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^fc Hardware & Supplies ^^ To make it easy to round up the hardware and supplies

that you 'll need to build the projects featured in this issue, we've put together a number of convenient mail-order sources.

A Metal Worksurface

Adding a metal worksurface to the top »f a bench (like the one shown on the Utility Workbench on page 16) makes it more durable and easy to clean.

The best source for a metal cover is your local heating and air conditioning company. The metal cover we had made cost about $55.

All of the other materials for the Utility Workbench should be readily available from a lumberyard or home center.

NOW ON THE WEB!

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• 101 Woodworking Tips Online

• Woodworking Techniques — Step-by-Step

• Project plans you can download

• WoodNet Forum — Woodworkers' Q & A

• Power Tool Reviews

Point your browser to: http://www.augusthome.com Select "Woodworking" from the Welcome Page menu.

< Multi-Spur Bits

Multi-Spur Bits are ideal for drilling large holes. (We used them when building the Shop Stool shown on page 6.) The "spurs" on this type of bit cut smooth, clean holes. And they don't heat up as much as the rim of a Forstner bit, see margin for sources. Note: These bits are sometimes referred to as Saw Tooth bits.

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Selecting the Right Dowels ►

One of the secrets to cutting clean, crisp threads is selecting the right dowels. The only problem is that many store-bought dowels are slightly oversized or undersized, and this can result in uneven threads. Fortunately, you can get dowels that are closer to the "true" size from several of the companies listed in the margin.

Tap & Threadbox ►

The article beginning on page 12 explains how to cut threads in wood. To cut these threads by hand, all that's needed are two simple tools: a tap and a threadbox.

These threading tools are available as a matched set in sizes ranging from V2" to IV2" in diameter, see margin. (The size refers to the diameter of the dowel that can be threaded.) Most of these sets are available for about $40.

Beail Threading Kit ►

A router and a threading jig provide a quick, accurate way to cut threads in a dowel. The jig we used is manufactured by the Beall Tool Company.

It's designed to cut threads in IV2"-dia. dowels. But it's also available in W, 1", and IV4" sizes. A V-

groove bit is included with the jig as well as a tap used to cut the inside threads. The lW-dia. kit we bought cost $92, see margin for a source.

MAIL ORDER SOURCES

Beall Tool Co. 800-331-4718

Router Threading Jig, Hardwood Dowels

Forrest Manufacturing 800-733-7111

Blade Stabilizers

Highland Hardware

800-241-6748

Tap & Threadbooc

Lee Valley 800-871-8158

Multi-Spur Bits, Tap & Threadbox

Woodcraft 800-225-1153

Blade Stabilizers, Multi-Spur bits, Tap & Threadbox

Woodworker's Supply

800-645-9292

Multi-Spur Bits, Hardwood Dowels

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