Center Channel

Compound miters and tiny returns make crown molding look hard to install. The truth is, with a utility knife and a simple shop-made auxiliary fence on a miter saw, the job is no more difficult than cutting simple miters for a picture frame. To cut crown, it has to be held upside-down on a miter saw, which is handy because you mark the crown for cutting on the bottom edge. Think of the bed on the miter saw as the cap and the fence as the cabinet side. For this size crown, the fence has to be...

When Selects And Better Is Better

It makes sense to buy big, defect-free boards for big, smooth surfaces, such as table- or desktops, plankstyle cabinet sides or perhaps a head- or footboard. A group of Selects and Better boards may have more consistent color and grain patterns. Defect-free boards are less distracting to look at and generally easier to work with. Working with No. 1 Common takes time and patience. SOME NO. I COMMON ISVERY CLEAR, but simply short or narrow. If a board is under 6-ft. long, or less than 4-in. wide,...

Dovetail Jigs

Half-blinds, throughs and combos these jigs can make you an even more versatile woodworker. Oh yes you can Build this grand, expertly designed entertainment center even in a small shop. A tricked-out assembly table is a shop rat's dream come true. Sewing notions, photographs, magazines everyone's got stuff to store in this versatile cabinet. A foolproof, step-by-step approach to making these drawers with your half-blind dovetail jig, Accuracy, capacity and portability all in one tool. We did...

Doublesided Template

Accessible Dovetail With Dovetail Images

All jigs have optional templates for cutting different-sized dovetails or box joints, but two jigs are equipped with double-sided templates with two rows of fingers Photo 8 . With the Craftsman you can make standard 1 2-in. and 1 4-in. dovetails although you'll need another bit and template guide for the smaller ones . With the Woodhaven you can make 1 2-in. dovetails and wider 3 4-in. dovetails using the same bit. Once we got the hang of using it, every jig we tested turned out fairly good...

Tool Crib

All my tools should be this good is a professional miter gauge that makes perfect angles easily. Shot-pin action assures dead-on accuracy for common angles plus a precise protractor scale for Zt M ' everything in us Patent .om.-im our free 800 Dutch Scluare Blvcl Suile 200' Columbia, SC 29210 brochure. 1 -800-382-2637 SC 803-798-1600 ' the sanding dust. The snowflakes sit in a pocket above a closed cavity connected to my shop vacuum. The vacuum flowing through the holes in the cavity below...

Sears Craftsman

This is a relatively inexpensive jig for cutting both halfblind and through dovetails. The spacing and size of both kinds of dovetails is fixed. Two important features of this jig are the template adjustment knob see below and the adjustable board ciamps. Most of the parts of the jig are plastic. The templates are somewhat flexible we prefer more rigid ones and must be set up with care. Craftsman template guides are included, but not the bits 30 for the set . Pro The Craftsman is less than half...