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Tips & Techniques4

Useful tips from fellow woodworkers: 1) Easy Vise Mounting. 2) Checking a Miter Gauge. 3) Clamp Cradles. 4) Picture Frame Splines. 5) Router Table Hold-Down. Plus Quick Tips.

Cherry Night Stand6

This classic cherry cabinet is built with traditional joinery. It's an heirloom project that looks as good alongside a sofa as it does next to a bed.

Desk Picture Frames12

We show several ways to dress up a simple frame with decorative strips of wood. The corners are joined by stub tenons that fit into the same grooves as the picture.

Shop Notes16

1) Drill Press Angle Gauge. 2) Drill Press Angled Platform. 3) Routing Inside Chamfers. 4) Trimming Through Tenons.

Shop Stool18

The legs for this oak stool are dowels wedged into round mortises. A scooped seat makes it comfortable in the shop or just about anywhere else.

Seat Scooping Jig22

A shop-made plywood jig helps produce a uniformly-contoured seat for the Shop Stool -- or any chair seat.

Wedged Tenons24

A through tenon is stronger when a wedge locks it in the mortise. It's an attractive joint, too, especially if the wedge is made from a contrasting wood.

Talking Shop26

How to avoid glue-joint failure, and what to use for a thin table saw insert. Also, what's the difference between reaction wood and case hardening?

Edge Jointing Basics28

Good edge joints share three characteristics: the edges are straight, smooth, and square to the face. We show the tools and techniques to achieve them.

Final Details32