Mortisers

Auger Bit Chart Size

A hollow chisel and an auger bit work together to cut a mortise. A hollow-chisel mortiser makes short work of cutting mortises. Here's what you need to know to get the best results. When you only need to cut a few mortises for a small project, drilling out the waste and squaring the sides with a chisel works great. But when you're faced with the task of cutting a large number of mortises (like the 64 mortises for the chairs on page 20) then you need a method that's fast, accurate, and reliable....

Shop Jig Slot Cutting

Simply slide the mitered piece along the jig to cut accurate spline slots. If you need to cut spline slots in lots of small pieces like the kitchen containers on page 16 , you might want to try this jig. The idea is that rather than tilt the saw blade, the workpiece is tilted. As you can see, the fence captures the mitered end to accurately position the slot. The beveled support keeps the workpiece on angle as you slide it along the jig detail 'a' . Since the workpiece is trapped between the...

HowTo Cut a Lid from a

Band Saw Box Patterns

Start by setting the blade V32 below the thickness of the sides. Then position the rip fence to align the blade with the layout line and cut around all four sides of the box. Remove Lid. Next, use a utility knife to cut through the remaining bit of wood. Sand Smooth. A piece of san-paper on a flat surface can be used to smooth the cut edges. This chair will be at home in a variety of settings. And since it relies on simple construction techniques, it's easy to build. To many...

HowTo Shape the Front

Because of the taper of the leg, the tenon on the end of the front legs is cut off-center on the blank. Rail Mortises. It's easier to lay out and drill the mortises for the side and front rails before shaping the leg. Two Tapers. Use a simple, shop-built tapering jig to cut each of the tapers on the front legs. See Shop Notebook on page 29 for details. Angled Notch. Set the miter gauge to match the taper of the rear leg when cutting the notch in the arms. Band Saw Waste. Use a band saw...

Making the LID

What Create With Scroll Saw

To complete the set, you just need to lift the lid from the recipe box and add a few details. The one-piece construction makes creating the hinged lid easy. It guarantees a perfect match in size and shape. SEPARATE THE LID. So the first thing to do is separate the lid from the box at the table saw. For this task, I have a simple trick that ensures the two halves come out undamaged and cleanly cut. The drawings in the box below illustrate the step-by-step...

Waterstone Accessories

Router Bits Profiles

If you're ready to try your hand at sharpening with waterstones, there are a few accessories that can help make the job easier. FLATTENING STONE. The first item you might want to consider is a flattening stone. Since waterstones are so soft, you'll find that they quickly dish out in the center. So you'll need a way to true up the surface. The fast-cutting abrasive stone shown at right is an inexpensive and effective solution. A few strokes in a figure-eight pattern will leave a flat face on...

An Alternative Mortising Attachment on a Drill Press

Setting Table Properly

To make sure it's square with the chisel. If it's out of square, you can correct the problem by removing the screws that hold the table and adding a shim. Usually, a couple pieces of masking tape are all it takes to square the surface. FENCE. Sitting just above the table is the adjustable fence. The fence keeps the mortise properly spaced on the workpiece. Cast iron is the norm for fences. Once again, you'll want to make sure it's square to the table. To keep chips from piling up between the...

Finish st Secrets to

Shop Made Plywood Table Saw Fence

From our readers Tips amp Techniques See why waterstones may be the best choice for all your sharpening needs. Raised-Panel Router Bits .10 These handy bits give every woodworker the means to make top-notch raised panels. Cut large coves quickly and safely with this convenient new table saw jig. Splined Miter Joints .38 Add some muscle to your miter joints with this simple table saw technique. working with took , l P Hollow-Chisel Mortisers 40 Clean, accurate mortises with the flip of a switcr...

Splined Miter Joints

Spline Joints With Table Saw

Greater strength, easier assembly, and an interesting look three good reasons to add a spline to a miter joint. Spline adds mechanical and gluing strength Tightly mitered corners look great and are a real woodworking feat. But mitered corners have a weakness literally. While a miter joint hides the end grain of the mating pieces, it also relies on end grain for its gluing surface. In solid wood, this doesn't produce a very strong glue joint. This, on top of the hassle of assembling this...

Bookcase

Jig Cutting Diagram

With its beadboard back panel, bun feet, and painted finish, this country-style bookcase has a nostalgic look. And because this bookcase is painted, I chose to use less-expensive poplar for the face frame, edging, and trim pieces. BUILD THE FACE FRAME. I used pocket-hole joinery to assemble the face frame. The box at the bottom of the next page steps you through the basics of pocket hole joinery. When you assemble the face frame, you'll want to make sure the center and bottom rails are flush...

Shop Tips Screw Hole Plug

IJOTE Glue plug in place and use chisel to remove waste, then sand smooth Fastening the Arm. Position the arm, then use the countersunk hole to drill a pilot hole in the leg. Fasten the arm with a screw. corner brackets are pretty simple. The ends are mitered to connect to the rails. And four counterbored holes are drilled for the screws. You can see the jig I used to drill the holes in the photo at right. Refer to Shop Notebook on page 28 for more details. ARMS. The box below and details V and...

HowTo Set Up the jig for Cutting Coves

Table Saw Jigs You Can Make

With tape marking the front and back edge of the blade, it's easy to center the workpiece and jig. Cut the Cove. Set the featherboard for a snug fit over the blade. Raising the blade in Vis to increments, make the cuts. clamps, shown in the illustration at right, make it rock solid when you mount it on the saw. There are four miter slot clamps, but you'll find that you can only engage three for most of the angled setups. That's okay, though, because they really grip tight....

Exposing the

NOTE Slots at corners cut on table saw using cradle jig, see page 28 A This simple jig cradles the box as you pass each corner over the saw blade. See page 28 for more. Once the clamps come off, you can complete the details that give the boxes their unique look. Again, each box gets a very similar treatment. But then you'll go one step further with the recipe box and create a decorative hinged lid. EXPOSE THE SPLINES. The first step is to expose the spline at the corners of each box by cutting...

Another Option Horizontal Bit with a Back Cutter

Table Saw Tricks And Jigs

Since you're cutting on both sides of the panel at the same time, you can't raise the bit to deepen the profile, as described above. You have to start with the bit at full height and either cut the profile with a single pass, or work in from the edges with multiple passes. The Amana bit shown makes the job easier by including a large and small bearing. You use the large bearing to make the first pass, then install the small bearing to complete the profile. The...