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Tips & Techniques4

Choosing Drawer Liners8

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.

7 Essential Layout Tools10

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).

Gluing Up Strong Joints12

When you follow a few simple guidelines, longlasting glue joints are a sure thing.

Using Rail & Stile Bits14

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.

Display Shelf18

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.

Folding Step Stool22

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.

  • Page 24: Detail C
    The note in this illustration should read: All mortises and tenons are 1 3/8" wide and 3/8" thick.

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.

Shop Notebook28

Machinist's Chest30

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.

  • Page 38: Materials, Supplies & Cutting Diagram
    Clarification: The project calls for 1/8" Maple plywood in the Materials, Supplies & Cutting Diagram on page 38. The parts that use this material are non-appearance parts. You could substitute 1/8" Baltic birch which can be found at most well-stocked hobby stores or at Or 1/8" hardboard could also be used.

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 — They carry the most authentic-looking hardware that I’ve been able to find.

To make ordering easier, the folks at 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.

Perfect Finger Joints39

With a shop-built jig and a dado blade, you can cut tight-fitting finger joints on the table saw.

Troubleshooting Your Jointer42

We'll show you how to keep this essential power tool cutting straight and true.

Online Extras

  • Creating a Straightedge
    In order to check your jointer tables for coplaner alignment, you really need a quality, accurate straightedge — the longer the better. If you don’t have an accurate straightedge, this online extra will show you how to make one.

Using Glazes46

Learn how the technique of glazing can enhance the color and appearance of a project.

Twin Tenons48

When maximum strength is the goal, this time-tested joint can’t be beat.

Q & A50

Different Types of Tool Steels

Final Details52