Rotate The Relish Please

This little Lazy Susan should knock some of the dust off your router and put it to good use. I used a router for two different operations on this project first, to cut the exposed spline joints for the frame, and then to cut the frame into a circle. However, I have to admit that the router needs a little help in order to get this project under way. To cut the grooves for the splines that join the eight pieces for the frame together , I used the router table shown in Woodsmitk No. 20. 1 also...

The Elusive Curves

I can do up a set of plans for almost anything, yet when it comes to the layout of curves, I'm lost. I've even tried French curves, but they never seem to look like the layouts I'm working frpin. Can you shed any light on how to draw these curves so that they look in proper proportions John Hickford Morgantown, We si Virginia Unfortunately, we don't really have any quick fixes for this problem. In fact, we go through the same thing all of the time. When there's a pattern of a curve you want to...

The Old Clock On The Wall Says Its Time

This Schoolhouse Clock is built from just two oak boards 6-feet long. That's not what I would call a lot of lumber. However, these boards must be cut up into 32 small pieces just the right size and shape , and carefully joined together, I think that's the most intriguing thing about clock-building. It doesn't require a lot of wood . . . but it does require a lot of woodworking skill. joinery. Joinery is probably the most important aspect of this clock. Almost evenr joint is on display, so it...

Miter With A Secret Partner

We used miter and spline joinery on every project in this issue. That alone should indicate it's quite a versatile joint. Miters can solve a lot of problems especially on any type of frame that requires special cuts along the edge. For instance, you can make molding cuts or rabbets either on the inside or outside edge before the pieces are mitered. This eliminates many of the headaches associated with other frame joints like a mortise and tenon . However, miters do have their bad side. In fact,...

Routing A Spline Groove

Before cutting a spline groove, mark the face side of all pieces with an X. If the X side is always placed against the fence, you'll be sure the grooves on both pieces line up properly. THROUGH GROOVES. Cutting a through groove from one edge to the other is relatively easy on both types of miters. Simply place the X side of each work-piece against the fence, and make the cut. The wrorkpiece should always move from right to left. With this direction of feed the rotation of the router bit forces...

How To Regrind And Sharpen Bowlturning Tools

Sharpening Scraper Lathe

Before getting to the tools used to turn the Fruit Bowl, I'd like to mention a couple of things about the lathe itself. 1 used a standard 36 Sears lathe to turn the fruit bowl. The Sears lathe itself is more than adequate to do the job. However, the point I'd like to make is that a lot of the light metal benches sold for Sears and other lathes are not adequate for this kind of project. An 11 bowl spinning out-of-round on the lathe, creates an unbelievable amount of vibration. Unless the lathe...

Wood smith

To do this, place the gouge at the center of the pinnacle and cut towards the outside rim, see Fig. 7. Watch that the corner of the gouge doesn't dig into the bottom of the bowl as it finishes the cut. The safest, although much slower way is to attack the pinnacle with a domed scraper. Regardless which way is used, be careful not to let the tool pass beyond the center or it will be lifted from the tool rest momentarily and then thrown back down rather hard. shaping the rim....

Joining An Octagon

Plywood Joinery

When you're cutting miters for an octagonal eight-sided frame the chance for error increases dramatically. Each piece for the frame requires two cuts at 22'A for a total of 16 mitered cuts at this angle. If your setting is off just ' i-degree. the combined gap would be about Vi. If the joints are off, you could recut all the miters, and probably wind up even farther off in the other direction. Instead, some minor adjustments can be made during assembly. First, 1 glue pieces together to form two...

Stepbystep To Turning A Bowl

We've received dozens of requests for lathe projects and we've had a lot of discussions about what kind of project to do. We finally decided to turn a bowl faceplate turning because it's the one project that can be accomplished start-to-finish on a lathe, and stands alone when it's done. Turning this fruit bowl requires several basic turning techniques. Yet, it doesn't require years of experience or any really special tools or equipment. The bowl is designed with a shallow slope on the walls so...

Tips Techniques

Rosan Wood Insert

The entire length of the rosan insert. Then insert the rosan insert and a W thumbscrew to secure the wedge. This gives you a mechanism which will make blade adjusting much more accurate and a lot easier. Edwin Tichenor Pelahatchie, Mississippi Rosan inserts can be purchased from The Woodworkers Store Catalog 1.00 , 21801 Industrial Blvd., Rogers, Minnesota, 5537i. They're available in two sizes, 'A and Vie, and cost .28 each. Whenever I'm cutting blind dado's with a router table or table saw, I...

Bed Rail Fasteners

I'm in the process of building a set of bunk beds for my two grandsons, and I've run into a problem. I'm having trouble locating bed rail fasteners to attach the rails to the bed posts. Can you suggest any sources for bed rail fasteners Frank LaChapelle Baton Rouge, Louisiana Bed rail fasteners are available through The Woodworkers' Store Catalog is 1 , 21801 Industrial Blvd., Rogers. MN 55374. They offer two sizes of bed rail fasteners, both a 4 and it lt ' length. In their catalog, they're,...

Routing The Frame

Three circular cuts must be made on the octagonal frame. To hold the frame steady for these cuts, I cut a small holding block to fit very tight between two inside edges of the frame. Fig. 2. This block is tacked to the plywood backing board. To find the center point for the pivot hole place a ruler at each joint line and mark a center star on the holding block. outside circle. In order to cut the outside perimeter of the frame, I drilled a pilot hole in the frame so I'd have a place to lower...