With the CD "Woodworking's Critical Path: The Complete Curriculum," you get a compilation of everything master woodworker Ian Kirby has taught on the subject of woodworking. Containing over 70 lessons and over a dozen projects, the CD covers everything from selecting and preparing stock; to marking joints, plus cutting them; glue-up; final assembly and finish. You'll find out how to calculate how many board feet you need for a project, how to easily read plan drawings,and how to use mock-ups for projects you design.Complete plans are included for a Mackintosh Style Chair, an Arts & Crafts Workbench, a Frame and Panel Chest, and more.As you follow the Critical Path Ian Kirby has identified as the step-by-step way to learning woodworking, you'll gain understanding of your tools, whether it's a hand plane, table saw or router, and your materials, from solid wood (plainsawn, quartersawn and more) to manufactured materials. Kirby, trained in the British Arts & Crafts tradition, also provides you with a history of this movement, plus the details of making dovetails, and instructions for frame and panels, drawers, doors and torsion boxes. Some of the lessons contained on this CD include: Understanding DrawingsCalculating Board FeetIdentifying Flatsawn, Riftsawn and QuartersawnUnderstanding Wood DistortionMaking Butt JointsAdding Biscuits and SplinesGluing and Clamping ProceduresMeasuring Tools and How They WorkMortise and Tenon JointsHand-Cut Joints: DovetailMachine-Cut JointsJigs and Assembly AidsTapering and CarvingMaking DrawersHardware OptionsHow a Plane WorksTable Saw SafetyGuiding Your RouterFull-size Mock-upsIntroduction to DrawingsVeneeringParts of a TreeMoisture Content and DistortionWhite Oak BookcaseArts & Crafts TableSofa TableFrame and Panel ChestFrame and Panel DoorsPerfect Dovetails Plus more! Follow in the footsteps of a master woodworker on the Critical Path to learning woodworking.
Set up your jigs for smooth-sliding action on table saws, router tables, workbenches and more! These solid aluminum bars have nylon set screws in the miter bar that adjust in or out for a perfect fit in any standard 3/4" x 3/8" miter slot. Available individually in 18", 24" and 36" lengths.Great for shop-made crosscut jigs, cutoff tables, taper jigs and more.Aluminum won't warp, swell or shrink like wooden runners — jigs fit perfectly time after time.1/4-20 threaded holes for easy attachment.
True to its name, purpleheart boasts vibrant purple heartwood, and a fine, satiny texture. Initially a dull brown, it takes on its brilliant tone shortly after the wood is cut. The sapwood is creamy, pinkish cinnamon. It has exceptionally high bending and crushing strength, is dimensionally stable, and is extremely resistant to decay. All boards are machined S4S to 1/8", 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" thicknesses. Thin boards are well-suited for edging, veneering, marquetry, sides for decorative boxes, bending stock and bent laminations, while the thicker boards are ideal for furniture, paneling, cabinet doors, moldings, drawer sides, fine jewelry boxes and whatever else your imagination can dream up!Alternate name: Peltogyne.Tree: Usually tall, with a height of about 100 to 150 feet and a diameter of up to 48 inches, usually between 18 and 36 inches.Heartwood: Initially dull brown, rapidly changing to a bright, vibrant purple. Prolonged exposure darkens wood to a dark-purplish brown or dark brown, but the original color can be preserved with a UV inhibitor. Color variation among boards is reported to be moderate to high. Presence of minerals in some boards may cause uneven coloration and steaming is reported to affect the color. Light & Air-Induced Changes: Treatment against the effects of ultra-violet rays maintainss the original color of the wood. Treatment with Armorall, the car finish product, under lacquer is reported to hold the color well.Grain: Typically straight, occasionally wavy or irregular.Texture: Medium to fine.Luster: Medium to high.Movement: Very dimensionally stable.Natural Durability: Highly resistant to attack by decay fungi, very resistant to dry-wood termites, and somewhat resistant to attack by marine borers. Also reported to be resistant to chemicals such as acids.Cutting Resistance: Purpleheart is moderately difficult to saw. Tools usually require frequent sharpening. A reduced cutting angle of 15 degrees is recommended, especially when planing and moulding material with interlocked or wavy grain. Nailing: The wood requires to be pre-bored, but nail-holding capabilities are reported to be good.Steam Bending: The wood steam bends fairly well.Strength Properties: Bending strength in the air-dry condition is very high, and crushing strength is exceptionally high. It does not mar or dent easily, and is very heavy and dense.