To achieve the perfect fit between drawer and pocket that every furniture maker wants, you need to use a handplane—removing small amounts from each side of the drawer until it slides in and out beautifully with an even gap all around. But it’s not so easy to secure a drawer in your bench vise while handplaning. If you clamp it too hard, you can crack the side at the bottom groove. If you don’t clamp it hard enough, it will slip when you start planing. Here’s how two woodworkers solve this problem.
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Christian Becksvoort gives you four ideas for handmade gifts that will please your friends and family and use up the scraps lying around your shop: a versatile flatware carrier, a two-piece desk set with tray and pencil holder, a tea light holder, and a hanging mirror.