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  1. The Rockler Complete Dovetail Jig

    Rockler dovetail joinery cutting jig

    Many woodworkers still think of dovetail joinery as a painstaking craft that takes years of practice to master. That's a little surprising, when specially designed tools and jigs that speed up and greatly simplify the process have been around for years.

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  2. Options for Building Drawers

    Example of a dovetailed drawer with attached face

    As you may have discovered, there are many ways to build a drawer box. What's your favorite? Whatever it is, your method of choice almost certainly reflects the importance you place on durability, aesthetics and last but not least, getting done fast.

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  3. Drilling Jigs for European Hinges

    Using jig-it jig to drill out european hinge cup holes

    When installing a European style hinge, drilling the hinge cup hole in the back of the cabinet door is the first and most crucial task.

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  4. Using Classic Hide Glue in a Modern Shop

    Floor mat and violin made using titebond hide glue

    Hide glue has fallen out of favor in the modern era, but Ian Kirby still finds a place for it in his shop.

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  5. Hand or Router Cut Dovetails?

    Rockler dovetail jig and cut dovetails

    Back in the day, cabinetmakers cut all of their dovetails by hand. Of course, they really had no choice. Now, with mechanical means ranging from basic router dovetail jigs on up to sophisticated automated machinery, is there any reason to time carefully lay out each and every pin and tail and make all of the demanding cuts with a hand saw?

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  6. Joinery for Drawers

    Test fitting drawer dovetail joint

    What's the best joinery method for drawers? The answer: there are several reliable options.

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  7. Dealing with Boards Gapping in Center

    Running the edge of a board across a jointer

    How do you avoid the gap that sometimes forms when edge joining lumber?

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  8. Easiest Way to Make a Scarf Joint?

    Two pieces of lumber joined with a scarf joint

    What is the easiest way to make and hold a scarf joint?

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