Bending Jigs

I started work on the hall tree by building the three bending jigs. (Note laying out these jigs may be the most difficult part of this whole project. Although we're showing drawings for these jigs on this page, you may want to order the full-size patterns and detailed instructions from Woodsmith Project Supplies, see page 31.) leg bending jig. The leg bending jig consists of three pieces a base, a fixed form, and a pivoting pressure block, see Fig. 1. The fixed form is attached to the base but...

Shooks

Just like the legs, the four S hooks are made with thick strips, but they're only W-wide. It takes five strips laminated together to form each of the four S-hooks. With glue between the pieces, the S-hooks measure about W thick. cit strips. To rip the hook strips (B) for the four S-hooks, I began by cutting two blanks to a rough width of 3 and a length of 30. Then, set the rip fence to produce 2-thick strips and rip the blanks to produce twenty W-wide strips, five strips for each S-hook, see...

Bent Lamination

Bent Lamination Wedges

Bent Lamination is a process of bending thin strips of wood using lots of glue and lots of clamps. It's messy, but rewarding to see a gracefully bent piece of wood emerge from a glue-encrusted form. The process starts with ripping some thin strips of wood and applying glue to each strip. Then it's a matter of stacking all the strips together like a sandwich and laying the sandwich on its side in a bending jig. Then the strips are pushed around the curves on the jig. and clamped every few...

Legs

Curved Drawer Jig Form Bending

After ripping all the oak and walnut strips. the next step is to glue-up the legs. gluing the stkips. Start by spreading the glue on one side of each strip. Then, as the glue is applied, stack the strips like a sandwich three oak, two walnut, and three j oak strips. Now pick up this stack and lay it j on its side against the straight form on the j bendingjig. clamping. Now, add the other straight j form and clamp everything together, starting in the center and working toward the ends, see Fig....

Radial Arm Saw Support Table

The radial arm saw is the perfect tool for cutting long pieces of stock to manage able lengths. But the problem is, the tables on most radial arm saws are too short. It becomes a real balancing act to cut a 2-foot length from an 8-foot board. To solve this problem. I replaced the particleboard table that came on my saw with a new, longer table. Besides, the old table had gotten pretty chewed up over the years. SOLID-CORK DOOR. I found the perfect replacement table at the local home center. It's...

Router Base Plate For Cutting Circles

To cut the round shelves for the Fern Stand and to make the ring bending jig for the Hall Tree, 1 replaced the base plate on my router with a larger shop-built base. The new base plate acts as a trammel attachment for cutting and routing circles. BASE PLATE. I used a piece of W Plexiglas or you could use Masonite for the new base. To cut circles for the projects in this issue, the new base needs to be extra long. To make the base plate large enough for the ring on the Hall Tree, cut the...

Bending

The first step in building the fern stand is to make the legs. But before you can even start on the legs, you have to make a bending jig. Begin making the jig by cutting a base from W plywood, see Fig. 1. blank for forms. The next icp in building the jig is to add sections of straight and curved forms to bend the thin strips to shape. Since the strips are 1 Vi6 wide, these forms should be at least 1 thick. I made the forms by gluing a piece of W plywood to a piece of W plywood to produce a...

Clamping Time

No matter hou- many clamps J have, it seems I'm always coming up short. How soon can I take the cla mps off to use them for more work John Fitzgerald Nevada. Iowa Clamping time depends on a lot of things, including the kind of glue you use. Here at Woodsmith, we usually use Franklin Titebond Wood Glue a yellow glue , so I called Jeff Shoemaker, a technical specialist in the Wood Adhesivcs Division of Franklin International, for his advice. The general rule 1 follow is 45 minutes for...

Shelves

When all three legs are complete, work can begin on the shelves. The circular shelves C are cut from VV'-thick walnut blanks with a router. To make them, start by gluing up three 8 x 8 squares, see Fig. 13. rout circles. To cut the blanks into perfect 7-diameter circles, I used my router fitted with a special base plate. Ihis base is slightly larger than the original base to accomodate a pivot hole 3W from the router bit. For more on cutting circles, see page 19. leg notches. Ihe legs are...