Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Summer 2013

Woodworker’s Journal is the magazine for people who love to work with wood. Woodworkers of any skill level will find top-tier plans to build great projects, expert reviews of woodworking tools, and a ton of woodworking tips and techniques. Get Woodworker's Journal digital magazine subscription today and get inspired and motivated.

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4 мин.
adjustable box joint jig

Soon after I started designing my new adjustable box joint jig, I figured out that having the pin precisely match the dado blade is unnecessary. The pin in my jig is quite thin, since only its leading edge is used to set the spacing. In addition, it’s mounted on a sliding block, which allows me to make micro adjustments. Machining the Parts I cut the larger pieces of this jig out of 1/2" MDO (medium-density overlay). Shallow dado slots are milled into the base (piece 1) for the fence, braces, and sliding pin block (pieces 2 through 4). Two matching dadoes are cut into the rear face of the fence to receive the braces. The runners (pieces 5), which must fit snugly into your saw’s miter slots, are cut next. I also…

3 мин.
straightedge jig

Here’s a slick jig to have handy whenever you need to straighten a rough edge or plow a groove. It’s actually a multi-use straightedge, designed to custom-fit to your portable router. The router runs along its fence, and that guides a straight bit along a hardboard template attached to the bottom of the fence. Whenever you need to make a cut, just line up the edge of the template with your trim line on the workpiece. You’ll never have to go through the old measure-and-clamp routine again. The jig also performs a bonus task on the table saw — more on that later. The heart of the jig is a straight, jointed plywood fence (piece 1). Seal this along its two ripped edges with strips of solid hardwood banding (pieces 2).…

3 мин.
a simple veneer press

These days, many woodworkers in production shop situations use a vacuum bag system for veneering, and certainly that approach works just fine. But for those of us who only lay up veneer for the occasional project, there’s still plenty of merit for using a well-designed veneer press: it’s effective, you can make one to most any size you need, and it costs practically nothing — save for some threaded rod and a handful of fasteners. Here’s a simple one that you can put together in about an hour. The heart of the design is a set of curved, or cambered, bearers. They distribute pressure evenly onto the veneer with the help of three cauls. Our design incorporates a method for curving the bearers so they provide continuous contact along their full…

3 мин.
adjustable dado jig

MATERIAL LIST (DADO JIG) T x W x L1 Upper Plate (1)1/2" x 61/2" x 57/8"2 Lower Plate* (1)1/2" x 61/2" x 57/8"3 Double-stick Tape (1)Size to fit dado4 Dovetail Slides (2)7/16" x 5/16" x 31/8"5 Knobs with Bolts (2)11/4" Nut/washer *Will be cut in half; dimensions allow for kerf. Every woodworker knows that 3/4" plywood is not really three quarters of an inch thick, and virtually no two boards are exactly the same thickness either. This makes milling snug-fitting dadoes difficult, and it was the impetus for designing this adjustable dado jig. While there are a number of tried-and-true methods for cutting perfectly sized dadoes, we wanted to be able to set a single straightedge and mill most any size dado needed — in just two passes. Our solution involves running two of…

6 мин.
table saw dovetail sled

If you like the look of hand-cut dovetails, but don’t have time (or patience) for all the meticulous work it takes to create them, then try this table saw method that uses a sliding dovetail sled to cut 90 percent of each joint. The jig cuts dovetails far faster than you can cut them by hand, and you can size the pins and tails and customize their spacing to suit just about any project — join drawer sides, build a box or small chest, and so forth. With care and a bit of practice, you can produce large or medium sized, “furniture grade” 8° dovetails in both hard and soft woods. However, I think the jig is best for quickly cutting workmanlike joints that are serviceable for jobs like joining parts…

17 мин.
arts & crafts workbench

The workbench top is to the woodworker what a face plate is to the machinist — a surface used as a reference. In wood terms, it’s a dead flat, hard surface. Its edges and ends are square. It won’t sag under load. About every two or three years, any distortion due to movement, wear, or dings can be skimmed back to accuracy by planing. It needn’t be babied like a piece of furniture, but you don’t cut into it by chiseling, sawing or drilling. Apply oil to keep it clean and protected from spills. If you must use it for glue-ups, protect it from clamp heads and glue drips with a sheet of Masonite. Benchtop Characteristics Well: Many contemporary benches offer a well as “a place to put your tools.” My experience…