Richard Raffan

Is a turner and author in New South Walts, Australia. Final cuts. Wedge the base onto a jam chuck to expose its lower half After initial shaping with a gouge, refine the sides with a skew (left). Work the underside first with a gouge (center), then with a skew (right). Hold the skew flat on the rest. AMERICAN WOODWORKER A APRIl 19 9 6 3 9 Splayed Legs Are a Snap With Loose-Te he simple bar stool gets a bum rap. This unassum-ing piece of furniture has great practicality. It waits patiently under...

Amfrican Woodworker A April

Good woodworking starts with straight, square edges, but a jointer isn't the only way to get them. The Joint-A-Billi-T is a fixture that clamps to a bench or stand and teams up with your router and a straight bit to cut glue-joint perfect edges. In addition to jointing solid stock, the portable Joint-A-Billi-T lets you cut rabbets, grooves and dadoes and square off large panels, doors and tablctops. The fixture comes in different models to accommodate different size stock. (Price 60-in. model,...

Sheetmetal Apron

Apply self-stick emery cloth for non-skid surface. table, eliminating friction between the work and the saw table. Use sheet metal for the apron either stainless steel or aluminum that's 0.015 in. to 0.030 in. thick. Size the sheet so that it just clears the saw blade when the miter gauge is in cither slot. Many woodworkers now have mortising attachments for their drill presses. At age 77, I prefer an older, quieter way I drill Chuck shank of chisel in drill press. Chuck shank of chisel in...

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Page 34 Magic Coin Rank Page 62 Buyer's Guide to lack Planes Routing Spline Miter Grooves 12 Fint-Ever Amrk VW gt n lt mfK Show 20 Easy-Tilt Drill-Press Table 24 Clear Outdoor RouterTrac Mortise-and-Tenon fig 76 Workshops, Seminars, Etc 84 Hot Seats from The Chair Show 90 Norm Abram Visits the AW Shop 96 No More Angle Agony fust Set Your Dimensions and Saw 30 Your I Iff p Ones with fi Irjck Container ., .,. 34 An Expert Shows You How to Turn a Tight-Fitting Simple Seating with L lt x gt...

Play It Safe

Safety equipment such as guards, hold-downs, goggles, dust masks and hearing protection can greatly reduce your risk of injury. But even the best guard won't make up for poor judgment. Use common sense and caution in the workshop. If a procedure feels dangerous, don't try it, no matter how many other folks work that way. Figure out an alternative that feels safe. Your safety is your responsibility. 33 E. Minor St Emma in. FA 18098 Phone lt 610 967-5171 FAX 610...

Turned Wood Lidded Boxes Cylinder

A master turner's methods for a perfect-fitting lid Who would guess that a blank of walnut could yield such a beautiful box Rattan's turned containers are famous for their graceful forms and for the perfect fit of the lids. When I decided to turn wood for a living late in 1969, I knew practically nothing of the craft. But 1 did know that I wanted to turn boxes lidded containers for spices, jewelry, shells, ball bearings or any of the innumerable personal treasures we all possess. I hadn't a...

Wire Inlay

Silver Wire Inlay Furniture

Make Delicate Designs in Wood with a Plunge Router, a Template, and a Tiny Bit Wire inlay is the art of setting narrow ribbons of metal into grooves cut in a wooden surface. Traditionally, it was done with hand tools to decorate gunstocks and boxes modern applications are limited only by your imagination. My technique uses a plunge router, templates and tiny machinists' micro-end mill bits to cut the grooves. It's a simple and accurate method that gives me a lot of creative freedom. In this...

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Rising Dovetail Jig

L I I hy is it that some jigs become indispensable and oth- M crs wind up gathering dust on the top shelf A good _ _ jig has to be dependable, versatile and stone simple to set up and use. 1 designed this tablesaw tapering jig with just those qualities in mind and it's one of the most often-used jigs in my shop. With most other tapering jigs, you have to guess at the right angle. This one allows you to key in actual dimensions the width of the stock you need to remove, and the length of the...

Bank

N a Christmas clay many years ago, my grandfather gave me a wooden coin bank he had made, similar to the one shown here. The bank had a little drawer where you dropped in a coin. When you closed the drawer and opened it again, the coin was gone. While my grandfather's intent was to encourage me to save money, to my young mind the box was pure magic. A few years later, as a teenager working in my father's woodshop, I opened my bank for the first time to discover how the magic worked. Here's what...