Invest in a router table

A router is one of the most versatile power tools ever created, but mounted In a router table its usefulness and accuracy become even greater. Commercial models are available, but many handymen prefer to build their own. You can purchase hits for malting the mounting plate, fence and even the table surface. The router table shown to the right is made using an inexpensive bathroom vanity as a cabinet, with a piece of post-form countertop for the tabtetop. tf you plan to use your router table frequently, it's a good idea to buy a dedicated router for it. Look for a fixed-base model with a Vi m. collet A soft start feature will make the router table safer and easier to manage.

Router Skills

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Mounting plate

Jointer plane

Stock plane

THREE COMMON HAND PLANES for workshop use are the biock plane, jack plane and Jointer plane. Block pianes are very handy general purpose toots. They can be used to plane with the grain, but they have shallow biade angles and flat soies so they can also plane end grain effectively. Their small size makes them easy to manage and convenient to store In your tool box. Jack planes are medium-sized planes with a slight curve In the sole. Their main purpose Is to reduce board thickness by surface pianing (see photo above). Jointer planes (also called try pianes) have iong soles that can ride a board edge smoothly. Their main use is to smooth board edges, especially in preparation for edge gluing.

If you don't own a power planer and need to reduce the thickness of a board slightly, a jack plane Is, the too) you'll want to use. The fastest way to remove stock is by roughing with the plane: scraping the plane diagonally to the direction of the grain. To remove smaller amounts of material, and to srpooth out

Sharpening plane irons

Plane blades {called Irons) are sharpened in much the Same way as wood chisels, typically at an angle of 25°. To maintain a steady angle on the Irons, you can purchase a honing guide through most woodworking catalogs.

after roughing, ^ use a smoothing motion: orient the blade so the blade is diagonal to the wood grain, but follow the grain direction as you push the tool across your workpiece.



Thickness planing with a hand plane

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Follow the grain as you plane

Wavy grain: Switch directions to plane toward crests

Straight grain: Plane following the upward grain slope

For best results when planing, pay attention to the direction of tbe wood grain, keeping in mind that the grain is a three-dimensional feature of the wood. In addition to tunning longitudinally along a board, it also has a general up or down elope on most boards. Inspect the edge of the board to see which direction the grain is running (Illustra tion above) and plane the board to follow the wood grain upward. On some face-sawn boards, the wood grain is wavy or cupped from the side view. On such boards, you'll need to switch planing direction as you work along the board, always planing toward a crest In the wood grain.

Wavy grain: Switch directions to plane toward crests

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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