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Don't, you'll have trouble sliding the shelves down the dowel rods. To keep the holes in line, I used one-shelf as a template and marked the four l i-in. holes on the underside according to the positions indicated in the drawing. I then made the holes with a drill press, using a l'vin. dia. Forstncr bit. Since the bit exited the face side the top surface , I placed solid backing under the shelf to prevent tear-out. Once I'd finished this shelf, I used it to center the holes in the remaining...

Sharpening Gouge s

Gouges, those familiar curved caning chisels, are time-honored, versatile tools that are used by craftsmen of all abilities, yet few people seem to know how to put a good cutting edge on a gouge. The Japanese craftsman sharpens his gouges with regular water stones. He makes a number of grooves in the stone to fit his gouge sizes. Sometimes he uses one groove for two or three gouges, even though they have different radii. The problem with this method is that if you have many gouges, you need...

Paralok

One feature immediately distinguishes the Paralok rip fence from the others its unique fence-tracking system. The Paralok's 4-in. x 35-in. fence slides back and forth on steel rails mounted on the front and back of the saw table. But unlike the other fences I evaluated, it doesn't depend on the rail to hold it parallel. Instead, the Paralok has a cablc-and-pullcy system that keeps it parallel to the blade. See photo. Ilic fence is made of stainless steel. You can drill it to mount auxiliary...