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  1. Preparing Your Stock using a Combination Square

    Checking edge and face of a piece of lumber with combination square

    You can use a combo square to measure out the squareness of your edge compared to the face.

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  2. Reader Tip: Angle Iron Clamping Cauls

    Aiding in panel clamping by using caul made with angle iron

    You’ll never have enough clamps, and you'll never run out of clamping challenges. One of the most common is keeping stock in position and lined up while the glue dries.

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  3. Cutting Straight Edges and Tapering Cuts with a Table Saw

    cutting taper on a table saw

    The Rockler Taper/Straight Line Jig makes it easy to cut straight-line edges or tapered cuts. Often you'll need to rip tapers when making legs that get more slender from top to bottom, like the shaker end table, or the angled back slats on an Adirondack chair. This jig also makes it safe and easy to rip a straight edge that is parallel to the opposite edge.

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  4. Horizontal Tilt-top Router Table

    Completed tilting router table in use

    A tilting router table can provide more options than a standard table for shaping parts, cutting joinery and more.

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  5. Building a Wide-body Router Table Fence

    Cutting panel at router table with shop-made fence

    This wide bodied router fence is designed for panel-raising and working with tall pieces and fits nicely on most router tables.

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  6. Make a Table Saw Tapering Jig

    Simple shop-made taper cutting jig

    The standard single-sided tapering jig has one notched edge to hold the workpieces at the angle, with the other side flat against the fence.

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  7. Make a Trivet with Rounded Edges

    mac and cheese resting on trivet

    This small trivet project might seem relatively simple, but it requires some special techniques, tool setups and prep work. A Magswitch Universal Featherboard helps make all the cuts easier and more safe. Featherboards securely hold the workpiece against the fence, freeing up your hands to control the workpiece through the cut.

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  8. Video: Making a Spline Jig

    Cutting small box corner in plywood spline jig

    In this video, Michael Alm builds a spline jig and demonstrates how to use it to spline a miter.

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