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Blog series by Kent Shepherd updated 10-31-2016 07:59 PM 9 parts 9886 reads 37 comments total

Part 1: Quick Corners

08-01-2016 03:42 PM by Kent Shepherd | 10 comments »

Often some of the handiest ideas are so simple we all think—why didn’t I think of that! A while back I ordered a set of these “Quick Corners” from Woodcraft. http://www.woodcraft.com/product/124220/quick-corner-four-pack.aspx I have found them very useful several times, In the past, like most of you I was looking all over the shop for something with the right radius to mark a rounded corner. Usually it was a can of putty, or maybe a paint can or anything round. Thes...

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Part 2: Magnetic Clamp Pads

07-28-2016 03:54 PM by Kent Shepherd | 9 comments »

I thought I would start offering quick woodworking tips, and try to do them more often. Running Shepherd Tool & Supply by myself can sometimes be a little overwhelming, but I really want to share some of my experience on a larger scale. I was doing a glue-up the other day and became frustrated trying to protect the already sanded legs on a table base. The long side is about 60”, so I had trouble reaching both ends to keeps my scraps in place for pads. I managed to get it done but...

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Part 3: Center/Offset Marking Tool

08-12-2016 04:02 PM by Kent Shepherd | 2 comments »

Accurate, clean marks are critical to any fine woodworking project. For years my marking tool arsenal consisted of a tape measure and a pencil, sometimes sharp (maybe). To mark the center of a board edge was hit or miss—mostly miss! As my quality progressed, so did my need for accurate ways to mark. How can you cut it or drill it right if you don’t start with a proper starting point. For the last few years I have been on the look-out for anything that would help achieve that. Not ...

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Part 4: Radius Plane

09-02-2016 07:32 PM by Kent Shepherd | 1 comment »

Often it is much quicker and easier to grab a hand plane to do a simple job rather than get a power tool, set it up and do the same job. (It also makes listening to Blues on the stereo more enjoyable!) I frequently use my radius plane and chamfer plane in situations like this. Does a great job with ease. This tool creates about an 1/8″ radius.Knocks the edge off in hurry. Similar tools available from Rockler, as well as several other online companies. Woodcraft offers some different style tha...

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Part 5: Kreg Set Up Blocks

09-07-2016 08:59 PM by Kent Shepherd | 4 comments »

For quite a while I have been using the Kreg set up bars for various set up tasks in my shop. Before I bought these I had made a set of different thicknesses of hardwood blocks. That worked well, but the Kreg blocks offer more versatility. They come in sizes from 1/8” to 1/2” in 1/16” increments, nicely organized in a handy case. ( If you follow my work, you know I love organization!)I frequently use mine for setting the depth on my drill press. Just bring the bit down just ...

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Part 6: Miter Sled

09-16-2016 03:31 PM by Kent Shepherd | 2 comments »

I frequently do smaller moldings in cabinet doors and other projects. I find it easier and safer to use a sled on my table saw rather than a miter saw. I can see my mark to cut by better this way. The small waste pieces don’t fly around as much. Years ago I was measuring a cabinet door job. As I was sketching the cabinets, the trim carpenter was cutting some small molding. The end piece flew off the saw and hit my face right by my eye. It bled a lot, but it turned out fine. However,...

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Part 7: Work Holding Part 1

09-26-2016 04:04 PM by Kent Shepherd | 6 comments »

Last time I promised a blog on work holding. This subject has almost become an obsession with me the last few years. I got tired of making do with c clamps and other ways to clamp something firmly and safely. I grew up in a shop where safety was not always a big priority and as a result saw numerous accidents over the years. Working in production for years influenced my thinking to do things safely, but yet maintain a certain amount of speed. In the next few blogs I would like to share some ...

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Part 8: Work Holding Part 2

10-03-2016 09:17 PM by Kent Shepherd | 3 comments »

Last time I promised to show how I use a router for T-bolts, a very important part of my work holding methods. Since there are several different methods, your choice will be determined by both your equipment and your personal preference. I find I don’t do this the same way every time, basically because I live in a perpetual state of confusion. Actually, my methods are usually determined by several factors–like how many am I doing, what size are the pieces, or maybe even which of my tools are ...

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Part 9: Work Holding Part 3

10-31-2016 07:59 PM by Kent Shepherd | 0 comments »

When it comes to work holding, Festool products are hard to beat. I have the earlier version of the MFT table which is awesome in the shop or as a portable work bench. Using their clamps, I find it very versatile for sanding, routing and other applications. Certainly beats trying to hold with one hand while using a tool with the other. You can even clamp to the side of the table for edge work. In the last two pictures you see how I use the Festool clamps on a home made ...

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