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Waterstones (like the ones featured on page 8) are great for sharpening edge tools.

The Shapton waterstones and the nagura stone came from Japan Woodworker. For the Norton combination stones and the holder, we turned to Lee Valley. The flattening stone (33463) came from Rockler.

Raised-Panel Router Bits10

These handy bits give every woodworker the means to make top-notch raised panels.

You can find router bits for creating raised panels at most woodworking suppliers. The ones shown in the article on page 10 are made by Amana and Freud and were purchased from the Woodsmith Store.

Cove-Cutting Jig14

Cut large coves quickly and safely with this convenient new table saw jig.

Kitchen Containers16

Kitchen accessories never looked so good. Here are three handsome boxes that will give your shop skills a workout and then add some pizzazz to your kitchen.

  • Page 17: Recipe box drawing
    Part K is shown as 4 5/8" wide. It should be 4 3/8" wide. The cutting diagram shows the correct dimensions.

The only hardware you’ll need for the kitchen containers on page 16 are the nickel-plated case hinges (00S55.01) for the recipe box that came from Lee Valley. However, the screws that come with those hinges will be too long for the box. I purchased screws that were ½″ long at my local hardware store.

You’ll need 1,600 10″ bamboo skewers for the knife box. I found them online at The Webstaurant Store. They’re sold in packages of 100. All of the boxes were finished with a wipe-on varnish.

Maple Armchair20

Building a set of solid, great-looking chairs doesn’t have to be an overwhelming challenge. Simple lines and straightforward joinery make this chair project an easy build.

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  • Maple Armchair
    To many woodworkers, building a set of chairs can be intimidating. There can be a lot of parts, angles that must be cut and fit, and when you're all done, they have to be both strong and comfortable to sit in. While this chair presents some unique challenges, building it isn't very difficult. Like most woodworking projects, you just need to break it down into smaller steps.

The dining chairs on page 20 were finished with wipe-on varnish. The webbing (40998) and clips (41004) came from Rockler. The high-density foam, batting, muslin, and fabric were purchased at a local fabric store.

Shop Notebook28

  • Page 28: Illustration
    The 45-degree bevel starts 1-1/2" from the bottom of the support (the back edge of the support that's already attached going from the base up to the bottom of the 45-degree curve.)

3-in-1 Bookcase30

We took one basic case design, combined it with different details and came up with three great projects. Craftsman, country or traditional, you get to make the choice.

  • Page 35: Detail a, Front Section View
    The part labeled T is actually part X (Top Panel End).
  • Page 34: Materials, Supplies and Cutting Diagram
    Two corrections: (1) Part R should be 3/4 x 5 - 12 1/4. (2) Part W should be 3/4 x 1/4 - 35. (The dimensions are correct in the illustrations on page 35.)
  • Page 36: Main Illustration
    The face frame center rail should be 1 1/2" not 2 1/4" as shown. The materials list is correct.
  • Page 33: Materials & Cutting Diagram
    There should be a quantity of 2 part 'H' Back Frame Stiles.

Of the three bookcases featured on page 30, only the traditional style bookcase required special hardware. The needed items can be obtained from Lee Valley. This includes two oil-rubbed bronze ring knobs (02W11.11), two pair of 2″ finial-tipped, no-mortise hinges (00H52.22), two ½″ rare-earth magnets (99K31.03), two 5/8″ magnet cups (99K32.53), and two 5/8″ magnet washers (99K32.63).

To rout the raised panels on the cherry bookcase, I used a Timberline bit (420-30) by Amana that I purchased from the Woodsmith Store.

The feet for the country and the traditional bookcases were purchased from Classic Designs by Matthew Burak. For the country bookcase, I used the Newport bun foot (461-BF). The traditional bookcase gets two Queen Anne front feet (481-F) and two Queen Anne back feet (481-B).

The three bookcases did have different finishes to match their styles. The Craftsman bookcase was stained with a mixture of two parts Wood Kote cherry stain to one part dark oak Jel’d Stain.

The country bookcase was finished with a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore’s Misted Fern paint. The beadboard back was painted with Benjamin Moore’s Woven Jacquard.

The stain applied to the traditional bookcase was a blend of three parts Zar cherry stain with 1 part cherry Jel’d Stain.

Splined Miter Joints38

Add some muscle to your miter joints with this simple table saw technique.

Hollow-Chisel Mortisers40

Clean, accurate mortises with the flip of a switch -- a hollow-chisel mortiser will do the job.

The right accessories can improve a mortising machine’s performance. The Clico hollow chisel and bit set (EE-63570.60) came from Tools for Working Wood. The chisel sharpening set can be purchased from the Woodsmith Store or from Rockler.

Making Identical Parts44

Here are some great tips for working efficiently and accurately when making multiple parts.

Problem Solving with Prefinishing46

It may sound backwards, but sometimes it's best to do the finishing first. We'll share the secret.

Smoothing a Frame48

All you need is a sharp hand plane and the right technique to smooth an assembled frame.

Q & A50

Final Details52