Planing Octagons

With another jig, I can plane square stock into octagonal stock. This jig is also useful for planing a flat along a length of dowel rod. Since each jig covers the bed rollers, you need to thoroughly wax the contact surface to reduce friction. Wooden stop blocks at both ends of the jig keep it from sliding. Most woodworkers are familiar with the trick of checking for square by comparing diagonal measurements from opposite corners. Sometimes clamps are in the way, which makes it difficult to...

Wood Plug

Until the dowel pin stops against the end of the slot. Now slide the lid down and use a knife to mark where the outside face and inside edge of the end key touch the bottom key. Notch the bottom key with a dovetail saw and use a chisel to pare away the waste. (See drawing, above.) Check the locking action. If the mechanism works smoothly, lock the box and trim the end keys and bottom key flush. Soften all the edges of the box with a router and a ' 4-in. round-over bit. I used my drill press and...

Oe Plane S Length

For the plane body, choose a hard-wearing, scable wood with close annular rings. Suitable native species include rock maple, beech, northern white ash and white oak. Good choices for exotic-woods are rosewood and padauk. I used Australian jarrah for the plane that you see in the photos. I often make my own plane irons using the excellent steel in industrial hacksaw blades, but you can also buy thick, quality irons in various sizes from Hock * Handmade Knives (16650 Mitchell Creek Dr., Fort...

S Biscuits

Stile Joint

You don't have to get far into the construction process to appreciate the simplicity of making a biscuit-joined door. We rip the frame members to width, chop-saw them to length, then proceed to lay out the joinery. There are no mortises or tenons to cut nor is there any work to be done on the shaper. A single layout line across each joint is all you need to align the biscuit joiner. Wc like to arrange the entire frame assembly on the workbench, and mark all the joints at once. As shown in the...

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Scroll Saw Design Bowls

By Michael Hosaluk, Saskatchewan, Canada. Elm, copper leaf and paint. Turned and carved. L 10 in. W 5 in. H 5 in. Turtle Island ' by Michael Kresky, Santa Barbara, CA. Walnut, acrylic paint. Dia 14 in. H 6 in. Want to see your work in Gallery Send color slides or color transparencies to Gallery American Woodwokmk, 33 F. Minor St., Emmaus, PA 18098. Please include a title, a brief description of techniques used, materials, dimensions, name of photographer, your name, address, and phone number....

Scorecard

25450 Dovetail Jig

PROS Attractive price easy to use, with nicely designed clamps and fine-adjustment knobs. CONS Poor instruction manual narrowest range of stock thickness and width adaptor required for non-Craftsman routers. BOTTOM LINE A good choice for budget-minded woodworkers. 40 AMERICAN WOODWORKER FEBRUARY 1996 Made primarily of plastic, the Craftsman 25450 is the lightweight in our test group. This jig will cut evenly spaced through dovetails and half-blind dovetails in two sizes. Though its capabilities...

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ENLON is now in its 4th year of serving you with innovative new products and improvements. ENLON7s quality far surpasses the other brand names that look like ENLON's, such as the ENLON 10 H.D. Table Saw EN3202, Oscillating Spindle Sander EN3407 and much more. Don't be fooled by look-alike low quality products from other companies. Mk i -fn. 7 OOom-5 CO x- gt Pocif lt Tin-Sat. 9 CCam-l 00pm Pacific Time EN3202R 56' RIP CAPACITY EXTENSION RAILS Toble top not included This industrial quality Table...

Yeung Chan

Designs and makes furniture in northern The Curves in this Classic Chair Are Sawn, Not Steamed Simple curves. The sawn back rail on this low-back makes it unique among Windsor chairs. Is it true that the Windsor chair gained its name when King George III ordered some distinctive seating for Windsor Castle Probably not. But what can't be denied are the English origins of this famous chair. The earliest Windsor chairs date back to England around 1720, and by 1740, the production of American...

Andy

Is a furniture maker and an associate editor of A W. We Test Four Jigs That Take Dovetails Beyond Drawers Testing tails. Side-by-side tests of four high-end router dovetail jigs revealed a broad range of features and capabilities. The first router-based jigs for cutting dovetails were developed some 50 years ago. They relied on finger-type templates that were positioned against the workpiece to guide a router bushing and a dovetail bit. Today, many versions of these jigs are available. You can...

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To call Englishman Ralph Hcncall a spoon carvcr is to call Buckingham Palace a nice house. Hentall, one of Great Britain's premier carvers, makes lovespoons. These symbol-laden ornaments of affection arc carved to commemorate important events, from 50th anniversaries to royal weddings. Usually carvcd from a single piece of wood, each Hentall creation carries on a centuries-old tradition that most likely originated with the Celts or Vikings. The intricate patterns and complex carved forms of...

Calendar

CLASSES WORKSHOPS Sausalito January 29-February 2, and February 5-9. One- and two-week courses in classical woodcarving. February 5-April 26. Twelve-week course in classical woodcarving. All taught by master carvers. The School or Classical Woodcarving. lt 4151 332-7563. EXHIBITS SHOWS EVENTS Del Mar February 9-11. The San Diego Woodworking Show. 310 477-8521. San Diego February 17-18. 1996 California Open Wildlife Art Show and Carvers' Competition. Sponsorerl by Pacific Wildfowl Arts. 805...

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Add about a quarter of an ounce of cobalt drier per pint of oil varnish mix before adding solvent. In high-humidity conditions, you can easily double that amount of drier because cobalt is adversely affected by humidity. But don't go overboard too much drier in a mix will inhibit, rather than promote, drying. Michael Dresdner Finishing consultant and AW contributing editor Tacoma, WA A while ago, I glued up and thickness planed some solid wood panels for a project which I...

Massachusetts

CLASSES WORKSHOPS Easthampton January-March. Weekly classes in beginning, intermediate and advanced woodworking woodworking for women. One Cottage Street School of Fine Woodworking. lt 413 527-8480. STAFF OPENINGS Williamsburg Resumes due February 29. Teachers sought for intensive summer craft courses with high school students from around the U.S., from une 21 to August 6. Send resume and slides, or contact Horizons The New England Craft Program, 108 N. Main St P, Sunderland, MA 01375. lt 413...

Locking Dovetail

Locking Router Joints

There Are No Locks to this Three-Key'd Box This box started as a menral woodworking project on a flight from New York to San Francisco. The puzzle for me was to come up with a design that wouldn't need a lot of measuring or fancy hardware, or require a lengthy glue-up. By the time my plane landed, 1 was ready to try my idea on some real wood. Though I didn't make this puzzle box with the intent of selling it, it has become a furniture show favorite. It's amusing to watch people try to figure it...

Rodale Press Publication

Edge Joints By Ian Kirby and John Kelsey Making the Most of a Basic Woodworking Getting Smooth, Square Right-Angle Edge An Easy, All-Purpose Table for Buyer's Guide to Premium Dovetail Jigs Through Dovetails and More from Four Router-Based ligs 38 Make Your Own from a Blade and a Block of No-Bend Windsor Chair By Robert Treanor The Curves in this Low-Back Classic Are Sawn, Not Steamed Dovetail Puzzle Box By Mason Rapaport There Are No Locks to this Three-Key'd A Time-Honored Technique for...