Thursday, November 23, 2017

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frontpage "Solid Shopmade Router Table" Four drawer router table provides solid table and plenty of space.

My first of many new pieces of shop furniture is by far the most important. It is an incredibly sturdy mobile router table. I was using a small portable router table that was small and very wobbly. I was time for a new one.

The open area under the solid large top allows for easy access to the router. It also has four large drawers for storage for bits, wrenches and extra routers. The strong four inch casters make it easy to move around. The base is rigid with solid maple ribbing. The top is set over a system of thick maple stringers that will keep the tabletop sag-free. It has a white laminate cover for a smooth surface. It was pretty easy to build with only a few challenges. I used birch plywood with butt joints for the case and dowel joints for the top frame.

Read more: 6 Jun 2014 - Router Table

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frontpage “Exotic Wood Bookmarks" Beautiful strips of exotic wood make up these bookmarks.

Cutting the very thin strips was tricky and I had a very serious kickback. I have two recommendations to avoid the problem: 1. use a new zero clearance throat plate in the saw so there will be less chance of the thin piece sliding down and kicking back & 2. use feather board to help hold the piece next to the sacrificial fence. 

I used left over padauk, purple heart, wenge, walnut, maple and mahogany from other projects to make the strips. It was an idea I saw when I was selling books in Denver.

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frontpage “Hickory Bookshelf” Another new piece for the cabin.

This is another in my collection of hickory furniture for the cabin. I still need to make shelves and contect the top. I'll also need to put on a few coats of varnish. I designed this myself to match the futon. I plan to build the shelves with slats to match the sides. 

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frontpage “Making Little Boxes” Using all my scrap wood to make little boxes.

I spent the weekend building little boxes from left over wood I had in the shop--lots of scrap wood. I used Doug Stowe's "Basic Box Making" book from Tauton Press as a guide to build these boxes. They are very simple mitered-corner boxes with a 1/4" plywood bottom and two small spline keys near the top. The lid is a contrasting wood that match the keys, and it is cut on a 12 degree bevel. The first thing I did was square up and cut all the stock to the right dimensions. The sides are 2 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" square. The width of the wood is 3/8". I used both the bandsaw and the table saw to cut the wood to the right width. I made several jigs to make the batch process easier and faster. 

Read more: 9 July 2016 Little Boxes

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