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Tips & Techniques4

Classic Cherry Bed6

Individual hardwood slats mortised onto a curved top rail are just one of the features that make this elegant project an interesting challenge to build.

Routing Through Mortises15

Our step-by-step instructions will show you how to cut perfect through mortises quickly and accurately. The secret is to use your router and a simple shop-made jig.

Shop Notes18

Children's Bookcase20

This easy-to-build project features solid wood construction and a unique shelf system. There are three shelves that can lie flat or tilt back to "cradle" the books.

Wood Pens24

Turning your own wood pens is a great way to use up small scraps of wood. And by using our step-by-step instructions and simple turning jig for the drill press, you don't even need a lathe.

Talking Shop26

Mantel Clock28

From built-up moldings to a handy pull-out drawer, this project packs a lot of woodworking in a small package. But best of all, we kept the design simple enough so that you can build this clock from start to finish over a weekend.

  • Page 32: Cutting diagram
    The note about the 1/4" piece of plywood should read: Also need one 12" x 24" piece of 1/4" plywood for parts I, K, and O.
  • Page 32: Materials
    Item H Glass Stops dimensions printed as 1/2 x 2 – 7 rgh. But should be 3/4 x 2 – 7 rgh.


Here's a look at several different types of figured maple -- and some tips on working with this special wood.

Reader's Jig34

Final Details36