ShopNotes #128 2013-03-01

March 2013
Issue 128

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Table of Contents

Readers' Tips4

Box Joints with a Dovetail Jig8

Dust off your dovetail jig and put it to use making rock-solid box joints.

Must-Have, Low-Cost Tools10

These handy hammers are often the key to success. Learn which one is right for the task.

  • Page 10: Source for 5-oz claw hammer
    After the issue went to press, Lee Valley discontinued their 5-oz claw hammer. A similar 7-oz. hammer is available from, sku 16750.

Benchtop Tool Caddy14

Keeping often-used tools and supplies close at hand couldn't be simpler with this revolving caddy. Plus, it’s a quick and easy build.

  • Page 17: Figure 4, detail B
    The dimension of 19 1/2" shown on the trammel is incorrect. The correct dimension is 8 7/8".
  • Woodsmith Store
    12" Lazy Susan … 454252

3-in-1 Drill Press Upgrade18

Storage, mobility, and accuracy come together in this collection of projects. Build one or all three to get more out of your drill press.

  • Page 20: Figure 1
    The illustration indicates that the wheel axis should be 1" up from the bottom edge of the cleat; however it should be 1" from the bottom of the base (1/4" up from the bottom of the cleat).
  • Page 20: Figure 1
    The 3 1/2" dimension on the right-end of piece B (Cleat) should be 1 1/2".
  • Page 20: Figure 2, Detail A (Side view)
    The 3" dimension should be 3 1/4" for the cutout to clear the wheel.
  • Page 20: Figure 1
    The 1/4" x 2" lag screws w/washers should be 3/8" x 2" lag screws with washers. This also requires that the axle bore in the wheels be enlarged from 1/4"-diameter to 3/8"-diameter.
  • Page 19: Front View illustration
    The illustration shows a screw driven in from below (from storage cabinet base to storage cabinet). This screw should be driven in from above (from storage cabinet to storage cabinet base).
  • Page 21: Various items
    Part (F) should be as follows: 3/4 x 5 3/4 - 19 3/4. Part (N) should be as follows: 18 1/8 x 2 15/16 - 3/4 Ply. Part (Q) should be as follows: 18 1/8 x 5 7/16 - 3/4 Ply. Part (T) should be as follows: 18 1/8 x 7 7/8 - 3/4 Ply. There are 8 identical 3" wheels (listed as two separate groups of 4 wheels). (4) 1/4" x 2" Lag Screws should be (4) 3/8" x 2" Lag Screws.
  • Page 22: Figure 5
    The location for the drawer slides was omitted. The slides are mounted flush with the bottoms of the drawers, as shown in Figure 5a, but the vertical locations from the inside bottom of the cabinet opening (starting with the lowest drawer) are as follows: 1/16", 8", 13-1/2", 16-1/2"
  • Page 21: Item Y
    We call out the need for (4) Shelves, Part Y. Only two are required.

Ripping on the Band Saw26

Band saws aren't just for cutting curves. Learn how to get great results the next time you need to make a rip cut.

Shop Short Cuts28

One-Wall Workshop30

This modular workshop combines beauty and utility in one super project. Plus, you can customize the design to suit any shop.

The cabinets were finished with Candlelight oil stain by General Finishes. This was followed by two coats of spray lacquer.

Working with Glass40

Glass is a great material for many projects. Here are some tips for using it successfully.

5 Simple Joints for Every Shop42

A woodworking joint doesn't have to be complicated to work well. Check out our favorites.

Making Safe Cuts46

Safety shouldn't be left to chance. Learn the basics of safe ripping and crosscutting.

All About Drill Bit Sets 48

Tired of hunting for the right size drill bit? We take a look at drill bit sets that make it easy.

You can buy indexed drill bit sets from Enco, MSC Industrial Supply Company, McMaster-Carr, and Reid Supply. Jeweler's drills and pin vises can be ordered from Lee Valley, as well as many hobby and craft suppliers.


Scenes from the Shop52