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From Rob's Bench:

Past CW&HI covers: oldies, but goodies

First CWHI Small Shops Cover
Last week I talked about what it took to create the cover of our current “Working in a Small Shop” issue. This topic is always the theme of our June/July issue. I also mentioned how I enjoy photography, especially when the results turn out well. Today, I’d like to chat about a few of my favourite covers since I became editor of CW&HI.
Home Improvement:

HomeInOn - countertops

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a central meet-up place for food preparation, meals and informal discussion. The countertop gets a lot of use and is a focal point in the room, so choosing the right style is important for function and aesthetics.

Last chance to win a Badger #5 straight turning tool

Win a Badger #5 Straight Turning Tool
This Badger #5 Hunter tool, made in the UK, is the ultimate tool for turning inside and outside curves, and for final shaping. It features a 5/8″ shank tapering down to a 3/8" cutter so you can extend further over the rest without vibration and chatter. Enter now, because the contest ends May 30.
Shop Tools:

Making a wooden smoothing plane

smoothing plane
A good metal smoothing plane costs around $350 these days, while the cost of a wooden smoother is essentially the price of a stout blade at $50, plus about $20 for a piece of dense exotic wood.
Wood Finishing:

3 easy steps to grain filling

grain filling
For an ultra-smooth, glass-like surface on open-pore woods (such as oak, ash, walnut and mahogany), fill the grain before applying your topcoat.
Tool Review:

One-hand clamping

Bessey EZS
Bessey EZS clamps are well made with excellent clamping power and good trigger release, and they can be quickly converted from clamping to spreader mode.
Skill Builder:

Dowel joinery: simple, strong and accurate

dowel joinery
In this article, studio furniture maker Steve Der-Garabedian shows you how to dowel with panache.
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of how things work out."
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