Do More with DOMINO

Tim Snyder - 03-15-2017

hen I had my first look at the Domino DF 500, I wasn’t that impressed. The tool’s resemblance to a biscuit joiner left me wondering why Festool would try to compete with well-made tools from Porter-Cable, DeWalt and Lamello. I was in for a surprise. Instead of milling narrow, shallow biscuit slo...

Tips & Tricks: Tape Rule Gauge

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 03-14-2017

For accurate work, you need accurate measuring tools, and that includes your tape rule. Unfortunately, the sliding tang on a tape rule—which allows for taking inside and outside measurements—is often the tool’s Achilles’ heel. Inexpensive tape rules are particularly prone to inaccurate measu...

Tips & Tricks: Book-matching legs

Geoffrey Noden, Trenton, New Jersey - 03-14-2017

When making a project with four square legs, such as the jewelry chest on page 36, a nice visual touch is to configure the legs to display book-matched grain when viewed from any side of the piece. Here’s how to do it: Begin with a square piece of riftsawn stock the length of the legs. It should b...

Tips & Tricks: Leveling A Drill Press Table

John Worst, Orlando, Florida - 03-14-2017

When leveling my drill press table, I’ve tried the old trick of mounting a bent coat hanger in the chuck and rotating it as a reference. However, I found that the hanger flexed too much for reliability. Instead, I use a sturdier gauge made from a 3/4 × 3/4" stick and two 16d common nails. Make th...

Hot New Tools: Foam Fingered Jig

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, senior editor - 03-14-2017

FeatherPRO Featherboard by Bow Products Foam fingers are a common sight at football games, but Bow Products deserves the Super Bowl ring for bringing them into the workshop. Unlike the wooden or plastic fingers on other jigs, the FeatherPRO employs a strip of high-density foam that is cut to...

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...

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