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Wishlist1

Shop-tested gifts guaranteed to please the woodworkers on your list.

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Mishaps38

I set the fence on my contractor’s saw and started a ripcut without using the machine’s guard/splitter assembly. (I had long ago removed it because it always seemed to get in the way.) As I reached the halfway point, the board became harder to push. 

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I was in my shop trying to organize a jumble of cabinet parts, when a friend dropped by and showed me an old layout trick that has since saved me lots of time and confusion. After parts are cut to size, and before you lay out any joints, select the “show” face of each piece, orient it for best grain composition, and then organize the pieces on your bench in their desired relation to each other. 

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Mishaps37

When I started building a set of kitchen chairs, I chose mortise-and-tenon joinery because of its strength. I then pulled my red oak stock together from three outside sources, while also using leftover stock that I had on hand.

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I cobbled up this disc sander jig to clean up the edges of small circular workpieces. It consists of a sled that rides on a base fixed to the table. To build the jig, first make the base and sled from 3⁄4"-thick plywood about 5" wide. To determine the length for both pieces, measure the distance between your sanding disc and the front edge of the tool’s table, and add an inch or so. 

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Delta’s newest benchtop planer offers a few interesting details that set this model apart from the rest. Like other top-ranking models, the 22-590 sports a three-knife cutterhead that, at 90 cuts per inch, produces a nearly flawless finished surface. 

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Rocker1

Arts & Crafts furniture has a lot going for it; not only is it handsome, but it’s also relatively easy to build. Though my design borrows from Stickley, Greene and Greene, and other designers of the period, a few changes give it a slightly different feel and look. Unlike many Arts & Crafts rockers that have flat upright backs, this one is canted and curved for comfort. This chair is made of cherry, which imparts a light look, but in quartersawn white oak it would be textbook Arts & Crafts. To add heft and substance reminiscent of Greene and Greene, try it in black walnut.

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Curvedbox1

Simple elegance from a bent plywood panel

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Problem1

Most workshops don’t need another pushblock or pushstick, unless it does something that the other jigs can’t.

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Upholstery1

Common materials yield a strong, comfortable seat.

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