Issue # 202 Table of Contents
Shop Project: Router Table Dust Hood|
When you're template or freehand routing, a fence-mounted dust port does no good. So for those situations, Todd DiOrio designed this dust hood. Todd says, "It can be mounted anywhere on the table, and is secured at a single point in T-track so it easily pivots to the best position."
Finishing: When to Use Sanding Sealer
If you apply sanding sealer as a matter of habit before finishing, you may be taking an extra, unnecessary step.
Half-Lap Joinery with a Sliding Mitersaw
Sliding mitersaws have pretty much replaced radial-arm saws in woodworking shops and job sites thanks to their lower cost, improved accuracy, and portability. Few users realize, though, that these machines also can make partial-depth cuts, such as those in half-lap joints, dadoes, or rabbets.
How to Buy Good Plywood
When evaluating a sheet of plywood, start by looking at its edge. Thin veneers of wood, glued and pressed with crossing grain directions - transform humble core woods into sheets that are wider, flatter, and more dimensionally stable than anything found in nature.
Bench Test: 10'' Sliding Mitersaws
With all the choices in mitersaws these days (sliders and non-sliders alike), a 10-inch sliding compound mitersaw provides the best combination of accuracy, cut capacity, power, price, and portability.
Overall Dimensions: 31 1/2" wide by 16" deep by 20" high
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Overall Dimensions: 20 1/2" wide by 20 1/2" deep by 25 3/4" high
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Get Tablesaw Accuracy from a MitersawFew tools can match a mitersaw for portability and quick setup. But the real test for woodworkers comes down to this: Can it make clean, accurate cuts day-in and day-out in a workshop setting. The answer: a qualified "yes." Right out of the box, some mitersaws deliver furniture-quality cuts. But even the best saws will yield better results if you put into action the tips detailed in this article.
Add Bling to Basic BoxesIt's easy to see why small boxes are popular projects: They require little material and can be built quickly, in even the smallest shop. Plus, you can stretch your creativity by customizing them.
Rust! Just Bust It with These TipsGot rust on your cast-iron machinery tops? Don't sweat it. Here's how to make them look new again.
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