Flat Or Quartersawn

I have an old table that's missing a leaf and I want to replace it. But I'm having a problem finding the right kind of wood. I've been told that the wood is quartersawn. Can you tell me what's meant by quartersawn Where does it come from And what's the advantage to using it Jesse Murdoch Billings, Montana First of all your problem isn't Gnding the right A-mdofwood it's finding the right cut of wood. As you said, your table top was made using quartersawn lumber. Today, the type of lumber that is...

Legs

I began work on the four legs. The first step is to rip the strips for the legs. To keep the legs from bowing under heavy loads (such as winter coats), I decided to make them 1 ' wide. Each leg is glued up from eight strips, each 3 2-thick for a total JJl thickness of V4. cut strips. The leg strips (A) are cut from W-thick stock in two steps. First, rip eleven blanks to a rough length of 30 and a finished width of lVft. Then, resaw each of these blanks into three...

Bending Jigs

Plywood Bending Forms

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...

Rub

Sanderbows

When making the laminated ring for the Hall Tree shown on page 10, I wanted to put a round-over on all four edges. However, I ran into a problem using the round-over bit in the router table. The problem is the location of the bearing it's too far above the cutting edge on some bits. Normally, this isn't a problem since the bearing has plenty of surface to ride against But, on the ring I wanted to rout a mating round-over. The problem was that the bearing surface would be removed during the...

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...

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...

Chip Slinger

Chips and dust fell down into the motor when my router was mounted in my router table. So I came up with the idea of a chip slinger to protect the motor. A chip slinger is a W'-thick plywood disk that fits on the router bit shaft, see Fig. 1. Note For short shank bits use a plastic cut-out from a coffee can lid. The spinning disk slings away anything that falls through the hole in the table. the spacer V32 above the bottom edge of the jig. see Fig. la. This way it won't drag on the saw table...

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...