Pocket Screws

The kitchen is the heart of the home People just seem 10 gravitate there. And a well-designed kitchen can improve your house's value. So whether you're building a new kitchen or remodeling an old one, it's crucial to factor convenience and appearance into your overall design. Certain design rules-of-thumb apply to most kitchens, as shown below and opposicc. Many kitchcns involve special designs to fit particular needs. But here's a general overview of the process Step 1 Carefully measure the...

Twopart Putties

Drying Wood Japanese Way

Moser's Epoxy Paste 10 Coloring putty before applying it is an easy way to approximate wood, but you can get better results by coloring the patch after it is dry and has been sanded smooth, as shown in the photo. Coloring putty after application allows you to imitate the colors in the surrounding wood the coloring medium, you can use glaze or thinned varnish with some japan or oil color added. Or you can use shellac or padding lacquer and add powdered pigment colors or universal colors....

The Jig Makes It Easy

Scroll Saw Patterns Print Nativity

Cut 2 Rout the large opening in the top section. Chuck the ' 2-in. straight bit in the router, position the narrow insert and the small angled insert in the base, and set maximum cutting depth to 7 8 in. Rout this 7 8-in.-deep opening using progressively deeper depth settings. See center photo, below. Cut 3 Rout the small opening in the top section. Keep the narrow insert in place, remove the small angled insert and install the large angled one. Plunge rout the 7 8-in.-deep opening as in the...

Sources

Evening Calm Awaji Island

Traditional Japanese woodworking tools are available from the following mail-order companies. 161 Ave. of the Americas New York, NY 10013 800 221 -2942 Circle 608 1333 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702 800 443-5512 Circle 609 1731 Clement Ave. Alameda, CA 94501 800 537-7820 Circle 610 12 E. River St. Ogdensburg, NY 13669 800 871-8158 Circle 611 2939 4th Ave. South Seattle, WA 98134 206 621-0199 Circle 612 Like all Japanese plane blades, Sadahide's exquisite Evening Calm of Awaji Island is made...

Just Finishing

Ebonizing Oak With Vinegar

Ebonizing treatments have different effects on different woods. Woods from top to bottom are soft maple, oak and cherry. Treatments from left to right are vinegar and rust, black dye gt black pigment stain and India ink. Ebonizing, or blackening, wood can be used to great effect in a variety of projects. Black accents often created to simulate expensive ebony wood create points of visual interest as your eye travels across a piccc of furniture. Entirely cbonizcd furniture is...

Routing A Mortise

Control Rod Hole Jig Shutter

Using the same jig, attach a support board, end stops and edge guides. Use a straight bit and rout the mortise by moving the router base between the guides. Fenced for mortises. Add a pair of edge guides and end stops to the same jig, and plunge rout the mortise. AMERICAN WOODWORKER A IUNI I 'I V 7 71 Attach adjustable edge guides to bear against router base. Screw y x 3 x 20 support board to board. Drill for shutter pins. Above gt drill the holes in the stiles by aligning the stock in a jig on...

Blanket Chest Construction

FRAME amp PANEL CHEST, MITERED BRACKET O Traditional bracket-foot joinery varied depending on the builder and the locale. However, the secret to a sturdy brackct foot isn't the brackct, but the corner block behind it. See the drawing at right. For a Colonial dovetailed chest, such as the Pennsylvania five-board, screw and glue beefy mitered corner blocks to the bottom of the case. Use 8 4 stock if possible. As shown in the drawing, the corner blocks carry the weight of the chest. On a...

American Woodworker A Junf

Plane blade maker Tsunesaburo is actually the second generation craftsman to use the name. His father, called Shodai Tsunesaburo, was also a well-known plane-blade maker. When I visited, Tsunesaburo had preserved his father's workshop the way it was when he was alive and working. It is much like Sadahide's small room and dirt floor. Today, Tsunesaburo workshop is i much larger than his father's more like a small factory. Blades are still Tsunesaburo learned the blacksmith's art from his father...

Table Of Contents

The basics of building face-frame cabinets By Paul Anthony Professional tips for turning them fast By Steve Blenk How to design with nature's shapes and textures By Stephen M. Met Build the simplest entertainment center of all Little putty, little paint, make the job what it ain't A slide-out lid locks it shut By Steve Blenk Master blacksmiths work magic with fire and steel By Toshio Odate Jig up to build 'em yourself By Robert Kempinski On the cover If you can build a basic box, you can build...

Plantation Shutters

Basic jigs simplify a complex project by Robert Kempinski Well-crafted window treatment. With their adjustable louvers, plantation shutters provide privacy and insulation or ventilation and light filtration. Along the hot and steamy Gulf Coast, plantation shutters are a common sight flanking the windows of antebellum mansions. In the days before air conditioning, the wide slats, or louvers, on plantation shutters let in cool breezes while offering protection from the hot sun. Today, plantation...

Steve Blenk

Is a professional woodturner and contributing editor to A W. He lives in Washington state. Form the ball. Cut this detail like a large bead, using a beading tool or skew chisel. Work from large diameter to small. Once completed, the prototyjx can replace your template or story stick. It's easy to pencil in the detail points as shown in the photo. And you can use the prototype to set your calipers for making parting cuts at detail points. It's not a good idea to use successive legs as patterns,...

Basic Leg Anatomy

Whether long or short, most turned leg profiles consist of at least several basic shapes or elements. To design a leg profile, size the individual elements, then combine them to create a profile that's both functional and attractive. Here's a brief description of basic leg profile elements. See page 53 for the dimensions of this particular leg. SQUARE SECTION The unturned part of the leg that contains the joinery for aprons or rails. 1 like to design leg profiles at full scale, sketching on '...

Routing The Box Parts

Let's start with the two top sections of the box. Though separate in the finished box, these sections are routed from a single blank at least 10' 4 in. long. Make sure that the ends of the blank extend at least 3 4 in. beyond the ends of the base opening. Clamp the blank firmly against the bottom of the base. Cut 1 Rout the dovetail slot. Chuck the dovetail bit in the router and set the plunge depth so that the bit will cut V16 in. into the blank. No inserts are needed for this first cut....