Carl Bilderback

A Dance to Keep Your Stones Flat

Carpenter and woodworker Carl Bilderback never flattens his oilstones. And they are both dead flat – I couldn’t get a .00125” feeler gauge under a straightedge that I laid on the stones. His stones aren’t magic. He simply knows how to dance. The trick to keeping your stones flat is in how you hold...

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Almost-forgotten Handsaw Tricks

How to clear your line of sawdust without blowing yourself dizzy. Plus, learn how to mark accurate 90° and 45° lines without a square. By Carl Bilderback Pages: 64-65 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now Note: This article has now been reprinted here. About 35 years ago I was using...

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Make Drift a Myth

You can tune up your band saw to resaw veneer without expensive fences or blades. By Carl Bilderback Pages: 66-67 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The subject most often written about in woodworking magazines is probably cutting dovetails. In second place – and not far behind – is likely...

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Perfect Patching

A long-time carpenter shares a repair trick to hide the mistakes made by ham-handed apprentices. By Carl Bilderback Pages: 76-79 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now For more than 30 years I was a traveling carpenter foreman in charge of installation of top-quality architectural woodwork and cabinetry. My job assignments...

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Fit Doors with Ticking Sticks

A traditional trick used by carpenters can help you fit doors into almost any irregular opening. By Carl Bilderback Pages: 48-49 From the November 2010 issue # 186 Buy this issue now Fitting inset doors into a face frame cabinet is a task that even veteran cabinetmakers would rather avoid. Unless the corners of the face frame...