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There are a host of factory-made table saw attachments that serve many of the same functions as this jig, but they often cost well over $100, and we haven't found any single jig that so well combines the three primary functions of miters, cutoff work and tapering. If you have a suitable piece of plywood available for the base, plus a few scraps for the remaining parts, about the only expense you'll have for this jig is a few dollars for the hardware: the assemble screws, bolts and hinge.
With a plunge router, this workhorse router table will handle just about all of your joinery needs. The special jig adapts a portable router, preferably a plunge router, for use as a stationary tool. It does not negate the use of the machine in conventional fashion but there are times when accuracy is easier to achieve and it is more convenient to apply the work to the tool instead of the tool to the work. It's also true that even under normal conditions, router applications require extra attention for support and guidance. This "master" jig, in a sense, supplies a host of work setups in one compact package.
With angled bases, a leather "hinge," and a little help from gravity, the two sides of this napkin hold simply pinch together when it's placed on a flat surface. Each base is attached to a side with box joints or, as they are sometimes called, finger joints. Readers who haven't tried this joint may think it's a bit difficult, but our step-by-step instructions include a jig that greatly simplifies the process.
Our Super Box Joint Jig combines versatility with accuracy and ease of use. Using a system of either single or multiple brass keys, the jig will cut box joints in 1/16 in. increments from 1/8 in. all the way up to 1-5/16 in. - a range that encompasses nearly every possible use. Whether you're familiar with box joints and have always wished for a do-it-all jig, or if you've never cut a box joint before but would like to, this jig is for you. Accuracy and versatility in one compact package.
One of the more frequent project requests we receive is for a yard or porch swing. When we saw this handsome swing, we liked it immediately. Although it could be used as a porch swing, with the addition of our A-frame hanger, the same swing instantly becomes a yard swing.Easy-build A-frame converts swing to yard use.
Nearly every woodworker, no matter what their expertise, dreams of making some "classic" woodworking project. A traditional slant-front desk is one such project. We wouldn't suggest that you undertake this piece if you've never made a door or drawer, but if you've never made a piece this large, don't be scared off. The desk is basically just a box, with some drawers, a pigeonhole section, a slant front and bracket feet. If your shop is equipped with the basics - table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, router, and a good selection of clamps - then you should have no problem making the desk.
This breadbox is an ideal project to get started on because it is made with a variety of the most common shop tools and equipment, from the table saw to the router. Perhaps best of all, there are no fussy joints to cut. The basic box can be made with almost any simple construction method, from dowels to screws and plugs or even biscuits, if you own a biscuit joiner.
This handy shop helper mounts directly to the drill press column, and the swing arm permits the shelf to be located with arm's reach so bits are close at hand. But, if necessary, the arm and shelf can also be pivoted out of the way.
When it comes to utility, few projects can equal the multi-functional capacity of the hutch. In the living room, dining room, or family room, no piece better combines ample storage space with a generous display area. Although we tend to think of large projects as being complex and difficult to build, the design of this hutch is probably as elemental as a large piece can get. Excepting the 1/4-in. plywood for the base section back and the drawer bottoms, all the board stock is just 3/4-in thick no. 2 pine. Perhaps best of all, you don't need a shop full of costly equipment to build this project. When the author built the hutch, all he had was a Shopsmith multitool, though a router would also been helpful. Most of the work was accomplished using just the table saw; the Shopsmith scroll saw attachment was used to cut the classic whale-tail scroll profile in the upper section sides. A thickness planer isn't required. Unlike much large casework, if you aren't rich in clamps, you can still build this project. By purchasing pre-glued wide pine you won't need the array of pipe or bar clamps that edge-gluing work typically requires. And since parts are assembled with finish nails and screws, clamps aren't needed for the case and upper section assembly.
Ornaments are a favorite around many shops, signaling the start of the holiday season. The turned variety give you a chance to stretch the creative process on the lathe.But be warned, your relatives and friends will all be waiting to see what this year's ornaments will look like, and to add one to their collection! Like potato chips ... you'll NEVER make just one!
Glue blocks are a great method of attaching a bowl blank to your lathe. There are other methods, such as double-face tape and chucks - and a knowledge of all these options will help you decide which technique is best for specific circumstances.
Keep your dust collection system working at maximum suction with this 4" Spring Hose Clamp! Made of durable yellow chromate, the clamp has a 1-3/4" long bolt that allows you to tighten any connection, creating a tight seal and eliminating suction loss. Perfect for 4" dust collection hose fittings.
Bowl gouge, spindle gouge, detail gouge, roughing gouge, double-ended bowl gouge - what does it all mean? With new tools rapidly appearing in catalogs and on store shelves, it's easy to get confused. Here is some information to help you decide which tools to purchase: either for getting started or for advancing in your turning craft.
With a doweling jig, handheld drill outfitted with a brad point bit and some dowel points, you can build sophisticated projects in no time. It's inexpensive, strong and fast. What more do you want in a joinery system?