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Complete this heirloom-quality project by building the door and drawers, then adding hardware and back panels.

The spice box is back! The second (and final) part of this project follows the first installment, which appeared in the previous issue (Feb/Mar 17, Issue #75). In Part 1, I explained how to build the case and fill it with dividers to create compartments for 11 drawers. Then we covered the installation of the cornice and base.

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Sprayingsimple1

The right setup and spraying sequence are the keys to success.

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Jointertuneup1

Simple steps that yield smooth, square stock edges

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Shellac1

Using flakes for a first-class finish or effective sealor

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A bureau-top beauty made with layout-free mortising jigs.


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Milkpaint1

Create a century’s worth of character in a weekend with friendly finishes and some simple tools.

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Blades

If you have a skill saw, table saw, power miter saw or a radial arm saw in your workshop, the day will come when you will need to replace the blade.  It’s a lot like the tires on your car – you don’t give them much thought as long as they function.  But over time, performance degrades and eventually you just have to replace them.

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Splines1

Add strength to miter joints by the slice

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Wiping varnish is one of the most popular finishes available to the small shop woodworker, and for good reason. It’s easy to use, attractive, and versatile, allowing you to create any sort of build that you like. For example, you can wipe on a series of light coats, buffing off the excess between each one to create a thin “in the wood” look, which is fine for decorative items that won’t suffer abuse. On the other hand, you can build it up pretty much as thick as you like for tough, durable protection on tables, chairs, and other furniture that sees a lot of use.

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Spaltedwood1

The rotten truth behind the decay.

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