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Issue 169, April/May 2006

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A preview of articles from issue #169, April/May 2006 of WOOD® magazine

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Easy-access router-bit organizer
Combine pull-out shelves with a clear-view window in one well-ordered cabinet.

Heirloom china cabinet
A fitting showcase for fine tableware, collectibles, and your woodworking skills.

Freestanding planter box
Use it to create a border—at the edge of a walkway or patio, or place it in front of a window close to the sill or spaced farther away to make room for existing shrubbery.

Tudor-style birdhouse
Using only a small amount of wood, copper foil, fasteners, waterproof glue, and paint, you can build this charming home that’s sure to attract songbirds to your yard. We sized the birdhouse and 1 3/8” opening for such small fliers as chickadees, nuthatches, and tufted titmice.

Picture-perfect countertop organizer
Keep bills, envelopes, pens, and other supplies in this compact, clutter-busting accessory. Personalize it with a trio of photos.

Nicely detailed photo frame
Riftsawn grain and ebonized square “pegs” for your favorite 8x10” photo.

Brass-and-hardwood beam compass
Draw or scribe circles and arcs precisely and easily with this handcrafted tool. You can build the compass in two lengths. The short version marks circles from 6” to 28” in diameter; the long version works for 6” to 64” circles. The tool’s head holds a pencil or brass scribe.


Make bowls that last a lifetime
Renowned woodturner Mike Mahoney turns hundreds of utility pieces every year and guarantees each for life. Here’s how he does it.

Routing half-blind dovetails
Our setup tips will help you turn out perfect half-blind dovetails every time using a basic dovetail jig and router.

Graceful grilles made easy
Here’s a fast, safe, and simple way to add delicate details to glass doors.

Guide to building outdoor projects
See what wood, glues, hardware, and finishes to use for making weather-tough furniture and decks.

Spraying finish with an HVLP system
With a high-volume, low-pressure sprayer you’ll apply smoother finishes with less mess.

How to shine brass trim
Remove tool marks and burrs with a sequence of finer abrasive grits until you achieve a smooth surface.

3 uses for glue size
The best “botch guard” in the shop may be as close as your glue bottle.

Tools & Materials

Four shop-proven products
These woodworking wares passed our shop trials.

Shop-tested: HVLP spray systems
What if you could cut your finishing time by more than half, and get a super-smooth finish to boot? You can! Stow that brush and enter the spray age with a low-overspray system.

12-volt impact drivers
WOOD magazine editors test a Black & Decker BDID1202, A Ridgid R82233, a DeWalt DW052K-2, and a Makita 6980FDWDE (with LED). Read our first-hand results.


8   Editor’s angle

12   Sounding board

22   Ask WOOD

36   Shop tips

116   What’s ahead


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