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Tips & Techniques4


Hardwood squares and a veneered frame make for an elegant project that's sure to become a family heirloom. And whether chess or checkers is your game, the divided drawer under the board holds everything you'll need for your next match.

Veneering Basics14

Want to "dress up" a woodworking project? Try veneering. We'll walk you through the basics (and more) step-by-step.

Shop Notes18

Bead-Front Bookcase20

We'll show you how to build this small bookcase in a few days. The joinery is simple. The drawers are straightforward. And all the bead molding is made with a single router bit.

  • Page 22: Figure 1, detail b
    Measurement of the groove and the length of the tenon should be 1/4". Also the stub tenon measurement should be 1 3/4".
  • Page 24: Text; instructions for Frame, 2nd paragraph
    Instructions indicate that pieces M and N are cut from 1/2" thick stock, but it should be 3/4" stock. The cutting diagram is correct.

Finish information: For the stain we used a mix of 1-1/2 tablespoons Burnt Umber artist oil in 1 pint of boiled linseed oil. We finished with four coats of General Finishes "One-Step".

Candle Centerpiece26

If you would like a unique gift to build this holiday season, take a look at this centerpiece. It's on project you won't be burning the midnight oil to complete.

  • Page 27: Figure 2, detail a
    Measurement is missing. The distance between left edge and hole should be 1 3/4".

Top Ten Router Tips28

Fast, accurate setups, trimming plywood edging quickly, routing without chipout -- just a few of the shop-tested tips that will come in handy when building your next project.

Flip-Lid Card Case32

Any way you look at it, this flip-lid case is a good deal. It features veneered faces, a shop-made hinge, and a magnetic catch. Plus, you'll be able to build it in no time.

Final Details36