. I didn’t want to mar the face frame with nail holes, but I don’t have any [...]

Online Extras: October 2008 Issue

Online Extras for the October 2008 issue include a video of a behind-the-scenes look how a Popular Woodworking cover is shot, a video about Bob Lang's 21st Century bench, as well as [...]

Out of the Woodwork: Et tu, Brute?

But a small cut may lead to thoughts of treason. By Jeff Skiver Page: 88 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now I already have more lumber than I can use. However, I cannot seem to [...]

Random-Orbit Sanders

These mid-size sanders take on the brunt of our sanding chores. Find out what sets them apart. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 58-63 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now As we prepared to [...]

Woodworking Essentials: Table Saws

A Better Way to Work: Part 7 By Marc Adams Pages: 45-51 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of all woodworking requires some type of sawing. [...]

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