Using Winding Sticks

Winding sticks show how badly a board is twisted. Shim one stick as shown until it's parallel to the other when sighted from the end of the board. Gap A, at the edge of the board, is the total amount that must be removed at X and Y to flatten the board. if you hope to use them for accurate planing or assembly. Here's another example. Suppose you discover a plank with a crank rocking on your jointer bed. The question is whether it will yield the thickness you need once the twist is planed out....

Ogeebracket Base Moldinc

3 > AMERICAN WOODWORKER OCTOBER 1996 Top it off in style. The large crown molding visually completes the top of the hutch. Simple alignment. A mitered cove molding nailed to the countertop registers the upper case. tional relationships in this hutch that make it look genuine the overall height of the cabinet compared to its width, the relative sizes of door and drawer openings in the base, and even the counter-top thickness and overhang. You can experiment with different dimensions and...

American Woodworker A October

Circle n605 PROS A hefty and stable saw. Easy-to-use controls. Lock-out safety switch. CONS Slow cutting action and blade changing. Vibrates at lower speeds. Weak table-locking mechanism. FINAL CUT An affordable high-end machine that's just a bit slow. At 137 lbs., Craftsman's saw is the heaviest of the bunch. This extra weight gives the saw a solid, stable sawing platform. The saw cuts nicely but not as aggressively as other C-arm machines, which are typically...

Word From The Publisher

The 1996 American Woodworker Show its show on the road. The American Woodworker Show , the biggest and best woodworking event in the country, will be coming to two great locations this fall Chicago's famous Navy Pier (September 20-22, 1996) and the Fort Washington Expo Center outside of Philadelphia (November 8-10, 1996). Whether you're a beginner or an expert, hobbyist or pro, this is one woodworking show that you don V want to miss The American Woodworker Show is like no other woodworking...

How To Use A Footpowered Lathe

Foot Powered Mortiser

Weber uses a gimlet to poke holes for the lag-screw centers. To learn more about working with a foot-powered lathe, read Green Woodworking, by Mike Abbott ( 16.95 U.S. 1989, Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd., 166 High St., Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1 XL), 800-225-9262). wraps a spindle twice with the drive cord. C Adjusting the centers. Weber holds the spindle in place while screwing in the centers. D Making the cut. He moves the blade into the work each time he...

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How to make a piece that looks 200 years old It's a thrill when someone walks into my showroom and exclaims, Where do you get all these great antiques They look at the Colonial hutch pictured here and ask, Got any idea when it was built When I tell them that the hutch was built just a few weeks ago, they wonder how it could look so old, yet be so new. I've found several secrets to making a new piece of furniture look like a 17th-or 18th-century antique. Furniture from this era had wonderful...

Patching The Mouth

Bailey Wooden Sole Plane

Clean the metal parts with an old toothbrush and some mineral spirits. Take care not to remove any original enamel. Parts of the plane include 1 knob 2 cap iron 3 cutter or iron 4 top casting 5 frog, with thumbscrew and adjustment lever and 6 lever cap. Stevens clamps a metal jointer plane upside down in his bench vise, to flatten the wooden sole of a transitional plane. Make sure the grain of the patch piece runs parallel to the length of the plane, so later you can plane the...

Drawer Fronts From A Single Board

Drawer Front Jigs

Position the front panel on the glued-up case to lay out the pull locations. Separate the fronts. With the pulls installed, cut the applied drawer fronts free, one at a time. Front alignment. Clue the fronts to the drawers so edges align and spacing is even. wood bottom. Each finished drawer should be Vl6 in. narrower than the width of the opening and Vfc in. shallower than the boxs inside depth. Reinforce the mitercd drawer corners with keys. Then cut a Vs-in.-wide by...

Transitional Planes

Wood-and-metal hybrids perform with the best of'ern I would have a hard rime picking a favorite hand plane from the many that I've collected in the last 20 years, but my Bailey transitional planes would be high on the list. A transitional plane has a wooden body and a metal mechanism for holding and adjusting the plane iron. Manufactured at the same time that mass-produced iron planes were being introduced, these planes were made to fill a niche between traditional all-wood planes and modern...