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Smart Jars Product Review

Durable hardware organizers lock to pegboard for ultimate customizability
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Electronic Cutters: Not Useful For Veneer, But…

As I mentioned in my editor's note in the Fall 2013 issue (Issue 52), I had high hopes that I might be able to cut ...
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Never Fail Blade Chart

A quick chart to determine which blade to use for common projects...
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Ceros 6" Compact Electronic Random Orbital Sander

Full-featured sander is worth the price ...
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Easy Mini-Chuck Use

Mount a 1/4"-diameter socket to the side of your workbench to make changing bits quicker. ...
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Stack-Cutting Compound Projects

A thicker blank and two front-­view patterns will increase your compound-cutting production....
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Attaching Blanks with Toothpicks

Instead of glue, tape, or metal brads, I use wooden toothpicks to hold a stack of blanks together. Wooden toothpicks will not scratch your saw ...
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Preventing Clogged Spray-Can Nozzles

Spray-finish nozzles that refuse to spray, spray sideways, or spit and sputter cause frustration and can ruin a project.  To prevent this, I always remove the ...
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Convenient Finishing Station

K&M of Virginia has combined standard painter’s pyramids with a lazy Susan-style turntable to create a complete finishing station for small- and medium-sized projects. The Finishing ...
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Inexpensive Self-Adhesive Paper

Instead of paying for expensive self-adhesive paper or 81/2" by 11" labels, I make my own from a roll of clear or white shelf liner ...
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Lora S. Irish

Lora Irish is an artist who runs an internet carving studio with her husband at www.carvingpatterns.com. She is a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Wood Carving Illustrated and the author of Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Fairy Patterns, Great Book of Tattoo Designs, Great Book of Woodburning, and Wood Spirits and Green Men. She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland.

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