Woodworking Tips

Q & A: Glue-Line Rip Blade

Q: I use my jointer to clean up sawn edges before glue-up. The results are great except when I try to joint figured wood. Any suggestions? A: Jointing highly figured wood often leaves nasty tear-out. It’s times like these that a tablesaw and a specialized blade called a glue-line rip blade...

AW Extra 5/8/14 – Clamp Leash

Clamp Leash My spring clamps always seem to be out of reach or scattered around the shop. To solve my problem, I suspended my dog’s old leash over my workbench. Now my spring clamps are always accessible. They’re also easy to transport around the shop so, unlike my dog, they never...

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage Before I installed these rollers, sliding plywood in and out of my storage rack used to wear me out. It also damaged the edges of the sheets. Now plywood sheets glide in and out.I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in. hard maple on my drill press using...

Q & A: Steam Bending Gear

Q & A: Steam Bending Gear   Q: What do I need to know before building a simple steam-bending rig?   A: Steam bending doesn’t require sophisticated equipment. For a single bending project, you can quickly cobble together an apparatus from ordinary materials. The box. Build a box that fits your...

Q & A: Router Table Miter Joints

Q & A: Router Table Miter Joints   Q: I plan to build some jewelry boxes with mitered corners, but my contractor’s saw does a poor job of cutting miters. Can I use my router table to cut the mitered joints? A: A 45-degree chamfer bit mounted in a router table...