Practicality and happenstance

While most attributes of his shop were carefully planned and designed, others came about by happenstance. For example, one of his hanging clamp racks (see page 60) started out purely as a shelf to hold a television. The clamps simply grip the shelf's front rail. "If I've done it, it's elementary," Randy assures, with a laugh.

Randy underestimates his accomplishments, which include a bedroom set for his high-school-age daughter. Brooke, as well as numerous kitchen cabinets. (See page 63.) "Learning to build cabinets was an education," he says. "For example, I learned to add an exLra Va so the cabinets fit correctly. 1 learned the importance of machining my rails and stiles correctly, and to be careful in cutting joints—Vs" or '/W' can mean the difference between fitting or not fitting."

Randy learned well. His cabinets, and other well-crafted efforts, as well as his entire shop, are monuments to his good friend and mentor.

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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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