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Tips & Techniques4

1) Center Marker. 2) Widening Dadoes. 3) Inlay Strip Bevel Jig. 4) Indexing Jig. Also, Bit Holders.

Coffee Table6

This table features an interesting way to join the aprons to the legs with a "built-up" half lap joint.

End Table12

Build this End Table as one of a pair, or to complement the Coffee Table. It has the same straightforward joinery, with a shelf added.


A sharp tool means a clean, fast cut. We show how to sharpen an edge in just five minutes.

Shop Notes16

1) Cutting Panels at a Diagonal. 2) Dealing with Wood Movement. 3) Shop-Made Edge Guide.

High Back Bench18

This bench is a classic country project, with simple joinery and attractive lines. Use knotty pine and stain it. Or antique it with milk paint.

  • Page 22: Figure 8
    1 error, 1 omission. Error: Side Slats (Front) (E). Measurement from top of notch to edge printed as 6 1/4" but should be 6 3/4". Omission: Measurement from bottom of notch to edge should be indicated. It is 12 1/4".

Milk Paint24

Milk paint gives a project an aged, country look. We show techniques for achieving several authentic effects.

Shop-Made Clamps26

Four pages of great ideas from the shops of our readers.

Talking Shop30

A new question answered, and an earlier answer clarified. 1) 115 or 230 Volts? 2) More on WD-40.

Final Details32