Chiseling and paring away the waste between dovetail pins can be largely eliminated by using a Forstner bit to remove the waste. Set up a Forstner bit (the diameter equal to your drawer side thickness) in your drill press and set the depth stop to just shy of the bottom layout line. Drill into the … Read more
Most shops have two types of router bits – dull and sharp ones. It’s easy to tell the difference because the sharp bits ease through the wood while the dull bits labor. Sometimes a good cleaning is all the bit needs. Any good blade solvent will rid bits of pitch and resin. Once the bit … Read more
by James Quinlivan
I edge-band plywood shelves with solid wood, attaching the edge-banding with #20 biscuits. It’s no problem at all to hold the plywood shelf solidly while cutting the slot; that’s what bench dogs and an end vise do so well. But the edgebanding itself can be a little squirmy, either bending or rotating when held between dogs or slipping if held by the ends in a vise.
I finally realized I could use the Veritas Wonder Pup (#05G10.03 at leevalley.com) to capture the edgebanding between the Wonder Pup and a dog while another dog kept the edgebanding from rotating. With the biscuit cutter registering off the benchtop, this setup is nice and secure.
Here are some useful sawhorses for woodworkers like me, who have limited room to work, and even less room dedicated to storage. I cannot claim design rights for these because I got the general configuration from a workman who came to my house several years ago to install a water purifier. His were made using … Read more
Here is a simple solution to two issues: the need for a convenient place to put the rip fence and miter gauge when not being used (as well as push sticks, featherboards, etc.), and a way to close off the underside of a contractor-style table saw to provide a surface to mount a dust port. … Read more
Have you ever seen shiny new brass on an old piece of furniture? It just doesn’t look right. What I do is tarnish the new brass to give it an antique look that better suits the furniture it’s attached to. Pour a little ammonia in the bottom of a glass casserole dish. Place a brick, … Read more
I didn’t have to drop the last framing square I bought to knock it out of square – it came from the store that way. So I chalked that up to Murphy’s Law, took it back and got another one from a different manufacturer. It too was out of square! While whining about this problem … Read more