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Tips & Techniques5

  • Page 5: Detail 'a'
    The dimension between the dowel holes is shown as 1 7/16". This should be 2 7/16".
  • Page 5: Detail 'b'
    The 3/4" dimension is incorrect. The correct dimension (1 1/2") is shown in detail 'a'.

Western Red Cedar10

Straight vs. Spiral Bits12

The router bits shown in the article were purchased from MLCS. Straight, shear, and spiral bits also are available from several of the other manufacturers listed in the right margin.

Molded Mortise & Tenon16

Medicine Cabinet18

Build a basic cabinet and then choose one of three different designs to match your décor. Best of all, you’ll have it built and ready for a finish in a weekend.


The streamlined cabinet was sprayed with two coats of lacquer.


The prairie-style cabinet was stained with a mixture of three parts Zar cherry stain and one part Wood Kote Jel’d stain (cherry). Then it was sprayed with two coats of lacquer.


The country cabinet was given one coat of primer then painted with one coat of Benjamin Moore Eggshell in “Thunder” (AF-685).

Shop Hardware Organizer26

Keeping track of hardware and supplies is always a challenge. The solution is this mobile organizer. It provides a range of options to keep everything sorted and close at hand.

The hardware cart was finished with two coats of spray lacquer.

Versatile Gardening Bench34

A good bench makes any hobby more satisfying. Our upscale version for your garden is sure to make working with plants and containers easier by housing everything you need in one spot.

The potting bench was primed with exterior latex primer and then painted with two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Aura waterborne exterior paint in “Wethersfield Moss” (HC-110) with a low-lustre finish.

Classic, Go-Anywhere Tool Tote42

Any time you have to work outside your shop, you need a way to easily transport everything. A tool tote is the best way to get it there in style with a minimum of fuss.

The tool tote was finished with a couple of coats of oil. Supplies for flocking, including applicators, adhesives, and fibers in a variety of different colors, are available from Rockler.

Tools for Prepping Stock54

Gap-Fixing Fillers58

Glass-Smooth Cuts60

Easy Joinery: 2-Pass Rabbets62

Shop Notes64

  • Page 67: Hardware Cart sources
    As of March 2018, Lee Valley is no longer going to sell the three sizes of metal drawers used in this project. The drawers were made exclusively for Lee Valley, so there is no alternative out there that we know of.