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Alternative Uses For the Drill Press

QVve seen accessories that turn a drill pi-ess into a routing or shaping machine, and I've heard that you can do sanding and lathe work as well. Is this possible?

Robert Star Glen Ellyn, IL

A A drill press is not an effective tool for routing or shaping. First, it docs not generate the necessary speed. Most cabinet shop drill presses scarcely go over 3600 rpm, while standard routing speeds range from 12,000 to 20,000 rpm and shapers, typically, from 5,000 to 8.000 rpm. Second, the power of a drill press is insufficient for this kind of work, especially shaping. Most shaper motors are at least 3 HP; drill press motors are typically 1 HP or less. Third, a drill press is designed to take thrust loads, not the side loads common to shaping and routing.

While a drill press will do an excellent job as a spindle sander (see aw *30), as far as lathe work goes, forget it—it's an awkward setup at best.

Bill McCarthy Cabinetmaker Riegelsville, PA

Laminating Chair Braces

Ql'm repairing some kitchen chairs, and need to replace the curved braces that strengthen the seat-to-back-leg joint. What's the best way to make these supports, and what kit id of wood shot dd I use?

Noah Eagan Findlay, IL

A Your braces were probably made from solid stock and steam-bent to form the curve. Steam-bent braces are suitable if they're thick enough and not subject to a lot of stress, but on this type of chair the area the braces support takes a beating. I suggest laminating the braces, using this simple clamping fixture to form hi the curve. (See drawing.)

The wcxxl you laminate should have enough tensile strength to resist breaking when it is bent. Hickory would be my first choice. However, any ring-porous wood, such as oak or ash, will bend well. Make sure your stock is straight-grained, preferably quarter-sawn. and cut thin enough (to in. or so) to bend easily around the inside curve.

heating a portion near the tip (known as "zone hardening") to around lHiX)° and then quenching it, usually in a solution of ethylene glycol. How much of the chisel they harden varies from brand to brand. Record Tools hardens just the first Vi in. to 1 in. of their Marplcs-brand chisels. Stanley Tool Co. hardens the first 2 in. to 3 in., leaving the top of the chisel (the bolster and the tang) softer so it can "give" more if the chisel is misused. Robert Sorbv Ltd.

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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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