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Take the guesswork out of setting up a router. Here's how to make a perfect cut every time.
Find out what you need to know to protect your drawers and tools with a liner.
Follow these handy tips to get the most from this essential shop workhorse.
Most well-stocked hardware stores will have heavy-duty, high-tension hacksaw frames and high-quality blades. If you have difficulty finding the frames, MSC Industrial Supply and Reid Supply Company have a wide variety to choose from. A couple of models are listed below.
We'll show you the step-by-step process for getting great results when bending brass.
Learn the secrets to making the pivoting mechanism for this great-looking tool tote. It's all in the technique and we show you how.
For the brass bar stock used to make the pivot mechanism, you may want to order two lengths of 36″ each. This way, you’ll have a little extra on hand in case you need it. Alloy 360, free-cutting brass is what you’ll need to look for.
I finished the tote with a few coats of a wipe-on oil finish and paste wax before filling it with my tools.
Shop-tested tips and techniques to solve your woodworking problems.
Put your skills to work with this classic workbench. Solid joinery and traditional features make it the perfect addition to any shop.
A few coats of an oil finish are all you need to complete the bench.
With some simple, inexpensive tools and these helpful hints, you can put this versatile material to use in your shop.
When you purchase leather, you’re buying a random cut piece from the supplier. Split-suede leather is sold by the square foot, and is generally sold in pieces 12 to 15 square feet in size.
Protect and transport your hand tools in these practical and easy-to-make tool holders.
Maximize your shop space and work more efficiently with these helpful ideas.
With a few accessories, make your table saw safer, more accurate, and even more useful.
I like to make accessories for a rip fence out of Baltic birch plywood. It’s stable and flat — requirements for getting the best results with shop-built accessories.
Adding up fractions is always a challenge. But with one of these handy helpers, it's a breeze.
Most woodworking suppliers carry shop calculators. You can also order them from Calculated Industries or Calculator Source. The Convertor Pro from FastCap was ordered from Mike’s Tools. You can also get the Convertor Pro from the Woodsmith Store.
Learn how to return your plate joiner to like-new performance. It's easy to do.