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  • AW Extra 1/16/14 - Mortise Centering Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    Mortise Centering Jig With this jig I can rout mortises exactly centered on the workpiece— no measurement or layout necessary. First I drilled and tapped two holes in my router base plate to take 10-32 machine screws. Both holes were located directly...
  • AW Extra 9/5/13 - Bullet-Catch Bench Dogs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Bullet-Catch Bench Dogs When I built my workbench, I drilled round bench-dog holes in the top so I didn’t have to cut square mortises. Being a thrifty sort, I didn’t want to shell out for store-bought dogs, so I made my own. At first, I thought...
  • Mortising by Machine

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 10, 2012
    Q & A: Mortising By Machine Q: I’m having trouble with my mortising machine. I cut mortises by slightly overlapping each hole, but I’ve broken a few bits and my chisels have overheated and turned blue. Is there a problem with my method...