The Modern Thread Box This is the 1"-6TPI thread box set and the tools you will need to properly adjust it. In a recent article about the Beall wood threading system I mentioned that I had previously been working with a modern thread box set to cut male and female threads in wood. I think this system merit’s a closer look as it is a very good way to cut threads in wood inexpensively. The opening picture shows the 1” AMT thread box set that I use to make threads for the “Mini Moxon” twin screw vises that I make.
The Milkman's Workbench in Use The Milkman’s Workbench – a portable bench I built for the June 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine – is about 653 percent better than my first workbench. Thanks to the clever engineering in the portable bench, it can handle most handwork tasks when clamped to a dining room table or kitchen countertop. My first workbench – a heavy door on sawhorses – could do only a fraction of these task. To demonstrate its capabilities, I attached the portable bench to my dining room table. TAKENAKA CARPENTRY TOOLS MUSEUM 25th AnniversaryToryo: The World of Temple and Shrine Carpenters (Tokyo) **Original edition prepared for Tokyo version of the traveling exhibition. It mainly consists of photographs related to the exhibition.** Master temple and shrine carpenters create structures that withstand wind and snow for hundreds of years, leading and managing the other carpenters with their highly cultivated skills and spirit.
My First Project Hello everyone. I have finally taken the plunge and made something after weeks of reading and research here and on other websites. I stumbled across David Savage's website with lots of useful information on what tools to start with. Then I saw an interesting portable workbench on the American Practical Woodworking website. Animated GIFs Illustrating the Art of Japanese Wood Joinery Japanese wood joinery dates back to the seventh century and is a craftsmanship technique that involves complicated, interlocking wooden joints that form bonds without the use of nails, screws or adhesives. Even until recent times when carpentry books began to be published, mastery of these woodworking techniques remained the fiercely guarded secret of family carpentry guilds. Several years ago a young Japanese man working in automobile marketing discovered one such book.
How to Make Drawer Joints Set the table saw's blade to a height of 3/4". Set its fence 7/16" from the blade. Place the drawer's front piece in a vertical position. Send the piece through the table saw, cutting across its width. Place a 1/8"-thick piece of Masonite shim between the fence and the drawer's front. Make a second pass through the table saw, again cutting across the width of the drawer front. Miter Joint Corner Clamp Gluing a miter joint is a challenge . There just isn't an easy way to clamp it. The store-bought clamps I've tried in the past didn't always pull the joint together. So I came up with a shop-built corner clamp that uses wedges to push (or press) the mitered pieces in place.
Adding a Hidden Compartment - Woodworking Project Adding a Hidden Compartment The current issue of Woodsmith (No. 127) features a drawer with a hidden compartment that's built into the back of the drawer. But there's more than one way to do this. In fact, adding a hidden compartment is a lot easier than you might think. A while back when I was working on some pigeon hole dividers for a desk, I added a simple hidden compartment behind one of the drawers, see photo. This hidden compartment (really just a "stubby" drawer) fits the opening exactly, so you can't see any gaps around the edges.
A Place to Call ‘Hone’ When I think of all the things that improved my sharpening skills, two things loom large. No. 1 is practice, of course, but close behind that is a dedicated sharpening tray. About 14 years ago I built a shallow tray from scrap plywood, nails and glue. No fancy joinery, no water-resistant materials and no finish. The tray sat beside my bench and contained all my sharpening mess, keeping it off my workbench and project parts. Accurate & Safe Table Saw Cuts Want more great tips? By subscribing to Woodsmith Tips, you'll get free tips in your email inbox every week! Share eTips with your friends
AW Extras 4/17/14 - Simple Kitchen Upgrades - Woodworking Projects Pull-Out Trash Drawer Whoever decreed that the trash can goes under the sink got it wrong.With plumbing in the way,there’s no space for a good-size can. Plus who likes to bend over and reach into the cabinet? Here’s a great alternative: In one cabinet,replace the shelves with a simple trash can holder mounted on drawer slides.By attaching the existing cabinet door to the front of the pull-out unit,you create a convenient trash drawer. Fig.C and the photos at right show how to build the unit.
Simple Tip for Accurate Joinery Marks Learn a simple tip that will ensure you're joinery marks are as accurate as possible. What's the most accurate way to mark up a workpiece for joinery? No doubt there are many valid techniques out there but the one I recently saw period furnituremaker Philip C. Lowe using is worth writing about. Heck, I'd even say it's the best technique--in my humble opinion. Lowe often marks all of his joinery--tenon shoulders, mortise walls, etc, using a marking knife and combination square.
Getting screws to hold in end grain Because wood is relatively weak perpendicular to its grain, screws don't hold that well when screwed into the end grain. This firstly because the thread has a harder time cutting into the grain fro the side, and also because what it does grab shears out more easily, as the shear is cross-grain. Wood screws do, however, hold extremely well in cross grain. So the trick to making screws really hold in the end of a piece of wood is to give them a bit of cross-grained wood to bite into. The Secret to Perfect Mortise and Tenons It is a common misconception that fitting a joint means methodically paring the entire area until all the surfaces match perfectly, but in many cases, wood needs to be removed only from hidden surfaces to allow a joint to close completely. I call this technique undercutting. Do not mistake undercutting as taking the easy way out; undercutting is part of being a conscientious and concerned woodworker.