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Tips & Techniques4

Nine great tips from fellow woodworkers. 1) Transparent Patterns. 2) Molding Cutter Scraper. 3) Radial Arm Saw Shim. 4) Forstner Bit Guide. 5) Miter Saw Stand. Plus four Quick Tips.

Steamer Trunk6

We built our classic flat-topped trunk from oak plywood and 1/4" bands of solid oak. Then as a finishing touch, we used brass-plated hardware.

  • Page 7: Materials
    Clarification: The materials list says to use brass screws to attach the hardware but brass-plated will also work. If brass screws are used, the holes should be pre-drilled because brass screws are softer than the plated variety.

Splined Miter12

The traditional miter joint can be improved by adding a simple hardwood spline. It adds strength, plus helps keep the mitered pieces aligned.

Sliding Cut-Off Table14

This shop-made fixture makes cross-cutting plywood or large panels a snap. And the movable stop block makes sure you get accurate results every time.

Shop Notes18

1) Plywood Cutting Techniques. 2) Clamp Extension Block. 3) Protecting Mitered Edges. 4) Creating Slots.

Collector's Cabinet20

The biggest challenge in making this cabinet is deciding where to put the dividers. Then the case can be built using two variations of miter and spline.

Tools & Techniques26

We offer a few tips on using a hand-held router. Plus let you in on some problems and how to avoid them.

Talking Shop28

Table saw blade tilt -- left or right? Using a plunge router on the router table. Also, some information on plywood blades.

Drill Bit Organizers30

The results are in for our first tips contest. See what won first and second place for drill bit organizers.

Final Details32