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Compactworkshop1

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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Ancblanketchest1

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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Coasters1

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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Mitersawstation1

Build a stand that supports the workpiece and catches the dust.

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Pony1

While not every child wants a horse, they all want a pony.

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Mishaps30 1

I was preparing to make the rear legs for six chairs to go with an Arts and Crafts-style dining table that I had just finished. To easily shape identical legs, I decided to try my hand at pattern-routing. After making a template of the leg pattern from 1/4" hardboard, I double-face-taped it to one of the 1/8 × 2 × 36" oak leg blanks. Using my jigsaw, I trimmed the excess blank material to approximately 1/8" from the edges and 2" from the ends. 

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I replaced my bandsaw’s steel guide blocks with graphite-impregnated phenolic blocks (Cool Blocks). For accurate operation, the blocks’ faces should be routinely dressed to remove regular wear. I tried freehand filing and sanding, but had a hard time keeping the ends square with the edges.

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Does it feel like you spend more time sharpening than turning? Easy Wood Tools has designed a complete turning tool set that eliminates sharpening by employing four-sided replaceable carbide cutters. Thanks to the cutter’s unique design, there’s no bevel angle to figure out: the tool can cut from left to right, or right to left, even straight in, simply by keeping the tool flat on the rest and parallel with the floor.

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Lovewoodworking1

At 58, Mike Panzano of Sewell, New Jersey, pays homage to his father, a career carpenter and specialty woodworker, as he fondly recalls his early exposure to his favorite hobby.  

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Bandsawtuneup1

Simple steps make your saw sing.

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