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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #6: Making Great $5 Band Clamps!

09-08-2012 07:49 AM by Boxguy | 24 comments »

Overview: If you are going to make boxes there is no substitute for good band clamps. They pull all eight joint cuts together and tend to average out any cuts that are slightly off. I use two clamps on each box. They are expensive to buy, but cheap if you make your own. When in use, they look like this. These are really cranked down to pull all the joints tight. (A big thanks to Derrick who patiently helped me picture each step in this process.) Hint: To make this a quick read j...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #9: Making an Attached Top Box

03-11-2013 09:12 AM by Boxguy | 14 comments »

I make two kinds of box tops. Boxes with inset tops (above) where the the top floats in a dadoed groove that runs around the sides, and attached tops where the top is glued directly onto the sides of the box. This tutorial will feature the attached top method, and a press design to help with this process. Of course you can use clamps to hold the top on until the glue sets. But I prefer this press. The press features 8 all-thread sections with a compression spring an...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #5: Mortising Piano Hinges In a Box (An Easy Method)

05-31-2012 03:07 AM by Boxguy | 16 comments »

Overview: In the last blog I detailed how to separate the top from the box and how to start with a long piano hinge then size, cut, polish, round, crimp, smooth, and paint the hinge so it will fit any size of box. In this chapter I will explain how to install a piano hinge in a box. We will go through how to mortise, fit and fasten the hinge. The essential tools are: router table, small try square, vix bit, drill and impact driver. If all goes well, it should look like this when you ar...

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The EZ mitre technique

07-26-2010 10:55 PM by BritBoxmaker | 76 comments »

Hello all. Well I seem to have whet the appetite a bit so here goes for a ‘novel’ technique for making mitred boxes. Its a bit like making a box out of paper, like they showed you at school, using a ‘net’. Only in 3D, with wood and a tablesaw (not sissors). Well first comes the board Its made from alternating strips of Maple and Rosewood of varying thickness. I won’t bore you with the details on how to make it suffice to say that all the corners must b...

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EZ Mitre #1: Update - Using router bits

05-15-2011 08:17 PM by BritBoxmaker | 12 comments »

Since the original EZ mitre blog there have been variations added. To formalise the adding of new and/or additional methods to the technique I will add updates for now and re-release the whole thing if I ever get time. The main reason for this update is, as has often been asked, ‘can this technique be done using a table mounted router and ‘v’ groove bit ?’ Up until now I have been reticent to suggest this but I have just this week discovered router bits that are up ...

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Finishing Tips #6: Homemade Blotch Control Instructions

02-07-2015 06:04 AM by pjones46 | 4 comments »

Many people have contacted me concerning the specific mixing instructions to make homemade blotch control and specifics as to its application. So here they are. Mixing instructions Glue size is most commonly made of a watered-down, water-based, PVA adhesive. If you do plan to make your own, try something on the order of 10 parts (or a little less) water to one part Gorilla White Wood Glue. The ratios may vary with species and porosity of the wood. Use: Distilled Water (Can be purc...

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The Portable Moravian Workbench at The Woodwright’s School

01-06-2015 01:57 PM by WoodAndShop | 7 comments »

[See this original blog post here] I regularly get asked “Joshua, can you recommend a workbench that is affordable, sturdy, portable, and easy to build?” I used to laugh at the requests. But I recently discovered a historical 18th century workbench that was resurrected from the past by Will Myers, an instructor at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The old Workbench is part of the Moravian collection at Old Salem, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ...

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Easy Shop Table

01-14-2011 04:02 AM by Lockwatcher | 37 comments »

I started this project after building an assembly table from an issue of Wood Magazine (March 2010). The table was a lot of work (the torsion box top) but the main unit holding the table up was an easy build. That’s when I hit upon the idea of using the same design for a group of extra tables for other uses. I’ve built a number of these already, and am using one as a router table, a miter saw station, and a sharpening station. It is built using standard re-dimensioned co...

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Home made Longworth chuck

11-02-2014 10:01 PM by higtron | 5 comments »

I got the idea to build a Longworth chuck when I watched a video of Jason Beam make one on his home made CNC machine when I saw it I knew I could make one with my router and, a home made trammel jig. I laid everything out on some particle board than made some test cuts to see how it would work out for the final cuts on the 1/2” baltic birch ply. I mounted the face plate on a blank of the baltic birch ply with 1/4-20 T-nuts than mounted the blank to my lathe slid the tail stock ov...

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Building a wall hanging tool cabinet #6: #6

10-29-2014 04:48 AM by exelectrician | 6 comments »

Got another coat of Deft on and reorganized the interior tool placement Opening the interior panel reveals my mostly metalworking tools, a thin strip jig for the T/Saw, ancient bit brace, etc., With the panel closed which I think I will be using most. I hope to have my every day tools close at hand, I still have about a square foot and a half of space to allocate to about 16 more tools I use all the time. The detail of my modified marking gauge, this puppy won’t roll off my be...

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