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Toe Kick

As you can see in the main drawing above, the bookcase has two sides that are held together by three fixed shelves. The first step to putting it together is to make a hardboard template for the sides. THE TEMPLATE. Making the template accomplishes three things. First, it makes locating the shelf holes in the sides easier and more precise. Second, the outline of the curved front can simply be traced onto the sides. Finally, the template can be used as a guide to trim the sides to their final...

Hone The

Jack Miter Bench Build

It only takes a few minutes to lightly touch up the cutting edges of the bit to make it sharp again. The key here is to only hone the flat face of the bit. You don't want to work on the outside edge of the flute because that could change the diameter or the profile of the bit . STONES. To touch up the bit, you'll need a sharpening stone or files for smaller bits and a good light seance. Since the bits usually have carbide cutting edges, a waterstone won't To prevent damage to the bearing, use...

Jointer Adjustments

If you do everything right and still don't get a straight, square edge or perfectly flat surface, the cause of your frustration might simply be a jointer that needs adjustment. PARALLEL TABLES. When you can't get a perfectly straight edge, it could be that the infeed and outfeed tables aren't in die same parallel plane. Check for this by leveling the tables and then placing a long straightedge across them upper right drawing . If the straightedge shows a gap in the middle or at the ends, you'll...

Front Section View C

Cherry Plywood

wide edge banding on all shelf fronts and bottom case edges Before assembling the bookcase, you'll need to apply the edge banding to all the exposed plywood edges. You'll get cleaner cuts, especially in the tight corners. The next page gives step-by-step instructions on how easy the edge banding is to work with. Materials, Supplies, amp Cutting Diagram Once you've finished with the edge banding, the bookcase is ready to be assembled. The main drawing above shows how everything goes together....

Jointer Techniques

Jointer Techniques

Straight, flat, and square stock will get your project off on the right foot. And a jointer can be one of the best ways to get this job done. TWO JOBS. A jointer gives you two big benefits. Number one is that you can put a smooth, straight, square edge on a board called edge jointing. The second plus is making the face of a board straight and flat, or face jointing. Each has its own technique.

Trimming Table Tops

If you build the kitchen table and stools on page 22, you'll often find it a challenge to square up the tops. The difficulty comes in cutting the uneven ends of the table. The top is often too large to make the cut on your table saw. But it's easy to do if you clamp the edge guide to the top and use other side to trim it with a circular saw left photo below . It can be difficult to get a clean cut using a circular saw. But I've found that if I put the top face down on a sheet of rigid foam...

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Jointer Techniques

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Upper End Apron

Vs roundover on outside corner only Align ends of leg pieces and clamp together Layout Mortises. Clamp the leg blanks together and make the top bottom marks using a square. Mark the sides with a straightedge Align ends of leg pieces and clamp together Layout Mortises. Clamp the leg blanks together and make the top bottom marks using a square. Mark the sides with a straightedge GROOVES. With all the tenons complete, the upper apron pieces all require one last operation. Each one receives a saw...

Edge Jointing

Cupping After Resawing

Edge jointing is where a jointer earns its keep. This might involve straightening an edge prior to ripping, removing saw marks, or jointing a straight, square edge on a board for a panel glueup. The process is pretty straightforward, You run the edge of the board along the bed and over the cutterhead using the fence for support. As the board passes over the cutterhead, it smoothly slices away a small amount of material. The outfeed table then seamlessly picks up the freshly cut edge. It's...