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Tips & Techniques4

Lithium Ion Batteries8

Learn about the latest developments in cordless tool battery technology.

Japanese Saws10

There's a style of saw for every joinery need. And you'll master the techniques in short order.

There’s no doubt that Japanese saws have made a real impact on Western woodworking. The dozuki, ryoba, and kugihiki featured in the article on page 10 came from the Woodsmith Store. But you can find a selection of similar Japanese saws in the Lee Valley, Rockler, or Garrett Wade catalogs. The azebiki (15.121.60) and the dozuki with the depth stop (01.117.3) are available from The Japan Woodworker.

Incra Table Saw Fence14

If absolute precision is what you're after in a table saw fence, this is the upgrade for you.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your table saw’s rip fence to improve the accuracy of your cuts, the Incra TS-III Ultra Micro Precision Table Saw Fence may be the perfect answer. The Incra system also fits just about any contractor or cabinet-style saw without any serious modification. For the article on page 14, we looked at the 32″ model, but Incra also makes a 51″ system to give a saw greater ripping capacity. Both versions are available from Amazon.com.

Cutting Boards16

This great-looking set of cutting boards offers an enjoyable contrast. You can build them in a weekend, but you'll get to enjoy using them for years to come.

  • Page 18: Illustrations
    Clarification: The finger hole should be 1" in diameter. This measurement was omitted.
  • Page 19: Illustration, juice groove template
    The drawing at the top of the page indicates that the template radius is 11 1/2" but this is not correct. The correct curvature is 11 1/4", as shown in detail a on the same page.

The cutting boards on page 16 are great weekend projects that would be a welcome addition to any kitchen. And the good news is that you may have the wood to build a few in your scrap bin. The only thing they’ll need is a few coats of General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish available from Woodcraft and Rockler.

Queen Anne Lowboy20

This project takes a modern approach to building a classic piece of furniture. All the traditional details are here, but in a package that's surprisingly straightforward to build.

  • Page 24: Detail d illustration
    The measurement for the lower left drawer opening is shown as 8 1/4". That measurement actually goes to the left edge of the mortise for the Part C tenon. The opening itself is 8".
  • Page 28: Main illustration, detail 'b'
    The groove in the drawer front to receive the bottom is not shown in the drawings or the details. It should be 9/16" from the bottom edge if you account for the lip.

Building a lowboy, like the one shown on page 20, could be a great winter project. And to complement the beautiful curly maple used throughout the project, you’ll need to add hardware appropriate for the design.

We turned to Horton Brasses Inc. for the bail pulls (C-602S) and the matching escutcheon (C-602SE). Stem bumper glides (28373) from Rockler keep the drawers running smoothly. We decided to purchase the cabriole legs from Classic Designs by Matthew Burak. The Queen Anne Style Cabriole Legs (100-H36.TM) are actually highboy legs, but they suited this design. They’re also available in cherry.

A Note on Finishing: To get the rich color for the lowboy, we used the following mixture of TransTint dye: 1 qt. of water, 6 tsp. Orange, and 4 tsp. Reddish Brown, followed by a spray lacquer finish. If you don't have spray equipment, you can use a wiping varnish, or an oil sealer followed by a waterbased finish instead.

Shop Notebook30

Treasure Box32

You don't have to take on a big project to improve your woodworking skills. This small box starts with some basic techniques, adds a few new twists, and results in a very stylish design.

  • Page 36: Detail C
    The brass screws should be 1/2" long, not 1". (Neither the materials list nor the sources reference the length of the screws.)

The only hardware you’ll need to complete the box on page 32 is a pair of brass hinges. We used the 1¼″ x 1″ x 3/32″ Precision Box Hinge (PB-405) from Horton Brasses Inc. We dyed the maple using the same formula as was used on the lowboy. To ebonize the sides, we used India ink from a local art supply store. The posterboard and felt are available at most craft stores.

Shaping a Cabriole Leg38

We'll show you a simple, step-by-step approach for making great-looking cabriole legs.

  • Page 40: Figure 8
    The hardboard foot template should be 2-5/8" in diameter, not radius.

Small Tool Storage44

Take a look at a few great ways to organize the tools you reach for every day.

Using Dye Concentrates46

Pre-mixed concentrates can give your project fantastic color and make using dyes much easier.

The TransTint dye concentrates featured in the article on page 46 are made by Homestead Finishing Company and are available from Woodcraft and Rockler. The Wizard Tints by J.E. Moser are from Woodworker’s Supply.

Versatile Bead Molding48

Adding a simple bead profile to a project can turn it from plain to eye-catching.

Q & A50

Final Details52

  • Page 40: Folio (footer)
    The folio on page 40 says "No. 173" but it should be "No 174".