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Here's everything you need to know to select the best drawer liner for your next project.
Adding a lining to a drawer is a good way to dress up a special project. You should be able to find many of the drawer lining materials shown in the article on page 8 at local fabric or craft stores. We purchased the wool felt from Weir Crafts. Rockler also carries a selection of felt, velvet, and vinyl drawer liners, as well as the supplies and equipment for flocking.
An accurate layout starts with the right tools. All it takes is this basic collection.
Most of the layout tools shown in the article on page 10 are common enough that they can be ordered through just about any woodworking catalog. But there are a couple of items that deserve a special mention.
When choosing a combination square, it pays to spend a little extra and get a high-quality tool. Starrett, Brown & Sharpe, and Mitutoyo are all top brands.
The compass shown in the article is one of my favorites. It’s made by General Tools, and can be purchased directly from the manufacturer’s website (Item #842).
When you follow a few simple guidelines, longlasting glue joints are a sure thing.
These handy router bits take the hard work out of building great-looking frame and panel doors.
Most router bit manufacturers offer a variety of rail and stile bit sets, as well as the one-piece bits and reversible bits shown on page 17. Amana, CMT, Freud, and MLCS are a few of the brands that we’ve used in our shop.
If you're looking for a productive way to spend a weekend, building this small display shelf might be the answer. The classic design and straightforward woodworking add up to a great project.
One of the nice things about the display shelf on page 18 is that you don’t need any special hardware to build it — just a few woodscrews. The stain we used is a mix of three parts Zar Cherry Stain and one part Jel’d Cherry Stain.
Here's a project that will satisfy the "tinkerer" in you. Using a combination of purchased and shop-made hardware, this sturdy, practical folding step stool goes together in a snap.
To build the step stool on page 22, you’ll need just a few pieces of hardware. The brass hinges (23590), oak buttons (20503), rare-earth magnets (30810), and magnet cups (31668) all came from Rockler. Lee Valley also carries the rare-earth magnets (99K31.03) and cups (99K32.52), but not the hinges or buttons.
The strap hinges and steel rod and bar stock used for the pivot pins and catch tabs were purchased at a local hardware store. The stain we used is General Finishes’ Prairie Wheat Gel Stain.
Patterned after a classic tool chest, this project is the perfect way to show pride in your tools, as well as your craftsmanship. It's guaranteed to be a treasured heirloom.
One of the focal points of the machinist’s chest on page 30 is the reproduction hardware. Most of the hardware items, including the pulls, corner guards, handle, hinges, latches, and lid chain came from an online supplier — MachinistChest.com. They carry the most authentic-looking hardware that I’ve been able to find.
To make ordering easier, the folks at MachinistChest.com have put together a kit that includes all the hardware you’ll need to build the chest. And they’re offering the kit at a special, discounted price. When you place your order, you’ll also have the option of ordering felt or a mirror for the inside of the lid.
The chest was stained with Varathane’s Mission Oak Stain, and then finished with two coats of lacquer.
With a shop-built jig and a dado blade, you can cut tight-fitting finger joints on the table saw.
We'll show you how to keep this essential power tool cutting straight and true.
Learn how the technique of glazing can enhance the color and appearance of a project.
When maximum strength is the goal, this time-tested joint can’t be beat.
Different Types of Tool Steels