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July 2016

Issue Number: 240

The Robots Are Coming!

July 2016 Page: 62

Whether you're an early adopter of technology or a Luddite with a flip-phone, these horizon-expanding tools will add an entirely new dimension to your woodworking. With prices coming down as the technology matures, many of these machines cost about as much as a cabinet saw—or less.

Indoor/Outdoor Storage Bench

July 2016 Page: 58

Furniture projects don't have to be complicated to be attractive and eminently functional. Case in point: this comfortable, pleasing-to-the-eye, sturdy, and practical bench with built-in storage. It consists of only 12 parts joined together with just glue and screws. It doesn't get much simpler, or more satisfying, than that.

Plan is available at the WOOD Store.

5" Random-orbit Sanders

July 2016 Page: 52

A random-orbit sander, like the ones we tested for this article, doesn't make sanding any less of a chore, but a good one shortens the drudgery while delivering a better finish than you could by hand. To help you find that good one, we tested 15 models with 5" hook-and-loop pads to see which worked the fastest, which netted the best finish, and which best combined both aspects—all while judging how well each one sucked up the dust it created.

Greene & Greene Server

July 2016 Page: 44

Whether used as a display stand or serving table, this elegant piece brings a uniquely American style to your home. This project was inspired by a server from the Freeman Ford house in Pasadena, Calif., both designed in the early 20th century by brothers Henry and Charles Greene. The original server measured more than 7' long; we shortened this version to 5' to make it more versatile.

Plan is available at the WOOD Store.

Sliding-door Curio Cabinet

July 2016 Page: 30

Show off your woodworking skills with this stylish showcase of china, glassware, or collectibles. Biscuit joinery for the carcase and simple, tablsaw-cut joints for this impressive cabinet much easier to build than it first appears. The doors glide open and closed on standard drawer slides, combining smooth action with ease of installation.

Plan is available at the WOOD Store

6 Profiles From One Router Bit

July 2016 Page: 24

An interesting edge can be the perfect highlight on a prized project. The problem is, quality router bits can be expensive—as much as $50 apiece. Who wants to spend that much on a one-trick pony? Here's the thing: Most router bits can produce at least a couple of different profiles. We show you how you can use an ogee with a fillet to create six different profiles.


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