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With few exceptions, cabinet saws come in many different flavors, but most are derived from the original Unisaw, designed by Delta in 1937. Since then, piles of pages have been written and mountains of sawdust made in the quest to discern significant differences between the many descendants.

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The problem with smaller “mini-” and many “midi-” lathes is that they’re too small to do serious turning. Beginning turners start with pens and progress to spindles; they might even attempt small bowls, and then discover that they’re unable to mount a tempting chunk of burl sitting on top of their firewood stack.

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Not unlike the masked Lone Ranger and his Spanish counterpart Zorro, there are two tree species from different geographic origins that hide their real identity. What they share is a desirable fragrance.

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Helping a woodturner quickly mount turned work on the lathe without having to form a tenon and leave chuck marks sums up the function of a vacuum chuck.

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Whether you’re setting up a new workshop or improving your existing one, providing adequate light ranks as a top priority. In fact, a lighting overhaul constitutes the single most cost-effective upgrade for many shops. Insufficient light and glare—common shop-lighting problems—hinder vision and cause eyestrain. 

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My uncle gave me some old oak 2×8s salvaged from an 1890s barn so that I could mill my own flooring for my dining room. After cleaning, inspecting, and planing the boards, I started ripping them into floor-width strips.

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Cutting biscuits in a frame-and-panel side proves trickier than in a solid-panel side. The problem lies not only in making matching sets of slots in the sides, shelves, top and bottom, but also in laying out the slots so that they don’t accidentally cut through the narrow stiles. This scrapwood support board addresses both issues quickly and easily. To make this jig, simply cut the support board to match the width of your frame and carefully mark out the biscuit slot locations.

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Located on a corner lot in the quiet, idyllic suburbs of Naperville, Illinois, west of Chicago, the Jaromin residence doesn’t look any different from the surrounding homes. To the casual passerby, its attractive two-story structure with two-car garage blends right in. Even if you stopped out front and gave a listen, you might only hear a lawn mower, children at play, or birds warbling in the tree boughs overhead. You may have no clue that just behind the garage lurks a fully-loaded, yet tidy, home workshop capable of producing custom furniture for every room in the house. Only the bump-out addition shown on page 49 suggests otherwise.

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Built primarily from cherry plywood with solid cherry frames, this handsome two-drawer chest provides plenty of storage for bedding, linens, or any number of keepsakes.

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Hot and cold drinks can do a number on finished wood surfaces, leaving rings or chemically damaging the finish itself. The problem disappears, however, with this uniquely designed set of coasters and holder. As an added benefit, you’ll learn how to safely cut a large cove on a table saw and fashion coaster discs with perfectly-centered recesses for the cork inserts. When you’re done, you’ll have made a coaster set for yourself plus two more for welcomed holiday gifts!

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