Weekend Project

Shaving Horse Plans

Attach auxiliary fence to miter gauge to back up workpiece I ost step stools fold up when . they're not in use. This is handy for storage, but not very convenient if you use the stool frequently. The nice feature about our step stool is that instead of folding up, the step slides in and out of the base. So it's ready to go at a moment's notice. The step slides in a track in the base of the stool. Aid a system of pins and stop blocks prevent the step from coming all the way out of the base....

Screwdriver Extension

Woodworking Screwdrivers

Recently, I was installing a I grabbed my socket set small cabinet and found there wasn't enough room to get my hand in the cabinet opening to install the mounting screws. Since I didn't have a longhandled screwdriver, I looked through my toolbox to improvise a substitute. md found a socket size that fu snug over the end of my screwdriver handle a twelve-point socket works best . Then I simply used my ratchet to tighten the screws, see Fig. 1. Slip ratchet over end of screwdriver handle dowels...

Hollow Grinding

Hollow Grinder

A power grinder, a good wheel, and the right technique can take the grind out of sharpening your woodworking took. Here in the Woodsmith shop, our chisels and planes get used by lots of people. So in order to spend less time sharpening and more time building, we often use a grinder for sharpening tools. The main advantage to using a grinder is speed. A grinder equipped with a good grinding wheel will put an edge on a tool in just a few minutes. And if you accidentally drop a chisel and put a...

Tool Rest

Cross Cut Straight Blade Jig

Now the grinder is ready for a tool rest, see drawing at right. It has a hold down that clamps a blade securely while you slide the tool rest back and forth across the grinding wheel. But what I really like is that when the tool is clamped in place, the rest still simply lifts off the carriage. This way, it's easy to check your progress. CENTER PIECE amp HOLD DOWN. The tool rest ends up a sandwich of three 1 211-thick pieces. I started with the center piece and the hold down that applies...

Circular Saw Method

Assembly Table Woodworking

If the thought of using a hand saw to cut the tenons on the garden arbor posts doesn't appeal to you, a hand-held circular saw is another possible option. MAKE KERFS. All you have to do is set the depth of cut to match the shoulder depth of the tenon. Then cut a series of kerfs until you reach the shoulder line of the tenon, see first drawing. Note Start cutting the kerfs at the end of the post and work in so that the saw will always be firmly supported. Now just flip the post over and cut...

Arbor Installation

Concrete Brackets

After all the parts of the arbor are finished, the last thing to do is haul them out to your lawn or garden and reassemble the arbor. This isn't terribly difficult. But getting the site ready can be a project in itself. There are a number of ways to install the arbor. But no matter how you do it, the key is to get everything level. To install our arbor, we decided to use tubular paper concrete forms Sonotubes , concrete anchors, and L-brackets, see drawing at right. CONCRETE FORMS. The first...

Side Assemblies

Half Lap Lattice

To build the arbor, I started with the side assemblies, see drawing at right. This includes both the posts, as well as the lattice screens that connect the posts at the sides of the arbor. POSTS. I began with the posts A , see drawing. These are designed to be cutfrom 8'-long 4x4s 3y2 x 3V2 . But it's more important that the posts are straight. So if you have a hard time finding straight 4x4s at the lumber yard, you can glue up the posts in three pieces, see page 19. Note If you glue up the...

Fliptop Tool Stand

NOTE All parts 3A plywood unless otherwise noted NOTE You might need to alter size of tool stand to fit dimensions of your tools enchtop tools are great space savers, but they can still fill up a small shop in a hurry. So Arthur Muller of Menomonie, Wisconsin came up with a solution. It's a tool stand that does double-duty by flipping its lid. What makes this tool stand different from most others is that you can mount tools on both sides of the top. Then when you want to use a different tool,...

Laminated Posts

Laminated Posts

Depending on where you live, you may have a tough time finding nice,straight 4x4 redwood posts for the garden arbor on page 6. We had to search three different lumberyards. Fortunately, there's an easy alternative. You can make your own posts by gluing up straight pieces of thinner stock. In order to get the necessary thickness and width, just sandwich a 1x6 between a couple 2x6's, see Fig. 1. But before gluing the pieces together, rip the edges to remove the factory roundovers. flush while...

Cutting Screen Pieces

NOTE To make x notches for sides and ends, see box below NOTE To make x notches for sides and ends, see box below Drill shank holes attaching finished screen to post, see Fig. 3 8x V 2 Fh woodscrew , Drill shank holes attaching finished screen to post, see Fig. 3 8x V 2 Fh woodscrew , Step 1. First, cut a blank to final length and then lay out the position of the notches on the edge of the blank. Step 2. Cut a series of ty-wide dadoes across the blank, using the miter gauge and an auxiliary...

Buffing Wheel

Homemade Scroll Saw Stand

When it comes to honing tools with straight edges, a flat watei-stone works just fine. But for tools like gouges or carving sweeps, I often use a buffing wheel. J use a hard felt whee and a honing compound for buffing, see page 35 for sources. The nice thing about tliis type of buffing wheel is that il lias some give. The felt is soft enough that it will conform to the curved edge of the tool, but not so soft that it rounds over the edge. To use this method, simply charge the wheel with the...

Mail Order Sources

Woodworking House Plans

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Arches Cross Beams

Arch Support Bands

Now that the side assemblies of the garden arbor are complete, it's time to connect these assemblies at the front and back with arches and cross beams, see drawing. ARCHES. To keep things simple, I made each arch out of two pieces. There are a number of ways to do this, but to make all the pieces identical and keep the waste to a minimum, I made a template. ARCH TEMPLATE. The arch template starts out as a square hardboard blank 26 x 24 , see Fig. 4. This will create a 26-tall arch that will be...