Carbide Saw Blades

Oday. carbide blades have all but replaced steel blades in the shops of most woodworkers. We've discovered lor ourselves what saw-blade manufacturers have been telling us all along carbide blades last 10 to 50 times longer than steel blades. In recent years, the story has become even brighter manufacturers have been offering an increasingly wider variet> of blade styles and price ranges. Thanks to technical advancements, and stiff competition in the marketplace, you can actually get more...

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Hen a friend, and customer, asked me if I might be interested in building a few bird-houses for him, my first reaction was Not really. But, he persisted. He wasn't after just any old birdhouse. He wanted me to reproduce a turned birdhouse that he had bought from an antique dealer. It wasn't until he brought this antique beauty out for me to see, that I changed my tune. It had a coopered body, a laminated roof and base, and spindle-turned finials. Decades of weather only added to its beauty....

Rem Moldings

Picture Frame Molding Birdhouse

Router, scratchstock, or carving tools - make sure that you have selected the right profile lor the pattern you want. Also, make sure that the profiles of all the lengths of moldings are the same, so that when mi-tcred, the molding runs smoothly together at the corners. The molding show n in the photos and drawings is a French Louis XVI baguette molding, most often used for small picture frames. This style of molding would usually be gilded, but the molding is so pleasant that it looks good...

Planer or Sander

I J I'm a beginning woodworker just Y1 learning about tools and methods. I understand both drum scolders and thickness planers are used to size and smooth the surface of stock before finishing, hut what are the merits and shortcomings of each machine A Planers and drum sandcrs both accomplish the same thing. They reduce a board's thickness and make the faces of the board smooth, flat and parallel. Planers cut the wood with rotating knives. Drum sanders sand wood awav. Because they work...

Shop Built Slot Mortiser

Pillow Block Arbor Assembly

With This Jig, You Can Use Your Plunge Router to Cut Mortises bout a year ago, faced with the need to cut hundreds of mortises, I went shopping for a machine to do the job. I discovered that I had neither the moncv nor the space for a commercially made slot mortiser. After thinking it all over and listing my requirements and desires, I realized that I could better satisfy my needs by simply designing and building my own slot mortiser. The resulting mechanism consists of a plunge router mounted...