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DIY Smart Saw - Router Forums. Wood Magazine's Solar Kiln. Granberg Original Alaskan Small Log Chainsaw Mill — Model# G777. There are different methods for the first cut but the way I do it is by using 5" nails (40d bright common).

Granberg Original Alaskan Small Log Chainsaw Mill — Model# G777

I notch 4 nails and level two on each end of the log.

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Make Poplar Look Pretty. The wood we know as poplar has many common names, such as tulip poplar, yellow poplar, tulipwood, yellow tulipwood, tulip tree, whitewood and canoewood.

Make Poplar Look Pretty

The “tulip” part of these names comes from the tulip-like flower the tree produces in the spring. Where the “poplar” part of these names comes from is a mystery, because the tree is not even a true poplar—it’s a member of the magnolia family. In fact, poplar is known as the “king of the Magnolias.” It’s also the tallest hardwood tree in North America. Regardless of what it’s called, Liriodendron tulipifera Magnoliaceae produces very useful and versatile lumber. An ugly duckling. How to Dispose of Old Mineral Spirits. This is a question that has probably vexed many of us.

How to Dispose of Old Mineral Spirits

Mineral spirits is often used in the world of woodworking. Many woodworkers wondered how to dispose of used mineral spirits when you’re done with them. The first suggestion offered — and endorsed by several other contributors — was to recycle. Making table saw push sticks. I'm a big fan of using push sticks on the table saw, and I usually use two of them to guide the work past the blade.

Making table saw push sticks

I particularly like this design of push stick, so I thought I'd do a short article and video about making some. What I like about these is the shape of the handle, with a corner to prevent your hand from sliding down towards the blade. They also have a relatively long notch at the front to help hold stock down. They are relatively thin, useful for pushing narrow stock through between the fence and the blade.

I think one's preference of push stick style, like safety in general, is more a matter of religious conviction than logic. Tenon method: Stay with the tablesaw, but add a shop-made jig. If you're not prepared to pay $100 or more for a high-quality dado set, cut tenons with the workpiece held vertically on the tablesaw.

Tenon method: Stay with the tablesaw, but add a shop-made jig

You need a dependable jig for this operation; the drawing right shows you how to build one at minimal expense. We designed it to clamp the workpiece in place and ride flush against the rip fence. Now, mount a combination blade in your tablesaw and add an auxiliary fence to your miter gauge. Also install a zero-clearance throat plate to keep the thin waste pieces from being caught and kicked back. Now proceed as shown below. Tenon method: Stay with the tablesaw, but add a shop-made jig. Cut a Mortise with Your Router Table.

There are lots of ways to cut a mortise.

Cut a Mortise with Your Router Table

Your router table is one of the quickest and most foolproof ways to cut mortises. Step 1: Milling a mortise on your router table is essentially a “blind” operation, because you’ll cut the mortise by plunging the wood down into the bit. All the cutting action will be concealed. Home Improvement and Remodeling Tips & Tricks. How to Build a Router Jig for Perfect Dadoes. Learn how to build and use a simple router jig for cutting perfectly square shelf dadoes.

How to Build a Router Jig for Perfect Dadoes

A handheld router is an incredibly versatile tool, and when you're just starting out, it's among the four most useful handheld power tools you can have in your arsenal. A cordless drill, circular saw, jig saw, and router will get you well on your way to producing beautiful, well-built furniture that will serve you well. Routers do two things very well: they profile edges with a variety of shapes, and they plow out grooves. In woodworking terms, any groove running "with the grain" is called just that: a groove, while any groove running "across the grain" is called a dado. Routers really shine when building bookcases, perhaps one of the most common projects novice woodworkers take on.

Cut Better Casework Dados with a Router. Make the jig big enough to give you room to clamp it down without the router interfering with the clamps.

Cut Better Casework Dados with a Router

Secure the Work and Fix the Location Two clamps are needed to keep the jig from shifting. I place a clamp on the guide that clamps both the guide and the work down to my bench, as shown at right. A sliding bar clamp will securely hold the guide bar to the edge of the workpiece. Making the bar as long as possible provides plenty of room for your clamps. An alternative location for the second clamp is to clamp down on an additional piece on the opposite side of the router from the guide. Woodworking for engineers. Homemade - How to build a "Drill Press"! Portable Drill Guide - Rockler Woodworking Tools. How to convert a drill press stand into a DIY lathe. I had a broken drill press stand laying around and I decided to convert it into a home made lathe.

How to convert a drill press stand into a DIY lathe

I’ve seen many people in the web making drill powered lathes and I borrowed ideas and inspiration from many of them. First of all I disassembled the drill stand and kept only the part that the drill is mounted on. I connected this part with two parallel wooden boards. To do that I drilled two holes on all of them and added two screws with washers and nuts. 116.jpg (JPEG Image, 432 × 288 pixels) How to Cope Joints. How to Cope Joints. Woodworking - Making Crown Moulding yourself. How To Make A Sliding Moxon Vise. Now that I finally have an outfeed/assembly table to work on I could start to think about vise options.

How To Make A Sliding Moxon Vise

Through the years I have had many different dedicated work surfaces but I have never had a vise. I’ve always just clamped whatever I was working with to whatever was solid and in the correct orientation. Sometimes that worked. Most of the time it was just annoying. The Art of Woodshop Design. When you look at someone else’s shop, you can’t help but to think of improvements they could make. But what would you say about your own shop? Here’s my upgraded Jet DC-1100 dust collector. I bought a large 16 oz. singed-felt filter bag, and a non-breathable, sealed duck-canvas lower bag to ensure fine dust collection.

Notice the difference between the picture below and this one. No coating of fine dust. After a cleaning session, my shop generally stays clean for a week or so. Normal, right? I looked around and realized that not every tool was hooked up to dust collection. Lesson learned? So take yourself out of processes that you don’t need to do, and your workflow will be much smoother. 8 Real Life Shops. Ordering a custom trailer was a bit more expensive than purchasing a stock model, but well worth it. To save my beleaguered back, I stipulated that it be tall enough that I could stand fully upright inside (I’m 6' 1"). My driveway at home is tight, so I narrowed the base a bit from the standard 6' to 5' wide. John's Basement Woodshop - Shop Tour - The Wood Whisperer.

How To Make A Sliding Moxon Vise. My 10 X 14 basement workshop. Basement Shop, Pros and Cons Question... Woodshop Layout – Tour and Tips from Matt's Basement Workshop. I can’t deny that I’ve always wanted a large woodshop. Patterned after a professional shop, my large woodshop would include: Space for hundreds of board feet of lumberDedicated power- and hand-tool workspacesA finishing roomMy own design area to play with mockups and such Large would be nice. Still, I’m all right with a small woodworking shop, because at the end of the day I have everything I need. And I’ve developed some tactics for efficient work where everything is crammed into one tight space. 5 Basement Workshop Essentials - Bob's Blogs. You’re probably thinking I’m about to list my all-star tool picks.

Nope. My five must-haves for a basement workshop have more to do with comfort, health, and safety. Basement - Fine Woodworking Workshop. Thinking Wood: Project 2 - DIY Portable 3-in-1 Workbench / Table Saw / Router Table Combo. Getting Started As a novice, I wondered how can I get started in the wonderful world of wood working. Until a few years back, my skills with wood were limited to a couple of workshop classes in college and hammering nails into wood. A couple of years back, I built my first pergola in the back yard that turned out surprisingly successful. Ah! Simple Yet Amazing Rustic Furniture And DIY Video. How to Use a Circular Saw: Long Cuts. Could you live without your tablesaw? Two Essential Saw Cutting Guides.