“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”Goethe…(1749-1832) German writer, Polymath The spline miter joint offers strength and elegance. It is a joint that wants to be seen and recognized unlike many other joints that serve a utilitarian purpose and are concealed. Often times the spline miter joint consist of contrasting colored woods and that is this case of the species chosen for the joints of this arts and crafts style pic...
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci…(1452-1519) Architect, musician, anatomist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. Making picture frames in the woodworking shop is fun especially when we have a system in which to work. In this case we are making the frames from picture moulding that was made on the router table and also on the table saw using dado blades. The dado on the moulding will house the decorative wood inlay that we have previously crea...
It could be said that miter joints are definitely one of the most common joints in woodworking or carpentry. This is a joint that we are taught early on in our apprenticeships because we will be cutting miters throughout our entire career. As an apprentice it sounds simple enough to just cut a left 45 and a right 45 and glue then together to form a 90. If it were so simple then why are there open miter joints? Let’s take a look at how we can make perfect miter joints. View the comple...
Greetings. I have been watching Norm for 25 years or so. He always jointed board edges to get a perfectly straight glue joint. Marc Spagnuolo (sp?) on The Wood Whisperer seems to do the same. I have not had any problems with my straight joints. Recently, I have been watching Tommy Macdonald due to the new show Rough Cuts. He uses something called a spring joint where, after the boards are jointed straight, he uses a hand plane to create a slight dip in both boards. When this joint is c...
The next box in the series Oops!, A Llittle Cabinetree, and now Facets is on the build. It had to be started because I’ve been obsessing too much on the finish of Cabinetree and in order to amuse myself between coats I had been so bored I had started making micro plywood and then micro boxes and banding. It had to stop.So the other day I started to think about what the next logical step would be keeping the theme and some of the aspects of the others but going a very different direction...
My First Real Attempt at a project. A shaker end Table #4: The Table Tops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the first of the two table tops that I have to do. I used a tounge and grove joint and have the first one in the clamps. The first table top. The next table top layed out to show joints. The toungs on the center board. I thought it would look better if the center board had the tounges only. The grove of the left table edges. The right is the exact same thing, just with it on the other side.
If you didn’t have to improve a great product would you bother? Would your improvements be incremental or would you really go for it? This is a blog not just about the simplicity and functionality of this jig, but also the progression of the inventor’s ideas and how they are incorporated into the latest model. For those not familiar with this tool, it is a router jig that facilitates perfectly sized and matched mortises for fixed or loose tenon joinery. It was won many awar...
I started this as a forum topic http://lumberjocks.com/topics/22441 but the way it’s going, it should have been a blog so I’m changing horses in mid stream. To bring things up to speed, I started out fooling around with the idea of thin plywood because I was bored in the shop waiting for finish coats to dry on my real project. It sort of took on a life of it’s own. Here’s a brief recap: The first two shots are of a 4” x 8” sheet of 1/16” walnut ...
Actually, I still have so many pending designs such as spiral, rectangular and the parabolic that are on halt. However, when I experimented on this rhumboid …. that from a square rod, I can convert it to a 60×120 degrees rhomboid. Simply saying, I can create two equilateral triangles out of a square cut 45 degrees from end to end. Meaning 45 on x axis and 45 degrees on y axis of a miter. Here is the design: THE CONSTRUCTION.. And here is the latest photo of the proje...
Let's Make Bandings of Wood Inlay #3: How to make Wood Inlay Bandings like the Buffard Freres of Paris
“Never underestimate the power of a single thought.” Ender Ilkay…(1966 – ) Salesman and Friend When I first saw these beautiful bandings I felt the excitement and the desire to learn similar to what I first felt when serving my woodworking apprenticeship. Obviously, these patterns are so remarkably unique. I thought to myself that these are truly great designs of highly trained craftsman who took the craft of woodworking to a much higher level. The Buffard Frere...
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