Tech tips

A recent project called for three drawer pulls and I decided to make them from wood. After bandsawing the shape. I planned to round over the edges on the router table. The problem was that my fingers would be too close to the cutter for safety. The solution was to tack the pull temporarily to a length of scrap wood with a hot-melt glue gun. This way I could shape the handle in safety. In my case this was a two-step oper-ation as I routed both the inside and outside of the pulls. I've made a...

Raising Panels On The Tablesaw

Spring Pole Lathe

The usual technique for raised panels on the tablesaw involves running the panel vertically across an angled blade, while supported by a high auxiliary fence. I prefer to use a jig that enables me to keep my hands well-away from the high, unguarded blade, while the workpiece itself is securely clamped and supported. The jig is made of Va-in. plywood, and like the tenoning jig, it should ride smoothly but snugly over the tablesaw fence see photo . It should be approximately 20 in. long and 12...

Making A Springlathe

HINGE OPTIONS Fixed Drive J-shaped stake through holes into the ground. Moveable Tie a loop .of rope through holes. HINGE OPTIONS Fixed Drive J-shaped stake through holes into the ground. Moveable Tie a loop .of rope through holes. and the head stock post to hold the tool rest. The top of the tool rest should be a bit below the center line. Don forged his own centers for his lathe by twisting square iron stock, but an easier approach that he recommends is to grind the tips of ' 2-in. dia.,...

Contexts

An 18th-Century Classic From Colonial Virginia by Carlyle Lynch Part Two Getting The Edge by Ben Bacon Classy Solution to Your Organizational Problems by Mitch Mandel One Man's Exploration of Early Country Woodcraft by John Birchard Breathe New Life Into Old Bits by Fred Mat lack Reinforced Dadoes Beef Up Bare-Bones Design by B. William Bigelow Add a Touch of Realism to Your Models and Toys by Doug Kenney Wbcn someone asks for the bottom line they want to know in no-nonsense,...

Replica Colonial Corner Cuboard Makers

zed in handmade books for the flourishing Arts and Crafts movement. In 1897 he had carpenters, working on his buildings, make some office furniture. Visitors to the shop liked it so well they bought it, and Hubbard went into the cabinetmak-ing business. The furniture was an important contribution to the Arts and Crafts movement. The Rovcrofters produced furniture from 1897 to 1938. when the company went bankrupt. Hubbard died in 1915 aboard the Lusitania. QDocs anybody make a spot welder for...

To Carving

Here's nothing quite like the joy of slicing through wood with a tool that's wonderfully sharp there's no dragging, no chipping, no shoving against the tool to make it cut. In this article, the second in a series of articles on woodcarving, I'll explain how to sharpen carving tools, taking you step-by-step through a process that should consistently deliver keen edges. The sequence of steps in the sharpening proccss is the same for carving tools as for sharpening chisels or any flat blade...

Drill Bits

Don't throw out your dull drill bits sharpen them. It's a simple matter to do It freehand. Heel is 8 to 12 lower thin lowest edge of lip. where the cutting action occurs. There are two cutting edges at the tip, called lips as shown in Fig. 1. Each lip is ground at an angle to the axis of the bit. Both lips must be ground at the same angle, though that angle can vary. Because the angle isn't critical, it's a simple matter to sharpen bits freehand. Before you start grinding, take a look at your...

Bookcase

Reinforced Dadoes Beef Up Bare-Bones Design I know what you're thinking without a back, this bookcase is doomed to wobble. The fully housed dadoes won't resist racking, the glue joints will fail and the shelves will soon fall out. Well, I built six of these bookcases a year ago for the school where I teach woodworking and they've survived the hard use by teen-agers quite nicely. You see, there's more to this bookcase than meets the eye. The shelves and sides are screwed together. The screws...