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I outfitted my workbench with pedal-style casters that attach to the sides of the legs. When disengaged, these wheels allow the bench to sit solidly on the floor. 

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We asked woodworker Dave Clarke, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2018, to take a look at an article Woodcraft Magazine published in Issue 44 by Pete Stephano – “The Wheelchair Woodworker Shop” – to see if he felt that the recommendations were still relevant and if he had any other advice for folks wanting to set up a workshop with modifications. Read more here...  

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I’ve always loved using my HVLP sprayer, except when finishing small projects. That’s because it’s inconvenient and wasteful to mix up small amounts of finish for the large can, which also doesn’t work as well when it’s mostly empty. I was agonizing over this when my 6-year-old granddaughter wandered into my shop sipping from a small 8-oz. water bottle, and I realized the answer was right in front of me. 

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I enjoy turning finials, ornaments, and other pieces with long, slender tips. However, supporting those delicate ends can be tricky, and a standard live center with a pointed end won’t do the job.

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Flattening a plane sole typically involves rubbing it on an abrasive that’s sitting atop a dead-flat surface like a cast iron table saw wing or slab of reference granite. 

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Even with a crosscut sled, trimming small parts on my table saw requires placing my fingers uncomfortably close to the blade. 

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Here’s a great accessory for minimizing tearout when making 90° cuts on your power miter saw. 

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I recently built a large slab table that required a lot of epoxy filling. I devised this router jig to help with the leveling of the hardened epoxy. 

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I use Vernier calipers to measure my progress when turning tenons. I set the caliper jaws to the desired diameter of the tenon, and then hold the jaws against the turning in progress until they slip over the tenon section. 

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Faced with the prospect of having to drill a 1/4"-diameter hole through the center of four dozen short lengths of 3/4"-diameter dowel, I needed to come up with a way to quickly position the pieces without having to find the center of each one. 

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