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Take a look at some handy hardware that makes assembling and disassembling projects a breeze.
Knock-down fasteners come in a multitude of styles. The article on page 8 shows just a few of the more common ones.
The Blum KD fittings (#148415) and surface-mount connectors (#148575) both came from Woodcraft. Lee Valley carries the metal biscuit fasteners (00S21.10), the tension rod nuts (05G07.10), and the corner joiners (00S14.02). The connector bolts, cap nuts, and cross dowels are available in a number of sizes and finishes from Lee Valley and Rockler.
A couple of traditional hand tools can take the hard work out of smoothing a workpiece.
A scraper is a great way to get a glass-smooth finish without sanding. Both the cabinet scraper and scraper plane shown in the article on page 10 will help make this task easier. The Veritas cabinet scraper is sold by Lee Valley (05P32.05) and the scraper plane is from Lie-Nielsen. Both companies also offer other styles of scraper planes as well.
When fast, precise tool setup is the goal, here's a simple accessory that gets the job done.
Brass set-up blocks (like the ones shown on page 12) can be purchased from several of the wood-working suppliers shown below. The aluminum set-up blocks were purchased from Lee Valley (05N58.01).
With help from a couple of shop-built jigs, you can make more than just the basic cuts.
This beautiful frame and easel is guaranteed to put a favorite family photo in the best light. After an enjoyable weekend in the shop, you'll be rewarded with a lifetime keepsake.
To build the picture frame on page 18, all you’ll need are some brass-plated turnbuttons. These are available from Rockler (27912).
The brass knurled thumb nut, machine screw, and washer used for the clamp on the easel can be obtained from a local hardware store or home center.
When it came to finishing, we used General Finishes’ Gel Stain (Java) on the easel and the frame trim. To bring out the figure of the curly maple, a coat of General Finishes’ Seal-a-Cell was wiped onto the frame facing. Then everything was finished with a couple coats of lacquer.
Building this uniquely designed coffee table is guaranteed to teach you a couple of new tricks. You'll get a healthy dose of quality shop time along with a very stylish end result.
The only hardware you’ll need to build the coffee table on page 22 is a handful of woodscrews. We purchased the ¼″ tempered glass from a local glass shop.
The legs and frame of the table are unstained, but the cherry grids were stained with a mixture of three parts Zar Cherry Stain and one part Wood Kote Jel’d Stain (Cherry). Then the whole table was finished with lacquer.
You might want to build this project for its classic appearance - or maybe for its practicality. But I think you'll agree, the real hook here is the challenging woodworking.
All of the hardware items used to build the desk on page 32 are available from Lee Valley. The list includes the no-mortise hinges (00H51.23), steel shelf pins (00S10.52), shelf pin sleeves (00S10.62), card table hinges (00W23.01), drawer slides (02K62.45), bronze knobs (02W14.44), and the rare-earth magnets (99K31.01), steel magnet cups (99K32.51), and steel washers (99K32.61).
The solution used to antique the card table hinges came from Van Dyke’s Restorers. And the desk was stained with three parts Zar Cherry Stain and one part Wood Kote Jel’d Stain (Cherry).
Here are the tips and tricks we use to guarantee perfect edging on plywood panels.
It's easy to tame tearout on the router table by following a few basic guidelines.
We'll show you how to give your project the time-worn look of a classic antique.
We purchased the milk paint used in the article on page 46 from Woodcraft. It’s also available directly from the Old-Fashioned Milk Paint Company.
You'll find that carving this traditional decorative molding is surprisingly simple.