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Never-Fail Splined Miters Never-Fail Splined Miters

Quick & Easy Shelving System Quick & Easy Shelving System

Router Bit Storage System Router Bit Storage System

Thickness Sander Thickness Sander


Storage Solutions

16 / Router Bit Storage System

Misplaced router bits a problem? This handy storage system keeps them organized. Plus, it expands easily as you add more.

Hands-On Technique

22 / Top-Notch Results with MDF

MDF is a very versatile material. Here’s what you need to know to get the best results.

Fine Tools

24 / Wood & Brass Center Finder

Finding the center of a workpiece doesn’t have to be a hassle. Build this center finder in the morning and start using it in the afternoon.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

Online Extra
28 / Thickness Sander

Powered by your table saw, this thickness sander will sand panels up to 16” wide so they’re perfectly smooth and flat.


Readers' Tips

4 / Reader's Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Routing Dadoes & Grooves

Perfect dadoes and grooves with a hand-held router? It’s easy with these tips and techniques.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Working with Plastics

Add a new dimension to your projects by using plastics in your shop.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Brazing Band Saw Blades

Broken band saw blade? Don’t pitch it — fix it with a handy brazing kit.

Shop Shortcuts

14 / Shop Short Cuts

Shop-tested tips and techniques to solve your woodworking problems.

Hands-On Technique

26 / Jig Saw Secrets for Flawless Cuts

With just a few simple tips and techniques, you can turn your jig saw into a precision cutting tool.

In The Shop

38 / What's New in PVA Glue

It’s not plain-old yellow glue anymore. Here are some new twists on an old favorite.

Setting Up Shop

40 / Outfeed Supports

Learn more about the latest stands for supporting stock safely while you work.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / Never-Fail Splined Miters

Want stronger miters? Here’s a simple technique with guaranteed results.

Great Gear

46 / Top Choices for Mallets & Hammers

Whether you need finesse or heft, you can find a hammer or mallet that’s right for the job.

Ultimate Garage

48 / Quick & Easy Shelving System

Customize your shop or garage with this inexpensive, but adaptable shelving system.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop