Ripcutting with a table saw

The table saw is certainly the most convenient and most accurate machine for ripping lumber and sheet goods. Make sure the rip fence is adjusted so it's parallel to the blade and at a right angle to the table. Squaring up the fence can be tricky with the often-flimsy fences that come with some table saws. That's why you may want to consider seriously investing in after-market calibrated fences that are sturdy, adjustable, and accurate. Many new saws now come equipped Table saws also come...

How to cut tongues rabbets with a table saw

ICut the tongue portion of the lap joint on your table saw, using a tenoning fig to support and guide the workpiece. Set up the sew as If you're cutting a deep rabbet, and begin by making the cheek cuts. 2 Cut the shoulders of the tongues on a tabie saw, using the miter gauge to feed each workpiece past the Made. Ciamp a reiief block to the fence and measure out from its position to the blade to set up the cut.

A primer on router usage

Chamfer Router Bit Projects

It's not unusual for beginning do-it-yourselfers and woodworkers to be a little intimidated by routers. They're loud, aggressive shaping tools and tbey sometimes seem to have a mind of their own when it comes to following a guide or the edge of a board. But by keeping a few basic points in mind, and with some practice, these extremely versatile tools will amaze you with the variety and quality of work they can produce. Setup is a very important aspect of correct router usage. Make sure the hit...

Save those planer shavings

Wood Scrollsaw Patterns Plants

The messiest pail of using chemical strippers is scraping off and disposing of the goo and residue that's created by the stripping process. To make this step a little neater, scatter shavings from your power planer (sawdust is ineffective) onto the stripper after it has done its job, and allow the chemicals to soak into the shavings. Then, simply wipe up the shavings and dispose of them properly. Woodworking is about both the process and the project. In this book, you've heard that before. Now...

The Complete Stepby Step Guide to Skills Techniques and Projects

My Uncle Darrel has been an avid woodworker since I've known him. Whenever my family would drive down for a visit while I was growing up, the first placc T wanted to go was always Parrel's workshop. In preparation Tor my visit, he'd set aside a few scraps and cutoff pieces for me to experiment with. At first I was only allowed to use a coping saw, a tack hammer and a few other hand tools that weren't particularly dangerous, But as 1 grew older and more experienced, he let me use more powerful...

Keep belt sanders on track

Auto Body Sanding Blocks

Tb impart a smooth, crisp edge on a board, use a belt sander. To prevent the sander from rocking and causing roundovers along the edge, sandwich the workpiece between two pieces of scrap wood, making sure all three edges are flush. Clamp the sandwich into the vise in your workbench. Smooth rough cuts with a cabinet scraper A lot of experienced woodworkers view sanding as a last resort. It's messy, noisy, time-consuming and it creates sanding marks. A cabinet scraper is a better tool for...

Casework vs Furnituremaking

Woodworking joinery fails into two major categories-casework and furnituremaking. Each is defined by its materials, structure and aesthetics. Whiie there is certainly some crossover between the categories,, if you're trying to determine which joints to employ for your project, making the casework furniture distinction Is a useful starting point- Typically, sheet goods are used for casework (boxes and cabinets). Butt joints reinforced with screws, biscuits, dowels, splines or pocket screws are...

Teak Cocktail Table Stepbystep

PHOTO A With a slot-cutting hit (See inset photo) in the router table, rout a Vi-in.-wlde x -in.-deep groove Into the edge of the tabletop rail stock. Use a featherboard to hold the stock against the fence. PHOTO C Rout spline grooves In the angled ends of the tabletop rails. Use a pushblock to aid In running the narrow pieces across the cutter and to back up the cut, preventing chlpout PHOTO B Cut the tabletop rails to length with a 22 Vi angle on each end. Attach an angled stop block to the...

Oak Cabinets Stepbystep

Glass Panel Retainer Strip

PHOTO A Cut x -in.-deep rabbets in the top and bottom of the side paneis for the upper cabinet, and cut x -ln.-deep rabbets in the top and bottom of the side paneis for the iower cabinet Also cut > -in.-deep rabbets in the ends of the top and bottom panels for the iower cabinet. Use a router and straight bit to make the cuts. Clamp pieces of -in.-thick scrap on each side of the workpiece, and clamp a straightedge cutting guide for the router to follow. PHOTO B Cut notches in the ends of the...

Corner Cupboard Stepbystep

PHOTO B Gang-cut the carcase top and bottom panels to size, then gang-cut the fixed shelves. Use an edge guide clamped to the work-piece and your workbench to ensure straight cuts. PHOTO A Bevel-rip the glued-up panels on both edges to make the cabinet sides. The 45 bevels should be parallel. Clamp feathertoards to the saw table and fence to hold the panels securely as you cut Edge-glue panels to use for the cabinet sides, top and bottom. Wo used 1x6 pine. Make sure to joint all edges first....

Knife Storage Block Stepbystep

PHOTO B Mark and trim the angled ends of the strips on the table saw with workpieces supported by the miter gauge set to a 45 angle. Attach a piece of scrap to the miter gauge to serve as an auxiliary fence. Doing so provides better workplece support and control. PHOTO A Cut the knife slots Into one face of the strips using a dado blade on the table saw las shown), or on a router table with a straight bit and fence. O Plane all of the beech stock down to Va in. thick. Beech is an excellent...

Daytripper Chair Stepbystep

PHOTO B Ease the edges and ends of the slats and crossbars with a Vs-in. roundover bit in the router table. Use a pin-style guide on the router table to heip control the workpieces as you machine them. PHOTO A Create seat and back support templates from hardboard, and use these templates to draw the profiles on the back and seat support workpieces (use treated lumber, not plywood as shown). Cut out the parts with a jig saw. O Cut two back supports and two seat supports to size and shape. To...

Band saw jig saw blades

Cuchillas Para Trompo Carpinteria

RECIPROCATING SAWS are used to perform many different construction tasks. The size and shape of the blades used changes dramatically according to use. Keep a complete set of biades in your saw case. A good set of reciprocating saw blades includes (A) 6 in., 18 tpi blade for heavy metal (B) 6 in., 10 tpi blade for general mtting (C) 9 in., 6 tpi blade for fast cuts and generai roughing in (D) 12 in., 8 tpi blade for cutting timbers and other thick materials (E) 6 in., 4 tpi blade for fast, rough...

Woodworking Tools Skills

Of course, there has to be some knack and feel for what is right, and we all have it to some extent. But more important is your knowledge of the tools you need, and the skills required to use them effectively. That's what this Woodworking Tools & Skills chapter is all about. First, you will gain an understanding of the tools essential to successful woodworking. Then you receive detailed, step-by-step instructions that show you techniques and tips for using...

Shakerstyle Keepsake Box Stepbystep

Bent Over And Drilled

PHOTO A The side pieces of bath the lid and the box get tapered on one end to minimize the thickness of the overlap after they are bent to shape. Begin the taper about 2 in. in from one end of each part A stationary belt sander works well for sanding these tapers. PHOTO B Steam the ash workpiece until pliable, then remove It quickly from the steamer box and wrap It around the oval center of the bending form. Set the outer presses In place around the ash and clamp the presses together. Tighten...

Reinforcement options

FINISH NAILS are easy fasteners to use for reinforcing butt jonts. Drill a pilot hole for each naif before driving it. Set the nail head betav the wood surface with a correctly-sized nail set. DIAGONAL GLUE BLOCKS Can be glued beneath s butt Joint for additional support. Use them with or without additional fasteners in the joint The blocks are attached with glue oniy. WOOD SCREWS are popular fasteners for reinforcing butt joints. They should be driven Into counterbored or countersunk pilot...

Vital Statistics Daytripper Table

Daytripper Table Citting List

JOINERY Butt joints reinforced with galvanized deck screws Legs made of plywood for strength Screws concealed with matching wood plugs on oak parts Table folds flat by way of pivot doweis on the stretchers and legs FINISHING OPTIONS Penetrating UV protectant sealer, exterior latex paint (1) 3 4 X 3V2 in. x & ft. red oak (1) 1 4-ih.-dia. x 36Hn. hardwood dowel Galvanized deck screws galvanized finish nails 3 e-dia. oak screw cover plugs, typ. Va x 4lA x 25 in. Exterior plywood

Daytripper Table

Daytripper Chair Plans

This folding tabic goes anywhere and stores easily, yet it has the look of fine furniture. Its contrasting base and top and its neatly plugged screw holes highlight both stylishness in conception and craftsmanship in construction. You can easily alter this versatile design to suit your decor by simply changing the species of wood for the top slats, the color of paint on the table subassembly or both. See pages 312-317 for plans on how to build a matching chair to complement this Daytripper...

Cutting with circular saws

Portable circular saws cut on the upward rotation of the blade. To avoid tear-out on the better face of your workpiece, turn it good-face-down when cutting. Build an 8-ft. straightedge to cat plywood and paneling with your circular saw. The straightedge shown below has a V4-in. plywood base, and a 1 x 2 cleat you can also use a strip of plywood that serves as a saw guide. After assembling the straightedge, position the circular saw with the foot tight against the cleat and trim off the excess...

How to counterbore and plug for wood screws

IDriii a counterbored pilot hole using a counterboring bit or by drilling a pilot hoie, then counterboring for the screw shank and the screw head, according to the dimensions In the chart above. 2After the screw is driven, apply wood glue to the end of a screw plug. Set the plug into the counterbore hole with a wood mallet For contrast, the grain in the plug should be perpendicular to the worttpiece grain. For concealment, align the patterns. 3After the glue has dried, trim the plug flush with...

Attach pads for handsfree clamping

Eliminate the hassle of trying to slip loose clamping pads between the jaws of your clamps and your workpiece by attaching pads directly to your clamps or clamp jaws. Hot-glue tabs of wood or felt to C-clamp jaws. Slip ready-made clamp pads on the beads of your bar clamps, or make your own bar-clamp pads by drilling l-in.-dia. holes in pieces of scrap hardboard.

Rating marking tools Four degrees of accuracy

Using Colored Pencils Wood Turnings

Choosing the best marking tool for your project is a matter of weigliing the amount of tolerance you're willing to accept against the readability of the lines you scribe as well as the ease and speed with which the tool can be used. Marking knives create highly accurate lines because the flat blade rides flush against a straightedge and cuts through wood fibers and grain contours that can cause a pencil to waver. They're the tool of choice for most fine woodworking projects. Scratch awls also...

Back to the basics Make quick accurate miter cuts by hand

Scrap Wood Toys And Furniture

With the recent explosion in popularity of the power miter saw, the hand miter box has become almost a forgotten tool. But for making a few quick miter cuts, you may want to revisit this handy and age-old device. A simple, inexpensive miter box with precut slots for 46 and 90 can be stored in a tool box or under your workbench, then clamped in place in no time at all. And with the precut slots, no setup time is required. Tb use the hand miter box, hold your work-piece firmly in place, or clamp...

Vital Statistics Teak Cocktail Table

Skills Technique

OVERALL SIZE 18 Dia. tabletop by 18H JOINERY Mortise-and-tenon joints, floating tenons CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Table is made of weather-resistant teak, with brass and stainless-steel hardware and waterproof potyurethane glue so it can be used outdoors Tabletop rails are joined with spline tenons into an octagon shape and then cut round - Slat tenons are pinned in place rather than glued to allow for wood movement FINISHING OPTIONS Finish with teak oil If the table will be used indoors. The wood...

Options for cutting dadoes with a router

Cutting Dadoes With Router

A router guide Is needed to make a dado or plow with a straight router bit. The simplest guide Is a plain, straight board clamped to the workpiece the correct distance from the cutting line. ROUTER EDGE GUIDE. For rough work, sliding attachments that fit onto the router base may be used as a guide. Select a bit WKh a diameter equal to the desired width of tfie dado. Make the cut In multiple passes of Increasing depth, moving the router left to right ROUTER EDGE...

Basic Bookcase Stepbystep

Build Bookcase With Plywood

Rip and crosscut the bookcase back and top to size. 0 Rip a lO-in.-wide, 62 -in. strip of plywood, then crosscut the strip in half to form the two Lay out the three shelves end-for-end along one long edge of the plywood sheet, then cut off this strip of shelving. Crosscut the strip along your reference lines to divide it into three shelves See Photo A . O Draw and cut the arched profiles along the bottom edges of the side panels Lay out the arches, following the Side Layout grid drawing, page...

Domino

Somewhere around 1720, dominoes found their way to Europe by way of the silk route from China. Sets dating hack some 600 years earlier have been discovered in Eastern Asia. But the game most of us know as Dominoes is an American version with its roots in the early 20th century. Also known as Muggins or Five Up, the basic game requires just 28 tiles. Follow our project plans to build a set of hand-made walnut and maple dominoes, along with a handy storage box. OVERALL SIZE Dominoes IW by t H by...

Crosscut Trivets

While it may look like 14 separate sticks have been glued together in a grid pattern to form these trivets, the truth is you can cut the whole trivet in one part from a single piece of wood. There's no gluing or assembly involved just a little milling on the router tabic. Thanks to the 'woven' design, these trivets effectively disperse heat to protect tables and countertops from hot dishes. They make unique gifts, and you can build them in a snap from any hardwood species you like. OVERALL SIZE...

Library Bookends Stepbystep

Handsaw Bookends

O Laminate the bases together First, rip and crosscut the four base pieces to size, according to the Cutting List dimensions on page 128. Glue pairs of base pieces together to form two 1 2-in.-thick bases. Round over the top edges of each base assembly Ease one end and two edges around the top face of each base assembly with a router and 1 4-in. roundover bit. Bore the ballast holes in the bases optional . Lay out the locations of the ballast holes on the liases, following the Bases drawing on...

Defining Hardwoods Softwoods

Softwoods Leaf

DESPITE WHATTHE CATEGORIES IMPLY, tile dlstintfon between hardwoods and softwoods has to do with leaf type and Is not a measure of wood hardness. Oak, a common hardwood, has broad leaves that shed In the fall, while pine, a coniferous softwood, retains its needles all winter. PARI OF IDE ATTRACTION OF WOODWORKING comes from the opportunity to work with wood displaying dramatic differences in color, figure and grain pattern. Wood color Is a product of of how Its tannins, gums and resins react to...

How to cut mortises with a plunge router

Outline The Mortises

ILay out an outline for the mortise on the work-piece using a pencii and combination square, if you need to make muiitpie mortises the same width and in alignment, use a marking gauge. 2 In your plunge router, instaii a straight bit with a diameter equai to the width of the mortise. Ciamp a stop biock guide to the router base so the bit aligns with the mortise outline. Set the cutting depth to the depth of the mortise. With the workpiece secured, plunge the bit into the wood and make the...

Kids Wall Clock

Kids will find it tougher to lose track of time when it's marked on the belly of their favorite animal or storybook character. We're providing three animal patterns here, but the simple plywood clock back design could be adapted to any shape you like. 1 3 4 in. x 2 x 4 ft. birch plywood OVERALL SIZE Varies with clock shape CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Clock shapes made by tracing around a full-size template ' Hole for clock insert cut with a hole saw 1 43 amp -in.-dia. battery-powered quartz clock...

Crosscut Trivets Stepbystep

Oak Trivet

PHOTO B Reposition the fence at VA in. and 2Vi in. from the bit lor the second and third rounds of cuts. Continue milling the grooves in three passes, raising the bit after each, until the trivet is completed. PHQTO A Make the first series of grooves with the router fence set hi in. away from a fe-ln. straight bit raised to 3ae in. Cut two parallel grooves into one face, then flip the workpiece and cut two grooves in this face that are perpendicular to the grooves in the opposite face. Raise...

Reverse the miter gauge for panel cutting

Reverse Miter

Sheet goods and glued-up panels are often too wide to be fed into the blade with the saw's miter gauge. You can solve this problem by turning the gauge around so the head of the gauge is fed into the miter-gauge slot first. Attach an auxiliary fence to the miter gauge to create a more stable surface for pressing against. You can also use a miter-gauge hold-down See photo at top of page to keep the panel steady. Tips lt 6 Techniques for Using Your Tabic Saw 45

Two ways to draw shallow arcs

Creating a regular arc requires tricky calculations or an elaborate .jig, right Not necessarily. A trio of nails and a strip of wood will do the job. Tack one nail at each endpoint of the arc, and tack the third naii at the apex of the arc, spaced evenly between the endpoints. Cut a thin strip of plywood orhardboard that's at least a Tew inches longer than the length of the arc. Bend the strip between the nails as shown in the above, right photo. Trace along the inside edge of the strip to draw...

How to rip various materials with a table saw

LONG BOARDS When ripping iong boards, tip the back edge of die board up so it is slightly higher than the saw table. Doing this will press the ieading edge of the board firmiy down on the saw table. Lower the back edge of the board as the cut progresses. SHEET GOODS Full sheets of plywood, particieboard and other sheet goods can be ripped effectively on a tabie saw if you position a sturdy tabie on the outfeed side of the saw, at or just below the saw table surface. Gut many woodworkers prefer...

Dowel Reinforced Butt Joints

A HIDDEN DOWEL JOINT can be used to reinforce butt joints when assembling face frames or making furniture. The dowels strengthen the joint, and help you align the parts. For best results, use a dowel jig or dowel points for guidance when drilling the dowel holes. ITo lay out the dowel joints, butt the two mating parts together, making sure the mating surfaces are flush. Mark the dowel hole locations by drawing a single line across the joint for each dowel. For best results, use at least two...

Basic Adirondack Chair

Adirondack Chair Materials List

No piece of outdoor furniture conjures up an image of elegance and rugged outdoor comfort quite like the Adirondack chair. There are many variations of this American classic. This design features a straightforward concept and easy-to-work materials for a satisfying project that can be built in a day, yet provide years of enjoyment. Vital Statistics Basic Adirondack Chair JOINERY Butt joints reinforced with galvanized deck screws - Largely square, straight cuts can be made with simple hand or...

Basic Adirondack Chair Stepbystep

PHOTO B Attach the back support, front legs and arm braces to the arm woiKpieces with 2-ln. galvanized screws. PHOTO A Attach the back legs to the seat stretchers with 2-ln. galvanized deck screws. Countersink the screw heads. 0 Cut the back legs to length from 1x8 stock. Follow the Back I egs drawing, page 329, to mark the angle cuts on the legs. Cut the leg angles with a jig saw or circular saw using a straightedge guide. Then cut the two seat stretchers to length. Build the arm assembly Cut...

Fullshelter Doghouse

Keep a canine friend warm and dry in this sturdy doghouse. Our design features a dividing wall that provides complete shelter from wind and rain, and the shingled roof is removable for easier cleaning. In colder climates, you can even install sheet foam insulation beneath the floor for added warmth. OVERALL SIZE 481 by 40W by 44H MATERIAL Exterior plywood, roofing materials JOINERY Butt joints reinforced with glue and screws - Gussets beneath the roof panels strengthen the roof so it can be...

Mantel Clock Stepbystep

Dado Joint With Table Saw

PHOTO B Drill holes in the face frame rails and sides so you can assemble these parts with dowels. A doweling ig ensures that the holes are positioned precisely across each joint and keeps the drill bit straight In relation to the workplece. PHOTO A Cut rabbets across the ends and along one long edge of each side piece using a dado blade on the table saw. These rabbets form recesses for the carcase top and bottom, as well as the plywood back panel. Attach a sacrificial wood fence to your saw...

Make a simple trammel for drawing circles

A trammel is a marking device that pivots around a centerpoint to create a circle. You can buy fancy milled steel woodworking trammels, or- you can make your own with a thin strip of hardboard. Just drive a nail through one end of the strip, than measure out from the nail toward the other end an amount equal to the radius of the circle. Mark a centerpoint for drilling a pencil guide hole at that point usually, 3 s in. dia. . Tack the nail at the center of the workpiece, insert the pencil into...

Through dowels

Dowel Effect

One of the simplest ways to reinforce a butt joint or a mortlse-and-tenon joint, for that matter Is with through dowels. After the joint Is assembled and the glue has dried, simply drill dowel holes through the joint, using a drill press or a portable driii with a drilling guide. Then, apply glue to the ends of pieces of doweling and drive dowels through the holes with a mallet. Tip Bevel the leading end of each dowel first with sandpaper. Leave about Vfc to 4 in. of the dowel protruding past...

Spokeshave makes easy roundovers

You don't need to be a wheelwright to make good use of this time-honored tool. The spokeshave can round over just about any furniture leg or table edge. And may woodworkers enjoy using the spokeshave to make chair spindles and other round parts. Spokeshaves are matle in several different sizes with concave blades of varying radii. Here's a sampling of the dozens of rasp bits you can purchase for your drill driver.

Spice Shelves

Clamping Slats For Shelves

Get those jars of spices and seasoning out of a dark cupboard and onto this handsome oak spice holder. Two lower shelves are designed to accommodate full-size shakers, while the top shelf stores taller containers and bottles. Chamfered back slats and lap-jointed front rails lend a fine woodworking air to this deceptively simple piece. 4 Vz x 3V2 in. x 4 ft. red oak JOINERY Butt joints reinforced with glue and finish nails glued dado and lap joints Project constructed from pre-milled lA- and...

Clamping aids come through when duty cauls

Because most clamp jaws are less than 2 in. wide, tightening the clamps directs the clamping pressure to only a small section of the workpiece. As a result, joints and entire woodworking projects can be pulled out of square, A good solution to this effect is to use wood cauls when gluing up your projects. Wood cauls are simply strips of wood that are slipped bet ween clamps and the workpiece to distribute the clamping pressure evenly. Woodworkers have been using them for centuries to help...

Stand

Shelf rails 4 Ux 2H x 12 in. bottom A. Legs_4 1Yz gt 1 V'2x 28 in. Mahogany Joint, plane and rip-cut stock to 1 Vl x IVi in. square. Cross-cut the four legs to 28 in. long. Chamfer the tops of the leg . We used a routrr table with a chamfering bit, but you could also use a stationary disc sander with a table, or even a small block plane. Set up your tool to cut a Vi-in. chamfer. If using a router table, position a fence with a bit relief cutout so its face is flush with the pilot hearing of...

Jewelry Box Stepbystep

Miter Joint Serving Tray

The box and lid sides and ends are res awn and cut from one piece of maple to give a four-corner grain match two sides have continuous grain and two are butt- or end-matched . A prominent grain pattern will show off the lour-way match better than an all-over pattern like bird's-eye, hut a bit of figure or curl to the wood will add a richness that is welcome in just about any woodworking project. O Cut the lid panel to size, according to the dimensions given in the Cutting List, page 206. 0...

Wood Coloring Agents

Application can be messy Slow curing time allows dust to settle In the finish. May show brush marks Recommended for Previously stained wood. Touching up wood finish. Neat and easy to apply, with no running. Even drying. Color can be deepened with layering. Buffing will result in a hard surface. High cost, difficult cleanup and limited color selection. Requires buffhig between coats. Does not penetrate wood. Vulnerable to streaking. Woodwork with vertical surfaces....

Kidsize Picnic Table Stepbystep

Technical Drawing Picknick Bench

PHOTO A Lay out the legs and stringers. Scribe the curved end of the iegs and the curves on the stringers with a compass, set to the radii given in the technical drawings 011 page 300. O Crosscut the legs, top and seat stringers and stretcher to length. Cedar is easy to cut with a jig saw, but you'll get straighter cuts using a circular saw. Lay out the legs Refer to the Leg Layout dr awing, page 300, to mark one end of each leg for cutting tbe top angle. To mark the legs for curved feet, set...

Collapsible Band Saw Basket

Collapsible Planer Boards

This ingenious gift, which imitates an Irish folk-art design, makes a handy table accent piece. The basket is formed by cutting a series of concentric spirals in a wide piece of stock with the band saw table set at an angle. These angled spiral cuts allow the center of the basket to drop down into a tapered bowl shape or collapse flat for storage. Vital Statistics Collapsible Band Saw Basket TYPE Collapsible basket OVERALL SIZE 9s ieW by 9V2D by 123AL MATERIAL Red oak JOINERY None Can be made...

Collapsible Band Saw Basket Stepbystep

Free Scroll Saw Collapsible Bowl Pattern

Start this project with a 10-in,-wide oak panel that is at least 13 in. long. The panel must be knot-free with straight grain and no signs of splitting. You may find surfaced, -in. stock at your local lumberyard that is wide enough to miike this project from a single length of board. However, gluing up a couple of narrower hoards is just fine, too, O If you glue up your pane with multiple boards, joint the long edges of each board to flatten and smooth them. Yoult want to glue up the boards...

Cutting dadoes with a dado blade setCutting rabbets with a table saw

Daido Blades

A DADO BLADE SET can be mounted on a table saw and adjusted to cut dadoes up to 1fa in. wide. Ttie blade sets consist of a pair of circular blades that sandwleti toothed chlppers. Thin plastic spacers can be Inserted to fine-tune the width. ISet the cutting width of your dado blade fay adding chippers and spacers between the two blades. Mount the set on your table saw arbor. When mounted In a table saw, dado-blade sets require a saw throat plate wfttr an extra-wide opening. 2Set the cutting...

How to make handcut dovetail joints

Mortise And Tenon Joint

IDraw the dovetail pin angle and use it to set the angle on a sliding T-bevel that you can use to mailt the pins on the ends of the pin boards. Make a scale drawing of a dovetail pin and use It to set a slidingT-benl for marking the layout lines for the pins. A standard angle Is 80 , which equals a 1 6 ratio of slope to pin depth. 2After edge-gluing and cutting toe workpieces to size, begin work by laying out the pins. Use the drawing labeled Pin tall layout to lay out the pins on the end of...

Pinned mortise and tenon joint illustration

Pinned Through Tenon

2 Punch a smaii starter hole at the centerpoint of each pin hoie. if your project is a manageable size, use your driii press to drtii the hoies, as we did In the photo above. Using a brad-point bit will ensure that the hoie starts precisely in the centerpoint. Drili the holes aii the way through the tenon and into the other side of the mortise. Use a bit stop if your pian caiis for stopped pins, if you're creating through-pin joints, drili ali the way through the joint and into a piece of...

Reclaimed lumber

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about reclaimed lumber. Most reclaimed lumber Is salvaged from the beams and timbers of old buildings, and some is recovered from the chilly depths of the Great Lakes. Such lumber was cuiled from virgin forests a century or more ago, and It is generally very straight-grained and true. It Is also extremely seasoned only large swings In temperature or humidity seem to affect it Reclaimed lumber Is generally a great product, and numerous mills advertise...