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For a full-size, downloadable version of this pattern, go to www. AmericanWoodworker.com 147 PushButtonBoxPattern. It took me a while to figure out how to make the mechanism work, but it's really quite simple (see Fig. A). There's a T-shaped piece of bent metal hidden inside the back of the box (it's just a mending T-plate from the hardware store). When you push the bottom drawer, which I call a push button, the T-plate pivots and pops out the drawers above. When you push in the drawers, the...

Rockler

To avoid making a new wooden drill press table each time one gets full of holes, I made a table with a dovetail-shaped sliding insert. The insert has room for many more holes, and is easily replaceable. By extending one end, it can also support long stock. Removing the insert creates a cavity for a sanding drum. The table is two layers thick, each made from 3 4 MDF. Attach the bottom layer, or sub-base, to the cast iron table of your drill press. Make the top layer-the working table-whatever...

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MY FIRST DRILL WEIGHED as much as a bowling ball and seemed to be twice as large. It had a pesky cord and only one speed-fast, which was great for stripping screws. Thankfully, drills are getting smaller, lighter and more controllable each year. Hitachi's 18 volt Compact Pro drill and impact driver only weigh about 3-1 2 lbs. each. Boy, are they small The drill is less than 8 tall, and the impact driver is only 7 tall. With this combination of power, weight and size, you can precisely maneuver...

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New equipment and added 16 fluorescent shop lights along the ceiling. I also installed overhead dust collection, with drops to each of the stationary tools. Most of the stationary tools are equipped with mobile bases, to provide some flexibility, depending on the projects I'm building. As I've developed my skills, my projects have become increasingly complex. I've built a new entry door for our home, a complete bedroom set for our daughter, and a variety of furniture pieces for ourselves and...

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