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If you think fastening small pieces of trim is a big pain, you'll want to try a pin nailer.
When it comes to attaching moldings, glass stop, or other small parts, a pin nailer is an invaluable tool. They're available from several online tool dealers.
Want to rout perfect-fitting dadoes every time? Then take a look at this easy-to-use jig.
The Precision Dado Jig (PDJ-100) featured on page 12 is available directly from the manufacturer, Infinity Cutting Tools. Their information appears below.
The spiral downcut bit shown with the jig is available from several different router bit manufacturers. You can purchase them through a number of woodworking supply catalogs.
We'll show you a foolproof way to make a seamless joint between curved parts.
Template routing is a great technique for creating mating arcs or curves in two workpieces. The technique relies on a router bit with a 1-3/8"-dia. bearing fixed at the shank. We purchased our bearing (232) from MLCS. Included with the bearing is a stop collar and hex wrench.
Which is more appealing -- the interesting woodworking that goes into this project, or putting it to use afterwards? It's a toss-up.
The pizza peel on page 16 doesn't require any hardware. However, since the peel will be used with food and washed occasionally, you'll want to select a finish that's food safe and easy to maintain. For this reason, we went with a wipe-on oil finish (General Finishes' Salad Bowl Finish). It's food safe after drying for 72 hours.
This project will surprise you. On the surface, the Craftsman-style details appear to present a challenge. But in reality, it's a breeze to build.
Other than a few woodscrews, you won't need any special hardware for the book rack on page 20. To finish the rack, we stained it with Zar's honey maple stain and then sprayed on a couple coats of lacquer.
Friends and family will all enjoy this attractive and practical project. And the best part is, it goes together in a snap.
Aside from the commonly available screws, nuts, and washers, the hardware for the gathering table on page 24 came from Rockler. This includes the figure-8 fasteners (21650) and the hanger bolts (24448).
The base of the table was stained with General Finishes' Gel Stain (Java). Then the entire table was finished with a couple coats of spray lacquer.
For the two Designer’s Notebook options on page 29, we used legs purchased from Classic Designs by Matthew Burak (303-LV36 and 304-B36). To rout the profile on the edge of the classic table, we used a thumbnail profile bit (8559) from MLCS.
Here's a project that's a perfect fit with today's scaled-down lifestyle. Compact and efficient, this stylish desk has everything you need.
For the finish, we first stained the desk with a mixture of three parts Zar stain (cherry) and one part WoodKote Jel’d Stain (cherry). Then we sprayed the desk with two coats of lacquer.
Create strong, invisible miters on your table saw with this little-known woodworking joint.
This traditional hand tool deserves a place in every woodworker's tool cabinet.
Knowing the ins and outs of finishing solvents can guarantee a better result.
Learn what you need to know to choose the right variation of this fundamental joint.