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Essential Tools for Tapping Threads Essential Tools for Tapping Threads


Modular Garage Storage Modular Garage Storage

Table Saw Small Parts Jig Table Saw Small Parts Jig


Hands-On Technique

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14 / Shaping a Smooth Curve

Learn the secrets to making quick work of shaping a radius or a roundover by hand.

Fine Tools

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16 / Heirloom Calipers & Dividers Set

A perfect layout is a snap with these dividers, compass, and a pair of calipers. The metalwork is easy and the results are stunning.

Storage Solutions

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24 / Modular Garage Storage

With this modular storage system, you can customize the number and size of the components to suit your needs perfectly.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

34 / Table Saw Small Parts Jig

This precision fence system makes it easy to rip and crosscut very small workpieces.

Weekend Workshop

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42 / Sharpening Stone Storage

Protecting your sharpening stones is important. These simple storage boxes are the perfect project for a weekend in the shop.


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4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

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8 / Mastering Lock Miter Bits

Build mitered drawers and boxes without the hassle. Learn the tips for getting great results.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Must-Have Jig & Fixture Knobs

The right knob can improve how well a jig works. Here are some things to consider.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Essential Tools for Tapping Threads

A tap and die set comes in handy in the shop. Take a look at how to get the most from it.

Tips From Our Shop

22 / Shop Short Cuts

Try out these shop-tested tips and techniques to solve your woodworking problems.

Hands-On Technique

32 / Assembling a Frame and Panel

Cutting the joinery is only half the job. Find out the keys to assembling a door successfully.

In The Shop

40 / Motor Wiring

Is there an advantage to wiring for 240v vs. 120v? Here’s what you need to know.

Mastering the Table Saw

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46 / Preventing Kickback

These simple steps are all it takes to minimize the chance of kickback at the table saw.

Great Gear

48 / The Latest Cool Tools

Take a look at the newest tools for making your time in the shop more productive and enjoyable.

50 / Q&A

Have a woodworking or shop-related question? Send it in - the editors will answer it here.

52 / Scenes from the Shop