ShopNotes #124 2012-07-01

July 2012
Issue 124

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Table of Contents

Readers' Tips4

  • Page 4: Main illustration
    The width of the sawhorse leg should be 3", not 3 1/2" as originally printed.
  • Page 4: Side View Illustration
    The length of the Bracket should be 6" to match the length of the Block, not 7 1/4" as originally printed.

Super-Strong Edge Joints8

Learn all about the router bits you can use to create never-fail edge joints.

  • Page 9: Photo of slot-cutting bit
    The cutter has been put on the shaft upside-down.

Choosing & Using Concealed Hinges12

Solve all your hinge needs with a single option? Here's one hinge that just might do the trick.

I ordered a variety of individual hinges and mounting plates from Woodworker's Hardware and the Woodsmith Store.

Versatile Finger Joint Jig16

Variably spaced and sized finger joints are a snap with this simple router jig.

Steam-Age Shop Clock20

It's easy to lose track of time when working in the shop. This classic clock is the solution.

Online Extras

  • Woodsmith Store
    1/4" Button Plugs … 153147
    3/8" Button Plugs … 153150
    Quartz Movement … 28365
    Straight Clock Hands … 37489

The clock was painted with Rust-Oleum's Specialty Camouflage Army Green (1920-830).

Using a Smoothing Plane30

A No. 3 smoothing plane is the answer to a wide range of shop tasks.

You can upgrade an old plane with a new iron and chipbreaker from Hock Tools, Woodcraft, Lie-Nielsen, or Lee Valley.

Shop Short Cuts32

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

Must-Have Assembly Table34

This assembly table features versatile clamping options, storage, and a dead-flat worksurface.

  • Page 39: Hold Downs
    The hold-down cannot be built as illustrated in the issue. A full-size pattern with key dimensions can be found in the online extra for the Assembly Table project.

Online Extras

Lap Dovetail Joint40

This easy-to-cut joint is the key to rock-solid case and furniture construction.

New Uses for Your Old Miter Gauge42

Turn that old miter gauge into a reliable workhorse with these shop-tested ideas.

Customizing a Shop44

Make your shop a more comfortable place to work. Here's what you need to know.

Two Blades -- Perfect Tenons46

Cut your tenon-making time in half with this creative technique that uses a pair of saw blades.

Defining Hardwoods & Softwoods50