Keep up to date with
Subscribe to Woodsmith magazine
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: www.convalco.com.
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.
Take the mystery out of making picture-perfect miter cuts on the table saw.
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.
The ebonized legs of this table provide a striking contrast to the maple top, shelf, and drawer.
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.
This poker chip case is unlike any other -- it features solid-brass hardware, a burl veneer top, and felt-lined chip trays.
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.
With a felt top, chip compartments, and built-in drink coasters, this poker table is a sure bet.
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.
Sure-fire strategies for "powering" up your shop.
Learn what it takes to get your table saw ready for making accurate cuts.
No matter what the project is, one of these four brushes is sure to have you covered.
Strong and attractive, pedestal table bases have been used for centuries. Learn the secrets behind their construction.