Backing Board

What's It Like To Work With The best spalted wood machines just like a regular board, but some pieces can be a real challenge. Decay is a gradual process, so some parts of a board can be very hard and others very soft. Soft spots can peck out when planed or become dished when sanded. Turners often use cyano-acrylate glue to penetrate and harden soft spots. You can best capture spalted wood's natural look by using a fast-drying finish, such as lacquer or shellac. Soft spots can soak up a lot of...

Aligned Centerlines

A sharp blade on a well-tuned bandsaw can remove a whisker from the edge, just like a tablesaw can. Nibbling off a little at a time is much less risky than going for broke.Test the fit after each nibble. Mark the rail for the half-lap notches.They have to be perfectly located, so don't trust your tape measure use the real bench. Slide the legs into the sockets and clamp the rail to them. Make sure the rail is centered and the legs are perpendicular to the top.Then mark both...

Bottom Of Groove

Hold it against the groove's bottom and make sure the miters line up exactly with the panel's corners. 14. Make the splines (D). Their exact thickness is very important. Too tight, and you won't be able to slide them in the grooves after you add glue. Too loose, and they won't align the frame pieces. The spline's width should be Glue the frame pieces in stages. Glue the short pieces first, right to the panel, putting glue only in the middle two inches of the groove.Then add the long...

Speed Wrench

Router type, size Fixed base, 1-3 4 hp to 3-1 2 hp If you like your woodworking tools built like trucks, this is the router lift for you. Steel mounting plate will never sag. Bit changes can be made above the table. Its full-size speed wrench has an attached scale graduated in 1 128-in. increments. The scale can be zeroed out. Adapter rings are available for most fixed-base routers ( 15 to S20). It comes sized to fit the Porter-Cable 7518. Drop-in steel insert rings only need to be screwed down...

Back Face

Making this cut on the bandsaw eliminates the risk of dangerous kickback that exists whenever you cut small pieces on a tablesaw. 15. Center the base and mark its location. Then slide it a couple inches off center and apply glue Photo 10 . Slide the base home. Keep a mallet handy, in case the glue swells the joints enough to require a little extra persuasion. Fasten the base to the top with screws through the rail. 16. Cut the dovetail-shaped keys from a wide...

Future Ttrack Location

Without question, a router table is one of the most versatile tools you can add to any shop. Whether you're making doors or moldings, router tables are do-it-all tools. This shop-made unit is a fully featured router table with portability, versatility and compactness. And you can build the whole thing for less than 260. It's perfect for any shop in which floor space is precious. The top has as much real estate as a full-size router table but, like a benchtop unit, the router center can easily...

Quickrelease Lever

Jet Router Lift Exacta

Jet Powermatic Jointech SmartLift Digital Router type, size Plunge or fixed base, 1-3 4 to 3-1 2 hp The Jet Powermatic EXACTA-Lift is an older design but it's still a capable router lift. What sets the EXACTA-Lift apart from most of the other lifts is the fact that the router mounts to the lift by its base, allowing it to take almost any size and type of router. The EXACTA-Lift can take almost any plunge or fixed-base router on the market, including the big Milwaukee 5625-29. Price includes an...

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Shaft Brake

Router Lift Dust

Router type, size Plunge or fixed base, 1-3 4 hp or larger The Unilift dial indicators double as crank inserts. The Unilift has a manual shaft break that has to be activated before routing and released before adjusting. This is an extra step that must be done with each height adjustment and requires keeping a hex-head screw driver handy. Base mount accommodates a plunge router. - The Unilift will fit the Milwaukee 5625-29. Extra-tall wrench easily clears the fence. Aluminum mounting plate is...

Wb

In Ireland, where I was taught, the first jig a woodworking apprentice makes is a bench hook a simple, yet amazingly effective device used to hold small stock for sawing and trimming. The design itself is ancient bench hooks have been used for centuries. But in the United States, my trusty third hand seems to be something of a novelty to my American woodworking friends. A bench hook allows you to hold workpieces securely on your bench without clamps. It's simply a flat board with cleats...