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Blog series by shipwright updated 83 days ago 7 parts 15897 reads 127 comments total

Part 1: Simple Precision Arc Inlay Jig

804 days ago by shipwright | 24 comments »

I had the need this afternoon for a way to cut a curved groove for a veneer inlay. It needed to be absolutely accurate and easy enough that even I couldn’t screw it up. A half hour later I had this little jig. I thought someone else may find it useful. The first photos are self explanatory and show the simple construction and assembly of the base and pivot arm. The featured performer is one of my personal favourite Harbour Freight tools, the trim router. In the next photo ...

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Part 2: Precision Router Jig for Straight Lines.

781 days ago by shipwright | 19 comments »

This is basically the same as the arc jig in the first segment but for a straight line rebate in a spot where it would be a bit of a shame to miss the target. It starts out as a piece of 1/4” MDF glued to a piece of 1/8” plywood. The plywood is more than 1/2 the width of the router base. Use the bit you plan to use for the cut and trim the plywood using the MDF as a guide. Now when you set up to make the cut you can see exactly where it will fall on the workpiece. No me...

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Part 3: Matching Short Grain Veneer Border

429 days ago by shipwright | 13 comments »

As the series title says, this is a simple technique but when I discovered it it was a “Dohhh !!!” moment so I thought I might spare someone the pain. I like to use short grain borders, especially nice straight grains like cedar on picture frames, table tops and that sort of thing. I never had a problem getting good fits at the joints but often matching the grain was a bit of a challenge….. then one day this arrived in my (slow) brain and now it is a breeze even when the gra...

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Part 4: Veneer Press Screws for $4.50

181 days ago by shipwright | 20 comments »

When I built my small veneer press in Green Valley I made six holes for screws, like my bigger one at home but only installed four screws because they are expensive and I wasn’t sure I really needed six. Then I stole one to make my Miter Jack. That left me somewhat deficient in veneer screws so I decided to try something I have been thinking about for a while now. I remember looking at the $6, six Inch “C” clamps at HF and wondering how hard it would be to turn...

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Part 5: All Wood Button Catch

160 days ago by shipwright | 14 comments »

I have had several requests for a blog on the construction of my Chart Box but I don’t really think that I did much that isn’t already well covered in my other blogs. So any of you who are curious about marquetry in general, please check out my LJ blogs. There is however one sort of new thing in the chart box …...... and that’s the catch. OK, Here’s the catch. The catch I used on my recently posted Chart Box was derived from the one I used last year on my ...

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Part 6: Fresh Air Supply Without Breaking the Bank

129 days ago by shipwright | 22 comments »

Back in my boat building days I periodically had the need to spray some very toxic paints. A fresh air supply is highly recommended for these occasions but they are very expensive for infrequent use. I found this today as I was doing a deep spring turf-out of my shop and thought it might save someone a few bucks. This is what I came up with to save my lungs without the cash outlay for a compressor operated one with filters and coolers. (The filters and coolers are to remove the oil and hea...

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Part 7: Veneer Matching Mirrors

83 days ago by shipwright | 15 comments »

There’s certainly nothing new about using mirrors to check veneer matches but this week, when I needed to do some matching I had an idea that some of you may want to try. I hate having glass around all the hard steel tools and I hate even more the idea of suffering seven years bad luck for breaking mirrors. (At my age that could be a large percentage of what I’ve got left…...) So here’s the plan. I decided to try acrylic mirror stock and make half cuts in it to elim...

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