Sawdust

I want to get started in woodworking, but I don't know what to build. I lave any suggestions I used to think that the best advice was Ihe practical approach, start with a few small projects to get the hang of the basics. Then work up to larger projects. But that might not be much fun. especially if you start with a small project you don't like just to learn a basic technique. Why not start out with a project you're really interested in no matter how big or how...

Drill Press Angle Gauge

Drilling angled holes on a drill press is a straightforward matter if your drill press table tilts. If your table doesn't tilt, see the Shop Note below. But even if the table can be tilted, you may have a problem setting the table at just the right angle. When we were building the Shop Stool for this issue see page 18 , we needed to drill holes at an exact angle. Otherwise all the drilled parts wouldn't line up for assembly. But I've never been comfortable relying on the angle indicator that's...

Table

QU ESTION Is there some tech n iquefor getting a really good edge on a table saw For a long time, a table saw was all I ever used. In fact, with a sharp blade and a well-adjusted saw. you may never need a jointer. The technique for jointing on the table saw is simple. But before trying this, check to be sure the blade is clean. 90 to the table, and parallel with the rip fence. I use a sharp 40-tooth carbide-tipped combination blade. skim ct.t. To get a smooth edge, I use a skim cut technique....

Woodsmith

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How To Router A Seat Base

Pendulum Router Jig

How do you make a hardwood stool comfortable to sit on Traditionally, you might scoop out the dished seat with a scorp or inshave. Or you could simply add a cushion. For the Shop Stool shown on page 18, I wanted a uniform y lt on-toured seat that's nearly impossible to get with hand tools. What I came up with was a way to shape the seat using a router and a special scooping jig. With this jig. the router moves like a pendulum but it's not suspended from above. Instead, the router rides roller...

Easy Vise Mounting

Post Vise Stand Wood

Bench vises are heavy to lilt and awkward to move around. So installing one can be a real chore. I used to disassemble the vise or else tip the bench on edge or upside down to do the job. But I found an easier way. I use a piece of scrap 2x4 about 36 long, see Fig. 1. On the 2x4 mark the distance from the floor to the bottom of the benchtop less about Vfe . Then clamp the 2x4 in the vise with the vise mounting bracket lined up to this mark. Now just lift the 2x4 up and balance the vise against...