By Howard Lewin

Howard Lewin

But it takes a lot of dowels about 3.000 to form a 5-in. thick, 12-in. square turning blank. Anyone who's had a glue-up go awry when clamping up a few furniture components can imagine the potential nightmare of juggling quarts of glue and thousands of dowels. The job actually isn't that bad with a simple clamp press form that holds the glued dowels. I'll describe later how to make it. 'Ihe form also enables you to mix various-colored dowels randomly'or in more definite rows or...

Sharpening A Hollow Mortising Chisel

Ask five people how to sharpen hollow chisels and you'll get five different answers. Here's one way that works well for me. Buy a small cone-shaped grinding wheel and check that the tip matches the hollow chisel. To get a picture of the interior geometry, press the end of the chisel into modeling clay (or Play-Doh*). To sharpen the chisel, reduce the speed of the drill press to near 500 rpm, and put the grinding wheel in the chuck. Holding the hollow chisel vertically, press the business end up...

By Simon Watts

Mortise And Tenon Drill Press

And then I'll describe the various machines that do the same job. Any machine involves some setup time. If you have only a few mortises to deal with, it's often quicker to mark them out individuallv, drill out the waste, and chisel to the lines. If you don't have a drill press, a self-centering doweling jig speeds the work and keeps holes square to the surface. If you already own a drill press, consider buying a hollow-chisel mortising attachment to go with it. This attach- mcnt consists of a...

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Tucker Vise

Metal-jaw vises, hardware for making wooden vises, and workbench kits are available from the following mail-order companies 161 Ave. of the Americas New York, NY 10013 800 221-2942 VERITAS TOOLS 12 E. River St. Ogdensburg, NY 13669 315 393-1967 WOODCRAFT SUPPLY CORP. 210 Wood County Industrial Park Box 1686 Parkersburg, WV 26102 800 225-1153 Metal-jaw woodworking vises are available from the following companies ADJUSTABLE CLAMP CO. 417 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 312 666-0640 WILLIAMS amp...

Woodenjaw Bench Vises

How Mount Bench Vises

FACE VISES have steel guide rods and a movable, rectangular jaw that closes flush with the benchtop. Front face vise mounts to front of bench. End face vise spans entire width o lt bench. Front face vise mounts to front of bench. Easy to construct since bench forms rear jaw. Jaws can be buit as wide as you like. Guide rods fmit depth of jaws. Can't grip long boards vertically. Jaws car rack out of para lei If stock is gripped off lt enter. End face vise spans entire width o lt bench. Easy to...

Clamping Slanted Dovetails

Cutting the tails in the slanted boards makes clamping more awkward. See Fig. 3. When two adjacent sides are slanted. things get a little more complicated. Instead of sawing the tails square to the surface of the board, they, too, must be cut at an angle, as shown in Fig. 2. This angle must be the same as the angle of slant 15 to the vertical in the drawing. For strong joints, the ccnterlines of the pins must also be parallel to the grain not at right angles to...

Info

Most woodworking glues will work, but I prefer Weldwood Plastic Resin glue available at most hardware stores and woodworking-supply stores . Weldwood fills gaps, is easy to mix, and will absorb some color from the dyed dowels. There is a drawback with this type of glue. A 70 minimum temperature must be maintained for the glue to cure properly. To be safe, 1 keep the temperature at the glue line about 80 by surrounding the press and form with six 100-watt light fixtures. See...

Woodenvise Hardware

You can't buy a wooden-jaw vise and simply bolt it to your bench like you can a metal-jaw vise. A wooden-jaw vise must be built into a bench. When planning your workbench, buy the vise hardware first, and then work out the design details to accommodate the hardware. Bcnch-scrcw assemblies arc available for each type of wooden-jaw vise face vise, tail vise, shoulder vise, and leg vise. See Figs. 1 and 2. These assemblies come with the bench screw and nut and guide rods if applicable for the type...