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  1. Making and Installing Wood Bow Ties in Slabs

    Rockler Bow Tie Inlay System

    In this Rockler demo video you'll see how the Rockler Bow Tie Inlay System makes cutting both key and mortise fast and foolproof. The Starter Kit includes a unique, two-piece bushing. Install the sleeve to rout the mortise, then remove it to rout the bow tie key. Since the same template is used for both, you're guaranteed a perfect fit.

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  2. Magswitch Featherboards and Dial Indicator

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    Three new tool accessories from Magswitch are easy to attach and hold securely. Each Magswitch features a switchable magnet that clings to any ferrous metal surface.



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  3. How To Cut Perfectly Sized Dadoes

    Rockler perfect fit dado jig

    In this Rockler demo, we’ll show you how to cut dadoes that fit your workpiece perfectly. The Rockler Perfect Fit Dado Jig lets you rout precise dados and grooves at any increment from 1/4'' to 1'' wide. Since it uses a scrap of your actual material for setup, the fit is spot-on, every time. Just rout the first shoulder with the jig in the ''closed'' position, then rout the second shoulder with the jig in the ''open'' position. The result is a tailor-cut dado that fits like no other. Once the jig is set, the stops make it easy to return to the ''open'' position so you can machine as many dados as you like for that thickness. No need to buy undersized plywood bits, or bits for other odd thicknesses—your dados can fit any thickness within the range (19/64'' for example) using standard 1/4'', 3/8'' or 1/2'' straight bits. Not only do you get easy operation and a perfect fit, you also get an integral dust port that lets you hoover up the mess before it ever hits the floor.



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  4. Make Your Own Longworth Bowl Chuck



    Setting a bowl in a shop-made longworth chuck


    Our easy-to-use patterns will take you through the trammel routing process for making your own Longworth Bowl Chuck.

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  5. Small Parts Taper Cutting Jig

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    In this Rockler demo video you'll see how the Rockler's Small Parts Taper Jig lets you cut precise tapers on small parts, lending lightness to blocky legs on chairs, sofas and occasional tables. It's also great for whipping out a handful of shims or opposing wedges for workholding applications. Its compact form factor is easy to store, easy to carry and easy to operate, especially on smaller machinery. The miter bar can be located in three spots to fit a wide range of saws, and features nylon set screws to remove the slop. Our comfortable Easy-to-Grip handle makes for comfortable, smooth-sliding operation, while two specially-designed compact hold-down clamps ensure your work won't slip, and allow cutting of narrow parts.

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  6. Easy Mortising Router Jig



    Drawing of a router jig for cutting mortises


    This plunge router jig clamps in a bench vise and automatically centers mortises on 3/4"-thick stock. It can be used with 1/4", 5/16" or 3/8" straight or spiral bits.

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  7. Six Circle-Cutting Techniques



    Examples of circles cut using various tools in a workshop


    A round up of some obvious (and not so obvious) techniques for cutting a circle in a woodworking shop.

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  8. Four Reasons You Need a Table Saw Crosscut Sled

    table saw crosscut sled


    Every table saw comes with a miter gauge, and they’re made for making crosscuts and angled cuts. So why do you need a crosscut sled ? There are four good reasons why a crosscut sled can improve your safety and accuracy at the table saw. Chris Marshall will demonstrate all four in this video. So, whether you’re crosscutting big stock or little tiny workpieces, or making repetitive cuts or angled cuts. A crosscut sled can improve your safety and accuracy at the table saw.

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