ShopNotes #122 2012-03-01

March 2012
Issue 122

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Table of Contents

Readers' Tips4

Choosing Pocket Screws12

Here's what you need to know about choosing the right pocket screw for the job.

When choosing pocket screws, it's important to select the appropriate length of screw for the thickness of material you plan to use. Most suppliers provide a chart that helps you choose the right length of screws. You'll also have different choices of screws for use indoors and outdoors.

You can find pocket screws through a number of different suppliers. Three of our favorites are listed below.

Easy-to-Build Drill Press Table20

Skip the bells and whistles. The strength of this drill press table is straightforward accuracy.

Shop Stool24

This short stool seats you at just the right height for a wide range of shop tasks.

Layout Tips & Tricks28

Learn a few basic, no-math skills that make it a snap to handle common shop geometry.

Shop Short Cuts30

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

Router Molding Jig32

A handful of hardware and some scrap material are all you need to create intricate curved and straight moldings with your router.

  • Page 33: Caption, Photo
    On page 33 the caption below the photo currently reads: "Works With Compact Router. Scale down the parts and hardware, to can build a miniature version of the jig that will better handle small and narrow pieces." It should read: "Works With Compact Router. Scale down the parts and hardware to build a miniature version of the jig that will better handle small and narrow pieces."
  • Page 37: Text, first partial paragraph
    On page 37 the first partial paragraph mentions to go to the website for six profile recipes. There are only five profile recipes.

Rabbeted Lap Joints40

Follow this step-by-step process and you'll be making foolproof frames in less time.

Saw Blade Sharpening42

Great cuts start with a sharp blade. Here's a look at how saw blades are sharpened.

Essential Shop Tools44

If you're just setting up a shop, you really only need a few key tools to get started.

Table Saw Safety46

Crosscutting with your miter gauge and rip fence -- we separate the myths from the facts.


Scenes from the Shop52