Tech Tips

Most of the dovetails I produce are cut by hand. The fixture shown here helps me keep my chiscls square to the face of the work when chopping out the waste. To use the device, clamp the workpiecc under the fence so the tip of a chisel falls into the gauge line. Use a piece of ' 4-in.-thick scrap plywood under the workpiecc to prevent chiseling into the base of the fixture. liest tip u ins < J()l). Know .1 Ix'tter way of doing something Designed a (lever jig Send your origin,il woodworking...

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Plastic Laminate That Shifts And Shatters

The simplest way to prevent this is to install an auxiliary rip fence that closes the gap between the stock fence and table. The auxiliary fence shown at right consists of two pieces a scrap of 3 4-in. hardwood-veneered MDF cut to the length and width of the existing fence and a 1 V2-in.-wide strip of plastic laminate contact-cemented to the bottom edge of the MDF. The right edge of the laminate that you're cutting rides on the 3 4-in. overhanging strip, so it can't dive...

Ian Kirby

Is a furniture designer and teacher with studios in Connecticut. The outward edge of the wedge mortise must slope to accommodate a tapered wedge. A good working taper is about a gradient of 1 12. Steeper than this and it tends to pop otit shallower, and it draws too slowly. Set your bevel gauge to a 1 12 gradient and lay it across the face of the tusk tenon, indexing from the bottom outside corner of the mortise. Square the top of the slope across the top edge of the tusk tenon. Then set the...

Leg

The tablesaw is your shaping cool for cutting the cove on each crest rail. You can make the cut with a roundnose knife in a molding head, as Mark Duginskc suggests in AW 60, or you can simply use your saw blade as I do. Set up your tablesaw as shown in Fig. 4, then feed the rail into the running blade just enough to see if the blade is following the cutline. Adjust the blade height and fence angle if you need to. When you're satisfied with the setup, lower the blade and cove both crest rails by...

Sleigh

Replace solid curves with slats to lighten a classic form In the early nineteenth century, a new style of bed glided into the furniture world. Called a sleigh bed because it resembled a horse-drawn sleigh, it featured a headboard and footboard that curved outward in a graceful Sw shape. Both headboard and footboard were usually the same height and contained wooden panels bent or laminated to the curve. My slatted sleigh bed is just as graceful as an original version, but not as massive. And by...

Common Calls For Veneer Repair

Wear, tear, and forgotten cigarettes are common causes of veneer damage. Chipped corners and edges. Clue failure or snags from shoes and cloth ing can break off comers and edges. Blisters and cracks. These occur when the adhesive fails, allowing the veneer to lift free of its substrate. For hundreds of years, woodworkers have used veneer in their finest work. It's flexible enough to bend around the shapely surfaces of a bomb chest or Art Deco armoire. And because it's so thin,...

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Fax 712 623-5731 E-Mail AmerVVood DM aol.com Outside U.S. amp Canada 1-515-242-0288 92 AMERICAN WOODWORKER FEBRUARY 1998 is a heavy-duty tool that combines the convenience of one-handed clamping with strong clamping pressure. You advance the sliding jaw by squeezing the lever with one hand while gripping either the rail handle or the wooden screw handle. Non-slip pads to protect the work are included. The Power Grip is available in a 12-in. length for 54.95 or 24-in. length for 59.95. American...

Randy Sorenson

Tusk Tenon

He lives in Salt Like dry, UT. Transform your turning with a splash of color by Michael O'Donnell As a woodturner married to an artist, I have the good fortune to be able to collaborate with my wife, Elizabeth, on my work. That's how wc came upon the technique of coloring the bowls and goblets that we make. I use only locally available woods sycamore and bccch in my turned work. The blandncss of these woods, with their fine texture and minimal grain patterns,...

Holddown Ratings

The Bridgewood, Delta, Grizzly, Star, and Woodtek have simple but sturdy hold-downs. You can flip them to accommodate thicker stock. An adjustable handle saves time and fatigue, especially on repetitive jobs. With multiple positions, your arm won't have to go through the maximum range of rotary motion just to mortise a thin workpiecc. Our testers liked the Delta's spring-loaded handle best You can easily shift it to any of six positions, no tools needed. The Bridgewood, Grizzly, Star,...

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Tusk Tenon

Use this jjg with a router to form the tenon's shoulders. The distance from the top fence to the end stop is the length of the tusk tenon plus the router-base offset. The traditional form of the joint has a single wedge mortised through the edge of the tusk tenon. In old work the wedge often has a rounded, chamfered, or angled head. You can shape the head to suit yourself. The wider the tusk-tenoned rail, the better it resists racking, because resistance comes from the tenon shoulders at top...

Conover Lathe

Hinking of moving up Need a machine wiih greater length. more horsepower, greater rigidity Most of our customers have exceeded the capacity of smaller machines. Heavy cast iron construction, precisely machined. produces a lathe with 16 swing. With user supplied 2 x 6- timbers, this lathe can he sized to fit your workshop or project. Excellent for faceplate or spindle work. Guaranteed to please and compliment even the most discerning of craftsmen. The Cooover Lathe. A long tradition of pnde in...

Patching With A Veneer Punch

A veneer punch is the quickest patching method Punch out the damage first, then punch a matching patch. back. This way, the punch will cut a slight bevel, just as your knife does in the diamond patch method. Clean out the recess then glue and clamp. The dogleg advantage. Use a dogleg or crankneck chisel to excavate and flatten the patch area. prices start at 100 and increase with size but it's worth the money if you make a lot of repairs. It's the quickest way to make a patch, and...

Building The Box From Start To Finish

Frank Pollaro

Pollaro veneers a single mahogany core piece from which the box sides and ends will lxi cut This takes less time than veneering parts individually. The outer cauls are Ify -in.-thick MDF. The inner cauls are ty -in.-thick, melamine-coated particleboard. Cut kerfs for spline slots. The rip fence and a square MDF backer block guide the workpiece as Pollaro cuts spline slots in the mitered sides and ends. Veneer the edges. Strips of melamine-coated particleboard make good...