Some Tips From Our Shop

When I was building the Slant Front Desk on page 16, Iwanted to use sliding dovetails for joining some parts of the desk. But there was a problem. To rout a dovetailed tongue on the router table, the work-pieces must stand on edge, see photos below. But my router table fence was too short to easily sup port a large panel while routing. And I ran into the same problem when I tried to rout the ends of the tall, narrow rails. So to solve this, I built a tall fence that clamps to the top of my...

Joining solid wood to solid wood can be a problem Sliding dovetails are one answer A dovetail tongue fits in a dovetail

Measure Sliding Dovetail

It's a big concern with many projects. As solid wood expands and contracts with seasonal changes in humidity, joints can pop and boards may warp. Since this Desk is built with a number of wide solid cherry panels, it required specialjoinery to deal with the problems of wood movement. JOINERY. Sliding dovetails are one answer. With thisjoinery technique, the wide side panels are free to float independently of the frames that hold the panels together. But the drop-down door...

In T H E W O Od Smith Shop

Before starting an heirloom project, I check my saw. It must be adjusted correctly for clean crosscuts. But a perfectly adjusted saw doesn't guarantee perfect cuts. That's thejob of the crosscut blade, and there's a couple things to check. I start by inspecting the teeth. The condition of the teeth will determine if the blade cuts cleanly or leaves ragged, chipped-out edges, see photo. No blade will cut well if the teeth are all gunked up with pitch and resin. So, ifnecessaiy, first clean the...

Ogee Bracket Feet

Ogee Bracket Foot Woodworking

Even though the ogee bracket feet shown in the photo look like traditional ogee feet from two hundred years ago, they're much easier to make. Back then, these feet would have been shaped with hand tools I used a table saw and a band saw. The results are the same, great looks and plenty of strength, without the hard work. PROFILES. When you first look at a foot like this, it may be hard to figure how it's made. It's not one big block as you might expect. Instead it's two pieces of wood joined...

Project Supplies

Woodsmith Project Supplies is offering a hardware and pattern kit for the Country Coat Rack on page 6. Wood is not included. We're also offering the full-size patterns and finishes separately, see below. W86-786-100 Coat Rack 1 pair Hinges, Solid Brass W Open Width x 2 Long, with Mounting Screws 1 1 Oak Knob and Screw l Magnetic Catch and Catch Plate, with Mounting Screws 6 Oak Shaker Pegs, 3V2 Long, V2-Dia. Tenon 10 3 g Flathead Oak Plugs l Full-Size Patterns of Back and Ends patterns. We're...