Handmade Block Plane: Turn a block of wood into a useful, beautiful tool.

Al Huls - 01-17-2017

This block plane project is a great way to get started in plane-making. A few inexpensive items from Woodcraft and some scrap wood are all you need to make an attractive and handy tool in just a few hours. It’s as easy as cutting apart a block and gluing it back together in a different way. A simp...

Hot New Tools: Titebond Quick & Thick and Dap Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, senior editor - 01-17-2017

Woodworkers don’t need a degree in theoretical physics to understand the relativity of time; particularly, how a clock spins faster as a deadline approaches. Waiting for glue to dry can be a major frustration. Titebond and DAP have recently introduced two new glues that can help you get to the fin...

The Square Deal: Get the right angle on equipping your workshop with these important layout tools

Tim Snyder - 01-16-2017

Achieving perfect angles is a common pursuit in woodworking—especially 90° angles. But there’s no such thing as the perfect layout tool to check for square. That’s because the square relationships that occur in woodworking are surprisingly variable. One moment you’re squaring a bandsaw’s ...

Tablesaw DOVETAIL JIG: Achieve the look of hand-cut joinery with a machine-made start

Chris Hedges - 01-16-2017

Dovetail joinery is an important feature on many of my projects. I like the look of hand-cut dovetails, but the time required to make them is a luxury I often can’t afford. With the dovetail jig shown here, I can duplicate the proportions of hand-cut dovetails with some time-saving help from my ta...

Tips & Tricks: Curved Tapers on the Jointer

Russ Svendsen, Olean, New York - 01-16-2017

I recently had to replace a broken leg on a Duncan Phyfe style candlestand table. These legs are curved, so you can’t taper them on the tablesaw. They are also tapered fully end-to-end, so you can’t shape them on the jointer the way you can a stop-tapered leg. So here’s how to pull off the j...

Tips & Tricks: Self-Positioning Assembly Braces

Joe Hurst, senior editor - 01-16-2017

Squaring braces can be very helpful for assembling cases and drawers. Expensive commercial versions are available, but simple plywood triangles with notches or holes serving for clamp purchase work pretty well. However, I decided to upgrade to the shop-made fenced versions shown for a recent large c...

Tips & Tricks: Tape rule trammel

Walt Summers, Miami, Florida - 01-16-2017

Trammel heads—the kind that clamp onto a strip of wood—are the tool of choice when laying out circles and arcs. Unfortunately, they can be expensive, and require a suitable strip of wood for the job, which may not be available when you need it. A handier alternative may be sitting in your kitc...

Tricky Tenoning Jig: This shop-made version has features found on expensive commercial models

Tim Snyder - 11-03-2016

When it comes to making tenons on the tablesaw, I’ve always preferred using a tenoning jig over removing waste with dado blades. A tenoning jig yields cleaner cheek cuts with just two passes over the blade and a lot less sawdust. Many shop-made tenoning jigs are saddle-type constructions designed ...

Tips & Tricks: Glue cleanup detailing

Frank Ellis, St. Louis, Missouri - 11-02-2016

It can be difficult to clean up glue in tight recessed spots like in beads and other small profiles, but here’s a good approach. Begin by using a damp, short-bristled brush, pushing it forward to scoop up the majority of the glue. Keep the brush clean by washing it in clean water as you work. When...

Tips & Tricks: Handscrew headstand

Marge Fillmore, San Diego, California - 11-02-2016

Standing short pieces at the drill press can be challenging if you don’t have the right kind of vise. But there’s a perfectly good way to get by with no vise at all by using a notched handscrew. For safety and accuracy when holding both round and square pieces, the notches must be cut at 90°,...

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