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Tips & Techniques4

  • Page 5: Drill Dock
    The callout and note give a bevel angle of 30 degrees, but the correct angle and that depicted in the art is 45 degrees.
  • Page 7: Acute Angle Miter Jig
    The short leg should be 16 5/8" and the base measurement should be 28 5/8".


The king of cabinet woods might be the best choice for your next project.

Choosing an Air Compressor10

Every shop can benefit from air power. Learn how to find a compressor to fit your needs.

  • Page 11: Photo, upper right corner
    The DeVilbiss 20-gallon, 5hp, single-stage oil-lubricated compressor shown in the photo is no longer manufactured.

5 Handy Tool Holders12

If you're looking for an inexpensive way to add storage to your shop, we have the answer.

Any of the tool holders on page 12 will instantly add storage space to your shop. All of the items shown in this article are available from Rockler. This includes the drill press tool collector (93386), the router bit storage rack (32602), the lathe tool holder (31107), and the Pack Rack Tool Apron (41486).

Cutting Small Parts14

Think the table saw is too big for the job? All it takes is the right approach.

3 Small Gift Projects16

I don't know what's more intriguing, the eye-catching look of these projects or the unique techniques used to make them. Why don't you take a look and decide for yourself.

You won't need any hardware to build the bookmark, pencil box, or coaster set on page 16. And you'll probably be able to find most of the wood you need for these projects in your scrap bin.

To finish the bookmark and the box, I wiped on a coat of General Finishes' Seal-a-Cell and then sprayed on a couple coats of lacquer. But for the coasters, I wanted a more water-resistant finish. So I applied three coats of polyurethane.

Folding Table24

A compact table that doubles in size with next to no effort -- who couldn't use that? But let'snot overlook the classic Craftsman design and the stylish two-tone finish.

  • Page 26: Detail B Illustration
    The groove for the Z-clips that hold the table top should be 3/8" from the top edge of the rail; not 1/4" as originally shown.

The folding table on page 24 requires just a few hardware items. You'll need some tabletop fasteners (34215), two pairs of brass hinges for the legs (32978), and a pair of sewing cabinet hinges for the top (26765). I was able to purchase all of these items from Rockler.

The two-tone finish was achieved by first staining the slats with an ebony dye and then staining the rest of the table with a mix of three parts Zar stain (cherry) and one part WoodKote Jel'd Stain (cherry). Then the table was finished with two coats of lacquer.

Shop Notebook32

Jewelry Chest34

This beautiful chest has everything you could want in a project and more. Loads of versatile storage, a truly unique design, and the chance to learn a new trick or two.

  • Page 51: Sources
    The Brass Hinges are no longer available from Van Dyke Restorers. Rockler sells a very similar narrow cabinet hinge, item nr. 32908.
  • Page 36: Illustration detail b
    The drawer runner dado width should be 1/4", not 3/8" as originally printed.
  • Page 37: Main illustration
    The dowels used to join the case top and bottom to the sides and back should be 1/4"dia. by 3/4" to match the depths specified for the holes. As originally printed, they are called out as 1/4" dia. by 3/4". (They are also incorrectly listed as being 1 1/4" long on the materials list on p. 42.)
  • Page 42: Materials, Supplies & Cutting Diagram
    The fluted dowels (used to assemble the case) should be 1/4" dia. by 3/4" long. They are incorrectly listed as being 1 1/8" long. (The same error appears in the main illustration on page 37).
  • Page 35: Exploded view drawing
    The exploded view drawing incorrectly shows drawer construction using tongue and dado joinery. The drawers were actually built using regular rabbet joinery as shown in the Top Section View on the same page. There is also a callout on the exploded view that should state: "Drawers constructed using rabbet joinery."

Choosing the right hardware is important for any project, but particularly so for a fine project like the jewelry chest on page 34. The brass hinges (205539) came from Van Dyke's Restorers but that specific hinge has been discontinued. Rockler carries a very similar narrow cabinet hinge (32908). The brass knobs (01A01.10) used for the necklace hangers and the rare-earth magnets (99K31.01) were purchased from Lee Valley.

The bending plywood used to make the doors is also available from Lee Valley (03A10.04). And we purchased the adhesive-backed, curly maple veneer from VeneerSupplies.com.

To finish the jewelry chest, we simply wiped on a coat of General Finishes' Seal-a-Cell and followed up with two coats of sprayed lacquer.

Router Table Secrets44

Two simple techniques that are guaranteed to make your router table more productive.

Using Water-Based Dye46

This easy-to-use stain produces vibrant color that lets the wood show through.

For clear, vivid colors, it's hard to beat water-based dyes. You can find dyes in a wide variety of wood tones as well as bright colors, in both powder and liquid form. They are sold through a number of the woodworking retailers shown below.

Making Curved Parts48

The trick is to match the method to the project. Here's what you need to know.


Few things in woodworking are more frustrating than breaking off the head of a screw in a nearly completed project. Fortunately, the screw extractors shown on page 50 can often save the day. The GraBit screw extractor set (35498) will handle several sizes of screws. It's sold by Rockler. The plug-cutting extractors are also sold by Rockler, in three individual sizes.