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Tips & Techniques4

Forstner-Style Bits8

Versatile drill bits you need in your shop.

You can find Forstner-style bits at most hardware stores and home centers, and we've also listed a few sources below. When it comes to true Forstner bits, however, there's only one source — Connecticut Valley Manufacturing Company. You can contact the company by calling 860-827-0823 or visit the website:

Belt Sander10

We'll show you how to get more out of this essential power tool.

When it comes to upgrading your belt sander, one thing to consider is covering your platen with a graphite pad. It will reduce friction and extend the life of the sanding belt and the sander itself. We ordered ours from Klingspor. You can find the contact information below. The company also stocks a variety of sanding belts to fit most sanders.

As for the sanding frame, check with the manufacturer of your belt sander to see if there's one available for your model.

Perfect Mitered Frames12

Take the mystery out of making picture-perfect miter cuts on the table saw.

Router Guide Bushings14

Find out how to put these simple, inexpensive router accessories to work for you.

If you decide to try your hand at the template routing with guide bushings, you can start by ordering individual bushings or sets (in steel or brass) from the Woodsmith Store or Rockler.

Display Table16

The ebonized legs of this table provide a striking contrast to the maple top, shelf, and drawer.

  • Page 54: Piece E and Piece G dmensions
    Piece E Side Panels – should be 3/4 x 4 – 6 3/4, not 3/4 x 4 – 6 3/8 as originally printed. Piece G Drawer Guides should be 1/2 x 1/2 – 6 3/8, not 1/2 x 1/2 – 6 1/2 as originally printed.

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  • Display Table
    Wow. That's the reaction I heard when I brought this table out of the shop. The curly maple panels and the jet-black legs make this small table a project that really stands out. But what I find more interesting are the techniques used to build it.

Except for a handful of screws, there really isn't any hardware you need to build the display table. The only unusual thing we used was India ink to ebonize the legs. It's waterproof and offers a deep, black color. You can find it at most hobby and office supply stores.

Poker Chip Case22

This poker chip case is unlike any other -- it features solid-brass hardware, a burl veneer top, and felt-lined chip trays.

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  • Poker Chip Case
    Are you as serious about your woodworking as you are about your poker game? Well, here's a way to combine the two. Build this stylish case for storing all the poker chips and accessories you'll need for your own Texas Hold 'em tournament or a classic game of five-card stud.

Building the poker chip case requires a few pieces of hardware. All the hardware came from Lee Valley. You'll need a pair of round table latches (#00A51.04), a package of table leaf alignment pins (#00S10.04), four brass bin pulls (#00W82.02), and a set of brass box feet (#01b07.04).

If you'd like to veneer the top, you can order some from Herzog Veneers. We used a type called plane tree burl veneer. The contact information is below. On the website, you'll be able to see a photo of the exact piece of veneer you're ordering.

As for the poker supplies, you can probably find them at a local game store. The chips, markers and felt shown in the article came from Poker 'n Stuff.

To rout the profiles, we used an ogee fillet bit from Amana (#54114), which is available at the Woodsmith Store.

Shop Notebook30

Classic Oak Poker Table32

With a felt top, chip compartments, and built-in drink coasters, this poker table is a sure bet.

  • Page 35: Ilustration
    The drawing shows a router with a "1/4" Roman ogee bit." That callout should read "1/4" ogee fillet bit."
  • Page 35: Caption
    The caption says to use a Roman ogee bit, but it should say to use an ogee fillet bit.
  • Page 51: Two Rockler Part Numbers
    Rockler changed the part numbers of two parts sourced for the original article. The Pedestal Base part number is now 28260 (old number 30283), and the Leg Set part number is now 28030 (old number 37217). Note, the profile on these legs is similar, but not exactly the same as the original part number.

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  • Poker Table and Optional Wood Cover
    What could be more enjoyable than pulling a chair up to this classic poker table for a game of cards with a few friends? But that will come later. First, you'll get to take on the challenge of building the table.

Almost all of the supplies you need to build the poker table came from Rockler. For starters, you'll need an oak pedestal (#28260) and leg set (#28030). We also ordered some cork (#15108) to line the coasters, and a package each of T-nuts (#26062) and threaded inserts (#33191). In addition, the Woodsmith Store carries these supplies as well. If you plan on making the wood top, you'll need a package of table leaf aslignment pins (#00S10.04) from Lee Valley.

Like the poker chip case, the felt (#HF-GFELT) for the replaceable top came from Poker 'n Stuff, and the accent veneer came from Herzog Veneers.

The profiles on the table were routed from an ogee fillet bit (#54114) and a bowl and tray bit (#45981) from Amana. Both bits are available from the Woodsmith Store.

Powerful Solutions42

Sure-fire strategies for "powering" up your shop.

Setting up for the Perfect Cut44

Learn what it takes to get your table saw ready for making accurate cuts.

4 Finishing Brushes46

No matter what the project is, one of these four brushes is sure to have you covered.

Q & A48

Inside Look at Pedestal Bases50

Strong and attractive, pedestal table bases have been used for centuries. Learn the secrets behind their construction.

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  • Column & Leg Patterns
    When it came to building the poker table in this issue, we chose to use a pre-made pedestal base. But if you want to make the table out of a wood other than red oak, you might want to try making your own pedestal base.

Final Details52