Tips Techniques

Woodsmith Tips Pipe Clamp Pads

These shelf brackets lock in the up position and are released by pressing the levers inside the horizontal arms of the brackets. In my small, basement shop, there just isn't enough room for a permanent outfeed table for my cabinet saw. I needed a table that I could set up and take down quickly, but was still strong and sturdy. I found the solution while roaming around in my local home improvement center the folding shelf brackets you see in the photo at left. As the drawings below show, I...

Joinery

A router table can be a pretty handy tool when it comes to cutting joinery. Dadoes, rabbets, grooves, and other simple cuts can easily be made using standard straight bits. But in the past few years, router bit manufacturers have come out with several new bits that open up some really interesting joinery possibilities. So I decided to pick up several of these bits for a trial run. And what I found in my quick test was pretty impressive. A lock miter bit can take a lot of the hassle out of...

Pocket Hole Joinery

Pocket Joint Leg

When you think of pocket hole joinery you usually think of mass-produced kitchen cabinets and furniture. The kind that are easy to build and fast to assemble. But this type of joinery is not just for making face frames for cabinets. And you don't have to work in a cabinet shop to use it. Because it's so quick and easy see box below , I find myself drilling pocket holes more and more. Pocket hole joinery works well for almost any joint. Here are a few ways I've found they work great. CORNER...

Major Mistakes

And when they do, you have to deal with them. Here's a look at some quick and easy fixes for five common woodworking goofs. lt Router chipout like this can be easily fixed by removing the damaged area and gluing in a filler strip. lt Router chipout like this can be easily fixed by removing the damaged area and gluing in a filler strip. There are few things more frustrating than routing a profile on the edge of a workpiece only to have a sliver of wood blow out. Fortunately,...

Construction

Stopped Chamfer Routing

I like to think of this tool cabinet as the trusty sidekick to my workbench. I do most of my work at or near the workbench everything from planing and routing, to trimming joints and assembly. So it's important to have all the tools I need close at hand. When it comes to building a big project like this, it can be a little intimidating. So I find it's helpful to step back and break it down into sections so you don't get overwhelmed by the details. That's what I did here. The tool cabinet is...

Oil and Wax Finish

Oil And Wax Finish

When you can't face the finish, call on linseed oil and paste wax to do the job The supplies you'll need to gather for an oil and wax finish couldn't be much simpler. And applying the finish won't send you into a panic. The supplies you'll need to gather for an oil and wax finish couldn't be much simpler. And applying the finish won't send you into a panic. I think every woodworker has, at one time or another, felt the fear of finishing. You take the last clamp off of a project and it looks...

Case Back Doors

Chest Drawer Runners

All that remains to complete the case of the tool cabinet is the back. The back assembly is made with simple stub tenon and groove joints. For step-by-step instructions on how to make this strong joint, take a look at the How-To below. STRENGTHENING THE CASE. Besides closing in the case, the back also adds strength. You can see what I mean in the exploded view at right. First, it fits into the rabbets cut in the sides of the case. This prevents the case from racking. After the back is glued up,...

Top

False Tenons

Rails of top frame are joined with mortises and tenons All the table lacks now is a top. And as you can see in the photo at left, the top for this table is not your standard, everyday, glued-up slab table top. The inlaid tile center adds a bit of a wrinkle to the construction, but the good news is it's not the least bit difficult and it looks great. THE FRAME. The solid frame that surrounds the tile is just more of what you've done before mortise and tenon. The two long rails are mortised to...