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Weekend Project

4 / Clipboard Box

It’s a clipboard... and it’s a box. Together, they provide a handy way to plan your projects. In addition to serving as a writing surface, the clipboard doubles as the top of the box to organize your writing materials and supplies.


8 / Parquetry

Thin pieces of veneer cut in basic geometric shapes. That’s the idea behind parquetry. And that’s all it takes to create a striking wood pattern. Our step-by-step article shows you how to get professional-looking results.

Feature Project

16 / Oscillating Drum Sander

This simple, shop-built accessory converts your drill press into an oscillating drum sander. With a small gearmotor and a unique drive system, the sanding drum spins around and goes up and down at the same time.

Shop Project

24 / Sandpaper Storage

Keep your sanding supplies organized with these two storage projects. One presses sheets of sandpaper flat to prevent the edges from curling. The other holds a roll of sandpaper and makes it easy to cut strips to exact length.


Selecting Tools

12 / Block Planes

A block plane that’s used every day is like an old friend. We visit with four woodworkers about their block planes and find out what makes each one a “favorite.”

Tips & Techniques

28 / Readers' Tips

Our readers offer their own shop-tested tips: Retractable Chuck Key, Wedged Sanding Block, Plastic Knobs, Pocket Holes, and a Pencil Cushion.

Tips From Our Shop

30 / Shop Solutions

We’ve also included a variety of tips from the guys in our own shop to help build the projects in this issue.

32 / Scenes from the Shop