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Sometimes, using a less expensive wood can make a project better. We'll explain how.
Not all drill bits are the same. Here are the best options for clean, accurate holes in wood.
Although brad point bits, like the ones in the article on page 10, are available from a number of sources, not all brad point bits are created equal. The Best Things carries Miebach “Colt” brad point bits. These high-quality bits are made in Germany and drill cleaner holes with less tearout.
The Morris Wood Tool Co. is the only company that still makes genuine Forstner bits. They also make the end grain (custom order) and V-point bits shown in the article, as well as a large selection of brad point bits.
You're guaranteed consistent results with these inexpensive and easy-to-use router jigs.
Jasper Tools makes the circle jigs shown in the article on page 12. The three jigs can be purchased separately or in combination sets from a variety of woodworking retailers listed below. We purchased ours from The Woodsmith Store.
We'll show you a great technique for making strong, gracefully curved workpieces.
Here's an easy-to-build project that still offers a great range of woodworking experiences. You start with some basic joinery, then get to learn a new skill -- bent lamination.
There’s not much in the way of hardware for the tote on page 16. We used decorative, pyramid head black iron screws from Horton Brasses (PH-6).
The paint on the tote shown on page 18, is Benjamin Moore Regal Matte Covington Blue (HC-138). The box also has an undercoat of General Finishes’ Mahogany oil-base stain.
Who says that a practical file cabinet can't also look great? But the classic appearance isn't all this project has to offer. The challenge of building it will keep you on your toes.
The file storage cabinet that begins on page 20, uses 18″ full-extension drawer slides by Accuride from Rockler (32490). Blum makes the Metafile file hangers used inside the drawers, also available from Rockler (70326). The drawers open with card frame drawer pulls from Lee Valley (01A57.60).
The profile on the trim was routed with a classical bead and cove bit from Amana Tool (54106). The stain used on the file cabinet was General Finishes’ Light Oak oil-base stain.
This library table gives you everything you could want in a project. The design is traditional, the woodworking is down-to-earth, and the end result will be a treasured heirloom.
Classic Craftsman-style furniture, like the library table on page 30, deserves classic Craftsman-style hardware. So we chose the dark bronze bail pull from Lee Valley (01A28.40). The figure-eight desktop fasteners that anchor the top came from Rockler (21650).
The profile on the inside of the drawers was routed with a two-flute ogee bit by Amana Tool (54120). Amana bits are available from The Woodsmith Store.
To finish the table, we used Varathane’s Early American wood stain to further enhance the Craftsman look.
All it takes to rip perfect thin strips at the table saw is the right setup and technique.
Keep your table saw in top-top shape with this simple, seven-step tune-up.
Any time is a good time to make sure your table saw is in perfect working order. The dial indicator shown in the article on page 42, will help. It was purchased from Woodcraft (128397).
When you want a perfectly smooth finish on porous wood, grain filler is the key.
Learn the secrets to installing the drawer or door pulls that complement the look of a project.
Mahoney Utility Finish is the walnut oil mentioned in the article on page 50. It was purchased from Rockler (26836).