In this Fine Woodworking DVD, Philip C. Lowe will show you how to build the workbench that's served him loyally for over 40 years. Thanks to its relatively small footprint, this bench fits easily in most shops and allows you to quickly and easily reach your work from all four sides. Yet despite the small footprint, the design offers loads of storage down below for stowing your favorite tools. While building the workbench, you'll hone your skills on dozens of essential woodworking techniques. Plus, your DVD even comes complete with digital and SketchUp plans! 80 minutes. Episode 1: Joinery Preparation Accurate joinery is impossible to execute without flat, square lumber. Learn how to properly mill your lumber before measuring and cutting to length, and marking out the workbench base's primary joinery. Episode 2: Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery Learn how to cut and fit the base's mortise-and-tenon joinery using a combination of hand and power tools. Then, layout and cut the rabbets that will accept the base's plywood panels. Episode 3: Sliding Dovetail Partitions Don't be fooled, sliding dovetails are easier to cut than you might think. Learn how to craft this signature joint quickly and easily with a bit of help from your router. Then, get ready to tackle the workbench's first glue-up. Episode 4: Glue Up the Base As with any furniture project, glue-up happens in stages. Learn how to custom fit the workbench's plywood panels and drawer runners as the base is dry-fit and assembled. Episode 5: Benchtop A solid benchtop provides a firm work surface as well as the added weight required for handplaning. Learn how to lay out and cut benchdog holes, and then tackle the benchtop glue-up in stages. Episode 6: Drawers With five drawers below the benchtop, this workbench does double-duty as a storage station. Learn how to cut and fit traditional dovetailed drawers, with a special emphasis on Philip C. Lowe's techniques for a tight, accurate fit. Episode 7: Door and Bench Dogs Learn how to construct and hang a simple door using mortise-and-tenon joinery, then catch Lowe's tips on how to get the most out of your bench dogs as the workbench project wraps up. About Philip C. Lowe: A professional woodworker since 1968, Philip C. Lowe is a longtime contributor to Fine Woodworking. An instructor at Boston's North Bennet Street School from 1975 to 1985, he headed the furniture-making department for five of those years. He is a winner of the 2005 Cartouche Award, the highest honor given by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and the 2010 Artisanship Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.
Sometimes it's better to emphasize a seam than to try to hide it. This bit does just that, applying a neat decorative V-groove along the line of the seam. Since you no longer have to sand the joint perfectly flush as you would with a typical flush trim bit, you also cut down on a lot of sanding. Just a pass or two with a palm sander is enough to remove any mill marks. Ideal for trimming cabinet face frames flush with the cabinet sides.
This straight panel raiser cuts a classic design most famously employed in Shaker furniture. It is primarily designed to raise Shaker panels, but can also be used to bevel the underside of table tops. It features Freud's exclusive Quadra-Cut 4-cutter design, which provides the smoothest cuts possible. You'll get crisp, clean edges every time, even with cross-grain cuts in difficult materials.Application: Ideal for creating raised panels for doors and paneling, as well as for beveling decorative tops, plaques and moldingRevolutionary Quadra-Cutdesign combines two small wings that cut downward to shear the top edge for a splinter-free surface, and two large wings that shear upward for a smooth finish.Use 1/2" height for 5/8" stock. Use 5/8" height for 3/4" stock.Cuts all composition materials, plywoods, hardwoods, and softwoods.Use on table-mounted portable routers only.
This professional quality door bit set lets you cut both the cope and stick joints for the door frame, as well as the raised panel that fits into the groove. The Shaker style profile features a simple chamfer along the inside edges of the frame, as well as on the panel. 1/2" shank router bits with high-grade carbide cutters. Use with stock up to 3/4" thick. Also ideal for drawer fronts to complement your raised panel doors.