Sharpening Tips

Here are a feiv of our favorite tips to help you sharpen your chisels and plane irons and keep them sharp. Before grinding the bevel on a chisel or plane iron, the first thing I do is check that the cutting edge is square to the sides of the blade, see Fig. 1. If it's not square, I'll draw a thin line across the back of the blade with a permanent marker. Note Draw the line right below any nicks in the blade. While it's possible to square up the blade (and remove any nicks) as you grind the...

Blank For I Footrest

For seat from pieces of 1 3 4-thick stock for seat from pieces of 1 3 4-thick stock NOTE lay out 1-diameter holes in bottom of seat and V 2 holes in top of footrest NOTE lay out 1-diameter holes in bottom of seat and V 2 holes in top of footrest draw diagonal lines through centerpoints of holes in seat draw 45 line through center of hole in footrest NOTE don't cut footrest until later (see figs. 4 & 5) draw diagonal lines through centerpoints of holes in seat draw 45 line through center of...

Issue Number Twentyeight

Gluing up solid wood panels is easy with this shop-built jig. And it doubles as a storage rack for your pipe clamps. Comfort and strength. Two reasons why this may be the only stool you'll ever build for your shop. A core box bit and a simple jig. That's all you need to rout tenons on the dowels used for the legs of the stool. Tips and techniques for gluing up an attractive solid wood panel that's perfectly flat and stays flat. Building a cabinet with adjustable shelves A unique indexing system...

Press In Bushings With Vise

CUT 2-LONG STEEL PIN FROM SHANK OF 4x 3 BOLT step is to lay out two holes that will be used to guide the bit when drilling the holes for the shelf pins. To provide two options for the spacing between the pins, one hole is located 2, and the other is 3 from the center of the slot, see Fig. 5. hairlines. To make it easy to align the drilling guide later, I used a knife to scribe hairlines through the centerpoint of each hole and extended them around the block, see Fig. 5. bushings. To keep from...

Stop Collar On Drill Bit To Set Depth Of Hole

Once you decide how far from the top (or bottom) to start the holes, square a line across the workpiece. Step 2. To locate the holes in from the edge, slide the index block to the desired setting and lock it in place. Step 3. After positioning the hairline on the layout line, hold the fence tight against the edge and drill the first hole. Step 4. Now fit the pin in the hole and slide the slot over it to automatically index the drilling guide for the next hole. Step 5. Using either guide...

Troubleshooting

Space clamps about 6 apart to produce even pressure space clamps about 6 apart to produce even pressure arrange clamps on top and bottom to create a flat panel arrange clamps on top and bottom to create a flat panel beads of glue indicate even pressure V_ beads of glue indicate even pressure V_ (or if there's a gap in one of the joints), the edges may need additional work, see box below. Once you're satisfied with how the boards fit, you're ready to glue up the panel. To keep the panel flat and...

Fixed or Movable Cutterhead

With a fixed cutterhead (left), the bed moves up and down as you adjust the depth of cut. But the cutterhead is adjustable on the planers with a fixed bed (right). Both types gave good results. A feeler gauge is a clumsy way to set the blades (top). But spring-loaded blades that snap to a bar (center) and a magnet (bottom) that sets the blade on a backing plate are easier to use. Ken Picking one planer is tough. They can all handle the basic job reducing stock to a uniform thickness. But I...

Small Shop Layout

A small shop about the size of a single car garage is more efficient when work flows from one area to another.T In an ideal shop, there's always room for one more tool. And nothing gets in the way. But in all the shops I've set up, space (or the lack of it) is often a factor. With all the tools and materials required for a pro- _ ject, a small shop can soon get crowded and cramped. Even so, there's no reason a small workshop can't work smoothly and efficiently. All it takes is a little...

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Drilling Guide

Eye Bolt With Built Coupling Nut

You've just built a cabinet with adjustable shelves. But when you set one of the shelves in place, it rocks back and forth The reason is simple. One of the shelf pins isn't level with the other three. So the shelf won't sit flat on the pins. When you think about it, it's easy to see how that can happen. Laying out and drilling each individual hole for the shelf pins is tedious and time consuming. And no matter how careful you are, it's all too easy to end up with one hole out of position....

Portable Thickness Planer

Thickness Planer Universal Motor

When sliding the templates around, one thing that can make a small shop work big is to organize tools by groups. JOB. One way of grouping that makes a lot of sense is to arrange tools by the job they do. For example, the table saw, jointer, and planer are all used during stock preparation. So it's convenient to cluster them together. SUPPORT. You can also use tool groups to provide support for large workpieces. To provide side support when crosscutting a long workpiece on the table saw for...

Shop Solutions

Hole Drill Machine Plastic

Recently, I noticed the phenolic insert in my router table had sagged a bit. As a result, I was having trouble getting an accurate depth of cut. To solve this problem, I replaced the old insert with a more rigid one made from VZ-thick aluminum, see photo. I bought the aluminum plate at a local machine shop and had them cut it to the same size as the original insert. But because aluminum transfers to wood and leaves black streaks, I cemented plastic lami After routing the edges flush detail 'a'...

GlueUp Station

Wall Clamping Station

This folding station makes it easy to glue up solid wood panels. Okay, I'll admit it. Gluing up a solid wood panel with pipe clamps standing on end looks a bit unorthodox. But it works great. And with this vertical glue-up station to support the clamps, the whole glue-up process is simplified considerably. clamp storage. For example, there's no need to drag heavy pipe clamps around the shop. That's because the glue-up sta tion doubles as a storage rack, see photo A below. work surfaces. With a...

Shop Stool

Drilling Stool Legs

With its thick slabs and beefy dowels, this shop stool is as sturdy as it is comfortable. rout v2 chamfer in two passes hen the guys first saw this shop stool, they had to know one thing. Why was the seat square in front But as soon as they sat down, it was obvious it's more comfortable that way. With the front edge removed, the seat doesn't dig into the back of my legs like a round stool. Especially when I prop my feet up on the large curved footrest. Besides being comfortable, I also wanted...