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DEPARTMENTS

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SENIOR E D I T OTRo mC a s p a r
ASSOCIATE EDITORS Randy Johnson, TimJohnson,

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C O N T R I B U T IE
NDGI T O RESdK r a u s e ,
George Vondriska
ARTDIRECTORS Patrick Hunter, VernJohnson,
Barbara Pederson
COPYEDITOR
FACT
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C H E C K I NSGP E C I A L I N
STi n aC h i l dJso h n s o n 20 Product
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SHOPASSISTANTS BenDavis, JeffLarson,

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ShopTips
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R E A D ESRE R V I CSEP E C I A L I S
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Q. I lust moved into an old houseand will be settingup
shop in the basement.The concretefloor is reallydark and Etching abradesthe surface of the concrete and allows
I vVouldlike to lightenit up before I move the machinesin. the stain to deeply penetrate. Use either muriatic acid or
What durablefinishcan I use? phosphoric acid (your hardware store should havethese)as
StewortLelievre directedon the label.
Dickinson,ND Acids must be handled with care.Wear full-wrap gog-
A. Youhaveseveraloptions,but we \ke water-basedconcrete gles,rubber glovesand old clotheswhile cleaning and etch-
stain the best.Youcan get it in a variety of colors,including ing. Dilute the acid by adding it to the water (not the other way
white. It's easierto work with than an oil-basedfloor paint and around!).Make surethe areais well ventilated.
doesn'tgive offdangerousfumes asdoesepo)rypaint.Con- Triple-rinsethe floor by sprayingwith a gardenhoseand
crete stain won't peel or chip off when you move your brushing with a stiff broom; then allow the surface to dry
machines around becauseit penetratesthe surface.Paint completely before applying the stain.
forms a film on top. Mix all the stain you plan to use in a large bucket and
Beforestaining, the concretemust be cleanedthoroughly spreaditwith all4-in.-nap roller in 3 ft.by3-ft. sections.Cut
and etched to make it porous. Clean your floor with TSP in around the walls with a synthetic brush. Wait 24 hours
(trisodium phosphate).Ifyour statebansTSPaska paint sup- beforeusing the floor or putting on a secondcoat.
plier for a substitute. Clean oil or greasestains with a Source
degreaser.Thoroughly rinse awayall the residue. Corp.,(800)845-906
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Aluminum
Sawing
Q. Can I cut aluminumwith my chop saw?
PoulHemming
Londsdole,PA
A. Yes.Most carbidebladeswork fine for occasionallycutting
aluminum, but we recommend using a special,non-ferrous
metal-cuttingblade (about$70) if you cut a lot of aluminum or
brass.It'ssaferto usethan a standardbladebecausethe geom-
etry of the teeth makesit lesslikely to kick back when cutting a
soft metal.And it will lastlongerthan a standardbladebecause
the teeth are made of a softer carbide.
No matter which bladeyou use,feedthe sawabout one-third
slowerthan you do when cutting wood. Coating the blade with
a regular doseofWD-4O (when the saw'snot running) prevents
the.gullets from clogging.

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Gontamination
TackGloth?
Q. Are oil-basedtack cloths compatiblewith water-
borne polyurethanefinishes?
Todd D'Allesondro
Wobosh,lN
A. Yes.Youcan wipe off dust with a standardtack cloth
without fear of contaminatingthe surfaceif you follow two
simple directions.One,open up the tack cloth beforeyou
useit and form it into a loosebunch. TWo,wipe verygen-
tly.lf youpresshard you might transfersomeof the oil from
the tack cloth to the finish. That would be bad, becausethe
next coatof finish may not adhereto the contaminatedarea.

Rxfor RustyTools
Q. How do I preventmy edgetools from rusting?
Amy Bollenstod
Shomokin,PA
A. Rust is the curseof all woodworkers,but you'vegot three
weaponsat your disposal.First, lower the amount of water
vapor in your shop'sair with a dehumidifier.Second,isolate
your tools in small drawerscontaining reusablepacketsof sil-
ica gel.Thesepacketsabsorbmoisture in the air and can be
renewedby heatingin a microwaveoven.Third, coatyour tools
with oil,wax orvolatile corrosioninhibitors(VCIs) emittedby
strips you can stick in a drawer.You must renew oil and wax
coatingsoften,but the VCI strips do the work for you for up to
two years. M
Sources
Dri Bags,(877) 374-2247 or www.dribags.com
l0 pack of 3.S-gramsilicagel bags;$4.50.
Bull Frog,(800) 854-3146or
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BackerBoard
Nothing is more frustratingthan splinteringout the bottom of a drilled
hole.To avoidthat blemish,I move the backerboard on my drill presstablearound a lot
so I'll alwayshavea cleanspot under the hole.Tired of clamping and re-clampingmy backer
board to the cast-irontableof the drill press,Ireplacedthoseclampswith strongmagnets!I glued
the magnetsto the backerboard with epoxy.
My new drill presstablehastwo parts.l hangon to the bottom board (with the magnetsin
it) and tossawaythe top board onceit lookslike Swisscheese.
BruceAnderson
Source
Alo*ogordo, NM
LeeValley,(800)87| -8 | 58,www.leevalley.com
314"-dia.rare-earthmagnets,#99K32.1l; for 5. -_.
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Threaded
I never had any luck installing threaded inserts with a screwdriver. I
couldnt get them to go in straight! My solution?I made a driver from hard-
ware in my junk drawer.It's more versatilethan the T-handled commercial
drivers and didn't cost me a penny! I usea handled version on big pieceqof
furniture, but if I m installing threaded inserts on smaller piecesI remove the
handle, install the threaded rod itt -y drill pressand turn the chuck byhand.
THREADED_. This guaranteesthat the insert will go in straight.
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GenterFinder
Bandsaw
There'sa dozen ways to find the center of a turning
squarebut this bandsawjig hasgot them all beat.
It automatically cuts slotsfor the spurs
of the drive center and locates the
exact center.Good for squaresof alL
sizes,this foolproof jig is ready to go
wheneverthe turning bug hits me.
Roy Noyes
Chester,NH

TheBestScrewLube
I've tried everything to lubricate long screws;
soap,paraffin,you name it. Nothing easesthe way
for a screwbetter than the wax ring used for seating
toilet bowls.Youll find theserings with the plumbing
supplies at any hardware store. They're cheap-about a
buck-and one ring will lubricate hundreds of screws.To
make the wax easierto store,I drilled a hole into a wooden
holder, scoopedin some wax, and added a swinging cover to
keepout dust.
JudWappne
ReddingCA

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SecureKnobs
I'll never forget the time I tried to yank open a stuck
draweron myhomemade dresserand endedup holding
only the knob! I d pulled the knob right off the screw.
Determinedto solvethis problern,l went to mylathe and
designeda knob that'll nevercomeoff.As a bonusfor the
extra work, my two-part knob combinesthe easeof
turning an end-grain knob and the beautifully
grainedtop of a face-grainknob.
,-1l4" T-NUT I removed the spurs from a
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standard T-nut with a pair of
pliers and epoxied it into the
baseof the knob.I made aface-

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grain cap for the knob with a
plug cutter installedin my drill
press,epoxied it into a recess
above the T-nut, and turned it
smooth.When the cap is madefrom a
highly figured contrastingwood, youve got a beautiful knob
that'll alwaysremain firmly attachedto your drawer. /W
Alf Sharp
Woodbury,TN

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Yes,we all know you should clamp the
wood down when using a drill press.
But it'sa pain, so sometimesyou skip it,
only to have wood spinning like a
wacky propeller while you flail at the off
switch.For 90 bucks the Drill Sargent
will take control. It automatically
clampsyour work down asyou drill. It's
easyto attach,unlike many clamps,and
fits most floor-model drill presses.
The Drill Sargentis simplya cylinder
attachedto a pressurefoot. The pressure
foot contactsyour materialjust before
the drill bit, and can exert from 30 to
180 pounds of pressure.Even at 30
pounds I found it did a greatjob of
holding my material steady while I
bored a2-in. hole with a Forstnerbit.
The pressurefoot has two positions,
one for big bits and another for small.
I found myself leaving the foot in The pressure
foot contacts
the big-bit setting for all my drilling,
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Product Reviews
BradsandStaples
from OneGun
Bradsaregenerallybestfor shootingthrough solid wood
and staplesfor shootingthrough sheetstock.Accuset's
gun, $129,satisfiesboth needs.Switchingfrom bradsto
staplesis easy-all you changeis the fasteners.And

Accusetevenbuilt in a fine safetyfea-


ture-the gun'snosemustbe depressed
in order for the gun to shoot.
This nailer is easyto handle and
works greatwith 5/8-in.to 1-ll4-in.,
1S -gauge brads and 1 l 2-i n. t o 1- in.
ll -in.crownstaples. The downsideis
the mark left by the plunger when
you' re shooti ng brads (see phot o,
below). Accusetsaysthis problem is
unavoidablebecausethe plunger is
wide enoughto handlestaples, so it'sa
little too wide for brads.Youcanreduce
the mark by holding the gun at a bit of
an anglewhen you shootbrads.

2-in-| Tool
Accuset

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$129.

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ProductReviews
BiSPackage,
SmallPrice
Grizz$ Industrial has long been known for its stationary tools. They've recently
enteredthe portable tool market aswell Here'san example:an l8-volt cordless
drill and circular sawpackagefor only $ 140.You get a drill with five clutch set-
tings and a 3/8-in.keylessJacobschuck.The sawtakesa5-ll2-in blade (a24-
tooth carbide is included), and cuts up to 1-5l8 in. thick. The battery is a Pana-
sonic NiCd and the chargerhas a one-hour quick charge.

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1 2 -, 1 4 - a n d 1 8 -
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sandenreciprocating saw power carver Finishing is just the beginning
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Pittsburgh,PA75220 1-800447-9878
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ProductReviews
Bandsaw
Tension
Grank
It's not on par with world hunger, I'll
grant you, but one of my pet peevesis
the tensioningknob on my old 14-in.
Delta bandsaw.It's hard for me to get
my big mitts around it, so it takesfor-
everfor me to re-tensiona blade,espe-
cially abig I I 2-in. or 3| 4-in. blade.
The $25 Quick Crank solves the
problem neatly. It consists of the
speedycrank and a replacement(long)
threaded rod, which take about 15
minutes to install. It fits most 14-in.
bahdsaws.lW

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ToolTrolleywith Brakes
Mobile tool basesare a must in my small shop.Here'show
I built one for my drill press:
I screwedtogethera shallowbox (3/4-in. plywood
bottom and2x2 sides),added heavy-duty casters($3 each
at a hardware store or home center) and two adjustable
vertical-style toggle clamps ($17 eachfrom Woodcraft
Supply,800-225-1153). For easysteering,useswiveling
casterson one end and rigid casterson the other.
Now I roll my drill pressinto position and push down
the clamp leversto lock it in place.
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Sheet-Stock
Dolly
Moving sheetsof plywood around in my cramped shop was a real hassleuntil I
made this little sheet-stockdolly. The weight of the plywood makesthe basesag,
which in turn makesthe vertical supportspinch the plywood, securingit to the dolly.
A little self-stick felt on the inside of the supports protects the veneer.Buy
inexpensivecasters,two swiveland two fixed, to attachto the bottom. Once the sheet
stock is in place, you
can roll it to where you
SELF.STICK
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under the weight of a sheet of plywood.

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S m a l l S h o pT i p s

0utfeedRoller
lacked-Up
Youcan adjustthis outfeedroller in seconds
to supportboardscomingoff your
stationarypowertoolsof anyheight.If you
bolt the roller to a sturdysawhorse, it won t
tip over.
Here'swhat you needto build it:
. A sawhorse.
. A heavy-dutyscissors jack ($12plus
shippingfrom Northern,800-533-5545,
or an autopartsstore).
. A bracketedroller ($t+ from Toolson
Sale,800-328-0457). Buy the longest
roller availableif you want to support
wide boardsand ply,arood.
It'seasyto crank the jack up and down
with the jack'sstandardhandle,but to do it
faster,chucka screwhook in a portable
drill, put the hook in the jack'sdrive hole,
and run the drill to raiseor lower thejack.
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Knock-Apart
Your proiects aren't I couldnt do without this knock-down standfor mybenchtop tools and
all flat, s(Dwhy use made from314-in.plywood (tr,vo36-in.high x 48-in.-wide
accessories.It's
a flat sander? baseboardsand a 48-in.x 48-in. tabletop).Cut 3i4-in.-wide slotshalfi,vayinto
eachbasepieceusing a bandsawor sabersaw.Slidethe parts together and
checkthat the bottom sits level on the floor.Add leveling feet,if necessary.
Add blocks of wood to the top cornersof eachbasepiece.Securethe top
with screwsrun
through pocket holes
in eachblock.
Youcan designa
table to suit your
needs;just be surethe
Sands all sftapee and contouts baseis wide enough
Threerotatingsandingdiscs wrap
and hug convex,flat and concave to be stable. fW
surfaceslike no flat sandercan.

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Brookfield,IL

tat fte 3'D sander do the work


Requiresvery little pressure
to removerust, paint and stain
from a varietyof materialsand
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Turnthe dial to adjustsanding
speedsof 800 to 2600 rpm.

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By GeorgeVondriska
his storyis a compilation of the techniquesI've taughtfor
years itt -y cabinetmaking classes.I've tried plenty of
other techniquesfor making frame-and-panel doors,
andmanyof themwork just fine,but the onespresented
here are surefire.I guaranteethat evenif you've never made a
door before,you can follow thesestepsand get perfect results.
Wdll cover router bit selection,jigs to make machining easier,
start-to-finish setup stepsand sometips to help you avoid the
most common mistakes.

Parts of a Door
The frame of a door is made up of the rails and the stiles (see
Anatomyof a Doot atleft).The frame surroundsthe panel.In
its simplestform, a door panel canbe madefrom 1/4-in.plp
wood. A panel made from thicker solid wood with an edge z
z.
shapedto fit into the rails and stiles is called a raised panel. =
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Router Bit Selection lrJ
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I recommend two-piecematchedbit setsfor machining the =
rails and stiles,andback cuttingbits for making the panel.In o-

addition,I only usecutterswith 1/2-in.shanks.Comparedto G


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those with 1/4-in. shanks, 1/2-in.-shankedbits chatter less
(L
under cutting pressure,resulting in a smoother finish. a
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Two-piecematched setsconsistof one cutter that'sused to lrl

Anatomy of a Door machine the end grain of the rails (Photo A, page 3a) and
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another cutter that'sused to machine the long grain of all the 'c)
A door frame is made of rails 4nd stiles.Railsare E,

horizontal,stiles are vertical (like stila). Railstypically butt parts (Photo B;paSe3a).This contrastswith reversiblecutters, Fr

into stiles. which have one arbor and removable cutters. Muny people 2
o
The frame surrounds a wood piece with its edgesshaped chll thesebits rail-and-stile cutters,butbecauseof the functions F
O
td
to fit into the rails and stiles.Thispiece is the raised panel. theyper{orm,I preferto caltthe routerbits end-graincuttersand o
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long-grain cutters. E,

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American Woodworker A p R I 2L o o 1 33
The big advantagewith matched Routers and Tables
sets is that all the frame parts are A L-ll2 hp or larger router is suffi-
machined face down on the router cient for the end-grain and long-grain
table.With reversiblebits, on the other cutters.Typically, thesebits are about
hand,onepartis machinedfacedown 1-318in.diameter,andcanberun at up
and the other faceup.This canleadto to 24,000rpm.
rails and stilesnotlining upverywell, The panel-raiserbit is anotherstory.
due to inconsistentmaterial thickness. You need a largerouter, at least2hp,
When it comes to panel raising, and you must slow down the rpm.
I swearbyback-cutting panel raisers. Thesebigboys shouldrlt exceed10,000
Thesebits shapethg panel front and rpm.All of thesebits require a router
fl. The end-grain cutter is used back at the same time, giving you with a ll2-in. collet. If youle router
F on the railsto produce a tongue.
a perfectly fitting tongue every ttne shopping,checkout two recentAmer-
Use a permanent marker to label (Photo C, below left). When using ican Woodworker Tool Tests:3-hp
this bit with a " 1,"becauseyou'll
panel raiserswithout a back cutter, Routers,AW #78,February2000,page
use it first.
it's possibleto end up with a tongue 75, andMid-SizeFixed-BaseRouters,
that's too thick or too thin for the AW #85,February2001,page70.
groove.That cannot happenwith the A router tablewith a rigid fenceis a
back cutters. must for frame-and-paneldoors.You'll
The router bits used in this story, appreciatea fencethat offers dust col-
designed for 314-in material, cost lection,because thesebits makea mess!
$200for all threecutters(seeSources, And dont forgetto wearhearingpro-
page43). tectionwheneveryou'reusing a router.

A Sled for Safety


p The long-grain cutter is used on Build this simple sled for machiningthe end-graincuts.lt
Y
all the part5 to make the groove makesit easier and safer to cut the rails and at the same
that receivesthe rail tongue and time supports the back edge of the rails to prevent blowout.
the panel.Labelthis bit"Zl' because
it's the second cut.
TOGG

c Panel raisers with back cutters


produce a tongue that fits perfectly
on the panel every time.

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Begin by routing the end grain of the rails. Here'sa trick to help you rememberto make the raits
beforethe stiles:"R" comes before "S" in the alphabet!Only the rails get the end-graincut.

Set the height of the end-grain cutter


with a test piece in the sled.Set it by eye,
shooting for the profile shown in PhotoA,
page 34. Note that the top of the cutter is
even with the top of the wood.This is a
good starting point.You can fine-tune the
height after makint your test cuts.

Position the fence so it is flush with


the ball bearingon the bit. Bridge a
straightedge across the fence opening so
the straightedgetouches both the ball
bearingand the fence face.

Cut a test piece. Dont cut all the way


through the test piece and into the sled
backer until the bit height is correct (see
Photo 4).When you ser the bit height for
the next project use the profile cut into
the backer as a gaugefor the bit.

llm'G- Thanks to the pil.esof findling I've produced,I can passalong these tips.
I Make your first frame-and-paneldoor from inexpensive,easy-to-handlewood like poplar.Savethe
correctly,machinedparts as set-up reminders and gaugeblocks for your next door.

Tested I Make some iust-in-casepiecesas you make your frame parts.l most often goof up the rails,so I like
to have one or two extra.
I Check the door for squarewhile the glue is wet.lt's easyto assumethe frame automaticallycomes

Tips together square. lt doesnt!


I Prefinishthe panel before assemblingthe door.

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Check your work.The heightof the
router bit determinesthe depth of the
shoulderand the thicknessof the lip.The
lip should be about half as thick as the
depth of the shoulder.Dont move on to
cuttingyour frame piecesuntil this
LIP APPROX.3132" setting is correct.

Rout all the rails, alwayskeepingthe


back of the boardsup.A mark on the
back of the frame parts will help you
keep track. Rotate the rail to machine
the oppositeend.Use consistent
pressureon the sled so the end-grain
cuts are uniform.

w!
Well, here's a good-for-nothing rail! | managedto
flip it over between cuts, so the end-grain cuts
dont line up.
You can avoid this mistake by taking the time to
mark the bocksof all your parts before heading
to the router table.All the routing is done with
the back sidesup, so you should alwaysbe able
to see your marks.

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A f t e r a l l t h e r a i l s a r e d o n e , y o u ' r e r e a d y t o m a k e t h e l o n g - g r a i nc u t .
The insideedges of the rails and stiles receivethis profile.

Set the height of the long-graincutter using


one of your correctly machinedrails.Thetop
of the troove cutter should line up with the
(op of the tongue. Be sure your router is
unpluggedfor setup operations.

Cut a test piece. Use featherboardson the


fence to help hold your piece down, and a push
stick to move it through.Again,machinethe
parts with the back side facing up.

Check your work by fiaing a rail to the test


piece.Thefacesof the two should be flush,or
nearly so. Evenwith the most careful setup,
there may be a slight differencein the faces
from piece to piece;just enough to catch on
your fingernail.Thiscomes from inconsistent
hold-down pressureon the rail cut. lf the
differenceis close,let it fly.A little work with a
finish sander after assemblywill smooth out
the imperfection.lf there's more than a slight
difference, however,adjust the long-grain cutter
up or down and make anothdr test cut.When
the fit is good, machineall the frame parts with
their backs up.

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With the frame partscomplete, paneltime. Cut the panelsto size(seepages 42 and 43),
then set up the panel cutter.

Align the tongue of a correctly


machinedrail with the gap in the panel-
raisingbit. Line up the tongue with the
bottom of the back cutter and the top of
the panelraiser.

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Make a shallow first cut on a test piece.


The panelsmust be cut in two passesfor
the safestand smoothest cut. For this first
pass,positionthe fenceso the bit bearing
is l/4-in.behindit (seebelow).

- - Make the second and final cut on


- -
I I your test piecewith the bit bearingset
flushwith the fence.
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38 American Woodworker A P R 2T oL o 1
Check your test piece by placinga
straightedgeacross it and a correctly
machinedstile.Thestraightedgeshould
touch both pieces.lf there'sa gap,asshown
here,adjustthe heightof the panelraiser.
In this case,the panelraiser is too high
above the router table. Make adjustments
and test cuts as needed,alwayscutting in
two Passes.
This is a fussyadjustment,but you'll find it
much easierto sandthe doors if the frame
and panelsare even.

Now raise the panels.


Cut them all in two
passes,just as you did
the test piece.Cut the
end grainfirst,then the
longgrain.Thishelps
eliminatetear-out at the
corners.

Sii$ii$s

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"Back-cutting"
panelbitsare
theway to go.
Theyguarantee
that thepanel
tongueis
exactlythe
right thickness.

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B e f o r ea s s e m b l i n gt h e d o o r , s a n d a n d f i n i s h t h e s t r i p e s o f u n f i n i s h e dp a n e l s h o w i n g w h e n t h e
p a n e l ,i n c l u d i n ga l l t h e e d g e s .A s t h e p a n e lc o n - panelshrinks.lf dry fittingthe door revealsthat the
tracts,it will shrinkaway from the stiles.lf you fin- p a n e l i s a l i t t l e s m a l l a n d r a t t l e si n t h e f r a m e ,
ish it beforeyou [nstallit, you won't haveunsightly m a k et h e a n t i - r a t t l es n a k e ss h o w n o n p a g e4 1 .

Assemble the door in this sequence.


l. Placethe first stileon the clamps.
2. Brushglueon one rail and slip it into
the stile,beingcarefulto keep the
outside edgesflush.
3. Slipthe panelinto the groove.Do not
gluein the ponel.lt needsto float
independentlyof the frame.
4. Glue and installthe secondrail.
5. Brushglueon the rail endsand install
the secondstile.

i
{: Carefully brush glue
,t

onto the rail ends.


Keepingglue awayfrom
the groove and panel
prevents it from
squeezingout all over.

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15
Tighten the clamps gently, holding Clean out any glue in the corners
the frame down to the clamp bar.lf your usingthe tip of a pencilinsidea damp
glue-uptable is flat,then your door rag.Dry glue insidethesetight corners is
shouldend up flat.I dont useclamppads, veryhard to cleanup.
which remindsme not to over-tighten
the clamps(whichwill bow the door).
Stop tighteningas soon as you see the
joiht squeezeshut.lt takesvery little
Pressure.
40 Arnerican Woodworker A P R I 2L o o i
Measure each
diagonal.When the
measurementsare the
same,the door is
square.Youcan draw an
out-of-whackdoor
squareby anglingthe
clampsslightlyso they're
not quite parallelto the
railsand retightening
them. Measureagain
after adjustingthe
clamps.

Check for flatness by


setting a straightedge
acrossthe frame and
panel.lf the door isn't
flat,loosenthe clamps
and pushthe frame
down to the clampsas in
Photo 15.Remember:
Don't usetoo much
clamppressure.

Trp
Make Anti-Rattle Snakes
lf your door is slightly undersize, it can
rattle in the frame.Youcan prevent this
with anti-rattle snakes.Make them by
squeezinga fine beadof siliconecaulk,
l/8-in. diameter,onto waxed paper.Let the
caulk dry, peel it off and cut it into I in.
lengths.Put the snakesegmentsinto the
grooves as you assemblethe door.The
silicone prevents rattling and provides a
cushion,allowingthe panelto expandwhen
it needsto.

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2001
The foundation of a perfectdoor is calculatingthe sizesof your rails, stiles and panels
correctly before you do any cutting. Here'show to figure them out. As you're cutting out
the stock,choose materialwith straight grain for the frame parts.When routed they'll chip
lessthan wild-grainedparts (and look better,too!).

STILELENGTH

Stile length is easy:it equalsthe height


of the door. I cut stiles first, just because
they're easy.

Rail length is the door width minus two


times the stile width plus two times the
tontue length.

Measure the tongue after you've done a test cut,


dnd use this number to calculaterail lengths.Once you
figure it out for your cutters, it's alwaysthe same.

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Shoulderand grooveare
alignedwith most cutters.

SHOULDER

Dry fit the frame to measurefor its panel.On most end-grain


cuttersand long-graincutters,the groovefor the panellinesup
with a shoulderon the front of the door,so you can simply
measurebetweenthe shoulders(seephoto).Subtractl/8 in.from
both heightand width to allow the frame and panelto expand.(lf
your cutter makesa shoulderand groovethat don't line up,you'll
R I P T OF I N A L
haveto poke a ruler into the groovesto measure.) WIDTHAFTER
ROUTING

Iip
lUarrow Frame Pieces
Make narrow rails and stiles (anything
lessthan 2-in.wide), by cuttingthem to
finishedlengthfrom a board wide enough
to make both parts.Do all the routing;then
rip to finishedwidth. lW

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CMI USA,(888) CMT BITS CMI (888) CMT BITS Push block;$ l6
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2ool 43
Assemble the side
lattice panels from
cedar boards and
clampthem to the
legs.Drill pilot holes
through the side panel,
then fasten with 3-in.
stainlesssteel decking
screws.

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Use stainless steel


screws in cedan Coated
and galvanized scretvs
may leave black stains.

Build the seat units


from 2x4s and lx6s.
Use spacersto main-
tain an even I l4-in.gap
between the seat
boards.Leavethe front
apron off for now.

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FRONT
APRON

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Bolt the seat units


to the trellis sides.You
can easilyget a socket
wrench on the lag
bolts with the front
apron out of the way.

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,,1 Cut saw kerfs in all the side railsthat curve


*{{ abovethe seats.Savestraight-grained, knot-
:1.,.
Add the top plate, free wood for these piecesso they won't
.n cleatsand lattice.Rout an breakwhen they'rebent.
ogeeshapeon the ends
of the top plate before CAUTION: The saw guard and splitter
you attach it (see page must be removed for this operation.
50,Fig.A,Detail4).

MARK LATTICE
TO BE CUT OFF

Tips for Building


the Tl'ellis
lf you plan to put your trel-
lis on a patio that isnt lwel, Fill the saw kerfs with a two-part epoxy Mark the lattice for cutting and
wood filler (seeSources, page5 l).Then removethe hardenedside rail.Cut the
add an inch or two to the
bendthe side railswhile the epoxy is flexible latticewith a handsawand reinstallthe
legs.Thentrim them to fit and insertthem into the seatunits.Let the side rail.Nail the siderail in placeand
the terrain, just as you epoxy dry with the rail in place. removethe easilysandedexcessfiller
would trim the legs of a with 80-grit sandpaper.
wobbly chain
Drill pilot holes to avoid Lay out the arches with a
homemadecompass. Cut them
splittingthe wood.lt's pos-
from two sheetsof exterior
sible to run scnewsinto a plywood (see Fig.B, page5 l).
soft wood like cedar with- Then glueand screwthe pieces
out predrilling, but cracks together to make three sets of
often form later. double-layer arches.
Smooth the edgeswith a belt
Assemblethe larger pieces sander.Then gangthe three
on a flag level surface.This archestogether and mark the
helps ensure that the locationsof the arch bars (see
assembledpieces end up Fig.Aand Photo l0).
square and accurately
aligned.

48 American Woodworker APR2


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w!
We built our prototype trellis a few
years ago.The roses look terrific but
paint is peelingaroundthe baseof the
Peeling Paint
The problem: Paintdoesnt stick to
d a mp w ood. The ends of our l egs
soakedup rainwater like sponges,so
the paint eventuallypeeledoff.
Paint Bleed-Through
The problem: The
coated screws we used
haven't rusted, but a
chemicalreactionhasdis-
The fix: We raisedour trellis off the coloredthe wood around
legs and paversand let the legsdry out. them. Coated screwsare
black spots Then we filledthe crackswith fine for pressure-treated
ar e aP P ear - epoxywood filler (seeSources, lumber,but they canstain
ing around p a g e5 l ) . W e t h i n n e d s o m e cedarand redwood.
many screw epoxy glue with acetone and The fix:We replacedthe
heads.Rats! brushedit on the bottom of the coated screw s w i th stai nl e ssst eel
legsto sealthem.Polyurethane screws.Thenwe repaintedthe trellis
gluethinnedwith mineralspirits w i t h K i l z s t a i n - k i l l i n gp r i m e r a n d
would work as well. appliedtwo top coats of white paint.

Place the arches on the arch bases,set on Mount the arch bars with 3-in.screws.
sawhorses.Hold the archesupright and Keepthe archesaccuratelyspacedand the
accuratelyspacedusinga clamped-in-place overhangof the arch bars uniform by using
fig (Fig.C).Then drive 3-in.screwsthrough the spacingjig.Now you'vegone as far as
the arch basesand into the arch ends. you can in the shop.lt'stime to take the
trellisoutside.

Set the assembled


arch in placeout in
your yard,centered
on the top plates.
Shiftthe seat units
until the arch bases
line up with the top
plates,then screw
them together.

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PLYWOODARCHES
DETAIL 1

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1/4" SPACE
TYP.

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SPACE
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T h e r e ' sn o t e n o u g hr o o mo n o n e p i e c eo f p l y w o o dt o m a k et h r e ef u l l - l e n g t ha r c h e s s, o o n e
o f t h e a r c h e sm u s t b e l a i d o u t i n t w o p i e c e s C . u t o u t t h e t w o f u l l - l e n g t ha r c h e sf i r s t ,t h e n
u s e o n e o f t h e m a s a p a t t e r nf o r d r a w i n gt h e h a l f - l e n g t ha r c h e s .
N o t e :T h e e n d so f t h e h a l f - l e n g t h a r c h a r e d i f f e r e n ts h a p e s T
! h e e n d st h a t b u t t t o g e t h e r
a r e s q u a r e ,b u t t h e o t h e re n d sa r e a n g l e d .D r a wa l a y o u tl i n e i n t h e m i d d l eo f a f u l l - l e n g t h
a r c h b e f o r ec u t t i n gi t o u t , t h e n t r a n s f e rt h e l i n e t o o n e e n d o f t h e h a l f - l e n g t h arch. lW

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No.6x l-l/4"
stainlesssteel screws
No.8 x l-5/8"
stainlesssteel screws
No. l0 x 3" stainless
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VJctorian TFellis 9' H x T Y x 4 ' l " D a t b a s e


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lx6 42 Rip to 4-ll4n wide

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4 SideCleat lx4 About 5 | Rip to | - l/2" wide, cut lensrhto

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We looked at 6-in. and 8-in. stacking carbide-tipped
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Wecut hundredsof dadoesin oak plywood,melamin€ :-
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decreasethe amount of runout or "wobble" in the
2 bladeto varythewidth of the dado.Includedin the
tr wobble-type group are the hybrids that combine
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cirttersand a singlechipper.
HOOK ANGLE:THE KEY FEATURE

ryrc Wefound the singlemost important factor in the qualityof cutwasthe hook
I

angleon the outsidecutters(Fig.B).A negative-hookbladeproducesmuch


ffi -_
lesstear-outthan a positive-hookblade,butrequiresmore feedpressure.The
LEFT
TOP.BEVELED
differencein feedpressurewhen cutting 3/8-in.-deepdadoesin plywood is
TOOTH negligible,but much more noticeablewhen cutting them in solid maple.The
RAKER increasedfeedpressurenecessitates a slighdyslowerfeedrate.Unlessyou work
TOOTH 1/16'CHIPPER
exclusivelyinhardwood or run a production shopwherespeedreallycounts,
SHIMS
1/8" CHIPPERS you'll getbetter all-around resultswith a zero-or negative-hookdado set.
1/8'OUTSTDE
CUTTER

TABLESAW
ARBOR

H
A well-cut dado has two essential Uneven bottoms and severe tean
qualities: out are the hallmarksof reallycheap
l. Squareshoulderswith flat bottoms stackingsets (they retail for around
FIG.A ANATOMY
OF for strong,tight-fiaing joints. $50) and the wobble-type dado
STACKINGDADOSETS 2. Little or no tear-out along the blades.lf you valueyour sheet stock,
Stackingdadosetsconsistof two edgesfor a clean,good-lookingjoint. sta),awayfrom these blades.
1/8-in.-thickoutsidebladeswiththreeto six
chippers. Theoutsidebladesarebeveled in
onedirectionto scorethe woodaheadof the
cut andareresponsible for a clean(or
ragged)edgeon the dado.An occasional
rakertoothis placedbehinda beveledtooth AMANA656030& 658030 6&8 130& 160
to createa flat-bottomed shouldercut. AMANA658()3()AK 8. 175

Thechippers varyin thickness andare AMANA658040 8 225


CMTPrecision
Daoo t 8 190
stacked to createthe desiredwidth.Shims
DELTA
35-535 6&8 80&90
canbe addedbetween the chippers to fine-
DML73000 8 215
t unet hewidt h .
EVERLAST
DS6& DS8 6&8 155&r65
EVERLAST
DS84() 8 215
POSTT|VE- F0RREST
DadoKinq 6&8 250& 260
EasyFeed
F0RREST I 200& 220
FREUD
SD2O6&SD2O8 G 6&8 75&90
FREUD
SD3O6
& SD3O8 6&8 110&120
FREUD
SD5O6
& SD5O8 6&8 r60&180
JointMaster
JESADA 6&8 r40&180
LEEVAI-LEY
Dimar 8-46TN 8 160
LEEVALLEYDimar618C1& 824C1 6&8 1 3 0& 1 5 0
#3
NoBDTC 6&8 220
#3DS
NORDIC 6&8 230
N 0 R D IC - M e l a m i n e 8 530
FI G . B HO O K A N GL E OLDHAM
#5818 8 r00&r15
A zeroto negativehookproducesa cleanercut but OLDHAM#5824 8 170
requiresa slowerfeedratewith a little morefeed PROMAX I 50
pressure.
'A positivehookcuts moreaggressively and requires R I D GC
EA R B I DDEa d oM a s t e r 6&8 1 6 0& 1 7 0
lessfeedpressure. Thistoothdesignallowsyouto Fine
SYSTIMATIC 6&8 1 5 0& 1 5 5
cut dadoesfasterandwith lesseffort,especially in SYSTIMATIC
Super-Fine I 260
hardwoods..The downside is a slightlyrougher.cut. TENRYU
GMD20340 I 260

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Deep scoring cuts madeby the outsidecuttersare Shallow scoring dado sets with negative-hookteeth are
undesirablewhenusedfor exposedjoinery(boxjoints, best becauseof their versarility.Theydo a grear job cuaing
bridlejoints,etc.). dadoesand wont spoil the look of exposedjoinery.

PRODUGTION VS. SMAIbSHOP BLADES


There'sareal price differencebetweenbladesdesignedforheavy-
duty usein a production shop and thosemade for occasionaluse
in aone-personshop.Blades thatcostmorethan $100tendto have
a higher tooth count. The benefit is increaseddurability and
cleanercutsathigher feedrates.Productionshopsneedbladesthat
lastlong and cut fast.But,ifyorlre not running dadoesall daylong
fivedaysaweek,thisworftbe important.Most of uswill getalife-
time of usefrom a good dado setwith only one or two sharpen-
ings,and a slower feed rate is really of little consequence.
Someof the more expensivesetsalsoinclude an extra ll32-n.
chipper that can be stackedwith three 1/8-in. chippersto create
Chip-limiting fingers in front of each tooth limit blade
dadoesfor undersizedplywood.Other extrasthat come in handy bite to about | 132-in.,reducingthe chanceof a kickback
arewell-made storagecasesand shim sets. causedby overfeedingstock.

N Y N Excellent
instructions. (8001
445-0077
N Y Y Excellent
instructions. (8001
445-0077
N Y N Excellent
instructions. (800)445-0077
Y Y N Tefloncoatinq;
color-codedshims, (8881
268-2487
Y N Y Thin-kerf
outsidecutters;
cardboardshims. (8001
438-2486
N Y Y Minimalinstructions. (8001
242-7003
N Y Y No instructions. (800)387-5278
N Y Y Noinstructions. (800)387-5278
Y Y N Excellent
instructions;
color-coded
shims. (8001
733-7111
Y Y N Excellent
instructions;
color-coded
shims. (8001
733-71
11
Y N N Instructions;
metalshims. (8001
334-4107
Y Y N Instructions;
metalshims. (8001
334-4107
Y Y N Instructions;
metalshims. (800)
334-4107
Y Y N Instructions;
color-coded
shims. (800)531-5559
N Y N No instructions. (800)
871-8r58
N Y N No instructions. (800)
871-8158
N Y Y Noinstructions. (8001
345-3535
N Y Y No instructioni. (800)
345-3535
N Y Y Deepscorinqcuts. (8001
345-3s35
N N N Magnetic
shims;uneven
bottoms. (800)
828-9000
Y Y Y Freesharpeninq
coupon. (800)
828-9000
Y N Y Raggedcutswithveryunevenbottoms. 288-2487
{8881
Y Y N plasticshims.
Instructions; (800)443-0992
Y Y Y Maqnetic
shims. (8001
426-0035
Y Y N Maqnetic
shims. (8001
426-0035
N Y N Instructions. 951-7297
(8001

American Woodworker ApRtL2ool 55


OTHER FEATURES TO CONSTDER OUR RECOMMENDATIONS
What's best, a 5-in. or 8-in. dado set? When it comes to cutting high-quality
An 8-in. setis no problemfor a 3-hp cabinetsawbut aI-ll2-hp contractorsaw dadoes,speedkills. Simply slowing down
usuallystruggles cuttinga2-in.-deepdadoin solidwood.Certainlyanyonewith your feedratemakesa tremendousdifference
a portable tablesawshould only look at the 6-in. dado sets.If there'sany in the amount of tear-out.The dado setswith
doubt,gowiththe 6 in.Yotilllosean inch of depthcapacity,butyorfllsavesome negative-hook teeth performed especially
money up front and your saw'smotor will thank you. This is one casewhen well when crosscutting dadoes in oak-
smallermay be better.After all, how often do you cut 2-in. deepdadoes? veneeredplywood and melamine.The only
Scoring cuts real drawback to this type of blade is an
Deepscoringcutsleft by the outsidecutterscanbe a realeyesorewhen the join- increasein feedpressurethat becomesmore
'
ery is exposed(box and bridle joints,for example).Look for a dado setwith shal- noticeablewhen cutting solid wood. If you
low scoringcuts (seethe chart and Photos3 and 4). feel you need the more aggressivecut that a
Anti-kickback positive-rake angle offers,we recommend
Anti-kickback is a bit of a misnomer becausebladeswith this featurewonl pre- SystiMatics Super-Fine,the ForrestEasyFeed
ventalltypa of kickbacklltechip-limitingfingers found on anti-kickbackdado and the EverlastDS6 and DS8.
seisdo help preventkickbackscausedby overfeedingthe stock (Photo 5). f udged by the quality of cut, there was
a large group of top performers:
Amana 658030and 8040
CMT PrecisionDado
EverlastDS840
Forrest Dado King
The FreudSD 208 hasallthe FreudSD508
important features: FreudSD208
/ minusS-degreehook angle JesadaJoint Master
/ steel shims LeeValleyDimar 8-46TN
/ 5 chippers(4-ll8 in.andl-l/16 in.)
Nordic MelamineBlade
/ anti-kickbackfeature
/ samequalitycarbideused in Northwoods Dado Master
Freud'smore expensivemodels The pricesof thesebladesrangefrom $90
/ shallow scoring cuts to $500 and all performed beautifully. The
/ a greatprice;$90.
more expensivesetshave more teeth so the
blades stay sharp longer while giving you
greatcutsat a fasterfeedrate.

All of these bladescut beautifully,even with faster feed rates,and include: BEST BUY
'
/ anti-kickbackdesign
I wish all our choicesfor shop gearwere this
/ an extra 3/32-in.chipper
/ 24-tooth outside cutters crystal clear.For greatperformanceat a great
/ shim sets price no bladecomescloseto Freud'sSD208.
/ shallowscoringcuts. Youdont getthe extraslke a3132-in.chipper
or a well-made carrying case,but for the
money,you simply cant go wrong with this
set.With a slowfeedrate,the FreudSD 208cut
cross-grain dadoesin veneeredplywood
almost aswellas the most expensiveblades.

EDITORS' CHOICES
With suchalargegroupof top performerswe
looked to other features,likean anti-kick-
back design, shallow scoring cuts, an efira
3132-in.chipper and shim setsto arrive at
our Editors'Choices.Three blade setswere
DADO JESADAJOINTMASTER
CMTPRECISION firsts among equals: the CMT, the Freud
SD508and the Jesada./W

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Createa classiclook with ready-mademoldings.
you'rebursting at the seamswith books and collectibles right into the floor and hold the standardsrigid (Photo 8).
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Ito display,here'sa bookcasethat maximizesspace,fits any Are your floors and walls out of square?Not a problem.
room, and useslumberyard moldings. We'veengineeredthis project to work even if your room
is a bit out of kilter. The moldings areapplied individually
A Flexible Design to eachstandardand coveranygapsresultingfrom uneven
We designedthis bookshelfwithout a back or baseunit to floors or walls.
make it easierto fit into any room. You can build around
ventsand outletsby simply shifting a standard(the upright Easy Molding
piecesupporting a shelf).This only affectsthe length of the A largebuilt-in requiresa lot of molding, so we'vechosen
shelves,whichis not difficult to changein the Cutting List, a mixture of classicshapesthat you can buy through a lum-
p age61. beryard or home center.We special-orderedthe maple
Without a baseor back, will the bookshelf be sturdy? moldingsfor ourbookcase,butif you buildyours from oak
Sure,becausehidden steelpins made from lag bolts go or pine, molding to match is readily available.We'll show
text continuedon page 62

Measure the height and width of your wall. Note the Rip the plywood into strips for the standards.Although
locations of all receptacles,switchesand vents.lf they're in you can use a tablesawto make these cuts,you wont have
the way,modifr our designby relocatinga standardand to strugglewith a bulky sheet of plywood if you use a
changingthe lengthof rhe shelves. circularsaw and a simplecuttingjig.

American Woodworker ApRtL2oot 59


45-DEGREE
MITER
F I G .A E X P L O D EVDI E WO F B O O K C A S E

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BRACKET(TYP.)
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SPACER

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D E E PH O L E S
F O RS H E L F
PINS

SET REAR
2xa (B) lN
1/2" (TYP.)

TRIM
PLINTH
1 / 4 "O N
RIGHT
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LADDER

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CROSSSECTIONS FIG.B CASINGS
Detail6 (114"x 3" LAG BOLTS AND MOLDINGS
Detail I

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Detail2 Detail7
IN FLOOR

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CUTTING
LIST
OverallDimensions:
8' H x 8' L x'14-3/4" D
Part ow. Name Material Dimensions Comments
A x Face Plywood 3/4 x 13-3/4x96 Trimlengthis 1-in.lessthanthe
distance
fromfloorto ceilino.
B 8 Brace 2x4 2x4x96 S a m e . a sa b o v e .
c 1 Top Plywood 3/4 x 13-3/4x96 Trim to fit
D a.n. Dentils Colonialstop 3 / 8x 1 - 1 / 4x 7/ 8 Rip1O-ft.
long,1-1l4-in. widemolding
to 1-1l8-in.
Thencutdentilsto lenqth.
D1 z Fillerstrip Colonialstop 3/8x 1-1/4 Cut 10-ft.-lonqpieceto fit
D2 2 Backer boards 3/4x3-1/2 Cut 10-ft.-lonqpieceto fit
E 6 Moldinq Colonial
stoo 3/8x1-1/4 Cut 8-ft.-lonqpiecesto fit.
F 4 Plinthblocks 1 - 1 / 1x64 - 1 / 2x 8
ANGLE
\l 4 Casinq Flutedcasino 3/4x4 Cut 7-ft. piecesto fit
1/2" SHIM
BRACKET H a.n. Cove Cove moldinq 3/4x 1-1/4 Cutfrom8-ft.len
z Crown Crown moldinq 2-5/8 tall Cutfrom 1O-ft.
K 7 Middleshelves Plywood 3/4x 11-3/8x32 Trimlengthis3/16-in.lessthan
5-1/2" NO.g distancebetweenstanda rds.
SCREWAND 14 Outershelves Plywood 3/4x 11-3/8x26 Sameas above.
COLLAPSIBLE M1 7 S h e l fm o l d i n q Shelfmoldino 5/8x 1-3/8x32 Sameas above.
ANCHOR M2 1 4 Shelfmoldino Shelfmoldino 5/8x1-3/8x26 Sameas above.

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page59
textcontinuedfrom

you how to modify one molding to make an impressive


cornice,completewith dentils (Photo 10).
If youte ambitious and want to make your own mold-
ing, see"RouterMolding"AW #85,February'01,page82
for tips on how to minimize the worst part of the
job-sanding the darn stuff.
This bookcaseblends right into your room reusing
your existing baseboardmolding. Simply cut your mold-
ing and reinstall it betweenthe standards.

Size and Cost


We designedthis bookcaseto fit into a typical room with
an 8-ft. ceiling and at least8 ft. of wall space,something like
a typical bedroom you maywant to convert to a library or
Make a foolproof, durable iig to drill accurate holes
for the shelf-supportpins.Drill l/4-in.-dia.holes into a home office. You can enlarge this bookcasesimply by
| - l/4 in.x l/8 in.x 6-ft. pieceof aluminumor steel bar adding standards.
stock (availableat hardware stores). We spent about $600 on materials for the bookcase
shown here. The optional ladder and hardware cost an
additional $700to $1,200,dependingon how fancy it is
(seeSources,page66).Beforeyou makesawdust,checkout
our advice on Planning Your Bookcase,page 63. Then
follow Photos I through 15for the nitty grittyhow-to.

Nail the jig to the plywood through four smallholes


drilled along the jig's length.ldentify the top of the jig with
paint or tape,then alignthe top hole with a line 84 in.from
the plywood's bottom (see Fig.A).Drill l/4-in. holes ll2-in.
deep through each of the lig holes usinga stop collar to
limit the hole'sdepth.Remember,the end standardsdont
require holes.

Selecting Lumber
Lookfor straight2x4sfor the standards. lf you Glue 2x4s between the plywood piecesto create the
can'tfind any,cut up the bestonesyoucan standards.Be sure the front 2x4 is flush with the front
find into2-ft. lengthsandsandwich these edge of the panelsand the rear 2x4 is set in about I 12 in.
shorterpiecesbetween the plywoodpieces. After assembling,scribe the standardto fit the wall, if
Youdon'tneeda continuous 2x4tor strength. necessary.Thel/2-in. overhangon the back makesscribing
much easier.

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Install a pair of pins to hold the bottom of the standard Mark the floor locations for
into holesyou'll drill in the floor (Fig.A,Detail 6). Makethe the pins on maskingtape (Fig.C).
pins from 3-in.lagscrews.Use a wrench to turn them until Use a framingsquareas a guideto
the threadsare all insidethe bottoms of the 2x4s.Then ensurethat the holes are
cut off the headsof the screws with a hacksawand file a perpendicularto the wall.Be sure
slighttaper on the bottom of the protruding pin. to remove the baseboardbefore
you measureand drill the holes.

F I G .C
LOCATIONS
OF FLOOR \ \ urrr"DrA.?- _.r- 'l-+frc- +
PINS H.LEStryp.) *li 12"'l
(TOPVIEW) \ | I
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Planning Thisbuilt-inbookcase'is easyto enlarge,workaroundwindows,or changein anywayto


suityourroom.Beforeyou buyyourlumber,carefully measure yourselectedsite.Takeinto

Your consideration the height,widthand anyobstructions uniqueto your room.


The centersectionof our bookcaseis 6 in. wider than the two outer sections.This

Bookcase establishes a focalpoint,and the two sidesectionsprovidesymmetry.


you canmovethe standards
Keepin mindthat
closertogetheror add a standardor two to fit a longerwall.
lf you movethe standards to accommodate outletsor airvents,notethat the standards
should never be fartherthan 36 in. apart.This is the maximumdistancefor sag-free
shelvesand safeinstallation of the rolling-ladderhardware.
Usea levelto checkfor irregularities likea slopingflooror an unevenwall.lf they'renot
too far off,the standards
won'tneedaltering.Butif yourwallsandfloorarewayout of whack,
you'llbe ableto scribethe standards on the backside and bottom,andthencut alongyour
scribefor a perfectfit.
Our bookcasewasbuilt onto a wood floor.lf you havecarpeting,you'llneedto pull back
the carpetand pad and reinstall them lateraroundthe baseof the bookcase. And yes,the
ladderwill rollon carpeting.

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Receptacles andfloor vents
arethebaneof most
built-ins,butnot thisone.
Iustlocatethestandards so
theymisstheobstacles,

Tip the standards into position. Eachstandardshould be plumb and equallyspaced,top and bottom.
Start with the standardthat goes in the corner, facingthe wall (see inset).lf the wall isnt plumb,nail
shims onto the spacersfastenedto the standard'sside to compensate.Fastenthe standardto the wall
with long drywall screws and anchors (Fig.A,Detail 5).
Next, tip the second standardinto the holes in the floor. Have an assistanthofd the standard in place
while you make sure it's plumb and the top and bottom measlrements are equal.When everything'slined
up,lock the standardin place'with a temporary brace.

Slide the cabinet top over tfre standardsand secure it in


placewith anglebrackets (Fig.A).Shim the gapsbetween the
top and the ceiling.Screw the top to the ceilingjoisa in three
. locations usingtwo screws at each location.
Note:You may haveto use a stud finder to locate the ceiling
joists,or install blocks between joists in the attic.

Prefinishall thepartsin
yourshopto keepthemess
andsmellsundercontrol

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My dentil molding
w!
needs some dental
work! | gluedone of the
dentilsin crooked,and it
spoiledthe whole look of
the molding.
To removethe offending
p i e c e , lw a r m e di t u p
slightlywith a heat gun to
loosenthe glue.(Both
white and yellowglues
soften up and let go when
they'rewarmed.)ThenI
pried off the dentil with a
thin putty knife.Presto!
Make dentil molding from Colonial-style stop I'm backin business with a
molding(Fig.B).Youcould start from scrarch,but this is new tooth.
much easier.First,glueand naila long pieceof molding
(the filler strip) to a bacl<er
board.Thencut individual
dentilsfrom a long strip of moldingand gluethem onto
the backerboardwith a smalldab of glue (Fig.A,Detail
l). Use a scrappieceof moldingas a spacer.

Nail molding to the front of the standardswith 6d


finishnails(Fig.A,Detail 3). Nail the plinthblocksat rhe
Miter the end of the dentilassembly. Leavea full dentilat the miter, bottom first.(Because the plinth blocksare wider than
then cut the assembly to length.Nail it to the front of the standards the flutedcasing,you'll needto rip ll4 in.from the
with 6d finishnails.Maintaina consistentdistancefrom the top of the width of the blockthat'sagainstthe wall.)Nail the
dentilsto the ceiling.Thisspacemust matchthe heightof your crown Colonialstop moldingevenwith the fronts of the
molding(Fig.A,Detail7). standards; then applythe flutedcasing.

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Glue mitered cove molding to the tops of the fluted casing.The Nail the crown molding onto the dentilassembly.
cove molding should wrap around to meet the Colonial stop molding Mitereachendat the outsidecornerandbutt the
(Fig.A,Details2,4 and 5). other endsagainstthe wall.Use4d finishnailsevery
l2 in.anddrivethembelowthe surfaceof the wood
with a nailset.

Finishing
Finish the standards,molding and shelvesbefore
installation. This keepsspills and obnoxious fumes
out of your living space.Afterthe bookcaseis com-
pletely installed,you can touch up any cut endswith
stain and fill nail holes with colored putty.
For a blotch-free, even color on this birch, we
applied Minwax Wood Conditioner before staining.
Then we used Minwax No. 245 pecan stain to blend
the maple and birch pieces. Finally, we applied a
polyurethane varnish for durability. M

Sources
Rolling ladder and hardware are availablefrom
Putnam Ladder,32 Howard St.,NewYork NY
! 0 0 1 3 ;( 2 t 2 ) 2 2 6 - 5 1 4 7 ,
www.putnamroll ingladder.com.Specif the length
of rod (ours is I ft.) and the height of the finished
ladder (ours is 7 ft.).Availablein a wide variety of
hardwoods.Rolling ladder kits are also sold by
ALACO Ladder,5 167G St.,Chino,CA 9 l710,
(888) 3 | 0-7040, www.alacoladdencom.

Fluted casing(4 in.) and plinth blocks (4-l12 in.)


are availablein a wide variety of hardwoods from
Optional: Install the rolling ladder hardware to the face of the Woodharbor Doors & Cabinetry,.3277Ninth St.,
cabinet accordingto the manufacturer'sinstructions (see Sources, Mason City, lA 5040l, (641) 423-0444,
at right). www.woodharbor.com.Call to order or to find a
dealer near you.

cautio{ifflii lddaar.
isi sdfegy
hataidfor smal!children. This is a new and improvedversionof a popularstory
Adu|tsu|eriisionisadvised'..-.',.|,...'. f r o m o u r s i s t e rp u b l i c a t i o nT, h e F a m i l yH a n d y m a n .

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Presses
It isntt necessary to spend top
dollar to get a Yery good machine.
Consistent,accurateholes.That'swhy drill presses
havebeenfixures in
woodworkingshopsfor overa century.Althoughit isnt thefirst stationary
tool you should buy for your workshop,a drill pressis right up there
amongthebasictoolsforwoodworking.Wetested28moderatelypriced
(under$450)13-in.to 17-in.machines.

The Basics
The "sizd'of a drill pressis actually two times its throat depth (the
distancebetweenthe column and the centerof the chuck).A 13-in.
drill press,for example,hasa throat capacityof 6-112in. Although we
found a 6-Il2-n. throat adequatefor most operations,we preferthe
extracapacityof thelargermachines.However,it'snot necessary to buy
anythingbiggerthan a 17-in.model.Twenty-inchmachines,thenextstep
up,weighalmosttwiceasmuch and takeup a lot morespace.
d)
Quill strokemeasures how deepa holeyou candrill. The quill holds
I the spindleand travelsup and down whenyou work the operator'slever
o
(Fig. A). Most of thesemachineshave adequatestrokes,about
3-ll4-in.long. However,just as with throat depth, additional
strokecapacitymakesa drill pressmoreversatile.

Other Gonsiderations
Biggernumbersarent alwaysbetter.Forwoodworking,havingl2 or.L6
speedsis overkill,especiallywhena singleslowspeedworksfor almost
everything.To havenumerousspeeds,thesedrill pressesrequirethree
pulleysand two belts..Weprefer a simpler designwith fewerspeeds.
3z Unfortunateh only onemachinein this test,theIet IDP laIE is madethis
t= way.Its five speedscovera wide range,yetrequireonlytwo pulleysand
zE
oA
l- ;-
one belt. Coincidentally,this machineis the smoottiestrunning and
i \ -

most quiet of them all.


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EDGE

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A W I D E , F L A T R I M m a l < e si t e a s i e r t o a d d f e n c e s a n d f i x t u r e s
t o t h e t a b l e . S l o t s t h r o u g h t h e t o p a l l o w f a s t e n i n gf r o m
u n d e r n e a t h . E v e r y m a c h i n e e m p l o y s a c r a n l < - o p e r a t e dr a c l < -
a n d - p i n i o ns y s t e m f o r r a i s i n ga n d l o w e r i n g . MORTISINGATTACHMENTSofferedby Delta and Ridgidare
t h e b e s tb e c a u s o e f t h e i r s u p e r i o rh o l d - d o w n s . T hDee l t a
l4-070 is the on/ydrill presswe testedthat allowseasy,
unrestrictedfront-to-bacl< adiustmentof the mortisingfence,
because i t s s l o t sa r e p a r a l l e l .

THE BEST OPERATOR'S LEVER has big,round grips and long, W I D E B E L T SD O N ' T S L I P ; n a r r o w b e l t s d o . W i d e b e l t s h a v e
s t o u t r o d s f o r g o o d m e c h a n i c a l a d v a n t a g e . T h eg r i p s a r e m o r e s u r f a c e a r e a t o s t a y i n c o n t a c t w i t h t h e p u l l e y s ,s o t h e y
smooth so they're comfortable to hold onto as you worl< the transfer power from the motor more effectively.Replacement
lever.The rods are threaded so they can be removed if they b e l t s a r e n o t a s w i d e l y a v a i l a b l ei n m e t r i c s i z e s .
get in the way.

Changing speedsshould be easy;just reposition the belts on What to Expect


the pulleysand go. But on too many machines,getting the belts Drill pressesare designedfor metal work, but woodworkers have
otTis difficult, or nearly impossible,becausethe belt tensioning adopted them, even though woodworking doesn't normally
mechanismsdon't haveenough travel.Pick a machine that gives require a machinist's precision. To make drill pressesthat are
yolr some slack (seeChart, pages72 and73). attractivelypriced for woodworkers,manufacturerstrade abit of
Thesemachinescomewith motors rated fromll2 to t-1/2 hp. accuracy for affordability. The drill presseswe tested aren't as
A Ilz-hp motor is adequatetbr most drill press operations; preciseasa machinist'stool, but they're fine for woodworking. And
3lahp is more than enough. Sornemotors are totally enclosed some of them are downright cheap!
and fan cooled (TEFC). TEFC motors keep dust out of the Two compromisesmake thesemodest pricespossible.First,all
windings, which protectsagainstoverheating.This isnt such a big of the machineshavea small amount of side playbetween the quill
concern in a drill pressbecausethe motor is mounted aboveand and the head,and there'snothing you can do about it. Sideplay is
away from the action. a nuisance,but it has little effecton most boring operationsif you

70 \urcrican Wor)(l\\ orlicr e p R t L2 o 0 t


SPINDLE
BEARING

SPINDLE

CLOCKSPRING

S W I T C H E SD E S I c N E DF O R S A F E T Yl i l < et h e s e
from Jet,are large,obviousand front-mounted. "On"
switchesare prorectedso they can'cbe pushed
accidentally."Off" switchessrandproud so they're
easyto hit in an emergency.

G
4.egfilifli;fi;s|** OPERATOR
LEVEB

CHUCK
ffi
KEY :i J;

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F I G .A . H O WA D R I L LP R E S SW O R K S
T h e h e a r to f a d r i l l p r e s si s i t s s p i n d l e B. e l t st r a n s f etrh e m o t o r ' s
p o w e ra n d r o t a t r o nt o r t t h r o u g ha t o o t h e ds l e e v ei n s i d et h e
*'. s p i n d l ep u l l e yT. h e s et e e t he n g a g el o n gs p l i n e so n t h e s h a f to f
t h e s p i n d l eT. h es p i n d l er o t a t e isn s i d et h e q u i l l ,a h o l l o ws t e e l
P A D D L ES T Y L EO N - O F F S W I T C H E Sa r e t h e e a s i e srto
c y l i n d e trh a t m o v e su p a n d d o w ni n s i d et h e m a c h i n e dh e a o .
operate-you can evenshut the machinedown with your T h r sm o v e m e nits r e g u l a t e bd y a p i n i o ng e a ro n t h e s h a f to f t h e
s h o u l d e ri n a n e m e r g e n c y .w A e l l - p l a c ecdh u c l <l < e yh o l d e r o p e r a t o r 'lse v e ra n d t e e t hc u t i n t ot h e b a c ko f t h e q u i l l .A
( t h i so n e i s o n a R i d g i d i)s a " g 1 , 0 0 0 "i m p r o v e m e ntth a r t e n s i o n e cd l o c ks p r i n ga s s i s t st h e r e t u r ns t r o k ea n d h o l d st h e
coststhe manufacturer next to nothing! q u r l li n p o s i t i o a
n g a i n stth e h e a d .

usesharp bits and proper fbedrates.However,it may causechatter you'll haveto spend more money,either fbr a better chuck (about
when you usea sandingdrum, or a big bit without a centerpilot, $80) or a better machine.
like a rosettecutter. Higher-quality machineshave an adjustable Limitations
split-headdesign that allowsyou to eliminate side play.However, When you use sanding drums in these machines,the lateral
they're more expensive-$600 and up. pressureyou exert can amplify any vibration allowed by the side
Another compromise is the churcks;they're not great. The playbetweenthe quill and the head.This combination of pressure
biggestannoyanceis that they clon'talwaysgrip bits,especiallybig and vibration may cause the tapered joint between the chuck
ones,securely;sometin-resthey slip.The easiestwaysto compensate and arbor to break loose.If it does,the taperedparts will probably
are to usethe chuck key in all thr"eeholeswhen you install a bit and be damaged.When you use your drill pressfor sanding,go easy.
to use a lessaggressivefeed rate when you drill. The chucks also Keep the quill housed in the head and raise the table up to meet
allow a small amount of wobble at the businessend of the bit,but the drum. The samefactors,lateralpressureand vibration, combine
not enough to get hung up about. Ifyou havea bug about precision, to make milling operations difficult, as well.

A merican \\,'oodu'orker ApRtL


2001
Rod-Style i FINAL
MANUFACTURER/
MODEL i COST
i

Depth-Stop Bridgewood

Mechanisms BW I 758F
CentralMachinery j $206 (includes

are Best ryrye i$e!1!-ting)


CentralMachinery $29 | (includes
43389 I $6 handltng)

LOCKING Crafuman 229 l3 i $350 Street Price t o - u /


i

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-7
Crafrsman229l5 : $300 StreerPrice | t'rt'

$350 StreetPrice 3-114" 1Yes i l/2 hp;8A : Excellent Fair

i Good
-ii*"rr""i
i $350 Street 3 / 4 h p ;l 0 A Excellenr
- - -1--

r Fair
:
75-2oO ., , , . , . - , ! . . ._ - . - t, -., I lf+ne,tzn
G7944 $248(lncludes 7" t3-114" lY"s Good ixcellent
flcrizzly
\-/ 948 shipping) r 3/4hp;9A

J e tJ D PI T F S E
WE ESPECIALLY LIKErod-style J e Jt D Pl 4 J F
mechanisms with three nuts.Thethird nut,
t TEFC;
locatedunder the stop collar,l<eeps the J e tJ D Pl 4 M F I $370 StreetPrice : 7" 3-3i8' Yes
quill extended.lt'sa low-techquill stop.

tIhp;16,4
LoboDP-016F I$369(includes :6-112" 3" Yes

l3 Yes F"it
StarS40l7 i$330(lncludes i6-112" i3/4hp;12.54 ]fair
i $75 shiPPing)
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Tradesman80805 I $200 StreetPrice 6-5/8" 3-114" Yes l/2 hp;6A Fair : Poor

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|$
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W;;dr;[ciTar.]i I r-lle ] G : Excellent Fair
RING-STYLEDEPTHSTOPSare common, I $30shiPPing;- -li''
I I i
but we find them more difficultto use,and ii;;l,;*
$/5 snrPPrng) i i ll+ np,t zR
more likelyto slip.

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L-L=lF-ll L'- -\i -L L: L:JL\-L=

A Comfortable Operatorts Lever plasticballs that are most common. But the most comfortable grips
More than anything else,howthe quill advancelever feelsin your of all are the plastic balls found on the Delta 17-965. They're
hand shapesyour perception of the machine. We prefer the larger than any of the others,and they're smooth.
traditional threaded-rod design to a single three-arm casting. Wide Belts
For good leverage,the lever should be at least 3/8-in. thick and Widebeltswork better!Machineswith narrowbeltsrequiremore
8-in.long. finesseto use,especially thebeltsslipon
with biggerbits,because
A few machines have ergonomically formed, soft-plastic grips. the pulleysmore easily.When this happensyou haveto stop
They re a big improvement over the smallish, serrated,hard- drilling andaddmoretensionto thebelts.

72 American Woodworker A p R t2Lo o t


ONIOFF
SWITCHES
I
I

i MoRTrsrNG FRONT j swrrcx


I arrncnmrrr MOUNTED ] STYLE COMMENTS
and CONTACT
i PushButtons Worl< light;bigtable.(800)235-2100

No No Dry i Toggle Cast operator's lever w/ formed grip.(800) 423-2567

Yes ; Yes Wet I Yo. Toggle Worl< light;cast operator's lever w/ formed grip;
1
1 wide base;bigtable;very reasonably priced.
I (800)423-2s67.
NA I Yes;3nuts Variablespeedmechanism;work light;castoperator's
lever w/ paddedgrip; chuck key holder; extended mainrenance
ii:i --+--- -'--'--1--------------
No : Yes Yes i Yes;3 nuts
i Wet I Worl< light;chuckkey holder:extendedmainrenance
(800),377-7414
contractis available.
, Yes I Yes 1 Yes I Wet I Yes:3 nuts j Yes Work light;chuck key holder; big table;
extended maintenanceconrract is available.
(800) 377-7414.
Yes I Wide base;parallelslorsin table;gripshavecoarseserrarions.
i (800)438-2486.
Wide base;gripshavecoarseserrarions.(800) 438-2486.
Yes , Yes Yes i Dry
' ' -'---'
: Yes '-
I Yes I yes
----;--'-
I push Buuons , Wide base:big table:quill lock.(800) 438-2486.
r------------
Yes No ; Yes Dry Yes j Ves
I Ves i Toggle
''''''-,'''------':'j-----t--: j yes
No : Yes Yes I Wer I No i yes I praat" Work lighusoft-plasticgrips.(800) 523-4777.

i Paddle Work light;soft-plasticgrips;wide base;big table;tall-belt changingmay


be difficultfor personsof smallstature;depth stop is hard to lock.
(800) s23-4777.

Yes;3nuts i Yes Work light,exposedbulb;wide base;l/2" chuck;must remove depth-


stop collar to installmortising artachmenr.(800) 274-6848.
Yes iNo ]No ,Dry Yes:3nuts Yes Pushbuttons I Work lighr,exposedbulb;wide base;must removedepth-stopcollarto
-
lT_glryIi:il,s__1!:5!Tl t 800\ 274 6848.
Mortising attachmenrin.fua"J; rnw, r".ou" O"pifr-r."p ."fi.. t" intoff ;
work light;wide base.(800) 274-6848.
Rocker i Work light,exposedbulb;chucl<can'tgrip l/ | 6" bi(800j Z%laOBO

Pac flllie5"rq:::d3 !!:y'.9:!T: ta99l aa


?J!:9-l
Paddle 1 Work light;soft-plasticgrips;chucl<key holder;Americ;-;; ;i;.-
I (800)4-RtDG|D.
i Rocker Work light,exposedbulb;chucl<can't grip l/ 16" bit. (626) 334-6668.
No
--iil;_'-
iNo -- i D r y
iN" .N" Bigtable;chucl<can'tgrip l/ 16" bit.(626) 334-6668.
IG iN. i ;i--- l-N;-- Work light,exposedbulb;chuck can't grip l/ 16" bit. (626) 965-06?1.
,ljil
No
, No Yes D.y Yes Chuck key holder;undersized
table;good value,but hard to find;sold
throughAce Hardware stores.(800) 243-51| 4.

iit-- Chucl<key holder; big table;excellentvalue,but hard to find;sold


--,---_..: :!_____L_
il throughAce Hardware stores.(800) 743-51r1r4.
No :No No ,Dry
- l

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i r ; t r . ,

iNo Work light,exposed


bulb;chuckcan'tgrip |/|6" bit.(800) 654-7702.

i Mortisingattachmenrincluded.(800)645-9292.

Work light;soft-plasticgrips;chuck can't grip l/ | 6" bit; musr remove


depth stop to installmortising attachment.(800) 235-2100.

A Clamp-Friendly Table clean."Wet"tables,designedfor metalwork,haveT-slotsinsteadof


Drill presstables,especially
roundones,aren'tgreatfor slotsandtroughsaroundtheedges. Thesecrevicesfill up with wood
woodworking.Formostoperations youll wantto adda fenceor shavings.
an auxiliarysurface,sothebesttablesareonesthatwill be easyto A Rod-Style Depth Stop
clampto.Rectangular tableswith a wide,flat rim running around To setdrilling depth,we prefera rod with stopnutsto a ring with
theperimeterareclearlysuperior.Biggertablesarebetterthansmall a thumbscrew. Stopnutsareeasierto setand oncethey'relocked
ones.Welike "dry" tablesbecause theyre slottedandeasyto keep together,theywont slip.

American Woodworker A p R t2L0 0 1 73


Editors'Ghoice
Hor*sGo /Atof;d
Falff;Lcg
Chcl-crc
A commoncomplaintwith drill presses is that the
chuck falls out. Failureusuallyoccursbecause
the parts weren'tproperly cleanedbeforethey
werefirst installed.For a good joint, the mating
s u r f a c e sm u s t b e s p o t l e s s - a n y g r e a s e o, i l
(includingoil from your fingers)or dustparticles
Delta 17-965
that remain can causethis taperedjoint to fail.
| 6- I 12 in. $3 50.
Onceit fails,and the taperedfit is compromised,
the joint is likely to fail again. P R OS
This rnachinewas outstanding.It
has pl enty of pow er and a long,
4-7l 8-in.quillstroke.It runsquietly,
with mir-rirlalvibration.and is a
j o y t o o p e r a t eT . he quill
advance mechanism
operatessmoothly,and the
smooth,round grips on the
o p e r a t o r ' sl e v e r sa r e t h e m o s t
comfortableof anv we tested.The
quick action ; *r
d e p t h - s t o pn u t
(right) is ur-rique
and worksgreat.
There'sa genuine
quill lock (it F
pressestl-requill againstthe head)
that locksquicklyand positively.
The table raisesand lowers
srnoothl yand w e l i ke t he
largebase.Wealsolike Delta's
K E E P T H EC H U C K F I T T I N GT I G H T L Yb y i n s t a l l i nigt m o r t i s i n ga t t a c h m e n(t 1 7-
properly the first time. Beforetheir initialassembly, 935;$40), whichis available asan
cleanthe insideof the spindle,the arbor and the accessoryar-rdinstallseasilyon this
insideof the chuckwith a solventthat won't leavean
machine. A work light is also available
oily residue(suchas lacquerthinneror naptha).Then
slipthe arbor into the spindle.Retractthe chucl<'s
( 2 5 - 8 6$
e2; 0).
jawsand slidethe chuckonto the arbor.Setthe joint CONS
with a singletap on the bottom of the chuck with a We a couple rninor gripes.The 17-965
l-rave of
rubber or plasticmallet.Don't usea steelhammer.
hasan openmotor and a plastichood.

Mortising Attachments supportbetweenthebaseandthebottomof thetable,to keepit


Drill pressesaren'treallydesignedto exertthe amountof force from flexing.Ifyou plan to cut lots of mortises,geta mortising
mortisingrequires, with large( 1/2-in.)mortisingsets.
especiaily machine.
But tbr occasionaluse,and mortisesno largerthan 3/8 in., the Switches
attachments are adequate.Installationis time-consumingand Thebeston-offswitcheshavesafetybuiltin. Theymakeit difficult
often tedious.On somemachinesyou haveto removeseveral to turn the machineon accidentallyand easyto turn off in an
partsbeforeyou canmounttheattachment(seeChartComments, emergency. Fordurability,welike industrial-stylepushbuttons.For
page73).When you useyour drill pressfor mortising, put a convenience, we like paddle-styleswitches.

74 A rnerican Woodq'orker A P R I 2L O O l
BestBuy BestBuy BestBuy
Rl6lol

Central Machinery ?Al 44 Grizzly c7944 Ridgid DP I SOO


| 3 in.' $206* | 4 in.t $248* | 5 in., $3OO
PROS P R OS P R OS
A l t h o u g h C e r - r t r aMl a c h i n e r y t o o l s This machinef-eels better to operate This machineis likablebecause it'suser-
haven'tfaredwell in previousAmericarr t l - r a no t l - r e rs r n a l -l t h r o a t - c a p a c i t y fiiendly.lthaslongoperator's leverswith
Woodworkertests,tl-risone perfbrrned machir-res becauseit'sbuilt big (taller cornfortablegrips,a recessed paddle-
adrnirably, appearsto be n ell madeand a n d h e a v i e r )a n d i t d e l i v e r sg o o d styleor-r-ofTswitch, a built-in work light,
is availabledelivered fbr $206(there'sa $6 po\,ver.Its operartor's levershavelong a decenttableand a chuckkey holder.A
handlingcharge). Youcantry it out fbr rods with comfortablegrips.We like good r-nortisir-rg atterchment is available
30 daysand returnit fbr a full refund,if the paddle style on-off su'itch, ( A C 6 0 0 0 5 $, 2 5 ) ,b u t o n l y b y s p e c i a l
you'rer-rotsatisfied.If bottorn dollar is althoughit isr-r'trecessed. Grizzll, is order.It runs qui etl y ar-rdsrnoo t hly.
y o u r t o p c o n s i d e r a t i o ng, i v e t h i s k n o w n f o r i t s r e l i a b l ec u s t o m e r What'smore, Home Depot backsit by
rnachinea try. service. offeringtheoriginalpurchaser a lifetime
coNs coNs warranty.
The 38144comeswith a roundtable,an The G7944hasnarrowbeltsand a ring- coNs
openmotor,a ring-styledepthstopand styledepthstop.There'snoticeable side The DP 1500hasnarrowbelts,a ring-
narrowbelts.The unusual,castoperator's playbetweenthe quill and the head. style depth stop and an open motor.
Ievertakessomegettingusedto. Other sirnilarlypriced rnachineshave
* Priceincludesshippingin the 48
* Priceincludesshippingin the 48 deeperthroat capacity.
contiguousstates.
contiguousstates.

Work tight Recommendations


Manymachinescomewith built-in work lights,whichyou'dthink It'sa buyer'smarket,sobe choosy.Competitionhasdrivenprices
would be a greatfeature.Unfortunately,they'reall mounted down-we don't seeanyreasonto spendmorethan $350.Look
behindthe bit and castits shadowin exactlythe wrong spot.Big for packagedeals,free trial periods and attractivewarranties.
bitscreatebig shadows!On somemachines,thebulb protrudesand And watchout for shippingcosts.Besureto considerthetotal cost
maygetbroken.We think a bettersolutionis to buyan after-market of gettinga drill pressinto your shop. fW
gooseneck work lightwith a magneticbase(920).

American Woodworker ApRtL2oot 75


E d i t be ydD a v e M u n k i t t r i c k

F$hlns
Tps-
NA|L POLI!
-*'BRt!6H

Kit
PodableTouch-Up
Mixing tiny amountsof stainfrom big cansand cleaningbrushes
all for one little touch-up job usedto drive me crazy.
While watchingmywife upplyfingernailpolish,l had a moment
of inspiration.The clearll2-ouncebottlesareperfectfor storing
different-coloredstainsand the self-storingbrushesneverneed
cleaning!I rinsedout someold bottlesand brusheswith lacquer
thinner and filled them with my most-usedstains.I keepa little
plasticcup in my kit for mixing customcolors.
CharlesEggleston
Gary,IN

A TrueBlack
Ebonizingwood isnt aseasyasit seems.Blackdyesusuallyleavea bluishor greenishcast,
oil stainslookwashedout and paint obscuresthe grain.But a good India ink,which is really
GlueBefore
a very finely ground pigment,doesthe job. It's availableasa fast-dryingwaterborneliquid
at art supply stores
YouStrip U
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J

(BlackCatWaterborne When restoringold beat up E


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f

India Ink. Dick Blick antiques the typical N


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933-2542.www.dick- and then refinish.I like to
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2006;$7 per pint). re-gluethe loosejoints and U


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borne finish,raisethe don t have to worry about :<

grain beforeyou apply gluesqueezeout-it's taken t


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the ink. Dampen the care of when I strip. Also, o_


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wood with water,letit any new wood used in o

dry and sandlightly to repairsgetsworked up like I


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cut down the swelled the old wood, which helps z.

fibers; then brush on it blend in better.After strip- a


z.
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the ink. Once dry, it's ping,all I haveto do is sand
z
compatibleunder any and refinish. E
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finish. SeanDaly 2
GeorgeRiemann Providence, RI tr
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Ann Arbor.MI o
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76 Arnerican Woodworker n p n t 2L o o t
F i n i , s h i nTgi p s
I
HangUp
Varnishing
I alwaysfelt the need for a secondpair of hands
when it cameto varnishingshelvesor doors.
A good solutionis to hangthem rp.A seriesof
eyehooksscrewedinto the floor joiststurned my
shop ceiling into a helping hand. TWohooks
screwedinto both endsof eachshelfallowthem to
be suspendedin mid-air whereI can varnishall
the sideswith ease.A length of bailingwire with
loopstwistedon the endsis hookedon the bottom
pair of hooksto steadythe shelfwhile finishing.
David Banister
Tallahassee,FL
/w

If you havean original Finishing


'We Tip, sendit to us
with a sketchor photo. pay $200 for eachone we
print. Send to: Finishing tfpi, lmerican Vood-
worker, 2915 Cnmmers Drirre, Suite 700' Eagan'
MN 55121. Submissionscarit be returnedand
becorneour prqperry upon acceptanceand payment.
AmericanWoodworker

3 Year lndex indexfor


armchairs rail fasteners,sources, 8I :45
fhis isa three-year GreeneandGreenejoineryfor,78:30-32 sleigh,64:44- 49;66:I 4 correction
I American Woodworker. It Arts and Crafts style beeswax
stylesideboard,
Stickley- 74:50-57 mixing,66:60
includes fromissue# 64,Feb-
articles ash,source,82:77 overshellac,66:58,61
ruary'98,
through #84,December'00. assembfy table, 8l :62-65; 84:7
4-78 belt-discsanders
auger bits, ship,source,80:76 buyer'sguide,69:62- 64;76:41-44
Entries thenissue
arelistedbysubject, awls,sharpening jig for,80:32 features andtypes,69:62-63; 76:41-42
numberandpage. Forexample, axes,sharpening, 66:68 belt sanders
belts
"bandsaw fences, 72:108"
extra-large, .. repating,T5:17
appeared 72onpage108.
in issue skewers,78:22
bamboo buyer's guide,69:58-60; 76:34-36
bandsaw blades reviewed andAWrated,79:66-69
on our
A 5-yearindexisavailable foldingtips,74:10 dustcollectionfor,65:34
Ior resawlnS features andtypes,69:58-59; 76:34-35;
Websiteat reviewed andAI,Vrated,70:51 79:66-69
www.americanwoodworker.com. sources, 79:56; 8t:50 jig for thin stock,Tl:38
storing,84:46 benches (furniture)r garden,8l:66-72
bandsawfences,extra-large, 72:108 bench grinders,heightof,72:30
bandsawjigs bent lamination
circle-cutting, 65:34;74:44 gluesfor,sources, 75:I 2
for compound cuts,74:45 techniques, 72:64-65
abrasives for dovetails,74:48-49 BesseyMiter and Band Clamps,72:50-51
padstyle,74:88 duplicatorreviewed, 82:I 0I bevel
pumice, sources,74:73 pattern-cuttrng,74:43 angleblockfor grinding,82:80
abi'asivetape, howto tension,66:32 for resawing,T4:46 angle,calculating,67:49;7l:36;82:79
acid-free paper,sources, 79:38 bandsaws functionality in a table,68:40
adjustablechucks,advantages of,83:82 anatomvof,Z0:45 grindingbeveldistinguished from
air compressors buyert!;uide,69:52-56; 76:28-32reviewed sharpening bevel,7I :69
buyertguide,69:32- 40;76:12-18;83:91 -94 andAWrated,T0:44-50 bezel, (aspropernamefor thesloped
developments in,83:93 compound cuttingon,74:45 surfaceon a cuttingedge),66:67
easy-drain adaptation, 73:22;80:13 cuttingsplinemiterson,68:36 birch, plpvood,sources for Baltic,80:47
features andtypes,69:32-33;76:12-13;83:92 features andtypes,69:52-53; 70:48;76:28-29 bird's eye maple
settingup anairlinefor,83:94 guidebearings,T4:84 buying,8l:30
sizeandcapacity, 83:93 guidebearings, source,
8l:50 characteristics anduses, 8I :28-32
air filtration systems guideblocks,?t:6.^ grading,8l:31
ambientair cleaners, 69:85 shop-made,65:32; 75:16 sources. 8l:33
buyer'sguide,69:88;76:67,73 guideblocksandthrustbearings, adjusting, working,8l.32-33
capacityguidelines, 80:44 74:47 biscuitjoiners
filters,
source,80:47 guide.types, 70:45 anatomyof,73:70-71
shop-made from kits,80:43-47 resawrng buyer'sguide,69:66-68
whento clean,66:32;80:46 bladeielectionfor,8l:47-48 reviewedandAW rated,73:70-77
airwatts vs.CFM ratings,explained,65:22 feederfor,67:28 clamping jig for,79:17
aluminum tubing,source, 78:82 techniques, 74:46 features andtypes,69:66-67 ; 73:72-74
AmericanWoodworke6tenthanniversary, stopswitchfor rence
68:60-63 movingfor safety, 70:38 adaptations, 75:17
ammonia fuming, antiquing brass,74:8 table oeslgns, /J:/1,
angles adjustingangleof, 72:30 biscuit joints, techniques for,79:73
settingprecise, 71:36 shop-made,8l:103-104 bits
shop-made checkerfor sharpeni ng,82:79 tuning,74:47 Iock-miter, source, 79:59
annealing upgrading, Sl:51 removing rustfrom,82:10
copper,74:70 wheels spoonbits,source, 7l :65
small,shop-made carving tooIs,72:71 true-uptechniques, 72:12 blaik chalkboard paint, source, 68:24
antique tools zero-clearance inserts,
source, 83:l2 blade cleaner,reviewed, 84:24
booksabout,source, 83:50 bark, preserving on rusticwork,67:20 blast gates,modifying, 79:16
collector andrestorer profiled,
70:90-91; barrel bolt connectors,sources, 79:38 bleach
83:46-50 baseballbats,making,78:12 A-8,72:36
restoring, 83:48-50 basswoodcarving blocks,source, 67:l8 chlor ine,liquid,72:34
anti-sagpowder for glue,source, 81:69,72 batteries oxalicacid,72:38
anti-tip hardware, source, 77:70 disposal,B3:69 peroxide,72:38
antfer, turning, 65:52-53 maintenance tips,83:69 iypesand use,72:34-38
appliance garage,for kitchen,74:62-66 nickel-cadmium (NiCad) blocks,jig for cutting,68:58
arbors,expanding, 67:28 recycling,67:18 blue stain in wood, explained, T5:8
architect'sruleri using,77:8 nickel-cadmium (NiCad)compared to board feet, howto calculate, 32:12
architectural details, archedfluting,7l:24 NiMH (nickelmetal-hydride), 83:69 bocce balls
Ar chitectu rol G raphi c Stondords beading rulesof the game,Sl:22
(AmericanInstituteof Architects),82:32 cock-beading on drawerfronts,75:lI turning,8l:18-23
'Arkansas sharpening stones beds bookcases
compared to oilstones,T5:8:77:l0correction basicdesign,8l:40-45 from reclaimed lumber,77:78-82
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bookends,bar clamp,64:68-69 power
^ mitersaws, 69:1l0- I l4;7 6:92-94 chalkboard paint, source, 68:24
Boulfe inlays,72:52-57 compound, reviewed andAI4lrated, chalk marking pencils,sources, 79:56
bowls 7l:83-87 cherry
coloring, 64:50-51 reviewed by othermagazines,83:58 sources, 78:45;79:77
world'slargest,64:60-61 slidingcompound-mitei sawsreviewed and veneer sources,T5:58
bowlturning AW rated,84:98-109 chessboards, making,68:82-85
basics,68:74-77 random-orbitsanders, 69:I 24-I 28;76:I 08-I I I chests
beautifulb ases, 74:24- 32 79:22 reviewed andAWrated,75:66-7 | blanket
coringsystems reviewed, 7070-71 routerbits,69:24-25 frame-and-p anel,78:37-45
mountingandremountingoptions,68:76 routerguidesandjigs,69:26-27 hooechest
nested bowls,64:32 routers, 69:130- 134;76:104- 107; 83:85-89 fiame-and-panel,78:37-45
boxes reviewed by othermagazines,83:89 chestsof drawers
ABCboxes,84:75 scrollsaws, 69:136- I 38;76:114-116 Shakersewingcabinet,84:82-89
installinghingeson,79:20 shopvacuums chisels
puzzle,67:58-61 reviewed andAl4lrated,80:69-73 bevel-angle, 8l: l4
irapezoid, 65:48-51 tablesaws, 69:140 - 146:76:118-124; 83:72-76 angleblockfor grinding,32:80
rurneo reviewedin other magazines,S3:76 choosingandusing
multiaxis, 7l:72-75 thickness planers, 69:l 16- 122;76:96-102 paringtechniques, 68:46 -49
veneertechniques, 64:56-59;66: I 2 (safety benchtop, 69:l | 6;76:98 flatteninethebladeback,82:81
note) benchtop,reviewedandAI4lrated,79:83-87 lathe
brass hardware and pulls visesreviewe d andAW rated,82:92 deephollowingtoolsreviewed ,72:58-62
antiquing,T4:8 l
restoringblued,74:10
66:67-68;72:18
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pullsandhandles sharpening,
source,82:23 cabinetmaker's triangle, 79:75 sharpening hollow,78:10
brassrod stock,source,80:38 tabinets small,shop-made, 72:58-62
brass sheet and wire, source,72:57 for drill press,78:I 19-120 storage
breadboard ends entertainment rack,74:58
GreeneandGreenestyle,78:26-28 hometheater,34:48-63 Christmas tree ornaments
Brown, Molly ("Unsinkable"), 79:56 walnut,75:30-37 ;78:I 7 correction snowflakes, 70:75-77
brushes,brass, source s,79:I2 frling,77:64-71 turned,77:26-32
burls flammables, 82122-124 chuck-adaptorfor drills,reviewed, 66:5I
centering on a lathefaceplate,8l:16 Hoosierstyle,77 :54-63;79:14correction circles
defined,71:51 installingbuilt-in, 78:56-6I centerfinder,73:62
butternut keepsake, 66:54-56;68: l4- 16correction cuttingjig for bandsaw,65:34
characteristics anduses,70:94 kitchen cutting safety,64:32
funguson,70:94 appliance garage, 74:62-66 circular saw blades
buyer's guide piesafe,79:70-77 carrierfor,70:38
accessories for powertools,76:6-8 rolling, 64:36-39 cleaning, 65:32,69
air compress ors,69:32-40;76:12-18:' 83:9| -94 scribingallowance for,78:59 holderfor,66:34
air filtrationunits,69:85, 88;76:67,7 3 tool,74:59 combination,reviewedandAW rated,
bandsaws, 69:52-56;76:28-32 workshop, 7| :42-47; 72:79 -83 65:64-68:71:14
reviewedandAW rated,70:44-50 cabriole legs combination vs.all-purpose, 65:65
belt-discsanders, 69:62-64;76:41-44 step-by-step instructions, 80:55-6 I for radialarm saws, 74:l2
beltsanders, T6:34-36 calipers,using,82:46 removinggum andpitch,73:20
beltsanders, portable,69:58-60 candle cup,sources,T 3:35 storage box for,74:60
biscuitjoiners,69:66-68 candlesticks,spiral-turned,73:28-35 teeth
reviewedandAW rated,73:70-77 cane determiningsharpness, 65:69
blockplanes,83:34-40 agingtechniques, 7I :59 types,78:16-17
cordless drills,76:46-58 installingprewoven, 7l:59-60 thin-kerfl80:68
reviewed by othermagazines, S3:70 removing old,71:57-58 clamping
dovetailjigs,reviewed andAI4lrated,84:66-73 caning supplies,source, 71:60 angledworkpieces, 7I :24
drill presses, 69:80-83; 76:60-6I canoes,lapstrake, 66:69 -7| jig,for curves,78:20
drills,cordless,69:72-79; 83:66-7 0 carving, replacing missingparts,79:8-10 notchedpressure padsfor miterjoints,72:47
dustcollectors, 69:84-85; 76:66-7 3 carving knives,toolsandsupplies panelsvertically,72:27
reviewed andAI,Vrated,80:81-85 for burnishing,65:34 clamps
impactdrivers, 69:72,78-79;76:46,54-58 shop-made, 72:68-71 cam-action. 77:48
jigsaws, 69:90-94; 76:74-77 case ionstruction coopering,T4:21
jointer-planers, 69:I 17,122;7I : I 6 correction Iargecases, 84:55-57 edging,77:96
reviewed by othermagazines,83:65 sectionaldetails,64:38-39 padsfor
'iointers,69:96- 100;76:79-82;83:61-65 webframes,74:5| - 52;77:60-6l .plywood,78:18
AI4lreviewsandrates6-inchmodels, case-hardenin g, detecting,79:14 prpe
77:72-77 casters, mountingandmaneuve r ability,70:22 asan auxiliarybenchvise,68:36
lathes, 69:102-106;83:78-83 cauls,shop-made, 79:74 expandable, 80:l3
mitergauges reviewed andAl4lrated,81:81-83 center,findingon a board,73:61 guirds for,72:30;78:18
mortisers chairs usingto spread joints,67:30
benchtop,reviewedandAI4lrated, 8l:73-77 levelingtechnique, 67:28 pneumatic, 77:46,49
oscillating spindlesanders patro,72:40-45 Quick-GripQuick-Change BarClamp/-
reviewedandAW ruted,82:82-85 Rietveldstyle,79:60-65 Spreader,T4:84
plungerouters,reviewedandAl4lrated, rustic,67:52-55 Quick-Gripreviewed, 83:104
67:34-4I ; 68:I 6 correction toolsfor making,Tl:65 sources)73:81;79:77
pneumatic bradandfinishnailers,69:46-50; chair seats spring
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storagelor cutting boards and blocks drawers
hanging,64:30;70:38 mini,70:82-83 assembly,78:20
racks, 7l:38;74:58 cutting gauges ceilinghung,78:49
toggle, source, 74:41;77:49; 78:82; 8I :6I tuning,65:47;73:14 dovetailed, 64:40 - 43;849| -94
typesandcharacteristi cs,73:78 using,65:44-46 designdetails,84:92
cleiirers, sources for finish-safe, 64:I 8 cutting lists, howto devise,66:48-49 filecabinet,TT:64-69
clocks cyanoacrylate adhesive fit, checking,S4:87
movements, sources using,64:67; 66:12-14 'ioint construction
self-setting, radio-controlled, 67:l8 . : : r': i' GreeneandGreenestvIe,78:32-34
supplies for making,source,65:62 :)r:'
lipped,makingwith a dbvetailjig, 84-91-94
wall 'i aado blades,sizefor contractor saw,81:10 wearawayproblems, 84:12
Shaker,65:58-62 "'''ilidoes drawknives,sharpenin g, 66:68
cocobolo, characteristics anduses,65:82 blowout,preventing, 80:77 drill-and-driveaccessories, for drills,
collets rcpairing,77:57 reviewed, 66:50-53
removingrustfrom,82:10 dado heads drill bits
sourcesfor quick-change,76:8 height-setting tool reviewed, 8l:86 quick-change colletsfor,sources, 76:8
Cooke, Edward S.,Jr., 78:24,34 dance floor finishes,65:12 (safetynote) sharpening andgrinding
coopering denatured alcohol,asa solventfor pencillead, brad-point, 78:65
calculating a curve,67:48-49 77:13 Forstner,TS:67
clamps,74:21 dentils,setupfor cutting,66:18 spade,78:66
a door,67:48-51 dents,steaming out,81:92 techniques, 78:63
coPPer desk accessories, fileholder,80:36-38 twist,78:64
aging,74:72 detail sanders,shop-made, 64:32;80:32 sources
shop-made hardware, 74:67-73 diagonals,measuring, 74:I 6 l4 mm brad-point,79:34
sources, T4:73 dichloromethane (DC M), characteristics half-inchbrad-point,79:34
toolsfor working,74:68 anduses,73:56 taper-point, 8l:69
cordlessdrills disc sander drill chucks,shop-made keyless, 67:30
accessories,83:70 cheapskate discsfor,67:30 drill-fl ip-drive systems,reviewed, 66:52
buyer'sguide,69:72-79; 76:46-58;83:66 -70 Deltareviewed,8l:86 drilling,deepholesaccurately, 70:38
developments in,83:68 dividinga board,73:58 drillingjigs
drill-and-driveaccessories reviewed, 66:50-53 doors for centered holes,84:l4
features andtypes,69:72-73;7 6:46-47;83:67-68 bi-fold,installingon a cabinet,T 4:65-66 for pocketholes,68:34
cordlessdrill/sawcombos,74:83 flush-fit,79:78-8r features,72:85
coring systems,reviewed,70:70-7| frame-and-panel construction, 65:42-43 KregK2000reviewed, 84:22
corner joints tombstone, 72:72-78 sixshoptested, 72:84-89
sandingtool for,shop-made, 82:17 dovetailjigs prooucuon,
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countersinks for chopping,64:30 drill presses
BealToolCompany, 75:89 for comfortable workposition,80:24 auxiliarytabIe,73:20
GiffinTecJackRabbitcountersink tip,73:88 formarkingpins,75:18 buyer's fuide,69:80-83; 76:60-61
coves reviewed andAl4lrated,84:66-73 cabinet,shop-made, 78:ll9 - 120
cuttingon a tablesaw settingthebit,84:10 depthstopfor,70:36
quick-clamp fencefor,68:34 for spindles, T4:20 features andtypes,69:80-8 I ; 76:60-65
technique, 64:47-48;66:l4 correction; for steadycut,77:18 JIgS
75:34-35 usingwith a router,84:92-94 for knifesharpening, 77:20
Craft EmergencyRelief Fund (CERF), for makingslidingdovetails, 84:86 tableandfence,shop-made,67:I2
67:24 shop-made, 64:40-43 drive belts
credit card fraud, theinternetand,83:18 dovetails link typecompared to V-belts,83:24
crosscutsledsand tables band-sawn, 74:48-49 sources, S3:24
for tablesaws blind mitered,cutting,65:60-6 I drum sander
sliding,shop-made, 75:38-43; makingpuzzles with,67:58-6 I dustcollector, shop-made, 80:64
78:17correction; 82:1l0 sliding template sanding,77:48
slidingstop,80:24 routerj ig for,64:40 - 43;84:86 kitsfor,77:49
crown molding routingtapered, 77:39-40 dry brushing,65:70-72
cutting through,hand-cutting,T 7:42-43 dry-erase markerboard, source, 7l:22
with a compoundmitersaw,84:57 dovetail saw,sharpenin'g jig for,73:20 drying wood, air-,8I :50
handplaning,T3:82-85 doweljoints dueling-disksgame, 70:56-58
ogeeprofile,anatomyof.,73:84 Jlgsror dust bags
cupboards sources, TT:63 shop-made hangers for,82:18
corner dowels and cylinders shop-made replacements, 68:36
Colonial,67:62-67; 7| :24 gluingintoblindholes,80:24 dust collection
cupping (warpacrossthegrain) hardwood, sources, 78:45;8l :69 booksandbooklets about,80:67,85
correcting measuring diameters, 67:30 protective clothing,80:65
in doorpanels,77:10 planing, T4:18 tipsforbetter, 80:62-68
grainorientationto avoid,68:43 slotting,64:32 , dust collectors
curved seat slats,steam-bent, 66:36-40 storagefor,78:20 bags
curves turning,T9:28 selectionguidelines, 80:82, 83
bandsawing inside,techniques for,73:22 downdraft dust collector sources,80:85
drawing,68:34;73:60 Deltamodelreviewed. 83:14 blastgates, modifying, 79:16
jig for clamping,TS:20 shop-made,80:66 buyer's guide,69:84-88; 76:66-7 3
joiningcurvedboards,77 :6 draftihg,cuttinglistsasa part of,66:48-49 reviewedand,\Wrated,80:81-85
layingout,73:47,49;8I : 12 drawer guidesand slides capacity
tracingcurvedlines,67:28 filecabinets, sources, 77:70 sizerequired, 69:85;76:67; 80:84
for heawloads,75:88 chipandoffcutseparation accessories,
sources,80:62
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chipandoffcutseparation 80:62-63
techniques, pipefittingsandconnectors for,80:67 dust masks and helmets
cleaning,retrofitfor easy,67:30 quickhookupfor,66:34 NationalInstituteof OccupationalSafety
downdrafttable remotecontrolfor,80:l 14-116 andHealthrecommended, 80:68
Deltamodelreviewed, 83:14 for routers,65:14 (safety
note);80:66 sources,80:68
shop-made,80:66;8254 shop-made dyes
featuresandtypes,69:84-85; ; 80:82
76:66-67 for a router,65:14(safetynote) bleaching,72:34; 82:108
filters,80:82-83 single-stage,anatomyof,80:82 colormixing chart,75:62
grounding ducts,80:26 sources,80:85 recipefor dyingwalnutsapwoo d,75:62
leaks,sealing,80:83 two-stage cyclonic,anatomyof,80:82 sources,T5:64
mountins,82:38 dust, healthrisksfrom,80:104 water-based stains,77:ll0
water-based
removing,82:108
techniquesfor workingwith,67:20;75:61
't
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. "-€ilge
ebony,sources,8l:61
banding
miterededges, 72:51
shop-made clampfor,81:12;83:98-t0 I
edge gluing
clampracksfor,78:51
PonyEdgingSpringClamp,review,77:96
edge joints, on curvedboards,77:6
edges,roundingwith a router,78:20
electrical outlets
CraftsmanAutomaticPowerSwitch,77:96
fastening tricks,65:I 2 (safetynote)
installingcabinetsaround,78:61
ellipses,ovalsand spirals
drawing
guidefor,73:47,49
with string,64:30-32
efm, source,65:62
enamel finishcomparedto lacque671:94
end grain
finishing,75:62
planing,64:16-18
sanding,T9:54
epoV, specialty, sources, 8I :69
escutcheons
installinginset,70:74
sources, T0:74
Excellencein Craffsmanshipawad winners
1998,70:78-81
extension-cordholders
loadingtechniques, 73:22
shop-made,82:18
f1'ta'+
St't+1
face frames for cabinets
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hardwarefor removable, 70:22
mitered,8l:78-79
rabbetededgingfor,77:21
fasteners
shop-madecaddyfor,65:34
tabletop,shop-made, 80:26
tabletop,sources,74:41
featherboards
anatomyof, 68:79-81
makingandusing,68:78-79
for clampingto a fence,68:81
router-table,68:80
tablesaw 68:78-81
for workingboardsvertically,7I :36
feet, furniture
plasticfor outdooruse,72:44
sealingendgrainfor outdooruse,84:30
fiberboard
formaldehyde-free panels, source,TI:22
in raisedpanelconstruction, 68:7I
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figure flatsawn lumber food safe,portable,82:20-23
bee'swing,Tl:50 defrned,74:76 frame-and.panel construction
bird'seye,71:51 effecton frgure,7I:49 . anatomyof,70:67
burl,Tl:51 floor locks,inachine,75:16 carcase,
for file cabinet,77:64-69
curly,7l:51 fl oors, mappinguneven,78:57 doors,65:42-43; 79:76-77
cuttingplanksfor,7l:49 fl ush-cutting Jaws,sources, 78:45 makingcurved,67:51
definitionsandvisualguide,7I:48-51 fluting, arched,TI:24 reversiblestileandrail cuttersfor,7l:72-74
designingto showoff,14:76-79 fly rod casesrTl:22 jigsfor,70:66-69
tablesaw
factorsthat determine,7I:48 folder sources andusing,77:70-71
feathercrotch,Tl: 9 food-safe 68:77;78:104
fiddleback,7l:50
horsetail,Tl:49
mooncrotch,Tl:49
moonshine swirl,Tl:49
mottle,7l:50
quartersawn fleck,71:5I
quilted,Tl:51
ribbon,Tl:50
stripe,7l:50
swirlcrotch,7l:49
tigerstripe,7l :51
file cabinets and holders
desktop, 80:36-38
tour-way, 77:64-7I
files
auger-bit,source,78:65
auger-bit,using,78:65
- converting to scrapers, T0:18(safetynote)
fllets, asdesignel6ment,70:ti3
finishes
adhesion, testingfor,80:98
antiquecr acl<Ie, 72:l 8
booksabout,75:64
bubblesin, reducing,77:lll
coloringwood,64:51-5 t
for duribility,6S:44
flammableslabinet for,82:122-I24
food-safe, 68:77; 78:104
heat-resistant,68:22
repairingandrestoring
colormatching,T3:17
insectremoval,65:22
techniques, 66:20
stripping,73:54-57 ; 78:18
"tie coatj'usingfor adhesion, 77:l0B
finishing
beforeassembly andglue-up,66:59
avoidingdrip shado#s,8I :9b;82:104
dry brushing,65:70-72
drying booth,shop-mad e, 65:34
endgrain,75:62;81:90
finalrubout,82:8
floodingandwipingtechnique,78:106-I l0
gramenhancement, 64:86-88
levitatingyour workpiecefor,80:I 00
padsponges,8l:90
porefilling,74:86-89
prefinishingtechniques, 70:98-I 00
ra$eogram
avoiding,TT:II0
asa.prefihishing step,78:I 06
supplies, sources, 74:57; 75:37
touch-upsandrepairs,73:98-l0Z
touch-upsupplieS, sources, 73:102
woodbleaching,,72:34-38
fipple, (mouthpieieon a musicalinstrument),
makinga,7526
fire hazirds
' flammablescabinetfor
finishingsupplies,
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framing square tool holdersfor,shop-made,7l:69-7| impact drivers, buyer'sguide,69:72,78-79;
to a try square,73:63
converting tool restsfor 76:46.54-58
truing,82:10 shop-made,7l:69,71 infeed/outfeed aids,swivelingroller,80:II
French curves,73:60 for woodworkingtools,7I :69 i nlays,Boullestyle,72:52-57
fretwork, sanding, 66:32 gutter adze,sharpening, 66:68 insects,removingfromlumber,70:22'24
internet,buyingtoolson theweb,83:16-18
invisiblewires, for shelvesandpartitions
gadgets,for drills,66:50-53 Hall,lohn,78.24 sources,66:22;77:70
ganrma butyrolactone,characteristics and Hall, Peter,78:24 i rregu Iar shapes,rr acing,67:28
uses.73:56 handsaws,flush-cutting, sources, 78:45
gauSes hardware
choosingandtuning,65:47;73:59 antiquing,T4:8 jam chucks
cutting,65:44-47 ; 73:l4 anti-tip,77:70 shop-made,81:19
go/no-go,for matingparts,77:46 coPPer substitutes for.66:34
mortise,65:44-47 hammeringyourown,74:67-73 lapaneseplanes
thickness sources, 74:57 pull type,reviewed, 8I :89
shop-made,80:30 filecabinet,77:70-71 jarrah
glazes solid-surface handles,source, 66:20 characteristics anduses, 73:52-53
decorative finishesusing,70:84-86 stainless steel,source,67:I 8 sources, 73:51,53
recipesfor,70:86;75:62 Stickleystyle,shop-made,74:67-73 jewelry boxes,trapezoid, 65:48-51
vinesar, makine,70:86 hearing protection, decibelratingsand,65:65 iigs
gloves]shop-t.d'. in a pinch,70:36 hearing protectors, sources, 76:8 blockmaking,63:58
glue heating ducts,installingcabinets around,78:6I centering, for drillingor marking,S4:14
extended-open-time, 79:77; 82:63
sources, hickory-bark centering, for routing,70:36
gettingit into cracks,73:25 harvesting, 65:18 for clampingcurves, 78:20
polvurethane
' seatweavingw ith, 65:22 dowel-drilling
moisturefor curing,70:22 hide glue source,82:77
removingold,73:12 characteristics anduses, 65:55-5 6;77:16 hinge-mortising, on router, 64:16
soreaders
-unorthodox,TS:20 extending opentime,65:55 for miterjoint glue-up,72:47
liquidvs.dry,77:16 tenoning, on routet84:16
Unibond800,sources,T 4:57 recipes,65:55 for trimming corners,74'.2I
glue size,mixingasa sealer,68:98 repairandremoval techniques,65:57;7l:26;73:12 jigsaws
glue-up selecting andmixing,65:54-56 buyer's guide,69:90-94; 76:74-77
dowels,80:24 sources, 65:57;79:77 reviewed andAlf rated,68:64-69
of miteredjointsandsegments, 65:50;72:46-51; hinges features andtypes,68:65; 69:90-91; 76:74-75
8l:14 European, characteristicsanduses,82:64-67 recyclingold blades, 65:32
rub-jointgluing,82:8 instailing jointer knives
squarecorners,TT:57 butt.79:80-81 setting, 73:16
techniques for,73:78-8 I ; 82:8 centerpunch,sources, 8l:65 with magnet,65:32
gluing into cracks and dowel holes,67:28 European, 82:64-67 sharpening, 77:20
go/no-go gauges,77:46 knife,66:57 jointenplaners
gouges surface- mounted, 79:20 buyer's guide,69:117 ,122;7I:16 correction;
for hollowturning sources. T8:45 76:102
reviewed, 72:58-62 butt,79:56,77 jointers
sharpening continuous withbarrelboltconnectors, T9:38 adjusting, maintaining, andtuning
customstropfor,82:80 European, 74:66;75:37; 82:67 checkingfor square, 83:I 30
detailinggouge,80:21-23 hold-downs initialsetup,77:74
spindle-roughing gouge,80:20 for cutoffjig,75:19 pulleysandbelts,83:ll8
80:I 7-18,22-23
66:68; workbench, T3:25 iablealignment, correctin - 122
g, 83:120
technique,
toolsandjigsfor,80:16 hole cutter',shop-made, 66:34 tuning,83:1 l8-130
small,shop-made, 72:58-62 hollow-chiselmortising attachments waxingthetable,83:126
sources,80:23 sharpening, 78:10 buyer's suide,69:96- I 00;76:79-82;83:6 1-65
grain enhancement,64:86-88 hollow turning ,,{Wr."uie*tandrates6-inchmodels,
grain painting toolsfor 77:72-77
to hideputtypatches, T3:100-102 reviewed, 72:58-62 cuttingrabbetson,77:77
Greene and Greene toolsfor deephollowing,source, 72:58-62 developments in,83:63
joinerytechniques of.,78:24-3 4 honing,with strop,82:80 andtypes,69:96-97
featr.rres ;76:79-80;77 :73;
sidetablein thestyleof,8t:52-6t honing guides,using,82:80 83:61-63
grid, quick,73:59 Hoosier cabinets fencealiqnment methods, 83:126-130
grinders building,77:54-63;79:l4 correction fencefeaiures andsize,83:64
shop-made,80:13 sources for parts,66:20;77:63 settingkniveson,77:74
swing-uphousingfor,8l :39 horizontal boring methods.83:122-126
grinding drill pressverticalsupportfor,7917 jointing
bevelangles,Tl:70 horsepower,peakvs.rated,78:14 bv hand,73:l4
conicalstonesfor,sources, 78:10 humidors, woodselection for,78:I 0 with a router,8l:8;82:70-71
damaged tools,7l:71 hygrometers and moisture meters routerjig for,78:51
techniques, Tl:70-71 pin typevs.pinless, T9:14 with shootingboard,73:14
grinding wheels sources, 79:14;81:50 wideboards,78:8
aluminumoxide,characteristics, 80:16 Wagner's L607DualDepthProline,T4:84 joints
dressing,80:17;82:79 lockingtaper,TI:63
reshaping, T3:85 repairing structural, 65:57
' scarf,74:16
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keyhole hanger,sources, B0:34 checkingtn,84:32 tnree-way
kickback,on tablesaw, 65:18 curved,joining,TT:6 mltered. /ui)l->J
knife hinges,installing, 66:57 flat-,rift- andquartersaw
distinguishing n,74:76 motors
knives,sharpening, 82:80 grading,84:34-42 electric,sources, 81:50
knobsand pulls knotandvoidrepairs, 72:I 6 understanding horsepower 78:l4
ratings,
draweranddoor,source,79'.77 selectingandbuying,74:76-77; 84:34- 42 multi tool, AI4lreviews,70:59-61
face-grain, source,T2:94 fye, usingsafely,
73:56 musical instruments
for jigs,74:44 turninga whistle,75:20-28;78:17correction
Shaker style,source,
84:89
knockdown joints, tusktenons,64:52-55 machinefloor locks,75:16
kn ots, repairing, 72:I6, Mackintosh,CharlesRennie,profileof, Nagura stones,purpose andsources, 77:10
67:56-57 nailing,no-mar,7l:38
magic wires,source, 66:22;77:70 nails
lacquerfinishes magnetic sheets,sources, 70:26 brads
compared to enamel, 71:94 magnetic switches,asa safety device,83:28 bobbypin holder,84:16
crackle, creating, 72:l8 magnifiers, wearable, 76:8 compared to finishnails,79:45
nitrocellulose lacouer mahogany,sources, 80:54 square-cut,source, 66:20
-;^
blushrepairs,T0:26 mandrels, reverse mountingon a lathewith, National Hardwood Lumber Association
spraying solidcolor,7l:94-96 74:32 gradingstandards, 84:42
ctrrnnrno / {'\Fl maple Rulesfor theMeasurement andInspectionof
volatileorganiccompounds in,77:ll0 bleaching andstainremoval, T2:38 HardwoodsandCypress, 82:12
laminating,gluesfor,sources, 75:12 characteristicsanduses, 64:80 National lnstitute of Occupational
laser guides, 74:16;83:26 sources,
spalted, 74:41 Safetyand Health (NIOSH),
lathe chucks MAPP gastorches,workingsafely with,72:69 dustmaskrecommendations, 80:68
rim chucks,78:102-104 marking gaugesand tools natural-edge wood (alsocalledfree-edge
three-jaw, shop-made, 74:96 anatomv of.65:45 woodor wane-edged)
. i t' t
lathes quickshop-made,73:63 bowl-turnin 9,74:32
buyer's guide,69:I 02- 106;76:86-90;83:78-83 using,65:44-47 n-methyl pyrrolidone
bowllathes, 76:90 marq uetry, Boullestyle,72:52-57 anduses,
characteristics 73:56
duplicatorlathes, 76:90 measuringtools, equipment, andpractices
mini lathes,69:106; 76:90 diameters, measuring, 67:30
mini lathesreviewed, 78:68-71 storagefor,74:61 oak
buyingadvice, 83:78-80 methylenechloride anduses
characteristics
developments in,83:81 characteristicsanduses, 73:56;79:12 white,66:74
dustcollectors, shop-made, 80:65 healthdangers of,77:12 cuttinganddrying,64:20
faceplates heartdisease and,73:54 ocarina,turningan,75:20-28;78:I 7 correction
centering on burls,8I : l6 mica plate, source,T l:22 OccupationalSafetyand Health
reverse mounting,74:30-32 milk paint, removing, 73:54 Administration (OSHA), decibelratings
fetProfessional Woodworking Lathereviewed, mineral spirits 65:65
for hearingprotection,
77:94 disposing, 34:28 oil finishes
mini lathes reusing,84:28 applying,78:106-107
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mitered sticking,65:63 Danish,66:78-80
speedandpower,83:80 miter gauge food-safe,68:77
tooltraysandholders, 7l:38 featuresandtypes,8l:82-83 sources,73:51;78:54;79:62
vibrationproblems, 67:l6 OsborneEB-2Miter Gaugereviewed, oil stones
lauan,finishes for,64:86-88 72:98-100 compared 75:8;77:10correction
to waterstones,
layout reviewed andAl4lrated,8l :8I -83 oscillatingspindlesanders
dividinga board,73:58 settinga|45o,71:36 buyer'sguide
quickgrids,73:59 miter joints reviewedandAW rated,82:82-85
tipsfor accurate, 73:58-63 blinddovetail. 65:60-61 convertingrouterto,68:34
layout tools, TriScribe reviewed, 82:98 gluing,72:46-51 GrizzVreviewed,82:97
lead paint, reclaimed lumberand,77:85 lock-miter, 79.57 -59 PorterCable hand-heldreviewed, 82:96
leather,veneering with,68:54-55 three-way outfeed rollers,swiveling,80:l I
levels,accuracy asa straightedge,83:128 mortiseandtenon,70:52-55 overspray, defined,7l:76
lid supports moldings oxafic acid,forwoodbleach,72:38
inexpensive, 67:28 Colonialstvle,67:64-65;71:24
sources, 78:45 displaysheives madewith, 70:62-65
lignum vitae, characteristics anduses, 71:92 hand-planed custom, 73:82-85 padauk,characteristics anduses, 67:74; 70:16
foad, shelvin g and,75:79 period,madewith contemporary tools,7l :24 (safetynote)
locks reed,78:80-82 paint
anatomy of a half-mortise, 70:73 mortisers removing frompores,79:12
cam,sources, B1:65 benchtop,reviewed andAl4lrated,64:74-78; storing,T0:38
doubledrawer,77:70-7| 8l:73-77 stripping, T9:12
drawer,sources, TT:70 souping up,78:41 panel raising
half-mortise, sources, 70:74 techniques for using,73:l2 j ig for tablesaw,68:7
2-73
installing a half-mortise,70:72-74 mortises and mortise-and-tenonjoints on router,73:39-43
logs centeringjig for,72:24 veneered raisedpanel,68:70-73
cuttinganddrying,64:20;81:49-50 dado-cut,65:32 panels
turning,6T:16 designanddimension 75:l0
guidelines, cuttingon a tablesaw,66:32
LouisvilleSluggerbats,dimensions, 78:12 machine mortising, 73:l2 paring,chiseltechniques, 68:46-49
lowboys,66:22 routing,8l:70-71 Parkinson'sdisease,steadying jigsfor,77:18
'lumber techniques for,78:37-45
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parting tools Balticbirch,source of void-free,80:47 Nob'sneverending, 57;70:18correction
68:56-
Ior turnmg cuttingwith a circularsaw,78:50 solutions,68:59
shop-made,64:32 Europlylaunched, 84:26
patterns, transferring, 73:25,63;82:14,16 veneered, avoidingtearoutin,77:8
peg rack, whittled,73:64-66 pneumatic brad and finish nailers quartersawn lumber
pegs,squarefor a roundhole,70:24-26 anatomyof,79:44 creatingthelook of,72:65
pencilholder,84:14 blowout,avoiding,72:20;79:47 effecton figue,7l.49
pencil marks, removing, 77:13 blowout,r epairtng,79:47
pencils buyer'sguide,69:46- 50;76:21-26
chalkmarking,sources, 79:56 featuresandtyp es,69:46-47; 76:21-22;79:43-49 rabbeted joints
sharpening tips,73:60 impactmarks,avoiding,79:45 locking,for drawers, 84:9I-94
perf-board sources, T9:49 radial-arm saws
extending thehookson,8l:38 pneumatic clamps,77:46,49 compared to powermitersaws,83:55
screwhooksfor,74:59 pocket-screw joinery crosscutting problems, 74:l2
shelvingfor,80:8 tipsandtechniques, 72:85, 89 rippingwith,7l :14-l6 (safetynote)
Phillips,Bill, profiled,7 0:90-91 withoutajig,82:17 random-orbit sanders
photographs,makingworkingdrawings polycarbonateplastic,sources, 75:43 buyer'sguide,69:124-128;76:108- I fl
Irom.//:6 polyurethane reviewedandAW rated,75:66-71
picture frames creating a customsheen,78:8 discs,compared,T5:66
choosingthemolding,66:43 glue dustcolleitiontips,80:64
designing,66:42 moisturefor curing,70:22 features andtypes,69:124-125;7 5:66-67 ;
joiningandreinforcing, 66:45 types,67:78-80 76:108-109
mattingandmountingartworkin,66:46-47 waterborne padbrakes,75:66-68
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miteringandtrimming, 66:44 addingcolor,80:102 revleweo. /5:ob-/|


rustic-style, 8l:24-26 bestbrushfor.82:104 runout,causes of,75:68
supplysources,66:47 characteristicsanduses, 77:106- III rare-earth magnets
pigment stains sources, 77:ll0:'80:I 02 characteristics anduses,66:65
grainenhancement with,64:86-88 porch swing,66:36-40 andcomputerhutches, 74:8
pine,bluestainin,75:8 pore filler asdoorcatches, 66:54-56
planes sources. T4:89 in quick-release vise,66:62-65
block waterborne,74:86-89 rasp,sources,80:61
buyer'sguide,83:39 powencord holders, loadinga reel,73:22 reamer, tapered, source, 7I :65
Iow-angle,64:16-18 power miter sarvs(conventional andcompound) reclaimed lumber,77:83-85
sources,S3:36 accessories,83:58 checking for embedded metal,84:18
typesandfeatures,83:34-36 buyer'sguide,69:I l0- I 14;76:92-94 red oak
cuttingangles,83:40 featuresandtypes,83:54-56 decayresistance compared to whiteoak,81:8
edge-squaring guidefor,65:32; 67:14;70:14 reviewed andAI4lrated, 7| :83-87 reed moldings,78:80-82
flattening thebladeback,82:81 Ryobireviewed, 33:14 removable-sleevesystemsfor&ills,
GraceManufacturing Microplanesreviewed, capacity, determining yourneeds, 83:55 reviewed,66:53
77:102 compared to radial-arm saws,83:55 repetitive work, safepractice s for,77:47
handles, sources, 64:I 8 dustcollection reproductions
ironsfor after-market solutions,83:57 Colonialstyle
flattening,75:17 features andtypes,69:I l0- I 14;76:92-93 comercupboard,67:62-67; 7I:24
moldingplanes lasercuttingguidefor,74:16:83:26 silvertrays,67:46-47
restoring andsharpening, 73:83-84 stop,shop-made,75:14 crackle finish,72:18
sharpening, 66:67-68 work stationfor,66:34 moldingsfor furniture,67:64-65;7| :24
planing work station,portable,66:96;68:12 nails
gang,77:47 power tools square-cut, source,66:20
withoutjointing,34:9 accessories for,76:6-8 QueenAnnestyle
planing by hand caddyfor,79:100 cock-beadin g,75:ll
edgesof longboards,75:I 8 storage devices, 74:60;82:34, 36 resawrng
roundstock,74:l8 technological advances in portable,83:30 avoidingwarp after,79:l 4
plastic laminates understanding horsepower ratingsof,78:14 on a bandsaw74:46:81:45-51
cutting on tablesaw, 77:22 prefinishing,benefits of,70:98- 100 accuracy tips,81:48-50
jigs,Tl:38 production shop techniques respirators
cut without chipping,72:| 4 chairseats,77:45 activated -carb on,77:12
plastic,ultra-high molecular weight,T2:M;75:43 clamping,TT:46 organic-vapor cartridge
plate turning, 78:98- I 04 go/no-gogauges,77:46 storing,81:90
plugs repetitivework,safepractices for,77:47 supplied-air, 77:12
removing, T3:20 sandwichclampfor routing,TT:45 restoration (furnitureandstructures)
tapered, sources, 8l:69 tablesaw templates, 77:46 hidegluetechniques, 65:57;71:26
plunge routers propyfeneglyc6l(humectant), source
s,77:ll0 anold casepiece,68:50-53
anatomyof,67:36 protractor/depth gauge,source, 78:64 Rietveld, Gerrit, 79:60
bits push blocks and pads rigidity, variesby species of wood,75:79-80
adjustingheight,67:28 fromconcrete floatpads,82:16 ripping, on a contractor's saw,68:22-24
Boschl619EVS, review83:104 sources, 79:59 roffing pin, turned,79:24-34
buyer'sguide,69:13I - 133; 76:106- 107 for Vegafence,74:I 8 rosewood,finishing,77:109
reviewedandAl4lrated,67:34-41;68:16 push sticks round stock
correction; 78:76-79 fastening with magnets, 8I :37 chip-freeplaning,74:I 8
Fein,review83:104 putty painting,techniques, 70:84-86 layingout an intersection on,72:28
plywood puzzles router bits
. ApplePly, source,74:59; 80:38 box.67:58-61 bushings, sources, 81:61, 69

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careandcleaning, 73:20 SafestStripper;characteristics T3:56
anduses, storage,66:32
flush-trimming Safety tension, Tl:67
with Teflonbearingreviewed, 34:24 circle-cutters, 64:32 types,Tl:66-67
primeron panel-raising, 73:39-40 dusthazards scrollsaws
reversible stileandrail cutters, using,78:72-74 healtheffectsof,80:104 buyer's guide,69:136-138;76:114-116
shapercuttersareno substitutefor,67:16 UniformMechanical Codestandards, 80:67 dustblower,shop-made, 73:20
slippingproblems, 75:I 3 paintandfinishstrippers,73:54-55 features andtypes,69:136-137 ; 76:114-115
sources, 73:43;78:45;8l:61; 82:77 preventing staticelectricitysparks,80:26,67 MakitaSJ4o1,75:86
lock-miter, 79:59 tablesaws using,67:47
patternbits,74:66 mostcommonaccidents, 64:62-67 sealers
point-cuttinground-overbits,78:82 safety glasses,with magnification, 74:83 sources, 79:l0
radiustype,84:89 sanding usingto avoidfinishingdisasters,63:98-100
reversiblestileandrail cutters, 77:63;78:74 blocks semaphore jig, turningduplicates with,77:47
types,69:24-25 shop-made, 75:14 sewing cabinet, Shaker, 84:82-89
usingin a shaper,67:16 sources. T9:56 Shaker style
router jigs discholders,66:34 sewingstands, desks,
andcabinets,84:82-89
buyer'sguide,69:26-27 on drill press,77:48 toolsandsupplies, 84:89
for dadocenterline cutting,Tl:38 endgrain,79:54 wall clock,65:58-62
for dadocutting,66:32;7818,48; 80:28 hand,78:23 shapers
for diagonal routing,78:80-82 insidecorners,82:17 compared to table-mounted routers,83:22
for dovetails jig for holdingthin stock,Tl:38 usingrouterbitsin, 67:16
slidingdovetails, 84:86 -pads,64:32 sharpening
forjointing,78:51 flexible,sources, 79:56 edgetools,66:68; 82:78-81
Ior mortlses smallpieces, 66:32; 80:32 hollow-chisel mortisingattachment, 78:l0
centered, 64:10;72:24 whenio stop,68:20 jointerknives,77:20
hinge,64:16 sandpaper "scarysharp'technique, 66:66-68
sandwichc\amp,77:45 dispenser, T8:22 scrapers, 80:107
for scarfjoints,74:16 extending usefullifeon detailsanders,TT:21 testingfor sharpness, 82:8I
tenoning, S4:16 filestoragefor,82:14 sharpeningstones
Router Mogic (Hylton),73:42,43 overheaddispenserfor,82:36 Arkansas, 75:8;77:10correction
routers sources,T9:56 careandmaintenance.T I:22
basesfor for"short"r oIls,78:22 ceramic,Tl:22
dustcollection,83:89 unclogging, 8l:92 diamond,TT:94
removable,83:88 saral paper,usingfor layout,73:63 lndra,75:8;77:lUcorrectron
shop-made,8l:37 sassafras,characteristics anduses,68:94 oilstones, 75:8;77:10correction
buyer's guide,69:130-134;76:104-107 ; sawhorses typesanduse,75:8;77:10correction
83:85-89 knockdownandfolding,79102 waterstones
Bosch's 1617EVSreviewed, T5:90 nesting,8l :38 careand storing,TL:\2
MakitaRDI 100reviewed, 83:12 Stablemate RWC-36, 77:98 flattening,82:81
reviewedandAW rared.78:76-79 saws,sharpening jig forhandheld,T3:20 holdersfor,82:79
colletwear.75:13 SawStop,productdevelopment 83:102
described, fapanese, typesanduses,77:I 0
crosscutting with,78:48 scorps,sharpening, 66:68 shavinghorse,portable, shop-made, 75:104
developments in,83:87 scraPers sheet goods
features andtypes, 69:130- 131;76:104-105; burnishing, 78:104 roll-aroundcartfor,shop-made, 70:128
78:76-77;83:85-86 cablnet sawingrackfor,80:1I
handle, shop-made, 66:34 sources, 80:61,68 shelf supports
roundingwith a,78:20 makingfrom old files,70:18(safetynote) brass, sources,T9:77
safety,67:16-18 sharpening, 80:107 invisible,64:30
table-mounted, vs.shape r, 83:22 shop-made,64:32 magicwiresfor
thumbscrews, shop-made knob for,77:22 sources, 80:61, 68 source,66:22;77:70
router tables squaring edge,82:79, 8I usingbiscuitsfor,82:59
Boschfoldingtablereviewed, 84:26 scratch beader or scratch stock shellac
Iences makingmoldingswith,75:52-53 applying, 66:60-61
with bit storage anddustcollection, Tl:ll2 shop-made, 75:50-53 characteristics anduses,64:20
boxtype,73:40-41 souicesfor commerc ial,75:53 dewaxed
pivotarm type,73:42-43 screw chucks applying,TS:107
self-centerin g,70:36 reverse mountingwith,74:24-30 instant,80:98
for verticalbits,73:42 screws usingasa"tie coati'77:108
inserts dealingwith loose,68:20 mixing,66:59-60
ExcaliburEXRT2reviewed, 84:25 drivingin tightspots,78:22 weighing,T4:20
shop-made,74:21 makinggoodjointswith,79:62 sources for flakes.77:ll0
pull-out,79:104 for perf-board,74:59 stripping,73:56
ruhs pocket-hole, sources, 72:89 shelves
centerpoint,75:88 sciibing hanging
usesfor broken,77:l8 adjacent edges, 78:60 installation options,70:65
Rulesforthe Meosurcmentond Inqeaion of cabinets betweenwalls,78:60 installing,78:56-61
HaftwoodsondCyprcs (NationalHardwood cabinets to walls,78:59 man-made boardsas,75:79 -81
LumberAssociation), 82:12 penciladaptorfor,68:36 sag-proof design, 75:75-83
runner material (ultra-high molecular scrollsawblades supportholes,drilling accurately,79:74
weightplastic),sources, 72:44;75:43 choosing, 7l:66-67 torsion-box, 75:82
rust extending theusefullife of,7916 wall
on smallhand-tools, preventing, 74:61 sources, Tl:67;72:57 display,70:62- 65;78':52-55
vaporcorrosioninhibitors,75:89

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free-form,80:34 mufflingnoisefrom,79:l15-l16 skew chisels
workshop,6T:96 plasticlinerfor,source,80:64 small,shop-made,72:58-62
shoe-pofish wax, finishing with,66:22 RidgidToolVacreviewed, 77:101 source,72:78
Shopsmith machines,partssource, 68:24 RidgidWDl730reviewed, 77:100 SL I E, defined, 82:70
shopvacuums tool-actuated switches,
80:7I sliding compound-miter saws
airwattsvs.CFM ratings,65:22 sideboards,Stickley-style, 74:50-57 advantages of,84:I 00-04
buyer'sguide silicagel packets,source,67:18 buyer'sguide,69:l | 4; 76:92-9 4
reviewedandAI4lrated,80:69-73 silicon putty, sources,79:10 reviewed andAl'[ rated,84:98-109
features,
S0:70 6-8-l0 squaremethod, 73:61 features,84:l0l-102
hose-holder,shop-made, 64:30 howthevwork,69:1I I
smoke alarms,dustand,80:104
snipe,eliminating, 79:85
soapstonecarving blocks,source, 67:l8
soldering
electricalwiring,75:58
equipmentandsupply,sources, 75:58
solvents,dealing with used,65:86-88
Sorbothane mounts, sources, 75:58
spalted wood
finishing,77:52-53
healthhazardsof.77:53
making,77:51
sources, 77:53
stabilizing, 77:51
working,TT:52
spalting,defined, 77:5I
Spanishcedar
preferredfor cigarhumidors,78:10
speakers
components for,sources, 75:58
high-qualitysoundreproductionfor,75:57
making,75:54-59
spice boxes and racks
instant-access rack,7l:52-55
spindles
dividingthecircumfe r ence,73:61
repairingandreplacin g, 65:20
spline miters, miniature, 68:36
spokeshaves
anatomvof.67:43
shop-made, 67:42-45
sources,80:61
using,67:45
spoon bits, using,7l:65
spray booth, shop-made, 7l:76-77
spray painting and finishing
shop-made boothfor,7l :76-77
techniques andequipment for,81:92
spring dividers,penciladaptorfor,68:36
square,methods for checking,T 3:6I
squaringcorners,on a curvedpanel,67:50
stainlesssteel hardware,source, 67:18
stains
applyingbright-colored stains,82:106
colormatching,T3:17
oil-based andwaterborne oohurethane
Ilnlsnes. / /iIU6
static electricity,dustcollection problemswith,
80:26,67
staves, making,67:49
steadyrest,lathe
for hollowturning,84:l10-I 14
shop-made,68:i20
steam bending, curvedseatslats,66:36-40
steel,rod stock,source,80:38
steef woof holder, 72:24
stipplingtool, shop-made ,82:16
stools
dovetalled stepstool,/ui/5-/ /
nested.78:47'
QueenAnnefootstool, 80:48-54
shop,71:61-65

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AmericanWoodworker 3-YearIndex
stop blocks bladesandcutters covecuttmg
drill press,adjustable,
70:36 aIigning,T2:26 technique, 64:47-48;66:l4 correction
tablesaw dustvolumeand,80:68 crosscutting
sliding,T0:36 "ideal"heightfor,65:18 tablesfor,75:38-43;78:
I 7 correction
workbench bladetilt. stize developments in,83:75
from old deadbolt. 79:i6 buyer'sguide,69:l 40- | 46;76:l 18- 124; dustcollectionfor,80:66
storage 83:72-76 impactof bladeselection,80:68
for the shop DeWaltDW746reviewed, 75:9I features
andtypes,69:140-141; 76:118-119;
cartsandcaddies, 79:100 contractortvDe 83:72-73
drawers, rolline,80:8 rippinghardwood,68:22-24 mitergauges, sources,83:74
hardware box."6+:tO+
lumberracks, 73:22;84:44
magneticholders,74:60
measurlng squares,
74:6I
overhead,84:46
powertools,74:60; 79:100;82:34,36
rackfor handtools,74:61
tollrolls,74:61
toolslides,74:59
tool"bookl'79:100
story poles or sticks
turningduplicates with,77:48
straightedges
shop-made, 83:128-129
sources,83:129
testfor,83:130
strippers
disposing of residuefrom,73:57
using,73:54-57
strongback (partof acabinet), defined
,72:80-81
subassemblies,devisingcuttinglistsfor,66:48-49
",,,':.:"t:'

,tables
""'' assembly workstation,8l:62-65;84:74-7B
c,ollapsible
workstation, 77:120
olnmg
howto size,82:24-32
farm style,82:68-77
kitchenandbreakfas t, 68:40-44
pedestal,T2:63-67
,
legs
factory-turned, sources, 82:77
mortisingtapered, 8I :60
quickutility legs,78:23
turned,82:42-46
outdoor,73:44-51
parlor,79:50-56
Parsons, 70:52-53
pedestal,T 2:63-67; 80:74-78
picnic,80:74-78
side
GreeneandGreene-style, 8I :52-6i
treasured-bo ard,74:37-41
trestle
how to size,82:30-32
tablesaw fences
quick-clamp, for coving,68:34
tablesaw jigs
angle-cuttin g,70:38
anglesgreaterthan45degrees, T4:18
crosscuttins ,75:14
hold-dowl for.75:t9
panel-raisin g,70:69
for tapering,68:36
templatecutting,77:46
tenoning,68:45;70:68;73:67-69
vacuumresaw jig,65:104
tablesaws
accessory storage, 79:I 00
bladeguirds,6E:6q-65;66: l4 correction
Sources,83:74
AmericanWoodworker
3-YearIndex
panelcuttingon a,66:32
Tlre Problem: To designan easysystemto hand cut perfectdovetails' satety
emergency first-aid,64:67
The Solution: Thisguideandsawsptemletsyouachieve profesional quickly
results mostcommonaccidents, 64:62-66
andwithlittleeffort.It clampin position placeandttre
toholdthesawatthecorrect slidingtableattachments
correctanglefor a perfectcut.3/4"rare-earthmagnetsimbedded in ttrealuminum Deltamodelreviewed, 74:82-83
guideandcovered with alayerof low-frictionUHIIWplastickeepthesawper- tearoutprevention tips,77:8
fectlyalignedasyoucut.Youjust needto chopout wastefrom tlretails tabletops
fastening,80:26
andpins.Clampsontomaterialrl4ttto Iil thick.Ourdovetailsaw
lumberselection for,74:76-79
hasbeenspecifically daignedfor use
tagua nuts, source,64:57
with our dovetailguide.The22tpi tambour
bladeis 2rty$t7fttlongandhas0.005" doors,77:86-92
of setpertooth.Includesa 1:8guide sizingC-curveslats,77:90-92
for mostapplications. A 1:6guide(for sizingS-curve 77:88-89
slats,
softrnood) is alsoavailable. sources for tracksystem, 77:63
Veritas@l:8 GuideandSaw tape
05T03.02 $3t.95 double-sticking, sources, 78:54;79:56
(N.Y.rcidents, addsal.s lax.) with no adhesive residue, T0:98,100
prescoring for convenie nce,70:36
tapering legs,on ajointer,84:126
taPers
jig for makingon tablesaw,68:36
jointertechniques, 84:126
taps and dies,metal-threading, sources,80:38
teak, cleaning,6S:22
tearout, avoidingin veneered plywood,TT:8
tempering
small,shop-made carving tools,T 2:7|
orfreewithpurchase, @E
1'800'871-8158
orcall: templates, materials for longlasring,T3:62
$5(includes
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designanddimensionguidelines,
on router,84:I 6
75:l0
LeeValleyToolsLtd.,12 EastRiverStreet,Ogdensburg, call:1-613-596-0350
Overseas,
tablesaw
jig for,68:45; 73:67-69
tusk,64:52-55
thicknessgauge,shop-made, 80:30
thicknessplaners
benchtop(alsocalledportable)
buyer's guide,76:98
reviewed andAI4lrated, 79:83-87
buyeriguide,69:I 16- 122;76:96-102
depthgauge, shop-made,77 :20
dustcollectionimprovements fot 80:62-63
features andtypes,69:l 16- 122;76:96-97;
79:83-86
feedspeed,68:22
knivei
sharpening, 77:20
threaded inserts
installing, Sl:10
sources,8l:10
th reads, cuttingin metal,77:23
3-4-5square method, 73:61
tin panels
shop-made, 8:79:77
sources,T9:77
tool-actuated switches,80:7I
too Iboxes,curved-top, 7I:78 -82
tool chest,flip-top,73:108
tool manufacturers, buyer'sguideto,76:5
tool stand
adjustable legsfor,77:23
shop-made, 82:48-55
ToolTests
beltsanders, T9:66
biscuitj oiners,73:70-77
compoundmitersaws,84:98
DeWaltDW477benchtoptablesaw, 65:94
dovetail jigs,84:66
dustcollectors.80:80
ExcaliburSlidingTableSLT60, 66:86
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mini lathes,78:68-71
mitergauges, 81:81
mortisers,8l:73
Oneway2036WoodLathe,64:94
o.scillating
spindlesanders, 82:82
shopvacuums,80:69
pocket-hold j igs,72:84-88
portableplaners, 79:82
Porter-Cabie7529plunger ovter,77:96
Porter-Cable "Bammer"Cordless Finish
Nailer,67:86
random-orbit sanders,75:66-7 |
vises,82:88 Don't let your tools stand between you and
tops (toy), turned,70:56-58 truly professionalrcsults.Use Starretttools, the
torches,workingsafely with,72:69 choiceof expertcraftsmenfor over I2O years.
torsion boxes Youcan start by getting FREE,
designandconstruction, 82:50-52
howtheywork,75:32-33
attractive,full-colorcatalogs,packed
trays, Coloniaisilver,67:46-47 with informationon top quality
triangle, cabinetmake r's,79:75 Starretttools.
turning Circlethesenumberson page1O7.
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drivingwith a deadcenter, 82:44
duplicates 2O2 Saw Blades
with a semaphore jig,77:47 2O3 Measuring Tapes, Levels,
with storysticks, 77:48
halves.72:28
Tools
leaving a pommel,82:44
tegs
table,basicsof,82:42-46
reverse
spheres,
spirals,
mounting,74:24-32
8l:18-23
73:28-35
techniques for makingmultipies,82:42
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coringsystems, reviewed,70:70-7|
shop-made,67:28
sources
baseball batbillets.78:12
deadcenters,32:46
livecenters, 79:34
toolrests, 82:46
l2- 16-20squaremethod, 73:61

UIIMW (ultra-highmolecular weight)plastic,


'
72:44
sources, 75:43
ultra-highmolecular weight (UHMW)
plastic,T2:M
sources,75:43
Uniform MechanicalCode, dust
collectionhazards,80:67
universaftinting colors (IJTC),7 3:17
UTC (universal tintingcolors),
73:17

Vacuumclamping
Carter'sMiniMachreviewed, 73:94-96
jigsfor,84:lB
systems, source,77:49
WestOakK-B4kit reviewed, B1:88
varnish
food-safe,78:104
spraying,64:18;81:92
veneer
makingyourown,65:104;80:30; 81:5I
plain-slicedvs.rotary-sliced,
80:106
removingantique,7I :26
repairing,64:70-73;65:57;84:58
sawing tips,68:84
sawsandcutters
AmericanWoodworker3-YearIndex
sharpening,68:84 waterborne or water-basedfinishes construction drawings, 65:38,65:40-65:4I
sources applying, TS:107 folddown,67:30
banding,68:85 bubbles in,preventin9,77:lll fromanold door,82:34
cherrv./5:5U wax, finishingwith shoe-polish wax,66:22 stopblocksfor
"Hollowood" veneered 65:22
woodcylinders, web frames,in caseconstruction,T4:51-521' fiom old deadbolt, 79:16
quartersawn whiteoak,74:57 77:60-61 wedged-base ,75:44-49
specialty,64:57 weight, designissuesfor supporting, 75:75-79 workshop
storing,68:34-36 wheels,sources, 70:26 cabinets, 7l:42-47
veneennS whistles emergency first-aidkit for,64:67
leather,68:54-55 turninga,75:20-28; 78:I 7 correction flexibleshelving, 67:96
materialsandsupplysources, 68:85 white oak layouts,69:15-19
panels,74:53 anduses,
characteristics 66:74 maximizing space in small,68:34; 77:18;
raisedpanel,68:70-73 decayresistance compared to redoak,81:8 78:46-51:81:37
techniques, 64:56-59 white woods,finishingandcolor,66:60-61 noiseandhealthdangers, 80:104
thickness requirements,66:I 8-20 whittling outfitting
tools,64:71 equipment, 73:66
sources, for lessthan$3,000, 83:42-45
vinyl sheeting,sources, 73:108 a pegrack,73:64-66 rollingcabinetfor,64:33 -39;72:79 -83
vises wire supports, for shelves andpartitions setup,69:16-19
bench source, 66:22;77:70 workstations
auxiliary,68:36 wood assembly table,shop-made,8l:62-65; 84:74-78
featuresandtypes,82:88-90 bleaching, 72:34-38 casters,mountingoptions,70:22
wooden,66:62
q'uick-release -65 identifying,84:9 collapsible,77:120;78:49
racking,howto avoid,82:91 rigidityandstrength of,75:79 -80,83 easy-to- stowadd-on,79:17
reviewed andAI,f rated,82:92 wood filler mobilemachinecaddv,77 :18
sources,82:90 making,84:30
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) sources, 78:54;79:10
irrmineralspirits,84:28 using, 74:13 zero-clearanceinserts
in waterborne pollurethane,77:l l0 wood movement bandsaw, 83:12
source,
in cross-grainconstruction, 75:l9 shop-made, 64:32;77:8
screws and,68:20 for tallblades,66:20
walnut woodworking goofs, 83:132 zero-radiusturns, cutting,T8:54 ,W
coloringmismatched, 75:64 workbenches
colormatchingold,75:63 benchtop
finishing,7l:24;75:60-64;77:109 extension,64:30
sources.75:37 shop-made, 75:47-48

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Clamping a fence to this shop-madetable is a cinch.Slidestandard board canbe a realchallenge;and build-
clampsinto slots to fastena fenceor workpiece anywhereyou want. ing a contraptionfor your sandingdrum
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S h o pS o l u t i o n s Cut dadoes in the rails (A).The fit betweenthe
dadoesand your hardboardshouldbe fairly loose.
Materials A too-tight fit will makethe table difficultto assemble.
Any hardwoodwill work for the table'srails.Choose
medium-densityfiberboard (MDF) and tempered
hardboardfor the top and bottom.Youll needabout
a half sheetof each.Theseengineeredmaterialsare
genera\ flatterand lesslikely to warp than plywood.
MDF won't splinteror puffup around a drilled hole,
so it'sa perfectbackermaterialfor drilling holesthat
go all the way through a workpiece.
After you build the table,set asidesomeMDF to
makemore insertsin the future. Differentbrands of
MDF mayvary slightlyin thickness,so it'sbestto use
Cut notches in the ends
the exactsamestuffto makesurethe insertsarePre- of all the ribs (C).Test
ciselyflush with the table'stop. their fit into the rails.

Construction
Build a flat drill presstablebyworkingon a flat surface,
suchasa door or the top of your tablesaw. Usecaulsor
cinder-blockweightswhen gluing.You dont need
much force,but it must be equallyappliedto all areas.

Glue the rails (A) and mountingboards


(B) to the bottom (D).Insert some ribs (C)
as temporary spacersfor alignment,but
removethem before the glue sets.

Glue the ribs (C) in place.Applyglue to


the dado and the bottom of eachrib.To
make it easy,you only haveto glue and clamp
gluethe plugs(E)
a few ribs at a time. Finally,
to the rails(A) to enclosethe dust well.

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Glue the top (F) to the ribs.Note:
Don't applyglue to the two middle ribs
that support the center waste piece!
Once the glue is set,turn the table
over,as shown here,and cut four slots
for the clamps.Cut awaythe waste piece
where the insert goes.Thendrill a hole
for your vacuumhose and pilot holes
into the mountingboards(B) for
attachingthe table to your drill press.
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b Mountinq
Board z 4/4 Hardwood 3 1 4 x 2 x 1 4 - 1 / 2
Rib 14 Hardboard 1 / 4 x 3 - 1 / 4 x 1 6 Notchcorners 5/8"x1-7/8"
n Bottom 1 Hardboard 1 / 4x 1 6x 3 2 1-3/8" holeforvacuum hose
E Pluq z Hardboard 1/4x3-1/4x3-9/1
F Top 1 MDF 3/4x 16 x32 Crosscutafter
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Maple
QuiltedBig-Leaf
Quilted big-leaf maple is a real gem of the forest. Its
spectacularfigure hasa three-dimensionallook that seems
to shift like the facetsof a jewel asit's moved.Quilted figure
appearsin severaltree species,but by far the most
spectaculardisplaysare found in the big-leaf maples of
the PacificNorthwest.
Becauseit'sa rare find, quilted big-leafmapleis in short
supply and is very expensive.To savemoney,woodworkers
will often resawthe stock to use as veneer,door panels,
jewelry box or humidor lids and as accentsin furniture.
Instrument makersfavor quiltedbig-leaf maplefor acoustic
guitar backsand sides,electricguitar tops and harps.
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