Fretwork Wall Shelf

Planer Stand Sliders

The distinctive scroll saw work on this small shelf gives it the look of a timeless antique. But using basic joinery techniques, you can build this classic project in a short weekend. These two symbols let you know there's more information online at www.Woodsmith.com. There you'll see step-by-step videos, technique and project animation, bonus cutting diagrams, and a lot more. Summer always seems to go by so quickly. But this year, it's gone even faster. That's because there's been a lot going...

Fold Away Extension Tables

I wanted to extend the short tables on my thickness planer, but I don't have room in my small shop for a large, permanent setup. My space-saving solution is shown above. Here's how the tables work. Whenever I need them, I lift the hinged table and pull out a support frame that slides on a set of metal full-extension drawer slides. Next, I level the table and frame and hold it in place while tightening a pair of star knobs. The drawing below shows how the tables are assembled. There are a couple...

When it comes to cutting clean accurate tenons the table saw is the tool of choice The bonus is there are two easy ways

The mortise and tenon has to be near the top of the list for the title of most useful woodworking joint. Its combination of gluing surface and mechanical strength makes it ideal for many types of projects. The upshot is that I use this joint often enough to have the routine down pretty well. I cut my mortises first, followed by the tenon. This means that cutting a tenon that fits snugly into the mortise is the make it or break it part of the job. TWO TECHNIQUES. But cutting accurate tenons...

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A Haunched mortise and tenon joints are a good choice for solid-wood frame and panel doors. When it comes to building strong frame and panel doors for a cabinet or other piece of furniture, you have several joinery choices. Often, I'll use stub tenon and groove joinery. It's simple, quick, and results in a fairly strong door. But if I'm building a traditional piece of furniture with frame and panel doors that feature solid-wood panels, there's another joint that I prefer to use, and that's the...

HowTo Fine Tuning the

To ensure a gap-free fit, use a sharp chisel to undercut the shoulders. Chamfered Ends. A short chamfer allows easier assembly and relief space for glue. Too Tight. Correct an overly snug fit with a shoulder plane, a rasp, or sandpaper. Undercutting. To ensure a gap-free fit, use a sharp chisel to undercut the shoulders. Chamfered Ends. A short chamfer allows easier assembly and relief space for glue. Too Tight. Correct an overly snug fit with a shoulder plane, a rasp, or...

Spindle Sander

Workbench Hose Shop Vacuum Dust Sander

But these models still come in handy, especially for sanding a large surface. For instance, I'll use my finish sander on a large table top with 320-grit paper to get an ultra-smooth surface. It's a lot easier than doing the same thing with a sanding block by hand. So far, the sanders I've talked about are all designed for flat surfaces. But what can you do when it's time to sand moldings or other curved surfaces The answer may be found in a detail sander above right . Detail sanders take a...

HowTo Stretcher Joinery

Auxiliary fence attached to miter gauge Auxiliary fence attached to miter gauge Mortises. The mortises that hold the draw bolt keys are formed by cutting matching dadoes in each stretcher half. Mortises. The mortises that hold the draw bolt keys are formed by cutting matching dadoes in each stretcher half. Bolt Groove. A centered groove cut on the inside face of each stretcher half creates the holes for the draw bolts. Bolt Groove. A centered groove cut on the inside face of each stretcher half...

A router some bits and these simple shoptested techniques are all you need to add character and distinction to a

Adjustable Dado Jig

Whenever a project needs a decorative edge, I like to reach for my hand-held router. But there's more to getting a smooth profile than meets the eye. Here are a few tips to help you get perfect results. SECURE THE WORKPIECE. The first step is to make sure the work-piece is firmly secured to your bench. If your bench has bench dogs, set them slightly below the surface of the workpiece and adjust the vise to hold it. But if you don't have dogs, you can set the workpiece on a routing pad or clamp...

Workbench Details

When it comes to cutting the feet and stretchers for the workbench on page 20, a few cuts on the table saw and band saw will get the workpieces in shape. Then it's just a matter of cleaning up the edges with the router. BEVEL CUTS. The first step in making the foot is a bevel cut near each end of the workpiece. To do this, I tilted the saw blade to 45 and set the height at Vi as shown in Figure 1 below. BAND SAW CUTS. Now that the bevel cuts are made, you can take the feet over to the band saw...

HowTo Make a Haunched Mortise Tenon

With a dado blade on your saw, cut a centered groove along the edge of each frame piece to hold the panel. Set Drill Bit Depth. Adjust the depth stop on your drill press to regulate the depth of the mortise. Then drill out the waste. Set Saw Blade Height. Using the shoulder of the groove as a guide, raise the saw blade to cut the tenon shoulders. Remove Waste. Remove the rest of the waste by making multiple passes. Then repeat the process for the other cheek. Establish Shoulder....

Dado Blade Tenons

The advantage to using a dado blade to cut tenons is that the job goes quickly. A wide dado blade allows you to make the shoulder cuts and remove the waste from the cheeks in just a few passes. So this method is my first choice when I have a lot of tenons to cut. THE SETUP. The table saw setup is pretty straightforward. A look at Figure 1 gives you the idea. A wide dado blade is installed in the saw along with a zero-clearance insert. An auxiliary fence is attached to the miter gauge to feed...

Building the

I began building this wall shelf by starting at the center the mirrored frame and working my way out. As the main drawing shows, it's a beveled mirror surrounded by a simple rail-and-stile frame. And I've found it's easier to add the shelf to the mirror or frame than it is to fit the frame into an already-built shelf. It's also a good idea to have the mirror on hand before starting. Then you can size the parts so they fit around the mirror with just a slight V gap. THE FRAME. Building the frame...

Saddle Square

When transferring layout lines from one side of a workpiece to the other, a combination square can be difficult to use. So, to solve this problem, I made a simple saddle square as shown here. With this square, you can mark the layout line on one side of the workpiece, slide the square over the edge, line it up with the layout line, and mark the other side. That's much easier to do than eye-balling the lines with a combination square. The square consists of a spacer the same thickness as the...

Jig Saw Blade Ring

For years, it seemed like every time I needed a jig saw blade I had to open a new pack. That's because the loose blades had a way of disappearing to the bottom of the drawer, never to be seen again. I solved the problem by using a shower curtain hanger as a key ring for my spare blades. It's just the right size to fit the holes in most jig saw blades. Now, with the blades all in one place, I never have to search the bottom of the drawer to find the one I'm looking for. E9 Hanging storage rack...

Building a workbench is a considerable investment in time and money So youll want to make sure to choose the right

Linseed Oil Varnish Finish

Selecting the proper finish for a project is always a challenge. And finishing a workbench is no exception. You might think that because a workbench spends its life in the shop rather than the living room, the type of finish you use doesn't really matter all that much. The truth is, the finish you put on your workbench is just as important as how tall to make the bench, what kind of vises to install, and whether or not to include a tool tray. when you get right down to it, you're really only...

Sandpaper Alternatives

When it comes to selecting abrasives for your sander, there are lots of options. In addition to conventional sandpaper, there are some newer products that you may want to consider. You can find out where to get them in Sources on page 51. MICROPLANE. One of the most revolutionary sanding discs comes from Microplane known for their line of razor-sharp rasps . Those same stainless steel cutting edges are now offered on hook-and-loop sanding discs. Available in coarse, medium, and fine roughly...

Working with Spanish Cedar

QI'm making a cigar box from Spanish cedar and need some information. Do the oils In the wood make it difficult to glue Will glue hinder the enhancement and aging process of the cigars Can I use oil and wax on the outside of the box to finish the wood7 Jack Babtels Harlingen, Texas A Spanish cedar, which isn't a cedar, but a deciduous tree it loses its leaves in the mahogany family, has a lot of natural oils. These oils are what give the wood its wonderful aroma, but they can also prevent most...

Dado Blade Case

I I use my dado blade on just about every project I build. But the cardboard box for my stacked dado set has long since fallen apart. So I needed to find a way to store the blades, chippers, and shims that would keep them easily accessible and still protect the carbide tips. I made the storage case shown at right to hold the scoring blades on one side and the chippers and Lay out holes for each blade to sit at 25 shims on the other. This way, I don't have to worry about damaging the carbide...

Tenons with a JIG

Table Saw Router Workbench

When you need to cut a tenon with perfectly smooth cheeks for example when making a bridle joint , the standard blade method is the answer. This technique separates the shoulder cuts and the cheek cuts into two operations. First, the shoulders are cut with the workpiece flat on the saw table. Then, the workpiece is held upright in a tenoning jig to remove the waste from the cheeks right photo . The jig makes control of the workpiece easier and results in more accurate cuts. I'll talk a little...

Cut Fretwork

Fretwork Patterns

The fretwork adds the perfect touch to this wall shelf. But before you sit . down at your scroll saw, there's a little preparation to be done. PREPARING THE WORKPIECES. The first step is to size the workpieces. Instead of planing thick stock down to Vi, I decided to resaw the stock to the proper thickness. After planing the resawn stock smooth, I cut the pieces to finished size and mounted copies of the patterns you see on the far right to the blanks with spray adhesive. PREPARING THE SCROLL...

Adjustable Bench Dogs

Adjustable Bench Dogs

I use bench dogs a lot while I'm working in my shop, and I've made my own customized dogs pictured at right to give me more versatility in clamping workpieces to my workbench. Each dog is made up of a 1-square block glued to a 3A-dia. dowel. A threaded insert is installed in the block. The insert holds a long hex bolt that can be adjusted to hold my workpieces. A rubber cap protects the workpiece from being damaged by the hex bolt. To use the dogs, you simply insert the dowel into a dog hole in...

Hand Saw Rack

Scrap Wood Protect Ideas

I use hand saws for many of my shop projects. But finding a way to store them near my workbench has always been a problem. I liked the idea of hanging the saws close to my work area, but didn't want to drill a hole in the blade or handle for a hanger. The other concern was how to devise a way to hang the saws that didn't dull the other. Coloring the removable cap makes it easy to remember which end to open. To hold the storage tube, I attached a couple of spring clips the kind used for holding...