My least-favorite joint to cut by hand is – hands down – a deep mortise. But when you build a French-style workbench, you need to make about a dozen of them. And if you do it by hand, you are talking about a lot of boring, chopping, paring and sweating. When I mentioned this to … Read more
Executive editor Robert W. Lang takes a Makita Compact Router kit for a test drive with both the standard and plunge bases. Complete review is in the August 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. – Robert Lang
New at ShopWoodworking.com Time to Tackle Projects to Improve Your Home With the unofficial start to summer in the record books for another year, there’s no question now is a great time to work on projects to improve your home, inside and out, as well as your yard. At ShopWoodworking.com you’ll find a unique selection … Read more
While I do most of my work by hand, there are two machines that I refuse to do without: a thickness planer and an old Delta 14” band saw. These two machines remove the drudgery from reducing boards in thickness and long rips. So I baby these two machines. When it comes to band saw … Read more
Last week I posted my favorite table saw push stick. (By the way, I later added a full size pattern.) This week, I continue the theme with a push block for the jointer. I made the one in the picture 17 years ago when I started with the magazine. It’s seen a lot of use … Read more
by Steve Shanesy
When we think table saw blades, our experience limits our thinking to rip, crosscut or combination, and 1⁄8″ kerf or thin kerf. Then there’s the number of teeth and type of grind: flat top, alternate-tooth bevel (ATB) or triple-chip. Each of these has its purpose and, if sharp, performs a dedicated task well.
Now, Infinity Cutting Tools offers a new table saw blade that cuts joints cleanly with just one setup.
These 8″ blades come with 24 teeth in kerf widths of 5⁄32″ and 1⁄4″. They feature a flat-top tooth grind and a side grind to optimize tooth geometry for side clearance. This tooth configuration and grind makes clean, flat-bottomed cuts either with or across the grain in hardwoods, plywood, laminates and veneered panels. No more “bat ears” left by ATB blades or dado sets.
These blades are also perfect for cutting box joints, rabbets, dados and grooves at the table saw – no need to clean up the bottoms after. And if you are partial to using your table saw to cut tenons, these blades are ideal for cutting a joint with a shoulder equal to or more narrow than the blade kerf. All that’s required for each shoulder is a single pass with the stock on end, supported with a jig riding the saw fence.
In addition to single blades, Infinity offers sets of blades and shims to space two blades apart for making various-width cuts or even make two box-joint cuts in one pass.
These specialty blades provide a solid solution for numerous table saw operations, and provide superior results while saving time.
I always say that the most-used machine in my shop is a table saw. Second to that is a floor model mortiser – I learned back in 2000 how important this machine was to a guy building period furniture. (I wore out two benchtop units before I ponied up the cash for the big boy … Read more