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Tips & Techniques5

Non-Woven Abrasive Pads10

Non-woven abrasive hand pads can be found at most hardware stores and home centers, as well as from woodworking retailers. For convolute deburring wheels or non-woven abrasive belts or discs, check with an industrial supplier such as McMaster-Carr or MSC Direct.

Smoother, Cleaner Cuts12

  • Harbor Freight
    Router Speed Control43060

Kreg Mobile Project Center14

The Kreg Mobile Project Center is available from retailers such as Amazon, Lowe’s, Rockler and more.

Curves at the Band Saw16

Flip-Down Coat Rack18

Keep your coats and hats easily accessible with this simple rack. A series of blocks glued together in a random pattern gives it a modern look. Plus, it looks great on its own.

Online Extras

To stain the body of the coat rack, I used Watco's Danish oil in "Natural." The hooks were finished with Watco's Danish oil in "Dark Walnut."

Must-Have Sawbenches22

Every shop needs a place to break down lumber. With a pair of sawbenches and a handsaw, you’ll be able to complete the task in less time than it would take to plug in your circular saw.

The sawbench was painted with two coats of General Finishes' milk paint in "Summerset Gold."

Martin House26

Here’s a project for the birds, literally. This 12-compartment “condo” will keep the martins living in style. And there’s some great woodworking techniques to learn as you build it.

  • Page 31: Fig. 1
    Part letters J and K are reversed in Figure 1. The Upper Stave should be J and the Lower Stave should be K. These are shown correctly at the top of page 30.

The sides of the martin house are painted in Benjamin Moore's Regal Select "Minced Onion" (low lustre). The color for the roof, balconies, and perch rails is "Green Meadows" (low lustre).

Bench Grinder Makeover36

Turn an ordinary bench grinder into a precision grinding and sharpening station with this handy upgrade. Sliding tables ensure accurate setup and results.

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The Rikon 80-805 Low Speed Grinder is available from online retailers, including Woodcraft, Rockler, and more.

Stylish Empire Bench44

Graceful curves and heavy-duty quartersawn oak give this bench its heirloom look. But it’s the rock-solid woodworking that will ensure this bench stands the test of time.

The bench was stained with Varathane's "Gunstock" oilbased wood stain, then sprayed with three coats of lacquer.

Using Handsaws54

Better Veneer, Better Projects58

Reinforced veneers are available from a number of different specialty woodworking stores, as well as online retailers. The reinforced veneers shown in the article were supplied by Rockler and Wisewood Veneer.

Board Shopping Basics60

Tricky Cuts Made Easy62

Two online calculators for determining compound miter angles can be found here: http://jansson. us/jcompound.html and http:// pdxtex.com/canoe/compound.htm.

Shop Notes64