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Flush-Trimming Dowels

This is a quick way to trim dowels or wooden keys flush with a surface. Chuck a 3/8-in. straight bit and remove the baseplate from the router. If necessary, file off rough spots on the bottom of the router. Place a scrap of paper on the work and lower the cuttcr until it just grazes the paper's surface. Remove the paper and rout the dowels.

William White Williston, VT

Router-Table Dust Collector

Needing to collect dust and shavings from my router table, I took a 5-gallon plastic bucket, cut a hole in the bottom and attached a 4-in. PVC flange fitting with pop rivets. Then I screwed the bucket to the underside of the router table. Since the on/off switch was now inaccessible, I notched the side of the bucket and plugged the cord into an outlet strip.

Andy Olerud Driggs, ID

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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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