Making a Flush-trimming Router Jig

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I use a plastic offset base to give my palm router a larger footprint. Here’s how I modify my base to trim overhanging banding, dowels or even dovetails and box joints flush. I affix a “house”-shaped trapezoidal spacer to the bottom of my offset base with carpet tape. Read more

A Reminder about Unplugging Safety

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We all know better than to change blades and router bits with the tools still plugged in, but a safety reminder about this protocol never hurts. And, it sure beats a trip to the emergency room! So, I label my table saw throat plates and blade-changing wrenches with a bold “Unplug” warning as a way of supporting a good shop habit. Read more

Table Saw 101

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If there is a single piece of machinery I couldn’t do without in my workshop, it’s the table saw. It’s the first machine I bought when I set up my first shop nearly four decades ago: an old used Craftsman saw I bought for $35. From day one, I used that saw for all the basic cuts I needed for my first cabinetry projects and custom furniture commissions. Read more