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  • Pocket Screw Joints: The Outdoorsy Types

    Summer is quickly slipping through our fingers, so hopefully you’re busy with outdoor projects. This season, I’ve got a garden fence that’s way overdue. In the spirit of exterior projects, I’d like to recommend pocket screw joinery.

  • Three-dollar Fix Improves Fold-Down Outfeed Table

    Earlier this spring we received some good feedback about the “Fold-down Outfeed Table” project that ran in the February 2009 issue (p. 50). Glad you folks like it! But, if you’re planning to build one for your table saw (or if you’ve already completed it), be sure to add a simple modification sent in by fellow reader Doug Green from Wellington, Colorado.

  • No More “Name That Grit”

    My Sandpaper Organizer ran in our August issue as our “Jigs & Fixtures” featured project. If you went ahead and built one, I hope you’re liking it. I sure am.

  • Boatbuilding Books

    Over the centuries boatbuilding terms have become an integral part of our vocabulary–although the origins may be obscure.

  • What Is It Worth?

    It has happened to all of us at one time or another. If you work wood long enough, someone; maybe a relative, possibly a friend, or even a coworker will admire your work and ask what you would charge them to make a . . . (fill in the blank)

  • Who Is It Really for?

    I start thinking of my Christmas gifts ahead of time. Giving shop-made gifts does require a bit more advanced planning. One of the things we woodworkers really need to decide early on is who are we making the gift for.

  • Making Box Joints

    This is a useful joint which can be made with four cuts on the table saw.

  • How Many Tools and How Many Trips

    How many tools will a job take and how many trips back to the shop? After some 50 years of home repair, I’ve come to expect to go back for more tools at least three or four times. More than that and I really feel dumb; less than three and I feel pretty smart. But why can’t I think of everything the first time?

  • Woodcarving Insight

    My life is all about woodcarving, mostly relief woodcarving. I started when I was 18 years old and knew right off: woodcarving was for me.

  • The Best One

    I was privileged to have an excellent instructor and wonderful gentleman teach me beginning woodworking some thirty-plus years ago. Dabney Doty was meticulous and thrifty, accounting for every scrap of wood in the University shop where he’d taught for who-knows-how-many years.