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October 1, 2010
Today in AW Extra:

Rescue an Old Timer: Restore a Chest of Drawers

Believe it or not, this chest is a perfect candidate for a rescue. Its top isn’t badly warped or split and its solid-wood case is sound. The joints are still tight and there’s no sign of dry rot. It needs cosmetic repairs, of course, but more than anything, the drawers need rebuilding.

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Cut Tapered Sliding Dovetails

How would you assemble a cabinet without using clamps or fasteners? In the old days, cabinetmakers relied on tapered sliding dovetails. As the parts slide together, they lock mechanically to form rigid 90˚joints—like dado joints with attitude! Cutting these venerable joints by hand is a real tour de force. Fortunately, there's a much easier way.

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Hot New Tool: The Quikjig Pocket Hole Joinery System

Pocket hole joinery makes assembly fast and easy. Porter-Cable's new Quikjig has a new angle—or angles. It automatically adjusts the angle of the pocket hole to match the thickness of the wood. It also tells you what length of screw to use. A drill bit with a stop collar, long and short square drive bits, a 6" clamp and 100 screws are included in this innovative system.

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Build a Distinctive Side Table

Distinctive yet traditional, this attractive side table is proof that a small amount of wood can go a long way. It's made with biscuits and dowels, so it'll only take a few weekends to build.

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