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Modular Woodworking Workshop Cabinets

The biggest challenge to block,seeboxbelow.Then building the CD holder on page 18 is making the support posts. The holes for the small pins that fit into these posts have to be drilled in a straight line. On top of that, these holes also have to line up with the ledges already installed in the dividers. I took care of both problems with a simple jig. First, to support the dowel and get the holes drilled in a straight line, I made a V- to make sure the alignment between the pins and the dividers...

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Carpenters Tool Storage Cabinet

Modular Cabinets 6 The idea behind these wall cabim ts is to allow you to customize the si e and arrangement of any number of standardized nits. Phis, you can choose between glass or wood paneled doors. Knock-down Hardware 14 There's nothing tricky about working with knock-douTi hardware. The secret to making this process nick and accurate is care fid layout and a couple shop-built igs. CD Storage Case 18 What J wanted was a traditional-looking project to store my favorite compact disc. But J...

Optional Glass Panels

Glass Counterbase

Next cut W x 3 a stops to hold the ' a-thick glass panel. Be sure to predrill pilot holes before tacking the stops in place. Even though you don't want to install the glass in the doors before the finish is applied, you can still get everything ready. After the chamfer has been completed on the outside of a door, a rabbet can be routed on the inside face, see left drawing. To hold die W'-thick glass, I cut some tlrin strips to act as stops M , see right drawing. Rout rabbet First,...

Adding dovetail keys to a small box is one way to strengthen the corners And with this unique jig its easy to rout the

Dovetail Key Jig

Uilding simple boxes, like the one used for die router bit storage project featured on page 28, is rather straightforward. Make the sides, miter the ends, and glue the pieces together. But sometimes mitered joints need reinforcement. So I add dovetail keys at the corners, JIG. In the past, I'd rout the slots for these keys on the router table. But Bernie Noe of Seattle, Washington, sent in an idea that uses a hand-held router. We took that idea and designed a jig that clamps to the side of a...

Top Counter Base

With the doors hung, the individual modules are complete. So 1 began work on putting everything together. This requires some additional pieces, I added base frames below to raise the cabinets off the floor, see drawing at righL And to finish off the standard cabinets. I added a framed panel on top, see drawing at right. There's also a counter to cover the exposed section of the deeper cabinet The tops, counter, and bases are all basically the same. They're hardwood frames strengthened with...

Knockdown hardware does more than just allow you to ta

Pilot hole for the pin 1 used a bit and a 25mm flat-bottomed hole for the earn, Here's where you'll need a metric bit. For sources, see page 35. 'Hie pins are centered on the thickness of a workpiece. The cams on the mating piece are offset 8mm about Vifi from the center of the pill the center of die workpiece , see Fig. lb. Of course, for the modular cabinets there were a lot of holes to drill. Rather than laying out each one, 1 made a drilling template, see Fig, 1, And since I was dealing...

Magnetic Band Saw Fence

Magnetic Saw Guide

Esawing lumber on a band saw usually requires clamping and unclamping the fence several limes to to get it in the right position. But tiiafs not a problem with die fence sent in by Bradley Snyder, of Sierra Vista, Arizona. It doesn't require clamps to hold it in place. That's because at the heart of his jig is a pair of magnets available at most hardware stores , see page 35. They securely hold the fence anywhere you set it on the band saw table. jig parts. Besides the magnets, the jig consists...

To support the CDs in this case we used a unique pin and ledge system that vnakes the CDs appear to float in midair

Here are a lot of ways to store Jk CDs compact discs . They can be stacked in a pile, filed in a shoe box, or if you spend a few bucks, housed in a simulated wood, CD rack. But as a woodworker, none of these options appealed to me. Instead, I took a little different approach and designed this CD storage case with several unique features to set it apart from other cases. Like most cases, the CDs are stored horizontally so the titles are easy to read. What's a little different about this design...

Plywood Finishing Problems

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Thin veneer on plywood is a fact of life. And every once in awhile you may run into a finishing problem. Especially when using open grain woods like red oak . The adhesive that's used to glue the veneer to the plywood core can seep through the pores to the surface of the paneL This happened to me while building a pair of doors for a cabinet. But the problem wasn't apparent until I put stain on the panel. Then white With nothing to lose, I tried sanding one area where the adhesive was the worst....

The dovetail keys at the corners strengthen the joints to make a stronger cabinet Plus a Plexiglas door lets you see

Plywood Cupboard Making

Router bits and neckties have a lot in common. It doesn't take long before you accumulate a sizable number of each. Quality ones are fairly expensive. And most of the time there's really no good way to store them. Since 1 prefer router bits to neckties. I built a storage cabinet to help organize and protect my router bit collection, see photo at right As you can see, the design for this cabinet Is nothing elaborate. But the dovetail keys at the corners and a Plexiglas door add enough of a...

The lid on this box does more than just protect whats inside Its also a photo frame And it opens without using any

A The lid on this photo box opens and closes with sliding Am1 taili. But these dovetails are completely hidden until the lid is pwiled open, hat's surprising about this box is how it opens. Everyone who picks H up starts by tugging on the lid. bul there aren't any hinges. The lid slides open on dovetails that are completely hidden until the lid is opened, see drawing in margin. There's another nice little feature to the lid of this photo box. Instead of just covering the box, the lid also acts...