Working With Epoxy

To join parts wfthepoocy, prime the surfaces with a straight resin hardener mix, as shown here, the spread a thicker resin hardener ffifer mix on one surface and bring the parts together. Epoxy will give you a strong, waterproof joint while being very forgiving of a less-than-perfect fit. If you haven't used epoxies before, here arc a few tips from my own experience. 1. Avoid all skin contact with uncurcd epoxy. A combination of care and protective gloves are your best defense. Latex...

Quickreference Guide

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Merle Adjustable Clamp

My wife is an artist and often asks me to make stretchers for canvas or picture frames for her pastels. I also make wood-frame mirrors from time to time, and I've built my fair share of drawers. All these projects require clamping parts together absolutely square. The Merle Adjustable Clamp is the best gadget I've found for this job. The Merle Adjustable Clamp consists of a 22-ft. retractable steel band, which passes through three adjustable corner saddles. A fourth corner saddle is attached to...

Tips For Spraying

ater-based finishes can be sprayed with conventional compressed-air sprayers, high volume, low pressure HVLP sprayers, airless sprayers and even electric buzz sprayers. In mv experience, water-based finishes are so forgiving that you can get good results with very inexpensive spray equipment. On my compressed air gun. I use a 6 tip and 35 lbs. of air pressure and make additional adjustments at the gun. Check manufacturers recommendations for pressure and fluid tip size. Thinner is better than...

Multistop

I spotted this gadget at a woodworking trade show about three years back. The inventor was demonstrating, and I stopped to watch. I was so impressed with the versatility of the Multi-Stop that I walked away with two of them. I've used them ever since. The Multi-Stop works like a little vise with a cam-action lever that closes and opens the jaws. You clamp it to a machine fence or table up to l3 lt in. thick to serve as a stop for making multiple cuts. It also works well for limiting the travel...

Veritas Honing Guide And Angle

Woodwork Plane Honing Jig

It seems that sharpening chisels and plane blades has been elevated to the status of an art in some woodworking circles. Perhaps for good reason a super-sharp edge on your tools is a requirement for crisp, tight joints and smooth surfaces. It takes practice to judge the right bevel angles and to hold the blades just right when stroking the stone. I never quite mastered the art of doing this freehand. But that's what they make honing guides for. The Veritas Honing Guide has such innovative...

By Rick Mastelli

But an eating spoon has a fairly mild curve to it, and although it's best made out of a piece of wood that has the same curve, see Fig. 1 it is possible to coax an eating spoon out of a piece of dimensioned lumber or a split from a log. I prefer to work from split firewood or branches. Not only can you look for the right shape, but you can work them green, and carving green wood has it all over carving it dry. We'll talk about drying a spoon without it cracking, later. What kind of...

Chuck Mate Drillndrive

I first saw this gadget on the PBS TV show, The New Yankee Workshop. As host Norm Abram was fastening the plywood back panel on a cabinet, he paused so the camera could get a close-up of the tool he was using. It was a dual-purpose gadget that allowed him to drill a pilot hole and sink a screw without stopping to change bits in the drill's chuck. It struck me immediately as one of those Gee, why didn't I think of that ideas. Norm really liked it, too, so I got one to try. As a gadget, it turned...

By Bonnie Schmaus

Keep your blades sharp and clean, especially when making the many angled cuts. I found that the Teflon coating on my carbide-tipped blade helped in preventing burns. The joinery in the base of the drawing board is an adaptation of an open mortisc-and-lenon joint. It's a fairly simple joint but requires accuracy. You can see in the drawing how half of each mortise is cut in each of two pieces that are then glued together to form the complete mortise. The tenon is made up of two halves in the...

By Simon Watts

Symbol Kanu

A few months ago. two seagoing canoes were built simultaneously in the San Francisco Bay area. One was constructed at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, the other,three miles across the bay in Marin County. When the projects began, neither group of builders knew of the others' existence. Word soon spread, and after some visiting back and forth, everyone involved saw a unique opportunity to compare Symbol of one clan of the Haida Indians, a raven's head, carved by Glen Rabena, sits atop the bow...