Ez Smart Components

The "Repeater" accessory allows you to cut multiple, identically sized panels quickly and easily.

This squaring fence automatically aligns the EZ Smart guide rail for perfectly square cuts.

With this handy router carriage, you can use the EZ Smart to rout dadoes and grooves in panels of just about any size.

Clamps fit into a slot underneath the rail, where they won't get in the way.

You can make a longer guide rail by simply connecting two shorter lengths of rail.

Adding Versatility: EZ Smart Accessories

The "Repeater" accessory allows you to cut multiple, identically sized panels quickly and easily.

This squaring fence automatically aligns the EZ Smart guide rail for perfectly square cuts.

With this handy router carriage, you can use the EZ Smart to rout dadoes and grooves in panels of just about any size.

EXPANDABLE. The EZ Smart has some other nice features as well. For one tiling, the guide rails are available in six different lengths. But you can connect two or three sections to make a longer guide rail. The rail sections are linked together by short, aluminum connectors (see first photo at right). So you can make up a guide rail that is just as long as you need.

CLAMPS. A lot of straightedge guides use hand clamps to hold them in place. The problem with this is that the clamps can get in the way of your saw when making a cut. But the clamps on the EZ Smart slide in a slot on the underside of the guide, so they're always out of die way (second photo).

ANTI-CHIP FEATURE. To combat chipping, the EZ Smart base comes with two styles of replaceable, zero-clearance inserts — one for use with the guide rail and one for free-hand cuts. And both edges of the guide rail are fitted with a replaceable, anti-chip edge strip. These reduce chipping by supporting the work-piece right up to the blade.

The basic EZ Smart Guide works great for cutting plywood and lumber to size. But what really makes the EZ Smart system so appealing are the accessories that are available. (Take a look at the photos below to see a few.)

die, take a look at the videos on the EZ Smart website: www.eurekazone.com.)

Like the EZ Smart itself, most of the accessories are offered in different sizes and packages depending upon your specific needs (see page 49 for sources).

ACCESSORIES. All these features are great, but what makes the EZ Smart really stand out are the accessories available for it (see box below). After taking a look at these, you quickly realize that this isn't just a saw guide — it's a precision cutting system for the circular saw.

BOTTOM LINE. Overall, I didn't find much about the EZ Smart to criticize. The fit and finish of some of the parts left a little to be desired, but this didn't affect the functionality of the tool. The EZ Smart will work with most right-blade circular saws, but be prepared to drill some holes in the base of your saw to attach the base. You may also have to enlarge the opening in the EZ Smart base to accommodate the blade guard of your saw.

Depending on which "package" you order, the EZ Smart starts at $135 (see page 49 for sources). Although this may seem high for a straightedge guide, if you do a lot of work with sheet goods, I think it's money well spent. B3

These accessories allow you to use the EZ Smart for a lot more than just simple cuts in plywood. You can use it for cutting parts to length, squaring up panels, or routing joinery. (For more on all the tasks that the EZ Smart can han-

Clamps fit into a slot underneath the rail, where they won't get in the way.

You can make a longer guide rail by simply connecting two shorter lengths of rail.

Weekend Project

As much as I enjoy a challenge, I have to admit that every now and then it's nice to build a simple, straightforward project. And with it's clean lines and basic design, that's exactly what this bookcase is.

Tire construction is also straightforward. It uses quick-connect fasteners, so there's no complicated joinery to deal with. And it's made almost entirely out of plywood, so you don't have to spend a lot of time gluing up solid-wood panels.

But in spite of its simplicity, this project will still throw you a curve -— two curves, in fact. If you take a look at the photo, you'll see that the sides of the bookcase have a graceful curve along the front edge.

While these curves add visual appeal to the bookcase, they create a challenge when it comes to edging the plywood. Here again, the solution is simple — flexible, iron-on edge banding (photo below).

curved-front

Bookcase

A simple design that offers a lot of storage in just a little space.

Iron-on edge banding is fast and easy to apply, even to the curved edges of the bookcase sides. See page 21 for more details.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 27"W x 14%"D x 59V2"H

Sides, shelves, and top back panel are cut from one sheet of plywood

Top back panel is same thickness as sides to give project the look of solid wood

Iron-on edge banding covers plywood edges, see page 21

Spacer prevents damage to edge banding

Adjustable shelves have five different positions

Main back panel trapped in grooves between top and bottom shelves and sides

Plywood panels simplify construction

Bookcase has three fixed shelves

Adjustable shelves rest on shelf pins

Edge banding provides 7 protection to bottom —-edges of bookcase

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