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Tips & Techniques4

  • Page 4: Rack divider and Detail b art
    The angle shown for the Rack Divider and the table saw blade angle in detail 'b' should read 67.5°. The 22.5° measurement shown is the complementary angle.

Cabinet Lighting8

Find out what you need to know to select the right style of lighting for your next project.

There are a multitude of cabinet lighting products available for woodworkers. Many of the lighting fixtures shown in the article on page 8 are available from Rockler, as well as other woodworking catalogs.

Hand Drills10

Every shop needs a drill. Here's what to consider when choosing one for your shop.

Whether you're looking for a cordless, corded, or pneumatic drill, you’ll find that you have plenty of choices available. Most home centers have a fairly good selection of drills. You can also find a large assortment of drills through online tool merchants such as Amazon.com.

Tapering Jig12

This versatile jig makes tough table saw cuts a lot quicker, easier, and safer.

The Rockler Taper Jig featured on page 12 works great for cutting tapers or ripping a straight edge on rough stock. The jig is available through Rockler (21597).

Veneering Large Panels14

Learn the simple secrets to successfully veneering large surfaces.

Online Extras

Veneering doesn't require a lot of equipment, but it does call for a few specialized tools and supplies, such as a veneer saw, veneer tape, and cold press glue. These items can be purchased through several of the woodworking sources listed below.

Curved Handle Serving Tray18

Round up some of those special scraps you've been saving and pencil in this eye-catching project for your next open weekend.

You won't need any hardware to build the serving tray on page 18. To finish the tray, we applied a coat of General Finishes' Seala-Cell and then sprayed on two coats of lacquer.

Veneered Credenza22

The "retro" styling of this handsome project is a nod to the not-too-distant past. It's a great opportunity to try something a little different.

To build the credenza on page 22, you'll need several hardware items. The drawer slides (02K36.18), inset hinges (00B15.24), and overlay hinges (00B15.20) were all purchased from Lee Valley. The spoonstyle shelf supports (30437) came from Rockler. And the oil rubbed door and drawer pulls (C8623) were ordered from Rejuvenation.

The smoked glass used for the windows in the doors was purchased at a local glass shop. Smoked glass is available in a couple different shades. We used a darker shade.

One of the most striking features of the credenza is the Douglas fir veneer. For this project, we used a man-made, "reconstituted" veneer product from Certainly Wood. It's available in large sheets, making it the perfect choice for this project.

For the finish, we applied a coat of General Finishes' Seala-Cell and then sprayed on two coats of lacquer.

Shop Notebook32

Curio Cabinet34

If you're a collector, this is a project you won't want to pass up -- practical, attractive, and guaranteed to be an enjoyable shop experience.

Most of the hardware used on the curio cabinet shown on page 34 came from Lee Valley. This includes the inset hinges (00H32.10), brass knobs (01A02.16) and rare-earth magnet sets (99K33.10). The shelf supports (30437) were purchased from Rockler.

The cabinet was stained with a mix of three parts Zar cherry stain and one part of WoodKote Jel'd Stain (cherry). After the stain was dry, the project was finished by spraying on a couple coats of lacquer.

Building Better Drawers42

Smooth-working drawers don't happen by accident. Make it a sure thing every time.

Perfect Band Saw Cuts44

We share some helpful tips for making dead-on, freehand cuts at the band saw.

Finishing Poplar46

We'll show you how the right finish can make this low-cost wood look like a million bucks.

Setting Construction Goals48

Paying attention to the right details is all it takes to build a great-looking project.

Q&A50

Final Details52