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John Kelsey

Is a writer and occasional woodworker in Connecticut. Beautiful blocks. The author's boxes look like sleek-sided blocks of wood until you pivot open a stack of storage trays. Watson makes five-and eight-layer versions. I enjoy the challenge of creating jewelry boxes with as few 90 angles as possible. So many of the boxes you see in galleries and art lairs are square and boxy, and I want mine to be distinctive. But it can be tricky to break out of the basic box. I spent weeks experimenting with...

Dry Brushing Flat Surfaces

To enhance existing grain, take long, brisk, uniform strokes with the full width of the brush (left). Or accentuate cathedrals (right) by brushing every second or third arch. To add grain to bland woods like this piece of alder, take short, choppy strokes using the thickness of the brush.

Fixed Spur

The marking gauge has a pointed spur that parts the wood fibers for incising a line parallel to a board's edge. It also marks on end grain. Across the grain. The cutting gauge has a knife edge that incises a line across the wood fibers, or on end grain. Turn the blade's bevel to the waste side of the cut. Two spurs. The mortise gauge has two pointed spurs. The distance between spurs is adjustable. Use this gauge to scribe two parallel lines with the grain and on end grain. The...

American Woodworker A April

Such a line precisely divides the waste from the work. And despite its fineness, a gauged line can hold a chisel's edge. Gauges are simple, ancient tools. They exist in all of the world's woodworking traditions. A Japanese craftsman's gauges are hardly different from our Western ones. And although today's marketplace offers a variety of deluxe and reinvented gauges, none of them really improve upon the workmanlike gauges shown in this article. You can buy marking, cutting, and mortise...

Shop Shot

In the shop with master craftsman Robert Whitley The old. Whitley built this copy of Aaron Burr's desk, using what he learned when hired to repair the original. The new. Whitley's forest console shows the smooth, graceful lines of his own contemporary designs. Enter Robert Whitley's showroom and you immediately step into two worlds of woodworking. One half of the room is filled with contemporary furniture distinguished by graceful curves and contrasting woods. On the other side of the room>...

The Marking Gauge

The marking gauge has a steel spur sharpened like the point of a pencil. The spur scribes a line by parting the fibers of the wood, so it works beautifully with the grain, but tears up a mess across the grain. The spur is made of extremely hard steel, too hard to sharpen or reshape with a file, so you have to use a sharpening stone. A new marking gauge usually comes ready to use. If you're looking at a used one, make sure the spur hasn't been replaced with a nail or brad, which are too soft to...

The Mortise Gauge

If you start by pressing the spurs into the wood where the lines are to stop, you'll feel the gauge click into the marks at the end of the cut above left . To center a mortise above right , press the spurs into the wood from both sides, then split the difference between the marks. The same trick works with a marking gauge. Keep your thumb inboard of the fence for protection. The mortise gauge is a deluxe item with a brass mechanism for moving and locking the second...

Vacuum Hose Diameter

Suction from a shop vacuum holds the workpiece tight to the jig when you hp veneer, keeping your hands out of the danger zone. Ripping small, thin strips on the table-saw is scary business. It's difficult to hold the stock securely, and your hands usually comc dangerously close to the blade. To make it safer to rip the small vcnccr I use on my jewelry boxes, 1 designed the jig shown here. It relies on the suction power of a shop vacuum to hold the workpiece securely...

Leigh Router Joinery Jigs

Create through, half-blind and sliding dovetail joints with the D4 Jig At the center of the Leigh Router Jig System is the amazing 24 D4 Dovetail Jig. Create through, half-blind and sliding dovetails with infinite adjustment of joint spacing and lightness of fit in wood up to 1 ' i thick. Add the F1 Finger Joint Template for an incredible range of square or unique rounded finger joints from ' i down to a tiny l u. All infinitely adjustable for fit with the Leigh Variable Guidebush System VGS ....

Christensen

Is a professor of technology education and coordinator of the woodworking program at Brigham Young University. The photos below show how to turn a small natural-edge bowl from an elk burr. I often give elk bowls an ebony inlay to contrast with the antlers natural coloring. You can use the same process to make a lid for the bowl, or other small vessels. KG Step t Rough-turn the bottom and rim. Saw the burr from the base of an elk antler and center it between a spur drive center and ball-bearing...

Hide Glue Recipes

Unlike many modern glues, hide glue is marvelously malleable. Dry hide glue is identified by gram strength, a comparative number. The higher the number, the taster the glue will set. Grades 135 to 379 are normally used for woodworking you can modify working qualities by following the recipes below. Mixing ratios are by weight. GRADE OF GLUE WATER TO GLUE RATIO G WATER TO GLUE RATIO G BENEFIT GRAM STRENGTH FOR POROUS WOOD FOR NONPOROUS WOOD GRADE OF GLUE WATER TO GLUE RATIO G WATER TO GLUE RATIO...

Wooden Runner L

Size to fit miter groove in tablesaw. compound on the bolts, then screw in the bolts just enough so the cover slides freely up and down without binding. For maximum efficiency and holding power, I suggest using at least a 7-amp shop vacuum. To slice consecutive sheets of veneer, adjust the distance between the fence and the blade to the desired veneer thickness. Limit the amount of wood that overhangs the jig to 1 in. or less, and make sure the stock butts firmly against the indexing fence....