Spacer Block System

The basis of the system is the jigs and a series of spacer blocks. When cutting on the band saw, the blocks space he tail and pin cuts so the two pieces will interlock perfectly.To vary the width of the pins or tails, all you have to do is vary the width of the blocks. Using this system you can create an infinite variety of patterns. clean initial cuts. The system solves what I consider to be the most difficult part of cutting through dovetails with land tools the initial uts. They have to be...

The dovetails accentingthis simple wall shelf may looklike they were cut by hand butthey were actually cut using a

This wall shelf is a great way to try out the technique cf cutting dove tails on a band saw. (Ftr a full explanation cf this technique, see pages 18 to 23,) The four sides cf the shelf, as well as the drawers, are all joined with through dovetails. A word about dovetails. Dovetail joinery is an age-old technique. Yet, it seems right at home on contemporary furniture, especially those pieces with very simple lines that allow the dovetails to be accented. That's why this shelf is an ideal...

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Easy Knockdown Bookcase

Separate components and knock-downhardware make this formal cherry bookcase easy to assemble andconvenientto move. And you can customize the top design to suit your taste. 've always wanted to build a large, formal-looking bookcase. But I had 1 visions cf wrestling it around my shop when the time came to assemble and finish it. The design of this bookcase changed all that. A simple, straightforward system breaks the project down into manageable-sized pieces that are easy to handle. To see...

Auxiliary Band Saw Tabu

You can cut dovetails on your band saw with only two jigs the tail jig (shown on page 20) and the pin jig (shown on page 22). But I found it difficult to balance these jigs and a long workpiece on my band saw table. To solve this problem, i built a 24 x 24 auxiliary table from a piece of 3A plywood (Fig. 1). It clamps directly to the band saw table (refer to Fig. 4). add runner. To hold the auxiliary table in position on the band saw. I glued a VV'-thick hardwood runner to the bottom of the...

Cut Tenon To Fit Groove

GROOVE EQUALS THICKNESS OF PANEL V4 DEEP CENTERED ON STOCK back frame stiles (E), I did this by cutting a rabbet on the back edge of each stile. Sneak up on the cut until the tongue just fits the grooves (Fig.4a). stub TtKONS The tongues that connect the ends of the rails to the stiles are actually stub tenons that fit into the panel grooves (Fig. 8). I made these with multiple passes over thesaw blade. PLYWOOD PANELS. After the stub tenonsare cut, dry assemble the frames and take measurements...

Upper Door Stile

After the case of the cupboard was complete, I built the doors. I made glass upper doors and paneled lower doors. You could leave off the upper doors. design CONSIDERATIONS. The basic construction of both the upper and lower doors is the same. They're built as openframes Fig. 26 , Then I put one large pane of glass or two raised panels into rabbets in the back of each door. The glass and raised panels are held in place with stops and keeper strips refer to Fig. 36 . To build the doors this way,...

Full Through

When the joint is assembled, there are noticeable gaps. tongue and dado. To produce a cleaner joint, I often cut the dado thinner than the thickness of the shelf see 'Tongue and Dado photo. Any variations are then hidden inside the joint. Another way to improve the appearance of this joint is to cut stopped dadoes. If the dado is run all the way across the cabinet side, you will see the joint on the front edge of the cabinet. However, if the dado is stopped Va or so from the front edge, it has...

Hardware Supplies

4 IV4 maple knobs with brass centers To build the cupboard, I started with the sides A . Glue up enough V' stock to get two blanks with rough dimensions cf IOV2 wide by 31 long. After these blanks are dry and planed flat, trim them to final size Fig. 1 . dadoes. The two side pieces are joined to the three shelves with tongue and dado joints. This means three dadoes are routed in each side piece. First, mark centerlines and stop points on the three dadoes Fig. 1 . To rout the dadoes and keep...

Top Rail

Constructing this open-back version starts after the top shelf and drawer unit are already glued to the sides refer to page 28 . Begin by cutting blanks for the top and bottom rails N . The bottom rail has a W x W rabbet along its top edge. Cut the profiles on these rails N the same as on the top and bottom of the solid back pieces F refer to Figs. 20 and 21, page 29 . Two rabbeted shelf rails O also need to be made for this version. The top shelf rail has holes drilled in it to accept dowels....