Glue Joint

9 Glue eight strips together to form one 12-in. section of the top. Cauls keep the top pieces in alignment.The bench dog piece is placed second from the edge with the dadoes facing toward the front edge. Take light cuts and make sure your planer knives are sharp, to minimize tear-out. Outfeed support is essential when planing heavy stock like this. I i Clamp the 12-in. sections together one at a time. You only have one joint to worry about so make it flush. Extra effort here will pay off in the...

Fender Washer

I drill the recess for the washer with a Forstner bit and make the recess deep enough so the washer will bear against the backing board to hold everything snug. 16 American Woodworker JANUARY2004 The Leigh Dovetail Jig has it all. Hobbyist or professional, the Leigh D4 Dovetail Jig will ensure you create your best work. Versatility, precision and superb value make the Leigh Dovetail Jig better than the rest. Rout through and half-blind dovetails up to 24 wide in...

Hole For Lamp Base

If you have an original Small Shop Tip, send it to us with a sketch or photo. If we print it, you'll get 100 Send your tip to Small Shop Tips, American Woodworker, 2915 Commers Drive, Suite 700, Eagan, MN 55121 or e-mail to Submissions can't be returned and become our property upon acceptance and payment. We may edit submissions, and use them in all print and electronic media. C4 carbide teeth are precision ground for an exceptionally smooth finish U-ltra-sharp cutting edges dramatically reduce...

Mdf

MDF and particleboard are extremely flat. They're perfect for veneering because there are no lumps or ripples to show through extra-thin sheets of veneer. Glue veneer on both sides to keep the panel from distorting. It may be flat, but it's not stiff. Look familiar MDF and particleboard shelves are notorious for drooping, even from their own weight, unless they have additional support. Shelves that are 10-in. deep should be no more than 24-in. long. MDF's thickness is usually right on the...

Foot

3 Create feet on the sides and end by using a 3 4-in. straight bit in your router table. Set up a pair of stop blocks to limit the length of the cut.To prevent the grain from chipping out at the feet, make three passes, raising the bit about 1 8 in. after each pass. Built Crosscut Sled, AW 75, October 1999, page 38 (for reprints, see page 3). Cut the parts for the ends and sides and make an extra set to test your machine setups later on. Next cut the dadoes in the ends and sides for the bottom...

Info

Sloan's Woodshop, (888) 615-9663 www.sloanswoodshop.com 3 8 lumber, 6 to 8 per 7 x 24 pc. of domestic hardwoods more for exotics. I (Jf (J J 0 JLj V about making boxes is that I can experiment with exotic woods without spending a bundle. But unfamiliar woods can lead to unexpected problems. When I gave this box a coat of spray lacquer, the red padauk keys bled into the surrounding finish, making a pink mess. So I sanded off the lacquer and tried again. Two very light coats of lacquer, about 10...