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Tips & Techniques4

Serving Tray & Stand6

This little tray serves up some interesting woodworking. The grid in the center is created with half laps. And for the optional stand, you can try your hand at making a dowel to allow the legs of the stand to pivot. All in all it's a project that's sure to come in handy.

Cutting Half Laps12

If you're looking for a good, solid "meat and potatoes" joint that can be made quickly, half laps may be just the ticket. Here, we walk you through the procedure for cutting half laps, along with some shop-tested tips for getting a perfect-fitting joint.

Lantern-Base Lamp16

This lamp has an interesting design of half-lap grids on the sides. But the real surprise comes when you turn it on. A small bulb in the base of the lamp casts a lantern-like glow.

  • Page 18: Frame Stiles illustration (upper left)
    A measurement is missing from the top of the illustration. The distance between laps should be 7/8"
  • Page 21: Lamp wiring illustration
    Artwork does not properly label the wires. Neutral should be textured, hot leads should be smooth. Also, base lamp fixture should indicate that the maximum bulb wattage is 10 watts.

Hall Tree22

Home is where you hang your hat. And this hall tree makes a great home for your hat (and your coat). Plus the interlocking design will keep your guests wondering how it was put together.

Dado Blades28

Despite the name, dado blades do a lot more than just cut dadoes. Here are some helpful tips on how to select and use this important table saw "accessory."

Shop Notes30

Storage Contest Winners32

The envelope please... the results are in for our shop storage contest. The winners include a cut-off rack, a wall storage system and a portable storage bin.

Talking Shop34

Final Details36