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  1. 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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  2. Small Parts Taper Cutting Jig

    small parts taper jig

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Cylindrical and Round Object Drilling Jig



    Drill press jig for drilling holes in round objects


    Boring an accurately placed hole into a round piece of wood, either a cylinder or a sphere, can be a tricky feat to accomplish.

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  7. Making a Plunge Router Jig



    Drawing of a plunge router jig


    Here's a mortising jig you can use with any plunge router that has a 7"-diameter or smaller base.

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  8. Making a Miter Cutting Sled



    Sled for cutting miters at a table saw


    A swiveling arm and multiple pre-set stops enable this table saw sled to cut miter angles quickly and accurately.

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