Made without a hint of plywood, this cabinet looks as though it could have been crafted 100 years ago by a highly trained artisan. But today, thanks to a few basic modern tools and fasteners, you need only beginner's skills to do it.
|Small-parts Tablesaw Sled|
Hold small parts securely, safely, and dead-square to the blade for clean and super-accurate cuts on your tablesaw.
|Construction-grade End Loader|
When it’s time to fill up a toy dump truck, here’s the right machine for the job. With a pivoting body for tight turns and a bucket that lifts and dumps, this rig works much like the real thing. Crafted from walnut and maple, it matches our other Construction-grade toys. A kit provides all the specialty parts you need.
|"Money Tree" Coin Bank|
Who says money doesn’t grow on trees? Plant this scrollsawn coin bank in a fertile location and feed its roots often for a bountiful harvest. Featuring a three-dimensional "growing" design, this is one bank that makes saving fun.
|Curvy Keepsake Box|
This elegant treasure is as easy to build as it is breathtaking to behold. We’ll provide sources for the spalted maple lid and the wenge splines as well as plans for a super-simple tablesaw splining jig.
|Toy Chest with a Surprise|
This combo toy box and bench is a study in contrasting elements: the curved ends contrast with angled drawers. The industrial feel of the exposed-edge plywood contrasts with the polished brass hardware. The contrasting walnut drawer faces add a visual surprise upon opening the lid, while a secret drawer adds a literal one.
|TOOLS & TECHNIQUES|
Tips for Taming Tricky Clamp-ups
Big assemblies, tiny projects, curves, and angles all make tough work for getting your clamps in place. These quick tips help you overcome many difficult clamping situations.
|Make "Antique" Hinges from New|
The price for antique-look mail-order hinges and latches needed for a project can add up quickly. If you want that aged look, but you'd rather keep some of that cash in your wallet, modify inexpensive hardware-store hinges to appear aged. We’ll show you how.
|How to Machine Small Parts Safely|
When cutting and shaping petite pieces, regardless of what tool you use, one universal rule applies: keep your fingers a safe distance from the machine's cutting edges. Not only will your digits thank you, you’ll also improve accuracy by better controlling your workpiece during the cut. We’ll show you how.
|Shop Test: 12" Disc Sanders|
When you need to quickly and precisely sand outside curves, or fine-tune miters and crosscuts, nothing beats a dedicated 12" disc sander. We take six benchtop models out for a test spin.
|No-fuss Way to Change 12" Disc Sanders|
Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) discs develop a stronger bond with a disc sander's platen over time, so it can be frustrating replacing a disc that’s been in place for months (or, gulp, years). We show you the step-by-step instructions to take the hassle out of this sticky job.
Track saw, folding sawhorses, profile bits, and more.
| DEPARTMENTS |
Unvarnished: Your first three hand tools.