Jigs fixtures

After trying one of these miter sleds, the miter gauge that came with your table sa may end up just'gathering dust. A Two sets of holes on this miter sled allow you to position the miter bar to use the sled on either side of the blade. The aluminum fence can also be repositioned. A steel pin serves as a stop for the fence. By moving the pin to different hole locations, you can set the fence to commonly-used angles. A Two sets of holes on this miter sled allow you to position the miter bar to...

Bed Headboard Routed Edge Profile

When it came to installing the cap on the headboard of the bed, I used dowels to keep the pieces aligned and create a stronger joint. I just had to make sure sure the holes in the top of the legs lined up with the holes in the bottom of the cap. To do this, I used dowel centers. I drilled the holes in the legs first. Then I placed a dowel center in each hole and centered the cap on the headboard. By pressing down on the cap, the dowel centers made dimples in the bottom of the cap, letting me...

Fiberboard

Ql'd like to know more about a material called MDF, which is often mentioned in various projects. Just what is it Robert Landis Sc. Marys, Pennsylvania A MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is a manufactured wood product that's in the same family as particleboard. But unlike particleboard, which is a mixture of wood chips and shavings held together with resin, MDF is much more refined. The finer the If you have a question related to woodworking techniques, tools, finishing, or hardware, we'd...

Locking Rabbet

Even though the drawers of the DVD case are small, they're sure to get a lot of wear and tear. So to make sure the drawers stand the test of time, I used a locking rabbet joint to attach the front to the sides. START WITH A CENTERED GROOVE. Detail 'a' on the opposite page shows you what an assembled locking rabbet joint looks like. This may look challenging at first. But you can make this joint with a few simple steps. The first thing you'll need to do is cut a centered groove on each end of...

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Router Joinery

Joinery Details Key Board Drawer

As I mentioned earlier, I used dadoes to join the case sides and dividers to the top and bottom. Since this joint will be front and center, it's very important to cut perfectly smooth, flat, and chipout-free dadoes. To do this, 1 used my router table and a W straight bit, as in the photo at right. ROUTING THE DADOES. The key to making the drawer compartments of the case identical in size is cutting evenly spaced and matched dadoes in both the top and bottom. All it takes is a couple simple...

Pipe Clamp Stand

As most woodworkers know, work-ing with pipe clamps can cause some frustration. They don't offer much clearance for the handles, and they easily tip over if you're not care-ful. So I built my own clamp stands to solve these problems see photo at right . What makes these stands so handy is that they're wider than most clamp stands I've seen. The wider stance makes them less likely to roll over. Another benefit is that by using U-bolts, the stands can be attached and removed easily without having...

Assembling Drawers

Joinery Particle Board Bed

Assembling a drawer so it fits an opening perfectly can be a challenge. These shop-tested techniques will get you off to a great start. Assembling a drawer seems fairly simple. Cut the parts to size, do a little joinery, then just glue it up. Unfortunately, it's not always that easy. The process can be challenging, hectic, and an effort in frustration. Plus, it's all too easy to end up with a drawer that's a bit out of square or twisted so much that fitting it into an opening is all but...

Stacking DVD Cases

If you decide to make more than one of the DVD storage cases on page 16, you'll probably want to be able to stack the cases on top of each other. To connect the cases but still allow them to be taken apart later for a different configuration, I installed machine screws and matching threaded inserts see photo at right . DRILLING THE HOLES. If you take a look at details 'a' and 'b' below, you'll see that countersunk holes are drilled in the bottom of the upper case for the machine screws. Then...

Bed Rail Fasteners

Bed Rail Fasteners

To attach the rails to the headboard and footboard of the platform bed on page 22,1 used bed rail fasteners. These are mortised into the legs of the bed as well as the ends of the rails. And since they carry the entire weight of the platform and mattress, youH want to make sure they fit into the mortises like a hand in a glove. In order to do this, I made a simple jig that allowed me to quickly rout snug-fitting mortises for the fasteners, as is shown in the photo at right. As you can see in...