Mortising Jig: Rout end and edge slots quickly and easily

Ken Burton - 05-18-2017

Loose tenon joinery, like that used in the Easy Chair on page 50, is a great alternative to traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery. The latter requires cutting an integral tenon in one of the parts to fit in a mating mortise cut in the other part. But with loose tenon joinery, the tenon is a separate...

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...

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...

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 ...

T-Square Router Guide: Clamping flanges make all the difference

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 03-22-2016

Routing dadoes across panels requires some kind of straightedge guide for the router. A T-square guide is a great tool for the job because registering the crossbar against the edge of the workpiece automatically positions the fence at 90° to the edge. But a typical T-square guide can be difficult t...

Tenoning Jig: This essential workhorse is easy to build, accurate, and very efficient to use

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 01-20-2016

Of all the jigs in a furniture maker’s arsenal, a tenoning jig is one of the most useful. It allows you to use your tablesaw to cut tenon cheeks, open-end mortises, spline slots, and other cuts that require standing workpieces on end. Various commercial models are available, most of which ride in...

Jig Maker's Tool Kit

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk - 01-18-2016

A good jig is one of the smartest investments a woodworker can make. When the right materials, fasteners, and hardware are used, a jig pays you back by making a difficult or monotonous procedure simpler, faster, more accurate, and safer. If you’ve experienced these rewards, you’ve probably also ...

Compact Router Table

by Paul Anthony - 07-23-2015

Having a router, but no router table, is akin to owning a Ferrari that never leaves the downtown streets. You’re simply not using your tool anywhere near its capacity. A table-mounted router is capable of all sorts of operations that would be difficult or impossible to perform with a handheld rout...

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