Woodsmith 7109-300

If you've built an original jig and wish to see it featured on this page, send your idea to Woodsmith, Reader's Jig, 2200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. If we publish it, we'll send you 100 and a full set of Woodsmith back issues, with binders. Include a sketch (or photo) of your jig, explain how it's used, and include a daytime phone number. USING THE JIG. To make a feather-board, simply bevel the ends of your blank at 30 . Then clamp a stop block to your rip fence to control the length...

Board Support

Wood Tray Plans Free

In the past I've used a stand to support the ends of long boards that were clamped up in my vise. But the stand got in the way, and it was a hassle to drag it out every time I needed to use it. To solve this problem, I made a board support out of a scrap piece of 2x4, see Fig. 1. Then I attached it to the leg of my workbench with a butt hinge. Now, when I need to clamp up a long board, I just swing out the board support. When I'm done, it just folds back under my bench. board support out to...

Desk

Whether you're building the entire computer desk or just the corner unit it's best to start by building the corner unit top. That's because most of the other components of the desk are fastened to it in some way. CORE. The top consists of a 3 4-thick MDF core covered with plastic laminate. Instead of trying to wrestle with a heavy, single sheet of MDF, I made the top out of three separate core pieces A, B, and C . This also solves the problem of trying to cut the inside miters for the front of...

Desk Layout Options

By itself, the corner unit lower right offers plenty of space for a computer. But building a couple extension wings gives you even more possibilities when it comes to arranging the components of the desk. The wings are designed so that they can fit on either side of the corner unit below . Or they can be placed alongside each other to fit against a long wall upper right . Materials listed below are for one extension wing a Top Core 1 b End Edging 2 C Frt. Bk. Edging 2 d Facing Strips 2 e Conn....

Pulls

Drawer Details

The front face of the drawer's false front, see Fig. 1. Next, I drilled a iy8-dia. hole to provide clearance for the pull, see Fig. 1. I drilled the hole through the false front. Its inside face will be covered with the drawer front later. routed out the mortise with a straight bit set to match the thickness of the plate, see Fig. 3. Be sure to stay clear of the layout lines. Now, all that s left is some final fitting. I pared the sides square with a chisel until the pull fit, see photo. 7 8 x...

End Panels r

With the aprons added, you can begin work on the two end pan- els that support the ends of the desk, see drawing at right. Like the top, each end panel starts off as a 3 4M-thick MDF core O 21 x 261 2 , see Fig. 7. But this time, I laminated both sides with W'-thick plywood. J These plywood skins P are .' cut slightly oversize and then flush-trimmed after they're glued L on with contact cement. The outside face of each panel has a narrow band of plastic laminate at the top to match the top of...

Contact Cement

I've heard quite a few horror stories from woodworkers about the first time they tried using contact cement. They typically involve having to rip off a whole sheet of plastic laminate or expensive veneer that was set down crooked. Despite these mishaps, using contact cement does not have to be a terrifying experience. As long as you keep a few points in mind. HOW IT WORKS. If you've never used contact cement, there are a couple things you should know about this adhesive. Contact cement works by...

Full Mortise Lock

Installing Mortise Locks Humidor

As I was designing the tool chest on page 20,1 spent quite a bit of time looking at locks. And the one I ended up using does more than just secure the lid it has a pin that helps keep the lid and case aligned. Of course, I didn't want this steel alignment pin near the top of the case where I could bang a tool on it, so I mounted the lock in the lid. That way, when the lid was opened, this pin would be up and out of the way. I'll admit that drilling into a nearly completed project can be a bit...

Piston Stop Block

Stop Block Deep Drawing

I made a fence for my drill press, and it worked great But to improve the fence even more, I made a stop block with a piston that tightens against the fence. My block is made out of two pieces of wood, one of which is cut away to create an L shape, see drawing. piece of 3 4M-dia. dowel that fits into a counterbore drilled in the stop block. To tighten and loosen the piston, I installed a threaded insert into the block. Tli en I added a small knob with a 5 i6-dia. threaded stud. NOTE Drill 5...