September 2017Issue Number: 248
Brush Up on Brush Care
A little extra time keeps your finish brush in perfect shape and protects your investment.
Post up an eye-catching project that improves your home’s curb appeal. Mounted outside to accept the daily mail, or sitting inside to collect papers, keys, and more, this handsome box makes a statement while it holds your bills. Plan available in the WOOD Store.
Master Miter Cuts in Crown Molding
Learning how to properly miter-cut crown molding gives you the confidence to include this classy trim in furniture projects as well as throughout your home. And the best part? You’ll do all this without buying a jig or modifying your compound mitersaw.
Hand-cut Dovetail Joints
Heirloom Tool Tote
Put your most-used tools in a smart carrier that’s easy to store, move, access, and build! Plan available at the WOOD Store.
Make the Most of Materials
Of all the traditions in woodworking, frugality may be the most time honored and deeply held. Two types of materials—sheet goods and hardwoods—require distinct approaches to maximize savings.
Rout Perfect-fitting dadoes, First Time, Every Time
How do you rout a tight fitting shelf dado for plywood shelving without a lot of trial and error? Here's how.
Transform almost any room into nighttime guest quarters in minutes with minimal effort. Tug on the door pulls and the spring-balanced mechanism almost effortlessly lowers the queen-size mattress. Lift the end of the bed platform and it easily tucks away. Build just the bed, a bookcase or two, or the whole ensemble. Plans available at the WOOD Store.
Shop Test: Belt/disc Sanders
There’s an old adage that says combination tools perform multiple tasks, but none very well. Although that’s often true, it’s simply not the case for the six sanders in this review. These combination machines performed admirably at both belt and disc functions. Adding one to your shop would be a smart decision.
Why shouldn’t speakers look as good as they sound? With the right components and a weekend in the shop, you can crank out a pair with looks that match their rich tones. Plan available in WOOD Store.
Tip of the Day
Stop Project Wobbles with Hotmelt-Glue Feet
Getting a flat-bottomed wood project to sit on a table or shelf without rocking can be difficult.... read more