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Before the rise of the router table, much small-shop shaping was done on the tablesaw using a molding head. A close cousin to early shaper heads, a molding head converts your tablesaw into a shaper of sorts. It works much like a dado head, except that a molding head is designed to hold a wide selection of knives for cutting different profiles.

By using different knives, adjusting the position of the fence and workpiece, and even tilting the saw arbor, you can create an infinite variety of shapes.

What's more, the molding head can quickly and easily produce cove cuts. (See page 42.) Not bad for an accessory that costs less than many carbide-tipped saw blades.

Living up to its name, the molding head excels at making moldings of all types. (See photos at left.) In this article, I'll show you how to get the most from this versatile accessor)'. Whether you're new to the molding head or a veteran user, be sure to follow the safety advice on the facing page.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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