In the process of making a jig, I routed a dado for T-track in recycled plywood. Since my trim router was already set up with a ¾” straight bit, I used it – making four shallow passes 9” long and a total depth of 3/8”. After each pass I stopped and vacuumed the sawdust. After the final pass when I started to vacuum, I saw burning embers and immediately stopped vacuuming. (You can see the burn remaining in the dado in the photo above.) I knocked the sawdust out of the dado and onto the ...
This is the second and final post describing my Turntable Plinth project. To sculpt the sides, I used a table saw and three router bits: a 1/2” cove bit, a 3/4” roundover bit, and a 1/4” round nose bit. 1. Start with 2-3/4” x 3/4” maple board. 2. Cut the board into two 1-1/8” wide sections. 3. Scoop out the inside edge of each section with the cove bit. 4. Glue the two sections back together. 5. Route the recess for the dow...
The slight hesitation is the router leaving a tab between the work and the outside… so the piece won’t wobble around when cut…
We have more kitchen stuff than fits in our cabinets. We decided that a really large shelf could serve to hold some of the nicer-looking pieces, opening up room for the more utilitarian stuff behind closed doors. This started as a simple, innocent slab of wood on some store-bought brackets, but got waylaid in the design process. :) Here’s the design It’s big, about 94” long by 12” deep. It also incorporates two techniques I haven’t tried before (I’...
I started my Youtube channel series router 101 some time ago, and Ep.7 (of 8) is just out. The link for Episode 1, choosing a router can be found here: Please do take a look, comment and like, be sure to check out all the episodes, there are a lot of tips, tricks, and jig making episodes within the full series.
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1102: Cutting, Routing and Scrolling Frames
I finished all of my cutting yesterday. That was a big plus. Cutting out nine plaques of this type in under two days was an accomplishment that I was satisfied with. I had initially hoped that I would have these all oiled and finished by today, but as usual, things came up and I need to sand and oil them today. I should have better pictures tomorrow. I am pleased with these designs. While they are not really difficult, some of the motifs do present a little bit of a challenge. I think...
I did follow the WoodWhisperer’s plans for the dog holes as well as many of the other elements. I reversed the dog hole jig to make one for the dog block which was canted in the opposite direction. The only thing that accomplished was it kept the 3/8” strip on the movable dog block on the same side as the glue-up. Routing the dog holes went smoothly, lots of sawdust and shavings! Gluing the thin strip to the routed piece with a full length caul. Broug...
Fellow Jocks, First, I want to thank you for reading this and offering your wisdom. I am a novice woodworker and have come up with a hurdle in my current project. I am building a cradle out of Red Oak, which is the hardest wood I’ve worked with so far. The problem I am having is routing around curves. If I route into the grain on a curve, my wood keeps splitting and ruining the piece I’m working with. (see picture) On the other hand, I’ve tried doing a climb...
I came home from work today and went straight to the shed after listening to the shot of the day and got busy! Now that I have made my templates for the chair, I routed all of the round over edges that are called for by the Jake’s chair plans. I really do enjoy using the router, there is something satisfying to watching the edges go from raw cut edges, to pretty, smooth, and finished as the bit passes with ease. But on the down side, I really want that router table because bending ov...
This blog details how I made the hinges for my latest project, ‘56’ (also now used in ‘42’). In this blog I will be making one hinge, 56mm x 76mm x 6mm. I am using dissimilar woods for contrast. These are, in this case, sycamore and walnut. I work in millimetres. For those of you using inches there are 25.4 mm to the inch. There is a calculator in the pc you are using to read this blog, its not rocket science. I cut four blanks 56mm x 42mm x 3mm, two of sycamore and...
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