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Taming Tearout Taming Tearout

Panel-Cutting Lumber Cart Panel-Cutting Lumber Cart

Tapers on the Band Saw Tapers on the Band Saw

3 Twists on a Classic Layout Tool 3 Twists on a Classic Layout Tool


Storage Solutions

Online Extra
16 / Panel-Cutting Lumber Cart

Storing material and cutting it down to size for projects is always a hassle. With this rollaround cart, you’ll have all the storage space you need, plus a handy cutting station.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

24 / Precision Crosscut Sled

Crosscuts are one of the most basic woodworking tasks. The design of this sled not only gives you dead-on crosscuts, but also chipout free dadoes and rabbets. And a simple add-on jig makes cutting accurate box joints a snap.

Hands-On Technique

32 / Tapers on the Band Saw

You don’t always need a taper jig. This quick and easy technique will give you perfectly smooth tapers in no time flat.

Fine Tools

34 / 3 Twists on a Classic Layout Tool

Add a twist (or two) to ordinary steel bar stock and you’ll end up with a handy scratch awl that’s as eye-catching as it is useful.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Taming Tearout

A new router bit design provides a smooth, tearout-free surface.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Plywood Secrets Revealed

Get more out of the plywood you use for your projects with these practical tips and tricks.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Super-Fast, Super-Strong Joinery

Create rock-solid joints quickly and easily with just a hand drill and the BeadLOCK system.

Hands-On Review

14 / Fractional Calipers

Here’s the number one tool you need to get precision results every time you step into the shop.

22 / Shop Shortcuts

In The Shop

40 / 5 Solutions for Better Clamping

Solve your clamping problems forever with these sure-fire, pipe clamp solutions.

Setting Up Shop

42 / Must-Have Drill Press Add-Ons

Turn your drill press into a shop workhorse with any of these handy, shop-made add-ons.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / Top-Notch Tenons

A tenoning jig and a few simple steps are all you need to cut perfect tenons every time.

Great Gear

48 / Razor-Sharp in a Snap

Take a look at two sharpening systems that will guarantee quick and easy results.


50 / Two Simple Techniques for Trimming Edging
52 / Scenes from the Shop