Web Frame Joinery

The primary jobs a web frame performs are to strengthen and divide the case. The frames keep the chest square and stable under die shifting weight of the drawers moving. They also prevent the sides of the chest from bowing under the load of the drawers and their contents. FRAME TO CASE JOINERY. To do their job well, the web frames need to have a strong, tight-fitting connection to die case sides. The two most common joints for this task are the tongue and dado or a full dado. Most of the time,...

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The Bars

First things first In order for a miter gauge to work well, the bar has to fit snugly in the slot on the saw. Too much play and the accuracy goes out the window. The problem is that table saw slots vary in width from one manufacturer to another. A one-size-fits-all bar won't work. The solution is to undersize the bar on the miter gauge and then have a mechanism that allows you to fit the bar to the slot. This may not sound like exciting stuff, but you'll find that it's very important. What 1...

Free Tips By Email

Now, you can have the best time-saving secrets, solutions, and techniques sent directly to your computer. Just go to www.Woodsmith.com and click on FREE Tips by Email to sign up. Then you'll receive a new tip by e-mail each week. I have a method of hanging saws that keeps them high out of the way but low enough so I can easily reach them when I need to. As shown in the drawing below, the hanger consists of beveled blocks and loose dowels sandwiched between hardboard faces. To insert the saw,...

Benchtop Tool Stand

No open comers in your shop for a revolving tool station Then this compact tool stand could solve your storage problems drawing at left . It provides both a convenient work-surface and a place to organise your bench top tools. The stand is just an open box with space to hold several tools, depending on the size of the tool and the shelf it sits on. The tools are mounted on removable shelves that slip in and out of the stand. When you need to use a tool, just slide it out and set it on top. A...

Router table

.oj're looking for accurate, perfect-fitting tongue arc z . t its, 15cover why the router table is the tool of choice. But just because you can make this joint on the table saw doesn't necessarily mean that it's always the best tool for the job. There are times when using a router table makes more sense. Using the router table to make the same joint has a couple advantages. Unlike a dado blade which will often leaves ridges along the bottom of the groove , a router bit will give you a...

Routed Drawer Fronts

Plywood Desk

Over the years, I've built several chests and other projects that have drawers. And I've always raised the field on the drawer fronts using my table saw and a jig I built. As I prepared to cut chamfers on the drawer fronts of my latest proj ect, it occurred to me that I could chuck a 11.25 chamfer bit in my router and use the router table fence without my handmade jig. The router bit came in a set I bought years ago for building multi-sided boxes. You simply need to remove the bearing on the...

Revolving Tool Station

One of the most useful, space-saving ideas I've ever used in my shop is the rotating tool stand in the drawing at right. It provides quick and easy access to a variety of bench top tools in a small amount of space. 1 managed to place four of my tools a drill press, a sharpening station, a scroll saw, and a combination belt and d isk sander that I use regularly on the top of the stand. This tool stand has a footprint that only takes about nine square feet of space and it conveniently tucks into...