Miter Angles and Miter Saws Miter saw gauges confuse a lot of finish carpenters for one simple reason—they aren’t designed for finish carpentry, they’re designed for framing and stairs. Let me show you what I mean. When a framer builds a roof, they first establish the PITCH of the roof—4/12 or 6/12. Making Wood Quilt Blocks - by WoodMosaics First of all you have to determine what shape you will need that you can make accurately and repeatedly. This is where my jigs come in. I was to poor to buy several miter gauges so I made mine out of angle iron and bar stock. I made them set close to a certain angle, adjustable just a little. This first picture shows the back side of one of my jigs on the saw. This one is set at 45° like 4 of my jigs are;
Benchcrafted Split-Top Roubo - The Wood Whisperer Finally, the Benchcrafted Split-Top Roubo workbench is complete. If you can believe it, I started this build back in October! While a workbench is a fairly large time commitment, it shouldn’t have taken me more than a month to complete. But if you add in filming, editing, my first child being born 7 weeks early, and a healthy dose of DDOS attacks on our website, it’s surprising I made it to the finish line at all! As crazy as it may sound, I am almost thankful things happened the way that they did. Get all 23 videos for this project in the Guild!
Should I Build or Buy a Workbench? Over the last week, I have received this question three or four times. Clearly, people are torn up about building vs buying their workbench. I am certainly no authority on workbenches, but I like to think I bring a little common sense to an area polluted by romantic notions of tradition. So let’s dig in. In my woodworking career, I’ve constructed exactly two workebenches. My first one was what I called my “Home Depot Special”. The Superior Works - Patrick's Blood & Gore: Planes #1 - #8 Quick Find: #1, #2, #2C, #3, #3C, #4, #A4, #S4, #4C, #4 1/2, #4 1/2C, #4 1/2H, #5, #A5, #S5, #5C, #5 1/4, #5 1/4C, #5 1/2, #5 1/2C, #5 1/2H, #6, #A6, #6C, #7, #7C, #8, #8C Let the games begin, starting with the bread and butter of Stanley, upon which they built an empire, the Bailey patent bench plane in its various configurations. Leonard Bailey designed what has become the standard plane configuration that's still in use to this day. He was the undisputed champion of the plane slugfest that errupted in the decades after the Civil War. If you're at all fascinated with handplane design, follow this link to read all about the Better Moustraps. A general description of stuff to look for when examining a bench plane is listed under the #3 smoother.
Add a reliable support to wall displays of all types with French Cleat Hangers. A favorite for commercial signs, panels and artwork, these versatile hanging clips yield sturdy displays while remaining hidden from view. Use along most any surface including stucco, brick and cinder block for a safe, durable mount. Woodworking New on Our Blog: Setting Up Factory Blade Guard Systems (Editor's Note: Join us every day for new posts from the web's best woodworkers. You can check out our past content on our new blog page.) When set up properly, factory blade guards are easy to use and offer another level of protection for the operator. Frustration with factory table saw blade guards is uncomfortably common today. Unfortunately, new woodworkers hear or read misleading remarks labeling factory blade guards as "dangerous" or "worthless" and some within another generation of woodworkers take potentially debilitating chances in a hobby meant to be fun.
Dovetails on the Bandsaw, Scrollsaw and Router Table Dovetails on the bandsaw 4 Oct 2010 Summary: This is my method for cutting regular and symmetric dovetails using the bandsaw, scroll saw and router table. The bandsaw is used to cut kerfs for the pins and tail for a perfect fit. The scroll saw is used to quickly remove most of the waste and router table is used to remove the remaining waste and fine-tune the depth of pins and tails. There is a tiny amount of manual cleanup on the tails - probably not enough to call them hand-cut, though. You could, of course, remove the waste manually with a mallet and chisel instead of using the scroll saw...or use a coping saw or bandsaw. Using the router table to trim the final depth of pins and tails is both quick and accurate, but it also imposes a minimum spacing between adjacent pins and tails of 1/2" (the width of the bit).
Popular Woodworking For the last few decades, I’ve kept one indispensable tool readily available in my shop – glue sticks. Basically, they are milled material about 2″ thick and around 4″ wide (in my shop they were always made from hardwood because there was always plenty of scrap) that is cut to approximately 3′ in length.... On May 7, 2014, we’re going to give you a chance to act like an editor for Popular Woodworking Magazine for the evening. That’s right, we’re going to let you (and a limited number of other folks) come into the workshop here at the magazine and test some of the newest tools from Senco.... The June issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine mails to subscribers (both print and digital) on or around this Thursday. We’re short a managing editor at the moment and extras fall into the purview of that role, but through a combination of caffeine, little sleep and unconquerable anal-retentiveness, I’ve managed to get almost all of...
'Design. Click. Build' Blog Sort By: From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon Killenwood, member | April 13th, 2014 This model was made by a friend, David Heim. I will be using his model to create a multi-page shop drawing for my students.