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Order by Phone or Mail, Credit Card or Check MAIL TO HYDRO-SIL, PO BOX 662, FORT MILL, SC 29715 I felt like I won the storage-space lottery when I came up with this bench design for my shop. I wanted a way to store lumber and my benchtop tools. The backbones of this bench are the 2x4 frames. For my 8-ft. bench I made four frames. The rest of the materials were mostly scrap I had laying around total cost, 75. If you have an original Small Shop Tip, send it to us with a skecch or photo. We pay...

Drawer Divider

SCREW THE UPPER RAILS TO THE LEGS when you glue up the base. These open joints benefit from the mechanical assistance of screws. We used a dovetail jig and standard bit to make our drawers (Photo 18). Their finished length is 3 8-in. shorter than the pass-through openings, so they'll sit 3 16-in. back from both fronts. This reveal matches the ones between the legs and aprons. The length of your drawer sides (P) may vary from ours, depending on the length of the dovetail your jig makes. For a...

Changes In Grain Direction

Curly boards are notoriously difficult to joint and plane, but armed with some woodworking savvy you can usually produce a blemish-free surface. The problem is the grain, which changes direction with every ripple (Photo 5). It runs downhill on one side of a wave and uphill on the other side. So no matter which way you feed a board, whole hunks of wood can be yanked off the surface by a machine's knives, leaving an ugly pit behind. If you've just spent a pile of money on some special wood, this...

Removable Basket

This accessory baseplate for Porter-Cable routers collects the dust made by almost every kind of router operation (see Sources, at left). Once attached to your router, it's virtually a built-in system. You can use an edge guide with it, also. Too bad this superb accessory doesn't fit on other manufacturer's routers A built-in dust collection system for mortising and grooving is mighty convenient.You'll find this feature on DeWalt, Festo and Black & Decker plunge routers. DeWalt also makes an...

Lowfriction Polyethylene

The U-shaped head swivels, rotates and holds objects up to 2-1 16-in. wide. The Multi-Stand features low-friction glide surfaces, adjustable height and a wide stance. The U-shaped head swivels, rotates and holds objects up to 2-1 16-in. wide. Triton Multi-Stand 70. (888) 874-8661 www.multi-stand.com * Vviable throat, offset adjustable router table fence sets a new standard lor accuracy Make raised panels, perfect edge jointing or offset lence halves for accurate shaping For stand-alone on...

Marking And Measuring

Calculating Proportions Without a Calculator Using proportions to design furniture sounds great in the abstract, but the reality can be awfully complicated. After all, how do you actually figure out two-fifths of 31-7 8 in. You could use a calculator, but here's an old-fashioned draftsman's method that's far more elegant and won't give you answers in decimal form This method is based on a tool called a sector. You can make a rough and ready sector in only a few minutes with cardboard, a pushpin...

Leveling Screws

In a nutshell, here are the elements of an outstanding router table Fence The best fences are made from one-piece metal with tool-free adjustments and easy-to-make, sacrificial subfences. Top Flat, sag-resistant tops are made from phenolic resin or thick MDF covered top and bottom with high-pressure plastic laminate. Base A solid, stable melamine cabinet base with upper doors for noise reduction and secondary dust collection. Runners up for Editors' Choice were the Veritas benchtop, the CMT...

Tslot

PhOtO 4 Here's what to look for in a router-table fence Edge clamps allow you to position the fence anywhere on the table. A one-piece main fence doesn't have the alignment hassles of a two-piece fence. T-slots make convenient attachment points for subfences and accessories. in a single plane for guiding your stock. Two-piece fences are modeled after shaper fences where the infeed and outfeed halves move independently. This is handy on a shaper where the cutters remove 1 32 in. from the stock...

Rubber Retainer

Shellac Rustic

A new router bit set from CMT takes the pane sorry out of making glass-panel doors. The Sommerfeld Glass Panel Set, 130, works like a set of rail-and-stile router bits with a couple of important differences. First, instead of cutting grooves for panels, this set leaves a rabbet for a piece of glass on the back side of the door frame. Second, after machining the stiles and rails, you cut slots in them, for barbed-rubber retainers 14 25 ft. from CMT that hold and cushion the glass. These...