Shopnotes #118 2011-07-01

July 2011
Issue 118

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Table of Contents

Readers’ Tips4

Sliding Dovetails8

Your half-blind dovetail jig is a great option for creating foolproof sliding dovetails.

Heirloom Workbench12

This classic workbench features a solid worksurface, a heavy-duty vise, and a variety of useful storage options. It's a workbench that will not only work hard but also look great for years to come.

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Adding Custom Butterfly Keys22

Don't toss split, cracked, or checked boards. Highlight them in your next project with this unique, attractive solution.

Shop Short Cuts24

Check out our shop-tested tips and techniques for solving your woodworking problems.

Space Saving Miter Saw Station26

Turn your miter saw into an ultra-portable workstation with this knock-down design. Setup is quick and easy. Plus, the extensions automatically lock in straight and level.

  • Page 27: Materials and Hardware
    The last item in the list (Aluminum) should be: 3/4" x 72" – 1/8" Aluminum (for Locking Bars)

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Cutting Slots the Easy Way32

Creating smooth, straight slots doesn't have to be a hassle. This step-by-step process is the key.

  • Woodworker’s Supply
    Jig Saw Blade153-854

Precision Router Bases34

Take your palm router to the next level of precision routing with a pair of custom baseplates. Common materials are all it takes.

  • Page 37: Materials and Hardware
    A part was omitted from the list: (1) 1/4-20 x 1" tab base weld nut with center pilot
  • Page 39: Illustration detail a
    The nut is incorrectly labeled as a flange nut. It is actually a weld nut.
  • Page 51: Sources
    The source for the weld nut (p. 37, 38) was omitted from the Sources information. It is available from McMaster Carr, part # 98001A130.

Tools for Perfect Miters40

These two simple hand plane jigs are the secret to creating tight-fitting miters.

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Storage Solutions for Every Shop44

Check out these practical ideas for getting more out of the space around your workbench.

Safer Cuts with a Riving Knife46

A riving knife provides the best combination of safety and ease of use. Here's why.

  • Woodsmith Store
    Bosch Table Saw … 268691


Scenes from the Shop52