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 top of the bit, and you're set to go. There's no jig to mess with, the cut is clean and smooth, and the workpiece is very easy to handle.
Dave Feisihammel Bellevue, Washington
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Re-gluing chairs or assembling round pieces can be frustrating. The flat jaws on regular clamps just don't fit well, and some clamps are too heavy to stay where you put them.
My "chair claw" clamp (left photo) can be made quickly, is lightweight, and stays where I put it. Plus, another advantage this clamp has is that you can make different sizes of jaws as you need them.
As you can see in Fig. 1 below, I used a Forstner bit to drill a hole in a scrap of 2x4. This hole will become the rounded jaws of the clamp. I then drilled another hole through the side of the block to accommodate a threaded rod.
Finally, I ripped the block in half to create the rounded jaws (Fig. 2). Some felt added to the inside of the jaws will protect the workpiece during clamping,
Brian Sunf^fm Walla Walla, Washington
- noie for threaded rod
Strong & Sturdy Shelving
Build plywood shelves that not only look great but will star; " eavy-duty loads for the long haul — without sagging,
Most of the storage and cabinet roiects I build have at least a cou-i" - shelves. The shelves are used to store everything from odds and ends to heavy books and electron-\nd nothing's more disap-pc nting than seeing a shelf sag as s j a? vou start loading it up.
The amazing thing is how little sag it takes before you begin to notice it. AD it takes is a sag of about V32" for each foot of shelf length before it stands out like a sore thumb.
So any time you build a project with shelves, it's important to keep strength in mind. And one of the
Plywood Shelving Fast Facts:
Always consider -he expected load for a shelf when designing a project The tota oad, how it 's arranged, and how the shelf is reinforced all affect the strength of a shelf
You'll start to notice sag once it measures Vsz' for each fool of shelf length The maximum Shelf length to consider without any reinforcement is about 30' The main ways to increase the strength of a shelf; Widening (deepening) the shelf Shortening the shelf
Adding a hardwood strip on edge (roughly triples the strength) Doubling the thickness (increases shelf strength by four) You can calculate the approximate sag of a shelf by use an online program: The Sagulator at »Aww.woodbin.com first thine-: -sjer ^ trie material you use ■ : rt shelves.
Materia'- " :: mv proj ects, I'll _ ' -. - - d wood or plyw« - _ - -- de board or mediuir ■:. - i "board (MDF). And r ■. t ■ . - " Jt of ten, ply-v.-. r : first choice.
\ / ' get me wrong. The 6 S 1 thing wrong with solid wo xi - r ■ es. They look great and the "t strong. But using only solid woe .: ;an be expensive. Plus, solid ■'.-.. .' expands and contracts — it ;t another thing to think about .-. h en designing a project.
Plywood Shelves. To avoid these problems, I turn to plywood. But like other materials, even plywood has its limitations. You can find how much a plywood she : v ; using an interesting program called 'Hie Sagulator (see Plywood
Wide Hardwood Strip. To add strength, but still maintain a "thin" edge, use a tongue and groove joint to add a wide hardwood strip to the shelf.
Simple Edging. Although it adds a small amount of strength, the main purpose of a strip of thin edging is to cover up the plywood edges
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