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I noticed in the Feb/Mar 20 issue a few photos of woodworkers wearing wedding rings. In my first shop class and in every one thereafter, the instructor threatened to fail anyone found to be wearing any jewelry. 

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The 2010 Victoria’s Secret fashion show was the last straw for Megan Offner, who was helping to build the sets. She had been doing that kind of design/build work in New York City for the better part of a decade, but was increasingly uncomfortable with the notion that trees were cut down for material to make things that would end up in a dumpster after only eight hours. 

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Standing in my back yard, I’m struck by the beauty of spring. Winter’s dismal grey has finally yielded to vibrant tulips, peonies, and wild violets. 

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Ever wonder if your table saw blade does what it’s supposed to? Sure, it “cuts,” but is it costing you needless aggravation and added machining? Are you becoming a master at fixing poorly fitting joints and cleaning up rough, burned cuts and tear-out? If so, you’re developing the wrong kind of woodworking habits and wasting valuable shop time. 

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Featherboards, also called fingerboards, are time-honored shop helpers for holding stock against a machine’s fence and/or down on its table.

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Woodworkers have a way of collecting table saw blades. It starts innocently enough with an all-purpose blade or two, and before you know it, you’ve added a dedicated ripping blade, a crosscut model, a dado set, and specialty blades for cutting everything from plywood to composite materials and even metal.

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What’s a counter without a stool or two to accompany it? Actually, this stool is more of a stool/chair hybrid with a curved back rest that provides a little support while serving as a convenient handle at the same time. 

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I just read “The 5 Stages of Gluing-Up” on page 72 of the Feb/Mar 2020 issue. It’s perfect. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. 

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I enjoyed the 3-in-1 Shooting Board article (p. 26) in the April/May 2020 issue. However, as I consider the accuracy of this process, I suspect that the design relies on proper plane adjustment to cut squarely. 

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RIKON’s “new” saw featured in the April/May issue (p. 13) looks a lot like the Craftsman I’ve had for a few years. And I think Ridgid makes one too. 

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