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Tips & Techniques4

Strong & Sturdy Assemblies8

Knock-down fasteners are a fast and easy way to build a project. Take a look at our favorites.

The #1 Overlooked Tool10

We'll show you why the jig saw is an indispensable tool for every shop.

Work Sharp Accessories12

New add-ons make this easy-to-use sharpening system even more versatile.

Planing Stock14

Smooth, straight, flat stock is one key to a great project. Here's where a planer fits in.

Two-in-One Cutting Board16

This beautiful cutting board holds a secret. Below the worksurface is a handy storage drawer that you can custom-fit for your set of kitchen knives.

Grandpa's Tool Chest20

This classic, old-school tool chest is still a great way to keep all your prized hand tools safe and secure. The bonus is that basic joinery makes it a quick and easy build.

Online Extras

Shop Notebook26

Page 27: Main illustration

The 1 1/32 dimension needs to be 1 1/16; the 25/32 number should change to 13/16.

Page 27: Detail 'a'

The 13/16 dimension should be 1.

Heirloom Workbench28

Inspired by the massive benches used by Shaker craftsmen, our scaled-down version gives you all the desirable features suited to your shop: rock-solid construction, an ample worksurface, handy ways to secure a workpiece, and an easy-access storage cabinet.

Page 36: Main illustration

The height of part O (Tail Vise Top Block) should be 1 3/4", not 3 3/4" as originally printed. (The dimensions are correct on the materials list and cutting diagram on page 41.)

Page 31: Text, last paragraph

The last paragraph on page 31 contains a sentence that begins "Then I drilled holes...". That sentence and the following are not quite accurate. They should read this way: "Then I drilled holes in the vise leg for the vise screws. On the front side, the vise screw hole needs to be counterbored for the knurled knob."

Page 30: Middle drawing, Drilling Bolt Holes

The drawing shows drilling a hole through the wrong mortise. The workpiece needs to be rotated 90° and drilled through the smaller mortise. Detail drawing "c" on the same page shows the right orientation.

Page 32: Main illustration

The main illustration shows 3/8"-dia. x 3"-long walnut dowels. The note in the illustration says "Drill 3/8"-dia. x 2-1/2"-deep hole for dowel pins after assembly." Since the dowel pins sit 1/16" proud of the surface, the note should instead read "Drill 3/8"-dia. x 2-15/16"-deep hole for dowel pins after assembly."

Page 34: Detail 'b'

The length of the upper notched section should be measured to the bottom of the radius, not the top.

Page 37: Figure 6

Figure 6 shows that the Guide Rail End (S) should be attached 2" from the near end of the Tail Vise Front Block (P). That is incorrect. The actual distance should be 1 3/4".

Workbench Storage Cabinet & Shelf42

Finish Removers46

Learn about the right products for tackling the unpleasant chore of stripping a finish.

Shop-Made Spinner Catches48

These traditional door catches are easy to make and adapt to a range of uses.


Final Details52