Construction Notes

There are a few construction lips to keep in mind. The bookends lofek best if you bookmatch the end grain on the tops by cutting them from the board as shown in Fig. 2. You can get a similar matching grain pattern on the face layers by resawing them from a single piece of stock.

The colored veneer stripe can be as thick or as thin as you like—just vary the number of layers. (Colored veneer is available from Constantine's, 2050 Eastchcster Rd., Bronx, NY 10461, 800-223-8087.) I use a veneer press to glue the layers into a '/16-in.-thick sheet before I assemble the bookends. Then I cut out enough pieces for all the bookends I plan to make.

To weight the bookends, first drill in from each side of the core with a 2-in.-dia. Forstner bit. Be sure to leave a 1/4-in. "web" of wood between the two holes. (See Fig. 1.) Premeasure your lead shot by pouring dry shot into the cavity. (Lead shot is available at gun and ammo shops or Army-Navy stores.) Then mix the lead with a two-part epoxy resin until you get a mixture resembling caviar, and spoon it into the hole. (See photo, below.) If you overfill the hole, you can scrape—not sand— the surface flush. Let one side cure before filling the other side.

When you laminate the veneers and faces to the core, the slippery glue makes them hard to align. It's easiest to cut all the pieces accurately to the same size first. Then apply the glue, stack the pieces together, and wrap some masking tape around the perimeter of the stack, stretching the tape to make it tight. This will keep the edges aligned as you apply the clamps.

To distribute clamping pressure evenly, I use pieces of scrap stock, cut J to the shape of the bookends, as clamping pads. I teach my students to round off the edges with a block plane. We finish most of our bookends with lacquer, bui almost any other finish would be appropriate. A

j ALAN PETERS is a furniture designer and maker in England. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire i for his services to < fiirniture design.


The bookend shown here is 6 in. high and 33/4 in. across the base, but you can make yours any size or shape. Just be sure to leave room for the lead and epoxy mixture in the center—it adds the necessary weight.

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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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