I recently discovered on YouTube these bits that are called birds mouth router bits. They make 6,8,12 sided boxes by cutting a notch of a certain angle in the board down its length. Once routed, the board is cut to length dependent on the shapes diameter. The interlock makes glueing and clamping incredibly easy. I got a set of three for $40
Drawing a line, rough-sawing and sanding a curve wasn’t good enough, and I really wanted to make a good curve with a nice square edge. Behold, the complex router template contraption that worked perfect. Surely there was an easier way to go about this; if you have ideas about alternatives, let me know in the comments! These screws were to prevent flexing. Before routing, I added a few dabs of hot glue to the backside of the curved strip, which I think made the screws poi...
I’ve only been doing this for about 6 years now, but I have gone from using just a hand saw and a drill on a wooden deck floor to actually having nice tools in my own shop. Thanks for watching the video and I hope you guys like it. Shop Tour Video
After using the template to route out the fingers it was now time to put on the 1/8” roundover. For me it was a lot easier to use the router table for this step. The edges of the fingers also needed to be rounded over. This could have been done with a rasp or small sanding block but I decided to just stand the board up on end on the router table and do it there. Even the longer 41” or so sides weren’t difficult to hold during this operation. Next came plenty of...
In trying to keep my workshop organized and clutter free so I can work at my bench without having to search for tools, I found a definite need for somewhere to keep my power tools besides in their original boxes. Their original boxes keeps them organized, however, it makes them less accessible and frankly a pain in the rear to unpack and repack the tool each time it is used. Also the original boxes take up a lot of storage space when you have a confined space to work in to start with. ...
Ok, so the carcass (correct term?) of the file cabinet is all glued up and came out really nice. I have a few touch ups with a sanding block to do. I set off this morning in search of decent 1/2” plywood to make the two drawers. I ended up driving 1/2 an hour into town to Rockler to pickup a sheet of 1/2” Baltic Birch and some 1/4” for the bottoms, along with some satin Arm R Seal. Made a side trip on the way home to Lowes to spend the gift cards that were burning a ho...
I’ve been intrigued lately by wooden handscrew clamps… Here’s a particularly effective usage for collecting sawdust that shoots forward when cutting short dadoes on the router table.
After searching for the right combination of parts and pieces to replace my table saw extension with a router table, I ended up keeping it simple and just used the existing table saw extension. I added a little support around the new opening, but nothing too complicated. I think this will work just fine for my purposes. I’ll eventually build an enclosure beneath the router for dust collection. I need a good plan for a router fence to use over my table saw fence. Anyone have any...
I’ve had some time off for the holidays, and I’m making good progress. I ordered some quarter sawn cherry veneer from OVIS along with soft close drawer slides. A friend loaned me his vacuum pump and I vacuum bagged the veneer to 1/4” birch plywood with West Systems epoxy. I’m used to working with epoxy from my modeling experience. I just pour the epoxy onto the plywood, and squeegee it around with one of the wife’s credit cards. You end up just wetting the...
Before starting this project, I want to ensure that I am fully prepared.-am I familiar with all the different techniques to build the chest?-what lumber do I need – which rough thicknesses and approximate number of board feet?-what tools do I need? As both a blanket chest and a piece of Greene and Greene furniture there are a variety of familiar and new woodworking techniques. These include:-creating large panels by glueing up multiple boards-creating a template for the finger joints...
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