Stretcher Dovetail Back

All the information you need to build this chair is shown in the drawings. Here are some notes that will help you on some of the trickier aspects. Shaping the parts I template rout the back legs, arms and back slats on the router table. (Sec sidebar.) To create the ledge on the front leg (see Fig. 3), I raise the blade on my tablesaw to full height and saw most of the waste, then finish up the cut on the bandsaw. I bandsaw the taper on the front leg, then clean up the saw marks on the jointer....

Cecil Pierce

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Dovetail Whitby Chair

Furniture maker and an associate editor of AW. Supporting the assembly. Bandsaw two scrap sticks to support the backs of the arms level with the fronts of the arms during assembly. Marking for screw holes. Determine the location of the screw hole in the back slat by holding an adjustable square against the back rail. Gluing the back slats. Use a pipe clamp and spacers to hold the back slats in position while you join the slats to the stretcher. joints. The taper keeps the pins from falling out...

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From Log To Lumber

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Vhin Carriage Bolt

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Zebrawood

Reverse Diamond Match Zebrawood

Flatsawn zebrawood is very unstable and will warp and split. Use rift or quartersawn only, checking it carefully for cracks. To avoid tearout, sand or scrape instead of planing. Some people develop respiratory allergies to this stinky wood, so wear a good mask. The wood glues up very well. Prebore for screws and blunt the tips of nails to prevent splitting. Zebrawood readily accepts a finish, but to prevent dimpling, first seal the pores with paste filler or a good sanding...

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Jay Van Arsdale

Japanese woodworkers traditionally do most of their work on the floor. These low horses are used to support work for marking, clamping and cutting, or simply to elevate materials for more comfortable working. For working on the floor, I use horses about 7 in. high, as shown in the drawing. To support my work on my bench-top, I use smaller ones about 3 in. high. Size yours to suit yourself. I join the beam to the legs in the traditional way, cutting a lap joint and securing it with cither a...

Designing Solid Wood Corner Joints

The main issues are scale and economy, not strength Case joints or corncr joints make boxes and containers. Whereas edge joints make a flat plane of wood, and rail joints make a square frame, case joints enclose a volume of space. Thus a solid-wood ease-joint is fundamentally unique, from both a visual point of view and a technical one. With rail joints see AW -51 strength is the key issue, because the table, chair or bed will have to support the weight of people sitting on it and leaning...

Section Through Wedged Tenon

-Lay out the slope of the wedges and transfer it to the mortises. Make loose fingers from a contrasting wood, and glue them into mating sets of slots. Create patterns and manipulate proportions by varying the length, width and spacing of the fingers. AMERICAN WOODWORKER A UN 199 f. 4 3 AMERICAN WOODWORKER A UN 199 f. 4 3

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Marquetry Pierre Ramond

Information on the art of marquetry is available in a book Marquetry, by Pierre Ramond 1989, Taunton Press Newtown, CT 06470 International Creative Marquetry Society Making the slide mechanism Make che hanger from a durable hardwood like rosewood. See Fig. 4. Solder the brass pipe to the frame's eye bolts, then slide the steel rod inside the pipe and secure the rod to the hanger on the saw support with nuts and washers. Make sure the brass pipe slides smoothly along the rod. Making the...

Template Routing

Wood Table Between Adderondack Chairs

Template routing allows you to rout curved or irregular-shaped parts quickly, precisely and in multiples. All you need is a router, a flush-cutting bit and some shop-made templates. I cut my parts on a router table, but you'll get the same results with a hand-held router or a pin router. The technique is simple. Bandsaw a pattern, or template, from MDF or hardboard to the exact shape of your desired workpiece. Fair and smooth the edges with a rasp or some sandpaper wrapped around a curved...

Rodale Press Publication

Iviciit rIciio pro'.Cjiiu ca cuyVi i As a kid, I used to watch my father make things in our basement shop. I looked on in awe as he transformed odd pieccs of salvaged lumber into useful items for our home a built-in desk for mc, a cabinct for our kitchcn, a footstool for the bathroom. No fancy joinery or exotic woods here just humble, practical stuff, occasionally decorated with painted owls, distelfinks, twining vines and leaves. Dad wasn't a cabinetmaker, but he could figure out how to build...

Cogged Dovetails

Cogged dovetails have smaller pins between larger pins. tendency to cup. The joint usually begins with a half-pin, though you could make a half-tail if you thought it looked better, as shown in Fig. 4. Either way, that first bit of wood tends to bend outward when you glue up, so put a clamp across the width to retain it. If you really want to call attention to the corncr joint, try cogged dovetails, where smaller pins fill the tails between larger pins, also shown in Fig. 4. Once you start down...

Side Section

Through dowels can be straight or angled like dovetails. a workable glue connection if you make parts that fit nicely together. Proportion the joint as shown in Fig. 2. In 4-in. wood, make the tongue about 3 16 in. thick by Vl6 in. long. I always stop the joint V2 in. inside the edges of the wood, because I don't want to introduce a disruptive edge detail. There's no risk of breaking a tongue of these proportions. The resulting groove depth, Vl6 in., is not going to weaken the board in...

Foot

Traditional Japanese carpenters use knockdown sawhorscs like these because they are strong, convenient and portable for use in the shop and on job-sites. I use four different sizes of sawhorscs, which gives mc the flexibility I need for different types of work. Some horses are designed to crcatc a good workbench height when spanned with planks. I use the trestle horse shown here for mortising When I place a 4-in.-thick plank on top of it, it yields a working height of about 22 in. This height...

Kerfbending Details

A close-up view of the completed box shows how the kerf folds in on itself. Drive wooden pegs to hold opposite end fast. Sharpening is a hit like exercise You feel a lot better when you're finished. And when it comes to sharpening, most of us would like to get finished with less sweat and more certainty. In this article, we'll cover four approaches to sharpening, focusing on the components, costs and techniques used on chisels and plane irons. But first let's look at a few basic...

Lathes

Arc you on chc lookout for a wood lathe but feeling turned off by the high price of a full-size machine Perhaps you'd like to specialize in small turning projects or you just don't have room in your shop for another big machine. Whatever your reason for thinking small, there's a new breed of Mmini lathe on the market that can meet these special needs. What makes a mini lathe There's no set definition, but I think of one as simply a scaled-down version of a full-sized machine. Typically, a mini...

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Flat Bevel

Will Neptune Woodworker

When it comes to sharpening, my philosophy is to get a good edge in the least time at the lowest cost. The main components in my system are a motorized grinder, a honing guide and two Japanese waterstones an 800 grit and a 6,000 grit. I usually start lapping chisels and plane irons on my 800-grit waterstone then I go directly to the 6,000-grit stone. The smoother, shinier finish left by the 6,000-grit stone will show up clearly against the duller, more deeply scratched surface produced by the...

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Fish Adoranack Chairs

Mini lathes are available from the following suppliers 800 551-8876 Circle 0601 Carba-Tec 800 592-8500 in MT Circle 0605 Vicmarc 800 225-1153 Circle 0606 Carba-Tec 800 645-9292 Circle 0623 Klein, Ryobi each lathe to turn small projects such as pens and bottle stoppers, and I turned a delicate 3 4-in.-long goblet on each lathe to check for steadiness. I also tried a faceplate turning at or near each lathe's maximum swing capacity. When testing the minis,' 1 looked for the key features that make...

Cutting The Sliding Dovetail Joint

Tall Router Table Fence

Cut the dovetail socket in the leg by riding a dovetail bit and guide bushing in a notch cut in the MDF template. Routing the dovetail. Rout the dovetail in the stretcher with the same dovetail bit and a tall fence on the router table. Stopping the dovetail. Round over the stopped dovetail in the front leg by making scoring cuts with a handsaw then pare to shape with a chisel. the counterborcd scrcw hole, as shown in the bottom left photo on page 30. Then I use this slat to...

Overlapped Corner Joints

Rather than strength, the design issues arc the scale of the ease, how you want it to appear, and how much time it's worth to make that is, economy. How big is the box Boxes and cases come in every conceivable size wardrobes and armoires, chests, bedside cupboards, desks, drawers, and jewelry boxes. What looks good on one size of box docs not necessarily scale up or down to another size. Very small boxes seem to come off best with splines or some other minimally visible joint. Medium-sized...

Voicu Marian

Saw horses do much more than just provide support for sawing. They can also serve as layout platforms, assembly racks, workbench supports, table extensions and gluing racks. Sawhorscs arc among the oldest and most useful woodworking fixtures. For as long as carpenters and cabinetmakers have been working wood, they have needed something portable to mark, saw, assemble and store their work on. Although these fixtures are often used to hold work for sawing,...

Panel Raising Bits

Two styles of router bits that produce professional-looking panels without a shaper Not too long ago, if you didn't own a shaper, your only options were to raise panels on your tablcsaw or with a hand plane. Today, it's easier and cheaper than ever to raise panels of many sizes and profiles. All you need is a router, a router table, and the right bit. But here's the rub How do you choose the correct bit from today's lineup of panel-raising cutters This panel-raising primer will provide you with...