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Here's a simple jig and technique for routing flawless hinge mortises.
All it takes to rout perfect-fitting hinge mortises is the jig shown on page 8 of ShopNotes No. 94 and a dado cleanout bit. The one used with the jig is a ½″-dia. bit with a ¼″ shank. The Amana number for this bit is 45460-S and it's available from the Woodsmith Store (below).
Looking for great results when ripping thin strips? These techniques show you how.
You can make ripping thin strips easier with the techniques and jigs starting on page 10 of ShopNotes No. 94. Sources for specialty saw blades are listed below. And McMaster-Carr carries the bearing (60355K37) for the long strip jig.
With a few handy add-ons, you can make your drill press even more accurate and versatile.
A drill press is a shop workhorse. And with just a few of the add-on accessories starting on page 14 of ShopNotes No. 94, you can make yours work harder and more accurately than ever.
Woodcraft (146709) and Steel City Tools (25410) carry the laser system. If low-tech is more your style, you can order a centering pin (50J50.01) from Lee Valley. For upgrades to your chuck key, give McMaster-Carr or Lee Valley a call. And Woodcraft has the keyless chuck. The contact information for these sources is listed below.
Finally, hold-downs and vises for your drill press are carried by Woodcraft, Rockler, and Lee Valley. Their websites are a great way to check out what they offer.
Get more from your drill press with this top-notch upgrade. Built-in dust collection, a large worksurface, and easy clamping features make it a must-have.
You can find most of the hardware you'll need to build the drill press table at a hardware store or home center. But some items may be a challenge to locate.
The knobs (23812), T-track (21746), T-nuts (26062), and flange bolts (39532) are available from Rockler. And if you decide to add the drawer, the 8" full-extension drawer slides (KV4100 PO8) are available from Woodworker's Hardware and the pull (DUH-50) for the drawer is carried by Reid Tool.
Shop-tested techniques and tips to solve your woodworking problems.
Keeping short stock and cutoffs organized is a challenge. But in a weekend, you can build this handy storage system with a few sheets of MDF and some hardboard.
Follow these time-tested tips and techniques for cutting and assembling tight-fitting miters every time -- guaranteed.
Cutting perfect miters is always a challenge. To help you set up your miter gauge correctly, you may want to consider the set-up gauges shown on page 32 of ShopNotes No. 94. They're available from MiterSet and Woodhaven.
Featuring sturdy arms and an adjustable clamping block, this vise lends a hand when gluing up miter joints of almost any size.
A hardware store or home center will have most of the hardware you need for the miter vise on page 36 of ShopNotes No. 94. If you have trouble locating knobs, check out the website for Reid Tool.
Getting the best results from this shop workhorse means knowing the basics.
Arrange your workbench and power tools to make the most of limited space.
Edgebanding is a great way to hide a plywood edge. Here's what you need to know to choose and use edgebanding for your projects.
Before you order edgebanding like the types shown on page 46 of ShopNotes No. 94, you'll need to determine the type, width, and length you need. Edgebanding comes in a wide range of materials and in widths between 13/16" to 2-3/8". And the rolls vary in length from 6' to 250' long.
Rockler carries all the edgebanding, the iron (68353), and the double-edged trimmer (43208) shown in the article. Edgebanding supplies are also available from the Woodsmith Store and other sources listed below.
A pin nailer makes attaching molding profiles a breeze -- and almost invisible.