SCREW AND GLUE SUBTOP TO RAILS. The author squares up a slight misalignment in the base using a pipe clamp, then glues and screws the subtop in place.

A Recipi: for Finishing

Before applying the finish. I use a Stanley No. 80 scrapt i; then I sand beginning with 220-grit, going through 600-grir. All edges are relieved slightly using a block plane or file and sandpaper.

I use a combination of oils, polyurethanc and beeswax. I irsi I heat boiled linseed oil m a pan on .in electric hot plate outside my shop. Just before it begins to smoke usually at about 1201 , I remove it from the burner and liberally apply it to the table and base w ith a rag using rubber gloves to pro-tea mv hands. After about 20 minutes, I wipe it off and let it drv for 24 hours. I repeat the proo two more times for a total of three coats, \fter the last coat of linseed oil has dried for three days. I apply three coats of ui equal mixture of tung oil and polyurethanc, letting each dry for 24 hours.

My top finish coat consists of equal parts beeswax, tung oil and boiled linseed oil. I melt the beeswax in a double boiler, remove it from the heat and add the other ingredients. When the mixture cools, it develops a creamy texture. 1 apply that w ith my hand and wipe it off with a rag. After a day, I'll apply one more coat and buff it with a dean cloth.


No jointer? No problem

I made the mistake of purchasing a used light-duty jointer many vears ago. For several months the machine tugged on my patience because it would not heed my commands to mill lumber fiat. Then I made peace with It. I distanced myself from this dog of a tool, which now lies in its own comer of the shop, its bite and growl silenced, the unplugged power cord curled peacefully about its legs.

Long planks, such as the 10-ft. pieces used to make up the Stickley tabletop. present a difficult milling challenge when they are warped and twisted. Jointing them fiat can waste much material. I relied on my carpentry background and tools to solve the problem.

i. Before you begin to scribe, you need a fairly flat surface on the edge of a board to write on. If the edge is rough and ragged, snap a line and cut off the waste with a circular saw. The opposite edge can then be ripped straight on the table saw. Trim the ends as well.

2. In cabinet work, I often have to scribe a flat cabinet to fit a warped wall. I flipped the concept on its head and found a way to scribe a crooked board using a flat surface for reference. Then I use the scribe marks to guide a powered hand planer and flatten one face.

Use a tablesaw and its long outfeed table to serve as a guide for scribing warped stock. It's important that you take the time to level the outfeed table to the exact height of the tablesaw. Also, make sure the table's surface doesn't suffer from dips or other imperfections.

When a plank is badly warped, balance it on the outfeed table and tablesaw using weights or blocks of wood to prevent one corner from sitting too high. So when you scribe, you end up splitting the difference between high and low spots.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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