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Ever wish you could find a way to hold your work in place on a cast-iron drill-press table without messing with cumbersome clamps that forever get in the way? 

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Who among us hasn’t made two or even three attempts to get a critical miter just right? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool that tells us how much to scootch the miter saw angle for a perfect joint?

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Waterborne or “water-based” finishes have been around for almost 20 years, but many woodworkers have not yet cracked open a can. Part of the problem was the bad rap earned by a few first-generation formulas. These finishes were difficult to apply, offered little protection, and had a color quality that sucked the life out of even the best-looking boards. Lucky for us, times have changed. Thanks to major formula improvements, more woodworkers are beginning to appreciate why these cans were put on the shelves in the first place. 

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(November 2007) The Woodcraft Veterans Day Turn for TROOPS Turn-a-thon has produced results that none of us would have expected, with an amazing 10,519 pens being turned and shipped to the Middle East. What an outstanding response! We increased from 6,003 last year which is over a 75% jump!

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Master the details of this simple, strong joint and sidestep clamping time...and the need for a helper. TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO, Egyptian woodworkers figured out how to clamp two boards together, drill an angled hole through both, and insert a dowel to make a powerful joint. Two decades ago, when Iowa tool and die maker Craig Sommerfeld sought an effective way to attach face frames to cabinets while hiding the screw heads, he used his engineering skills to revisit the joinery method, creating his now famous pocket-hole jig.

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Woodturners, here’s the perfect stocking stuffer. It’s a spill-safe perfume applicator that women can carry in their purses and use in an instant. Just screw off the cap and apply the perfume-moistened wick as shown below.

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This holiday season give that special someone this well-crafted token of your appreciation and sign it “with love.” Just six different parts make up the design of this traditional red oak quilt stand. Patterns enlarged to  full size make cutting out the top and base a no-brainer, and a pair of simple scrapwood jigs help you drill dowel holes precisely. 

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Simplicity is the keynote of this Shaker-inspired project. The tray’s base serves as the bending jig, and a cool water bath for the surrounding band eliminates the heat and danger of steam bending. You don’t need even a drop of glue because you’ll pin the band to the base with toothpicks.

The trays look great nested inside each other for compact storage, but the Shakers never built anything that was strictly decorative. These trays are tough enough that you’ll enjoy using them everyday for years on end. Now let’s build one.

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To help immerse you into the home theater experience, we completely re-thought the concept of the entertainment center, considering today’s components and wiring needs. It’s a timely move because flat panel TVs don’t fit into yesterday’s massive and clunky entertainment centers. Plus those dinosaur designs seldom made room for surround-sound speakers. 

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Gold, aluminum, and copper leaf and gilding kits have been around for years and proved a novel way to enhance the beauty of practically anything made of wood, plastic, or metal.

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