Tips Techniques

MARKING GAUGE

MARKING GAUGE

Rosan Wood Insert
Va" ROSAN 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.

5EN5IBLE STOP LINES

Whenever I'm cutting blind dado's with a router table or table saw, I always make a line on the table so I know just how far to run the stock. With just one line I was always wondering when it would show up.

I sometimes let the cutter burn the stock in anticipation, and sometimes I cut too far before I sawr the line.

Now I make four parallel lines in front of my stop line, with equal spacing between each line. The lines are visible before reaching the stop line, and with the equal spacing, almost allow you to "see" the stop line before actually reaching it.

Ronald T. Mvwry Janesville, Wisconsin

INEXPENSIVE DRAWER DESIGN

I wanted to make a drawer front with a router design, without having to use a lot of expensive woodworking equipment. The problem I kept having was how to achieve a good 90-degree corner.

To solve the problem, I ripped a board to equal Vz the width of the drawer front, and

WIDTH a ONE-HALF WIDTH OF DRAWER FRONT

WIDTH a ONE-HALF WIDTH OF DRAWER FRONT

about 2VÉ times as long as the actual drawer. Then I routed a groove, using the router table and a Sears center-point ogee bit, the entire length of the board.

After it was routed, I mitered (45") the drawer front as shown, and glued the pieces together. The results were excellent, and it was a lot easier to do than I expected. By carefully selecting the wood, it's possible to achieve perfect 90° turns in the wood grain.

Alexander L, Smith Virginia Beach , Virginia

TURNING GAUGE

I've tried to set outside calipers with a ruler when measuring spindle turnings, and to be honest, it's not really a very accurate method.

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Instead, I turned a gauge with steps for different measurements. Each step increases in Vie" increments, ranging from %" to 1W (the sizes I frequently use).

It's very easy to set your calipers to the correct size, using the gauge. You also get the same "feel" of the calipers slipping over the gauge as you do when they slip over the piece being turned. This helps insure that the size is correct.

L. .4. D. Colvin Satellite Beach, Florida

RABBETED DOVETAILS

After reading your January issue on dovetails, I thought you might be able to use this shop tip on cutting a rabbeted dovetail.

I cut a rabbet on the inside of one board before cutting either the tails or the pins. This rabbet can be any depth (I usually cut mine Va" deep), but the width must exactly match the thickness of the other piece. The primary purpose of the rabbet is to provide a shoulder to conceal the inside seam of the dovetail, and to give a sharp appearing line down the inside corner.

Besides concealing any roughness in the

comer of the joint (in the same manner as the shoulder of a tennon covers the mortise), the rabbet also makes chopping the dovetail easier. First, the wood is thinner, so there's less waste to cut. Second, the shoulder of the rabbet can be used as a stop for the chisel, making the clamping of an auxiliary board unnecessary on the inside of the drawer front.

John Wilson Charlotte, Michigan

This is also « good technique for concealing the groove for a drawer bottom when using a through dovetail.

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