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Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Like most DIYers, I’m not a master woodworker…not by a long shot. While I fully appreciate the inherent beauty and strength of well-crafted dovetail, mortise & tenon, and dowel joints, I’m just not that committed to traditional joinery when there’s a faster and easier solution – like pocket joints. So am I guilty of woodworking […]

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Make a Roof Pitch Guess-timator

Make a Roof Pitch Guess-timator

This simple little device represents the kind of creative thinking that’s brought us to the point of living in houses (with roofs) and not in caves. Duane Mackey designs home additions, so he came up with this brilliant idea that lets you estimate the pitch of a roof safety from terra firma. He’s posted the […]

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Make a Right-angle Clamping Jig

Make a Right-angle Clamping Jig

Anyone who’s ever built a cabinet or frame will appreciate the critical need to get everything lined up straight and square. That’s where a jig is indispensible. I made a couple these right-angle clamping jigs last year from a design I found in an old Wood Magazine "Tips, Jigs & Organizers" print publication. It’s an […]

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Handy Shop Tips for Plywood

Handy Shop Tips for Plywood

I’ve built several projects over the past 12 years but I really haven’t had much experience working with plywood and other sheet material. With a bathroom reno looming which calls for a new vanity – that’s about to change. Since I’m also on a mission to make jigs and other shop-related items as I go, […]

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