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October 2016

Issue Number: 242

How to Choose Grinder Wheels

October 2016 Page: 66

Whether you're replacing a worn-out grinder wheel or simply upgrading one that doesn't meet your needs, it's important to get the right one to minimize sharpening time and maximize the life of your tools and grinder wheels. Manufacturers make grinder wheels from different abrasives to work best with specific types of metals.

Enter the Makerspace

October 2016 Page: 62

Don't have space or money for a shop of your own? Or maybe you need one-time use of a special tool, or some insights on a new technique. Makerspaces — community workshops filled with tools and experts — offer affordable ways to begin or continue woodworking; refine skills or learn a new one, such as glassblowing or metalworking; and collaborate with other woodworkers.

Router Lifts

October 2016 Page: 56

Although many routers now have lift mechanisms built into their bases, those can't equal the precision, reliability, and ease of use of a good router lift. Matching a lift to a table and router requires some research before buying. So we'll first guide you through the process of properly pairing up those components. Then, you'll learn what happened when we tested seven leading lifts head-to-head.

Models tested: Bench Dog ProLift 40-150, Excalibur 40-125, JessEm Rout-R-Lift II, JessEm Mast-R-Lift II, MLCS U-Turn 2, Rockler Router Lift FX, Woodpeckers PRL-V2

Sanding Basics

October 2016 Page: 54

There will never be a project in your shop that doesn't require sanding prior to applying a finish. But without an understanding of the process, or with poor technique, your efforts at creating that perfectly smooth surface may prove frustrating. Here, we review some basics.

Stack-on Washer/dryer Stand

October 2016 Page: 48

Few rooms in the house get as messy as the laundry room. To help cut the clutter without taking up valuable floor space, and to raise your front-load machines to a more accessible height, build this washer/dryer stand. The two large slide-out drawers afford plenty of space for laundry baskets, detergent, and dryer sheets.

Plan is available in the WOOD Store

Camp Kitchen

October 2016 Page: 36

Stash all your campground cooking gear in one big box that sets up in seconds on your site. The camp kitchen features a windscreen that stows away for transport, a base that stacks on the box to for compact hauling, fold-out lids for ample prep space, and a paper-towel holder for mess cleanup.

Do-it-all Drill-press Table

October 2016 Page: 33

Instantly up your hole-making accuracy and convenience with this built-in-a-day attachment. This table features a top surface big enough to support large workpieces, an easy-to-adjust fence for repeatable accuracy, quick-action hold-downs, and accessory storage.


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