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d) U F a u z o = 2 tr e F a l = z z. p. e o I U :< = = t I c F T L with FILLTHE MOLD completely catalyzedwood filler.Because carved detailing is missingon one of the legs.Use wood filler to even out any holes or gouges (Photo1). Thoroughly mix equal amounts of the two-part RTV silicone putty (see p. around the missing A. Usea small stick to work the filler into the details. carving and I dont have the We used salvageddoor casingwith some tools for it.then press your fingernail into the edge of the mold.let the mold set longer. UseMinwax's catalyzedwoodfiller or Bondo auto-body filler and slightly overfill the mold (Photo 3). Sources. 10). the fantasticcarvingsto demonstrate Process. a u r L an U 2 F O U E F E . Carving the out replacement of wood is the bestapproach. I picked up a charming but slightly damagedtable at a yard sale.a duplicate of the missing piece can be used to form a mold.I know how to refinish the piece but part qf the SMOOTH AND FILL the area part. Then spray the surface with PPS-PorousPattern Sealerto preventthe mold from sticking (seeSources. How can I are often repetitive. 6. HowardLangthrop Peoria. but dont let a lack of carving skills stop you carved details from tackling this repair. Pressthe putty firmly around the matchingpieceto form the mold (Photo 2). Carved details are prone to breakage. 5.The putty is safefor skin contact. 10). After 15 minutes removethe casting MAKE A MOLD with silicone part for putty usingan undamaged the shape. Find a matchingpieceof the detailing on which to form the mold. 2. carefully peelthe mold offthe form. flat area where the THE REPAIR COMPLETED piece is broken or missing. Heret what to do: 1.If you seea mark. From the replicatethis unusualpiece of wood? I've never done any mold you can make a casting of the missing detail.E d i t e dD a v e M u n k i t t r i c k uv Ouestlon& Anr the Recreating Details Q.lL but it will work just as well on your table leg.Let it set for 40 to 55 minutes. 3. Create a any furniture restorer go aheadand useyour fingers! 4. if there'sno mark. e.

The last stepis to blend in the repair by stain29L5 Commers Drive. Then stainand glazeto match. in with ordinary wood glue Ask Us (Photo 5).if necessary.the way in one simple easy step with no tools. 7. et 15'Production No* your table saw will support up to 48" oI cut matedal. 100. your tablewill too! Does sizematter? You bet it does!You see.sunhitlnic. Suite ing and. INC.0839 -800-929-43 nowfor moreinform I Visitus ot:www. available most home centers.Gluethe replacement place o r c h isel .".50 Question & Answer. andcut to fit with anX-Acto knife 8. Take a little bit of wood filler and Sources If you havea questionyou'd smooth it into any gapsuntil the new piecefits Availablefrom Micro-Mark.. usstarted over21 We've solda lotof machinery overthe years. painting in grain lines..of. (800) 225-1066: like answere{ send it to us at: seamlessly. someextra-finesandpaper Use where Siliconputty.500 unitsin operation yearsago. FPM o 1OHP phase single or 1sHP phase 3 motor o Sotid construction: tbs.comCatt . AW #73. Eagan. #8210l. Minwax High-Performance Wood Filler is want more on this step.95 necessary. affordable A.800. Giveus a ca[[ just andseefor yourself how good smaltcompanycan a be. No matter how much we grow. 1.Tllkeyour time or you could sand off the fine details.#81853.most trackingbelt oscitlation controI i n n o v a t i v e a c h i n e r ya t m r Pneumaticbelt prices. MI 48068. Wide Belt Sander the bigger company gets.p.i I Q u e s t i o n& A n s w e r from the mold and carve away the excess material(Photo4). .Continue with 180. provide to the highestquality. PorousPatternSealer. ROYALOAK. Lifts quickly into position and folds out. American Woodworker. original mission.624.500 tensionfor quick & easybelt changing FREE Color Catalog Call: 1. Then sandwith 150grit sandpaper eliminateany to rough or high spotsin the casting. Open-end design the harderit is to keepthe combined with 16"x 48" belt enablessandingof peopte" needs the"littte of in up to 30"with no seams mind.and 220-grit C L E AN U P TH E C A S TIN G GLUE ON the replacement piece. at see Sorry but the volume of mail preventsus from ansvering Our door casinglooks as good as neweachquestion individudly. a . 1.$27. we treat every customerwith the respect they deserve.2027 HTC PRODUCTS. 9.If you 700.. $5.Clean the edges and cut to fit with a knife or a chisel. Refer to the spot where the castingwill be attached create to the mating shape. MN 55121. sandpaper. We have never lost o Pneumatic trackingbelt sight of the factthat sma[[ osciltation control cabinet shopsare what got . Emergency brake disk r Variable 13-52 feed.but we have atwaysstayedtrue to our 25' Produdion Wide Belt Sander o 25"x 48"Sanding be-!!_. supports 200 lbs.

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helped us with this answer. "Electric Moisture ing a flat area.231-9200) and ask for t he report. If you buy your w ood tor clipsto connectthe pins on alreadysurfaced.If case-hardening not present. Pieces R1 through Z-5 are listed twice.A casehardened board looks like any other board but has internal stressescaused by improper drying techniques. Thesemeterscan alsobe adaptedto take accurate readings depthsbeyondtheir at normal range. then a pinless the meterto the nail heads(see meterwill work fine. a pi n-type placeallowing you to monitor meter is the way to go. smooth 9292). If you dry your own your wood rough or if you dry Hardware Woodcraft Supply (800-225sion charts neededwith pinI 153) and Woodworkers'Suptype meters.ProductsLaboratories(608sawnlumber without first plan. Unfortunately. These stresseslay hidden until resawing releasesthem causing the board to warp.This meansthey can't moi sture meters cal l For est be used effectivelyon rough. p.Q u e s t i o n& A n s w e r Moisture Meters (1.thesenailscan be left in your ow n w ood. but there is a simple test.type and pinless ing a mark. Harlan Peterson. Ames.lA facedwood.they will manifestthemselves forks that eitherpinch in together (case-hardened) or bow outward (reversecasehardened). P i n . I which eliminatesthe conver. The birdhouse design has travel ed far and wide in recent $250. University of MinnesotaDepartmentof Forestry.ltl The birdhouseChristmas tree ornament on page 7t of AW #78was turned by John Magnussenof Buffalo. much inspired by the full-size versions by Andy Barnum of Carmel.If thereare internalstresses pre- sent. The second (bottom) listing of these parts is the correct one to use.For further readingon ing pad.If you buy photo). are also availablefrom Highby (800-24 -6748). to the bandGo sawand cut out about one half of the width from the middle. The warp you refer to is case-hardening. Pinlessmetersare Good quality moisturemeters alsounaffected temperature. l4 American Woodworker n p n t2 o o o L . CUT OUT MIDDLEWITH BANDSAW Department of Corrections The cutting list in the Hoosier Cabinet story (AW #77. (1. there's no way to visually tell if a board is case-hardenedor CASE. your wood asit dries. NY.thick section.Minn.S i mply dr ive uncoatednailsto the depth you wish to measure and usealligaA . ply of New Mexico (800-645The biggestdrawbackto pinlessmeters is the flat. Resaw Without Warp I've had a few bad experienceswith wood warping after I resaw. I've been looking at moisture meters and wondering why I should buy a pin type if a pinlesscan do the job without poking holes in the woodl Donald Kutz.HARDENED NON CASE-HARDENED REVERSE CASEHARDENED not. Go in about6-in. (seecover ofAW #I3).James. A pinless meter'sgreatest Still can't make up your (800-244asset its ability to scanoveran mind?Electrophysics is entireboard or evena finished 9908)offersa dual mode pinmeterfor $330. from the end of the board and cut a314-in.63) contains double listings. ls there any way to tell whether a board is a good candidatefor resawingl TomMartin WY Casper. is the fork will remain stable. without leav.t y p e m e t e r s w o r k Metersfor Woodl'by William equally well on rough or sur. pieceof furniture. A. prices range from $50 surfacerequired for the sens.

<X -. the CARL FREELAND DODGEVILLE.Finishthe platformwith varnishfor a smooth slidingsurface.I installthe platformand now I'm the usingsharpteeth.TN I t" . the gates Because gates the are permanently moldedinto the housing. loss thoughyou could coverthe openings with duct tapeandperiodically remove tapeto clearthe sawdust. preventing from fully closing.From Our Readers I I $hop llPs Deadbolt Bench Stop For a quick and simplebenchstop.ISRAEL Morc Blade l5 American Woodworker A P R T2 o o o L .Icart't take them apartto cleanthem. I mountedan old deadbolttakenfrom a door to the end of my workbench. maximize life of theblade.lector blastgates. BETZALEL KIRSHNER AZOR. DARRYLTHOMAS THORNHILL.I useaboutone-sixthof the only total cuttinglengthof theblade. To the I've built a raisedplatform that fits snuglyon top of the scrollsaw table.WI \ t r" {' i.thebolt stays In put. \' for YourMoney e.Eventhough there are now "holes"in the blast gates.. Consequently. and in the "unlocked"position it can be pusheddown so you can usethe unobstructed top.Removing smalltria angleat eachof the bottom corners the housing of allowsthe vacuumin the dust collectorhoseto flush out this debris. dustand sawdust fine accumulates in my plasticdust col. haven'tnoticed any I appreciable in performance. the"locked"position.'/I use my scrollsawblade almost exclusively cutting stock of for ll2-in.When bladegetsdull. Those Blasted Gates Periodically.thick or less.

the same distance from the face of the board.ONTARIO Stowing Table Now and then I need extra bench space for assembly or finishing. The legs are hinged and connected to the tabletop with a collapsing brace to prevent the legs from being accidentallykicked in.ri1 e l(. The add-on table connects to my workbench with a beveled cleat-a 2x4 ctttat 45 degrees. slide the board . plywoodbase the Adjustthe fenceso the stockyou arecuttingis flushwith the edge thejig. such aswhen slotting solid-wood edgebanding for shelvesor cabinets. Clampthe stockdown with the of toggleclampand you'rereadyto cut. J U w P u \ \ E i-- \ lE y V E l-- 2 E E. PA z a t! o trJ (L E m co 2 F (J r! o F E. = (D = = J E a (continued page 20) on Lrl American Woodworker ApRtL2ooo 17 . Clamp it between bench dogs or clamp it to the benchtop with C-clamps so the = = td (L U z. . The tabletop is built of ll?-in. To avoid this. the rotation of the joiner blade can fling a small piece of wood away from you. Long boards are clamped to the fixture at the top and supported from below on a small adjustable shelf. even with a floormounted drill press.These \ holes will automati. F a l J -J J-\ just overhangs bench. There's no effective way to hold both the joiner and the stock with your hands. f gV rEE-Nur z. Biscuit Joiner Jig Cutting slots for biscuits in small or narrow stock. FL Storageis a snap-it wall behind mybench. multiple holes in the ends are easy-just loosen the top clamp. plywood and 1x4 aprons.can be downright dangerous. over.Also. narrow piece of wood.cJ . ANDYRAE LENHARTSVILLE.The drill presstable is swung to the side to put the end ofthe board under the drill bit. This fixture helps. cally be in line. slides against the PHILPRATT MARCOISLAND.r_Support Drilling holes in the end of a long...and reclamp.r li n il -i'\ BUTTHINGE ". With this system.can be a challenge. My garage shop is cramped so I made this easy-tostow bench add-on.!'r DrillPress Vertical . I devised this jig. a '. DICK FORD SARNIA.

$4.800-788-8080.The shippingtape hingesandpressonthetape..o. shank . The hingesare first attached the box to with screws. Call 1-800-445-0077 our latest catalog and for the dealer nearest you. of HERBNA{N I new laminatc i$int0wn [it anilit'sname "llynaBit"rM is Our new DynoBirrM dellyelsspeed. or visit for our web site at http:l/wrrtrr.woodworking suppliers ond tool sloles.$15.I've comeup with awayto temporarilyattach lid to the hinges the while the screwholesare drilled or marked. Our unlque6o downsheor ond obroslonresistontcorblde won'l "llft lonlncte from subsfrcle. -3725) fixedwith the sticky item#0700 is sidedown. r 1" lengthof carbide.$tt Premium Heavy-DutyPackaging Thpe #3750. in the tape shouldgrab it..69. largepieceof clear a shipping tape(3M. Gingerly openthelid on the drilled or marked. Tool 471091/2" No..Workshop ips T Accurate Location of Small Hinges \. pis.When the thelid is carefully placed position.1/4" Tool 47105 shank . are andon each ofthe open leaves.Theholesto doesn'tleaveany residueand can be tfi- reused case arenot satisfied in you with thefirstplacement the lid.35 No..95 Avoiloblenqtionollyot betterCobinet supplyhouses.I havea toughtime gettingsmallhinges properly aligned.Iong life ond on EXIRAClE[][ EDGE.amanatool.Scotch t".The hinges opened.. are which places stickysideof thetapeup. When it doesn't.= On the jewelry boxesI make. sow our DynaBitr[ upon catling) 20 American Woodworker apnrrzooo . I usea thin stripof woodto pushthetape the lid-side hinge leavescan now be ontothelid. diameter 1/2" .$15.The hinges closed.. OfficeMax.

PROFILE object to copy its profile). 2915 Commers Drive. send it to us with a sketch or photo.t he.{CI finished. The bowl. Now. Send to: Worlshop Tips. lW WILLIAM TARLETON LAFAYETTE.I turn theinsideof thebowl andasmuchof the outside possible.ri.I've perfected most of my techniques. I make four blocks with the sameshapeas the outsideof the bowl.. here's the trick: using a profile gauge (a device made OUTSIDE of many small.s hel fj i g s .equallyspaced around the bowl. the ends of the pins are pressed an against OF BOWL GAUGE steel pins sand.but haven'tbeen satisadjustable fied. Ii k e c h u c k sw i th jaws. Eagan. MN 55121. I strugglewith but turning a smooth foot. startby gluingmy bowl blank I on a sacrificialplywood disc which in turn is mountedto mylathe's faceplate. Suite 700.Ithenmount a new 314-in. \07e pay $200 for each one we print. I've tried many of f . 22 American Woodworker A p R t2 o o o L . Submissionscant be retumed and becomeour property upon accepanceand payment. is clamped sidedown on the plywood top plate using the blocks. wiched between two plates. American W'oodworker.CA If you have an origind \fiorkshop Tip. bowl is careas The fully sawnoffthe plywood. plywooddiscon the faceplateandscribeontoit a circlethe sizeof the bowl's top.T Workshop ips Turning BowlBottoms I makea lot of turned"kitchenware" such asbowlsandplatters. The method I've come up with allows me to grab any bowl with a top largerthan its foot (convex shape) that so the bottom can be easilyturned and q!*. centeredon the circle. I spin the bowl by hand to checkfor concentricityand then turn the bottom of the bowl at 500rpm or less.

LrJ z o F a = z tr F a = I ffi-"**'"li'W F T o_ b :< o z.-. Followour photo sequenceand make a bunchof these rollingpins-they're great gifts.The beauty of this project is that only a few tools are required and it offers several challeng€s.:< .a t L! o Lll s*(D L. F o- td E..(J F . Lrl :< - LTJ f N = m t :tr o F T o_ a --_. especially turninga true cylinder and drillingand aligningall the parts on the same axis. J . o F . **:b._\* z you get rolling pins take only a couple of hoursto make.I I Ro il )i +'ws. 24 American Woodworker APRTooo 2L .

square thick fabric to protect the axle cap when turning. disc of pine or poplar. a conical (see r A drill pressfor drilling holesin the blanks. from the live center r Mineral oil for the finish. a r An outside with at least calipers 3-in. bit or a9ll6-in spade or pieceof leather r A 1-in. capacityand well-rounded no endswith absolutely sharpedges. dia. spindlegouge. larger gougefor roughing out the main cylinderand a Il -in. to r A ball-bearing center hold live blankswhileturning. Use'tlosed-grain' for the roller so food particlesaren'tpushedinto the wood Dont useexotichardwoods-zebrawood.brad-point crucial that the hole in the large roller is centered and vertical. to r A 3-in.spade to drill axle hole in the handles.Drillingthe holesbeforeturning that the holeswill be centered. r A 3-Il2-in.-"*J DRILLAXLE HOLES for capsand one Drill the blanks's barrelwith a ll2-in. Use a l4mm bit bit brad-point or a 9/ l6-in. tip Sources.brad-point bit and either a 14mm brad-point bit. on continued page28 American Woodworker APRIL2ooo .-long Tools and Supplies Here's what you'll need: a t A ll2-in. i.partingtool.It shouldhave p. corner a end of the barrelusing shop-made block.. faceolate mount and turn the coneienter. they canbe toxic. the 4-in.cocobolo. pores.Woodturning Wood to Turn birchor beechwood-cherry. ro 3-in thick for the shop2madeconecenter..usewhatever you havearoundthe shop. maple.34). and others-for the rollerbecause scraphardwoods For other turned parts.plusa I I 2-in. to ensure and one end of the for the axleclamos bit. ensures firmly in the corner block Clampthe pieces Drill holes the holesare vertical.

Placethe end you previously drilled on to the live center of the tailstock.Woodtuning r M A K E T H E R OL L ER Mount an I l-in.Your drivingcenter should be located on the opposite end of the blank's center. Turn the blank into a cylinderusinga 8ouse. continued Page30 on .-longblank between centerson the lathe.tEEnER makes lt betterl .

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File any rough edges smooth." y' - #4X114"' +! r gl-tn" : HoLE PRE-DRILLED ACID-FREE PAPER 1. # 4 x I l 4 . = ) L a o HowTo Make lt t o F (-) U F C:L . x 20 in. $3. # .i n .) 2.). jt-- Photo Album Do you havea pile of photos waiting to be put in an album? We all do. back edge of eacl-r Mount the hi nges t o t he (Nip cover with #4 screws. Figured wood makes an attractive cover. x 10 in. and chamf e r t h e o r .$6. $ 1 3 .' .l eng t hs hinge(two 1l-in.25packof 100. Bolt the loose leavesof the hingesthrough the paperwith the barrelbolts. . (8 0 0 ) 5 58-1234. T h e 9-l l 4 i n.r t s i d ee d g e s .5 6 1 6 7$ . # A F . i n f r o m t h e cover. # Z R 3 0l -213.5 4 73 9 F .' I L 11'-i' I U Y 1 CY (5 o F o I L a .x24 in. Use the pre-drilled paper as a templateto drill two 1/4-in. continuoushingeand the brassbarrel bolt connectorsand screws are availablefrom Van Dyke's Restorers. We coat of Super useda sealer Blonde Shellac followed by two coats of water-borne polyurethane. Drill rwo 5/64-in.( 8 0 0 ) 6 5 9 . 9 5 h i n g e s . That's why you can't go wrong making these distinctive photo albums for yourself or as gifts.2 1 2 7 .The first album in the photo was made from a 3 in. aci d-freepaper pagescome pre-drilled and are available f r o m A n c h o r P a p e r . add photosand enj oy. x 1 2 -Il 2 i n . of 3. 38 .#'*1. 5. hole saw to cut a circular frame in the cover. The walnut was resawn to make front and back covers. lengths for l 2-l 12 i n. pieceof walnut. Sand and finish. off the ends of the screwsif your coversare 1/4-in. s c r e w s . x l 2-1 12 in. .The maple was resawn and glued up to create book-matchedcovers. pieceof tiger mapleand the secondfrom a single6 in. C ut tw o 4-i n. Surface the covers E to about Il4in.#A F-S1572.i n .thick or l ess.50 uss& h tor 25 pages. covers)for eachalbum and file a radius on the corners.pilot h o l e s5 / 8 . but they are more likely to warp. barrelbol ts. pl The2in.You can make l a r gerc ov er s( I 2 -l l 2 i n . A F .One-Day PfOjeCt b yD a vM u n l < i u r i c t < e f:>4 t4 4 'izti O E U cn Cr: U F a u = z o : o F (Y F (f) l J J z z t: co lrL.holesin one leaf of eachhinge. 7 5 e a . x 5 i n. ffi BARREL BOLT '.l/. (Optional: Use a l-ll2-in.) 6. 4.

. there's somethingbetter. But guesswhat?As a tool for drivingnailsto fasten things.I I fhat wasthe first Y Y tool you ever bought?l'll bet it was a hammer.No other tool feelsas naturalto hold or conveys its purposequite like a hammer does. hammeringis something we begin to master as infants.After all.

A metal drive rod (E). top it off. and rubber O-rings to form airtight sealsbetween the parts. housed in a cylinder inside the body of the brad nailer. containing cylinder(A) with a a head valve (B) and piston (C). they're affordable. Air-powered nailers havebeen fixtures on job sitesand in professional shopsfor yearsand there's air-powered an nailer for practically every nailing situation.drives the brad. to 2-in.the cylinderunder the piston/driver assembly(4). more convenient to use and they give a cleaner result. z lrJ E = z = -o z. much faster than hammering.the alr immediatelycycles into a return chamber(3.Yes.long. But there are compelling reasonsfor a woodworker to own one: Theyre useful tools. compact-sized nailers are loaded with feaTo tures for safetyand convenience.What'smore.G) that surroundsthe lower half of the cylinder. But they're still uncommon in home woodworking shops. That means the same brad nailer can be used for woodworking projects and also for light carpentrywork around the house.PCWERED HATI]IER A BRAD NAILER is a simpletool.attachedto the bottom of the piston and housed in a guide shaft of its own (F).A AX AIN. and drives the piston back to the top (5) before exiting through the exhaust port (6). F o l a How a Nailer Works A piston.Air rushes into the cylinder ( l) and drives the piston downward with great force (2). these lightrveight. lrJ z o o F o 2 o .they do require a compressorand consequently seemexpensive-especially compared to the cost of a hammer. After driving the piston. t I E (J F T (L a E tr I Y E. A). From there the air rushesback into. Wouldn t you be willing to pay for all that? Breakthrough Brad Nailers The big newsis that the latestgenerationof brad nailers can sink brads from 5/8-in.Pullingthe trigger opens the head valve.A rod attachedto the bottom of the piston drives the brad.ranging from $90 to $ driven through its drive and return cyclesby pressurized air (Fig.without pre-drilling.When connected to an air source.Wheneveryou pull the trigger on a brad naileryou save time. k o- 2 tr c) lrl F E CLIP OF BRADS 44 American Woodworker APRIL2ooo . lt drives and countersinksbrads instantly. A second valve at the trigger (D) controls the supply of air and operates the head valve. The brads are held in position under the drive rod by a spring-loaded magazine.This is the return stroke.This is the drive stroke.pressurizedair fills the body of the gun and surrounds the top of the cylinder. = lrJ lrJ l N J J FIG. a rangethat usedto require two separatenailers.You can buy one of these nailers andacompressorto power it for lessthan $300.

New modelscan handlebradsfrom 5/8 in.B ABE''ERBRAD AN l8-GAUGE BRAD for a nailer (above right) looks different than a traditionalfinishnail (aboveleft) and its designhas severaladvantages. good one A will remain flexible under pressure. i. FIG. slightlyblunted.This mechanism.long.Specially Designed Brads A brad nailer drivesbrads (Fig.allows to controlthe return stroke-it won't occur until )rou release trigger. with tee-shaped headsand slightly blunted vee-shaped and coatedwith glueto tips.A l-hp compressorwith small a (minimum 2-ll2 gallon)reserve tank. American Woodworker APRTooo 2L 45 . Expect to pay $15 to $20 for works.Toavoid marringthe the wood. You'll need a hose to connect the nailer and compressor.) hose for runs longer than 50 feet. but obscuresthe drive point from view.0 cubic feetof air per minute (cfm) and maintaining up to 120 pounds per square inch (psi) of air pressureprovides plenty of punch. inside diameter ( 2-in. high tensile material that's bonded to an inner core of natural rubber or PVC tube.They're alsoconvenientlypackaged. dependingon the length of the bradsor the hardness the material. otherwise ll4-in. lt's smallerthan its traditional counterpart. AWIDE RANGE of bradscan now be driven by the samenailer.less a noticeable hole.ltstip isnt sharply pointed.are made of at the regulatoron the compressor.d. These dents arent made on the drive stroke. 2" LENGTH HowtoAvoid lmpactMarks Brad nailers sometimes leave dents on the surface. Drivinglong brads requiresmore air pressure than short ones. increasetheir grip strength.Use3/8in. Most nailerscomewith one fitting. works fine.length. They're usually made with three layers. They're rectangular. nailers the are designedto operate between 70 and 120psi. it so can be smoothlydriven and set by a singleblow from the nailer. a clip Load into the magazineand you're ready to drive 100brads. They're caused by the gun's recoil on the return stroke. and it's wedged-shaped. it's which makesit lesslikelyto split the wood.B) that are a hybrid of staplesand traditional finish it leaves smaller. A Small Compressor Brad nailers dont have big appetites for noticeablylarger in diameterand hasa biggerhead.d. simply remove the nailer from the surface before you release the outer protective coversurroundinga wrap of braided. Quickconnect fittings on both ends of the hose (another $10) are convenient.Pressure adjustments. designed for you it must be madeof harder steel.Themanufacturers' simple solution is to supplya plastictip that fits over the drive point and protects the wood surface. capableof supplying about 2.Toaccommodate the varyingdemands. A sure-fire way to avoid dents is to buy a nailer that has a trigger-controlled return.lnstead.A finish nail hasto withstandnumerous hammer blows.

Taking few secondsto shoot a couple of brads a keepsthe hce frame from slippingout of'place while you're putting on the clamps. like gluing a face framg onto a cabineqby usinga nailer as a third hand.or fasteningimprovi5edclampsor stop blocks. each brad is driven in one shot. Brad nailersare excellent tools for attachingtrim moldingsto cabinetsor edge moldings to shelves. And you can forget fumblingfor bradsor mashing your thumFthe nailer holds them in position for you. BETTER RESULTS A BRAD NAILER EXCELS at jobs requiring a delicate touch. 46 American Woodworker APRTL oo 2o .in a lightweightpackage that you can hold in one hand.Instead of numerous jarring hammer blows.Either you'll get poked.drill and countersink. a hammer. 100 BRADS OUCHI Dealingwith a pile of 100 bradsis a pain.Brads designedfor a nailer are much easierto handle because they're packaged together in clips. A nailer can sink brads close to the edge of a piece without splitting and the holes left by the brads are tiny. SPEED STREAMLINE BUILDING PROCESSES.Brad nailers are great for makingjigs. or they'll get dropped all over the place.CONVENIENCE A brad nailer combinesthree tools.

Nailersare much lesstiring than hand hammeringin overheadwork.gluedand reinforced with brads are amazinglystrong. Repair damage clipping brad the by the ( you shoot may need to rent or buy a biggernailerfor some trim lobs. American Woodworker APRIL oo 2o 47 .AROUND THE HOUSE. vee-shaped so anydeflection the always followsit. Even thoughyou do everything can blow-out stilloccur-it's l. left). brads Because they'remade theyencounter have tendency deflect to when a knot. instantaneous and dangerous. righQ. assembling built-up moldingsto making protoq/pes. Hold the nailer level with the surface. middle the of Y o u can mi ni mi ze chances blowoutby the wayyou orientthe brad (photo. bradisguided its at The by almost tip.drywall.l/2-in. usinga block of wood (with waxed paper benneen it dnd the damagedsurface)to Presseverythingflat. CLIP OFF A PROTRUDING BRAD as close to the surfaceas possible. then clamp. However. TNTHEWORKSHOB 5/8-in.Theresult becatastrophic can (photo. structure a hard of woodcan even cellular the shooting theside out of the to cause brad come yourwork. bitof metal a or something A hidden hard. Always wear protection for your eyes and fasteningthin trim moldingsto studs through I l2-in. from soft steel. 2-in. Keep your free hand away from the path ofthe brad.(Got your safetyglasses on? Good.This orients the veeshapedtip of the brad so any side-to-side deflection is containedwithin the wood. example. The Baneof Brad Nailing BLOWOUT is unpredictable. leQ.installinga for beadedceiling.Don'ttrytopullitthrough bottom worse or backit out-you'll makethings the will and because brad bend break. brads are irerfect for numerous from applications. Orienting bradso to thistip is perpendiculartheouteredge any will of theworkpiece keep deflection parallel the edge unlikely blow and to to through. AVOID BLOWOUT by holding the nailer perpendicularto the outer edge of the workpiece.) Countersinkthe remainingmetal and carefullyglue the damagedsplinters back in place over it. right.bradsare' long enoughfor light carpentryjobs.Simple drawer joints.

MOUNTED SAFETY is the best trigger lock mechanism. USUALLYLOCATED HERE A PACKAGE DEAL. A NOSE.Thelatest generatton bradnailers loaded featl.FIRE'' TRIGGER is safestbecause it allows you to shoot only one brad at a time.Lres.The easiestones to operate have a threadedadjustment wheel.ALWAYSWEARPROTECTION FORYOUREYES AND EARS KEEP and YOURFREE HAND AWAY FROMTHE PATHOFTHE BRAD. of ts wtth Some innovatlveall arebeneficial. A NOSE PAD protects the workpiece from impact brtrises. A REAR. 48 American Woodworker APRIL2ooo . which requires lifting the naileroff the wood. are .likethis one.thiscombo was only $300. RULES FOR SAFE OPERATTON Driving abradwith pressurized requires lot of force. AtrVINDOtrV in the magazine lets you see when it's time to reload. The trigger remainslocked until you depressthe spring-loaded safetyonto the workpiece. air a It's 90 are Abradcandeflectoutthe oftheworkpiece side orcomeflyingbackatyou atterrificspeed.Theret even a spongemuffler insidethe vent to reduce the noise and the force of the exhaust. Only then can you drive a brad. noisy-each shotcanexceed db-and misfires possible. QUTCKRELEASE LATCHES provide the fastest accessfor jambsfrom the guide clearing shaft. DIRECTED EXHAUST PORT is an innovativedesign that meansyou'll never get a blast of air in the face. A safety that's mounted behind the driver shaft.Other nailers have an adjustableport mounted on top of the cylinder. On sale.You cant shoot againuntil you release the trigger and reset the safety.This eliminates the risk of a "double fi re." dangerous HINGED. including nailerand compressor can be a good buy if you dont alreadyown a compressor.On some tools the quick releaseisnt hingedand some tools require usingan Allen wrench for access. A DRIVE. DRIVE POINT WORK SURFACE A "RESTRICTIVE. is better for benchwork because dodsnt it obscure your vielr of the drive point.DEPTH CONTROL allowsyou to adiust how far the nail is driven below the surface.

2-in. I lbs. brads 70. to 2 ModelG6047. refining the componentsto enhanceperformance. 5i8 in.3.2 70 to 120 lbs. Onceyodve got a compressor and hose. brads 70 to 120psi. 70-120 | Airy (s62) 926-6t92 Model 2 in. And when somethingdoes ModelA200BN.You order replacement can parts from the manufacturers. Look for a brad nailer that'scomfortableto hold.brads to Model NB004000. adding air power is worth thinking about. StanleyBostitch (800) ss6-66e6 Model B -18508N . Grizzly.These are three excellentfeatures. Makita (800) 4-MAKTTA M o d e l A F 5 0 3$ 1 2 9 . A brad nailer isn't the first tool to buy for your workshop. 3.which causethe nailerto lose its Model BN200A. Altl (800) s23-4777 www.lf the driver breaks. with more power and a larger reserve tank (at right) may cost less. framing. Contractors often use"pancake-style" models ("A Packaged Deal. The design of the Accuset nailer is new and innovative.A restrictive-firetrigger coupled with a nose-mounted trigger lock is the safestcombination.grizzlyindustrial.but you ll still need to regulatethe pressureat the compressorwhen you changefrom one brad sizeto another. Quick-releasejamb clearancemechanismsmake sense. To produce an affordable.$ 130 314in. brads 70 to I l0 psi. But after you've acquired a core of woodworking machines.6 lbs.69 lbs.100 psi.trigger-controlledreturn stroke.Hitachi and Airy nailers can be found for under $100. individuallyor bundledin overhaulkits. Other manufacturers haveconcentratedon price. $90 62 to I 15psi. especially when it's attachedto an air hose. to 2 in. most manufacturershavestayedwith tried and true designs.2. campbel lhausfel d.the door is open to renting or buying other members of the nailer family (trim. 2-in. There's not much that can go wrong insidea brad nailer because there are few moving parts. evenif jambs areinfrequent.2. Theyvary in sizeand weight.The easiest onesto useare hinged. or roofing nailers)for seriousremodelingand home improvement projects. from spray guns for finishing to vacuum bagsfor veneering. $98 3/ are worn out O-rings. brads 60 to 100's easilyreplaced.but shop around-a bigger unit.It has the only rear-directedexhaustport. 2. American Woodworker APRTooo 2L 49 .to 2-in. 1 8 4 2 4 0 . There'sa whole world of air-powered tools for woodworking.3. RECOMMENDATIONS Eachnailer is a unique package.poftercable.$129 5/8-in. Hitachi (800)706-7337 ModelNTSOAE.Porter-Cable hasmade the most of this approach. A threaded drive-depth control is convenient for making small adjustments.MAKE REPAI RSYOURSELF.The result is a nailer that combineslight weight with an abundanceof well-designed SOURCES & STREET PRICES Accuset (888)222-8144 www. brads 60 to I 15 psi.8 lbs.1 Campbell Hausfeld (800)s43-6400 www. lbs.brads to 55 to 95 psi. THEWHOLE PACKAGE A compressorprovidespressurized air for the nailerthrough a supplyhose equippedwith quick-connectfittings." bottom left) becauseof their compact size and portability.4 lbs. SearsCrafuman (800) 377-74t4 M o d e l3 5 1 .from sanders to routers (theselast two require at leasta 5-hp compressor). Grizzly features and excellent performance. the owner's manualshavecomprehensive troubleshooting/repairsections.97lbs. and in the design and number of featuresincluded 2-in. $ 1 4 9 5/8 in.accuset.brads to psi.75lbs. $ 125 5/8-in. $95 5/8-in.2.$ 125 S 5/8-in.inside and out. 2-in. and couplesa restrictive-firetrigger with a low-impact.good quality brad nailer. Porter Cable (800) 487-866s www.2.

when theywerestarting their family in the rough mining town of Leadville.$olly Brown's G the Wnsinkable $ Apparentlythe Brownsliked this table. byTim fohnson his table is an accuratereproduction of one purchasedby Molly Brown and her husband in the late 1880s. It still residesthere. router and drill. in what is nowthe MollyBrown House Museum. Rigid and durable. and moved from Leadville to a large house in Denver'smost prestigious neighborhood. o . this table is built with the simplestjoinery. They kept it with them even after they struck it rich. bandsaw. and you can build it in a weekend using your tablesaw. then sets up in seconds. o J . Simply but ingeniouslybuilt.You'll only need about 15 board feet of 3/4-in.-thick walnut.It easily disassembles transport so it for could lend instant civility to a new home in unfamiliar surroundings. it bears all the hope and exuberance of a young America during its age of westwardexpansion.9 = This little charmer folds flat.Colorado.

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HoLDTHE LEGBLANKs I withdouble-stick I. outline the leg on each blank.dowels and friction hold this table together.true up the ends of the stack on the tablesaw usingthe miter gauge. r TOGETHER p. 56).round !4"x 5"x5" 2" L x l. Before making these marks. this table could be square.round 38" x 6-58" dia.l/2" D f Hx A I dowelsonto allfour blanksat once. necessary.* Hinges.usingthe referenceline on the paper pattern. if . tape (see Sources.A 1ilfrf.l/2"W dullbrass .Using the paper pattern at right. Keep the back edgesof the blanks alignedby standingthem on a flat surface.Fig. I 1-112" #12 PANHEAD SCREW CUTTING LIST OverafDimensions. Pressthe blankstogether.Glue the paper pattern on the completed stack aligningit with the edges(Photo 2).one pair at a time.With simple changes.#f$:.28-114" 22"W x l6.There are only eight parts and you can make four of them at for the !4" x8" x27-112" !4" x l6-ln" x22" !4" x 7-aD"dia.This keepsthe blanksproperly oriented and shows you where to put the tape.round or half round. TRANSFERTHE ur. Align the end-grainedgeswith your fingers and then pressthe blankstogether.

. To make accuratecuts with smooth curves. Keep the edgesaligned. the edges the flat-topped saw 28).B.. Make accesscuts first. but it's better to sawall of them at once.B.sawyou. remove the paper pattern and any double-stick tape that remains. They allow the blade to from dead-end curved cuts easily.lf you have cut a's also important for you to be in tune with the saw.Justfollow the numbers to cut out the leg. Use a putty knife with blunted edgesand smooth faces-any burrs on the knife will scratchthe wood. Then advancethe workpiece steadily-don't try to cut too fast-and let the saw do the work. otherwiseyou'll haveto gluepieces together.wide.30). access AW #25.You can sawthe legsindividually.clamp the legsin a vise and sand (Photo 4). escape After sawing.can out the entire leg without flipping it over. the rest of the cutting on the bandsaw. details of FIRSI. It I ilr cutting Irg the Enlargethis pattern to the 200 percent.A 3/I6-in.Stackthe four leg blanks together.using piecesof double-sticktape (Photo 1).p. will 4-tpi skip-toothblade (seeSources.56) do a good job.creating a notch for the saw blade (Fig. Sawingthe ganged-togetherleg blank on the bandsawis a simple combination of curved cuts. (Fig. -' IIg. | ^ Patternand Plan (' : SAWTHE SMALL DETAIL SHAPES at the front of the legsin o threesteps.THlRq saw the halfround profile. SECOND make a relief cut.After the legsare loose.Take enlargedcopy and enlargeagainat 170 percent.p. Usealighttouch so you can findthe blade'soptimal feed rate and seehow it tracks. important that your sawis in tune (see 18for how-to) and the blade is sharp.C) to work properly (Photo l0). starting at the newly created notch and working in the oppositedirection (Fig. To be successful. B.r8of all the cuts you'll need v to make is shown right on the pattern. it's cuts and relief cuts.Cut out and glue the pattern to the sequence leg blanks.Cut #l is best done Do on the tablesaw.The .Making the Legs for boards without sapwood that are Look 8-1/2-in. Then affix a fuIl-size paper pattern on one side (Photo 2) and sawout the legs (Fig.Then sand the faces.The tongues at the top of the legs (cut #2) must be 314-in. There is only one critical dimension. B and Photo 3). wide for the lock block (Fig. Stars mark points where you need to make access cuts..29). the edges then pry the legs apart. .Attach the hinges(Photo 5). sawinginto one corner of each half-round detail.

using If padsand 3M 2l6U ProductionRN Fre-Cut rubber sanding p. conforming to all sorts of contours. and I did too.f FlexibleRubberSanding p. Use the same mounting pattern on both para ofthe legs. power tool manufacturers'are happy to offer alternatives. Besides.^ t .I eventried cutting the legs on a scrollsaw. Progress I with profile sanderswasslow and the vibration mademyhands tingle. Start with 100 grit.the job make ^ r ^ L of hand sandingmuch easier.56) . Scrollsawbladescut very cleanly. .thick walnutwas slow. Sanding end grain by hand can be surprisingly efficient if you have the right tools and usethe right sandpaper.56) show up great on dark woods like walnut.t ^^^+ *.or" in Pads (seeSources. Pre-drill holes for screws with a #5 selfcentering hinge bit. and TEARDR9p CONTOUR a^^.but they couldrt't get into any of the corners. a varietyofshapes contours. Everybody looks for a way to avoid sandingend grain byhand. Center the barrel of each hinge over its joint. it's hard to cut smooth sweeping curves with those tiny blades. .This teardrop sander is perfect sandpaper(see Sources. p. Okay.job becauseit acts like a flexible sandingblock. Sanding End Grain .Drum and spindle sandersworked fine for the wider curves.. for the. which meansyoure going to haveto sand the profiles at a time. but progressthrough 3| 4-in. sandingthe wide curyesis just aseasyto do byhand. LineSdrawn with colored chalk pencils (seeSources. then use 280 to finish. There'sno need to sand with the grain-the scratches are too small to see.And on these legs there are more corners than curves. Youll be amazed how quickly this stuff removes saw marks and smoothesend grain. ^ r l . fSAWAWAY the ll 1l corners of the top.YOU'LL BEAMAZED how quickly and accurately /l you can smooth and level all four legsat once.. Be sure to draw diagonal reference lines for locating the basebefore you cut the corners off.-L ^^) dont cost much and .After all. 3M2I6U sandpaper(it's gold) is worth its cost becauseit cuts fast and lasts.56). TADPOLE CONTOURS I MOUNT TH E H IN GES while the legsare still fastened together. But I was disappointed by all of the other approaches tried.Andwithout alot of practice.Work your way through 120 and 180 grits.

C and Photo 9) and install it.Make the lockblock (Fig.Mark both the top and one leg for reference.The next day. C lfi'.1/8'TONGUE \ Fig.Attach the Legs to the Top First. I used shellac. POSITION .- I. Using a doweling jig. and test the locking operation. make the top. For the notchesto slip around the legswithout being to o l o o s e . Pressor tap the base onto the top to set the points of the dowel centers. I. Then I opened them up and sprayed faces.transfer their location to the top (Photos 7 and 8). a TNSERT DowEL vI THE BASE on the top by centering it circle. (That'swhat I had to do!) A Ganned Finish This project begs for a spray finish. Center the block on the round lock blank and glue therh together.r EASE rT THE // . s a w o n th e insides of the lines yott've drawn on Testthe fit on the assembled the sheH. Sources. on a 5-3/4-in.after a light sanding. Rout the top edge with a 3/8-in. a rectanglewith radiusedcorners (Photo 6). 1. EDGEs of the lock block so tongues they'll the engage legs smoothly. Then fit the legsto the top. Brushing the legswould be a drippy nightmare and oil would make the end grain too dark. and drill these holes. . Remove the baseand drill holes in the top for the dowels.-dia. Then drill the slip hole and cut the curved profiles.If it's too loose.IockBlock The locking block swivelsto lock the legsto the top.I sprayedon a topcoat of aerosol polyurethane.Ittook only 10minthe utes. Then center each leg on its diagonal. Then glue dowels into the legs.Dowel centers are designedto transfer the location of dowel holes from one piece to another.If the fit is too tight. First I folded the legs together and sprayedall the endgrain edgesat once. drill dowel holes in the legs. table. sprayedfrom an aerosolcan asa seal coat.widen the notchesslightlywith sandpaperor a just make another file. 56) in the holes drilled in the tops of the legs. A Notched Shelf Stiffens the Legs Usethe top asa template to make the notched shelf (Photo 10). shelf. I t CENTERS isee p. beading bit.

? $* qt usETHEToPASATEMPLATE ror fr.l-112"x2" about $4 per pairithree pairs needed Dowel centers.about $4 per $ . t the notched shelf that stiffensthe legs.(800) 328-0457. satinfinish.woodcrafc.www. First.officedepot.$ l8 Teardrophand (800) rs3 22s-r 3116".54 Office Depot (888) 463-3768 www.#KL052 | 5. two sets needed.draw a secondcircle on the top that'sthe same diameteras the shelf. mark where the legsintersectthis circle.mollybrown.Then draw another 6-1|2-in.CO 80203 (303) 832-40e2 www.4tpi bandsaw blade # 1 2 6 1 7 l ( f o r 1 4 "b a n d s a w ) .com 3M 2l5U ProductionRN Fre-Cut sandpaper.Get these at your local hardware store or home center FlexibleSanding Pads Tadpolecontour sanders(completeset of l8 profiles). Denver. #9 t0455.-dia. #K150000. with the table assembled.$8. $ l l Woodcraft Supply Brassbutt hinges. X g LocATETHE NorcHES intheshetf by Sources 3M Scotch 666 double-stick (coated) tape.50 per sheet Tools on Sale.Then. -& -& * centeringthe shelfin the circle drawn on the top and transferring the leg lines. 3/4 . circleto mark the bortom of each notch.also available from auto body supplystores Chalk MarkingPencils Availableat art supply stores Learn MoreAbout Molly Brown Molly Brown House Museum 1340Pennsylvania St. $8 Klinspor'sSandingCatalog (800) 228-0000 wwwwoodworkingshop. $6 Flat rubber sanding block.

So why the heck dort't we uselock miters more? they can be a pain I think it's because Herets to set up. F F a = a :< J I Ld N trJ :) = cu t T (. a substantial so I preferbits estlock miter bit makes with a U2-in. a clever technique. Note:The maximum sizelock miter bit you canrun in Largerbits mustbe al-Ll2-hp routeris the 2-in.They'remore stableand result in for to Expect pay$S0 $100 a bit. sent to us by fim Rodgersof MartineznCalifornia. cuttersat the It is essential you run thesemassive that rpm. American Woodworker APRtL2ooo 57 z. o I a ock miters are strong. sizeyou use z o ' a E LrJ o E E UJ of depends the thicknesses yourwood.A lock miter router bit. shank.boxes even or or cut a lock miter on endgrain. attractive joints that make assemblyeasy. diameter.000 big so variable speeds you canslowdown for these cutters. L J trJ I Y a F o- 2 F LrJ E. |! . smoother ing on the size.asshownin our photos. I O co E I :< z.When correctly cut.You can like hollowcolumns newel ers. and gluesurface Use ing partsalignedduring assembly. Eventhe smallon cut. thisjoint on drawposts. Your router must have right speed-about 10. Wellr rro more excuses. use Tooling Up The Lockmiter bits comein a rangeof sizes. Give it a try and you may become a lock miter enthusiast. dependto cuts. criticalthat the testpieces the same the because bit setup is speas thickness theprojectpieces cific to the thicknessof your material. The Perfect Set-Up shownin PhotosI through 7 toproFollowthesequence duceperfectlock miterson your router table. run in a2-hp or highermachine.Remember to haveon handthe materialrequiredfor your projectplus be It's six testpieces. z. you'dusea miter.)r. o .you on the long grain. the parts go angleand the interlocking togetherat a perfect90-degree strength makefor lots of mechanical tongues grooves and Lock miters arealsogreatat keeparea. Whatts a Lock Mitert A lock miter router bit cuts a 4l-degree miter with a tongue and groove.Almost anyplace can successfullv a lock miter.As you get more needfewertest familiar with the setup procedureyou 11 pieces.

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reduced the idea of a chair to a 3D grid of painted sticks and boards. His revolutionary design became one of the most famous pieces of 2Oth-century furniture-the RedBlue chair. Iet's take a new look at it. Although his chair appearseasyto put together, getting all those sticks precisely locatedis tough, especiallyif you have only two hands. And all the pieces look alike! To make this jigsaw Etnle simpler to put together,I've figured out a building system based on two plywood boards and a few spacing blocks. I[ like most people,you want to build a bunch of chairs instead of just one, this system is the ticket. Once you've built the first chair, the restwill be easyasABC. The Design I've revised Rietveld'selegantdesign tq make a chair that's stronger,easier to build, more comfortable to sit in and rugged enoughto put outdoors. I've used screwsinstead of Rietveld's dowels to hold it together, increased the size of the sticks and added a stretcher.We tested our chair with both large and small people, and it gets two thumbs up for comfort. Somesaid it was perfect for leaning . back and plb)'rngvideo games!' Tools and Materials Building this chair requires only a minimum of tools and experience.
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Youll need a tablesaw, planer and router to mill the wood, anda#2 square-drive bit for your drill to put it together.That's it.A drill press and a router table are helpful, but not necessary. Honduras mahogany is a good choice for this chair. It's easyto eut, sandsquickly and is weatherproof, even without a finish.Alternative woods include teak and white oak. Softrnroods that are often used for outdoor furniture like cedar,redwood and c)?ress are probably too weak for this chair and do not hold screwswell. If mahogany ip too pricey for you,I've scaledthe chair so you could usetough construction lumber such asDouglas fir or Southern yellowpine instead.Both are available at most lumberyards and should hold up outdoors if painted. One chair requires about 12 board feet of 614 wood and about 10board feetof 4l4wood. That'sabout $150per chair for mahogany, $50 for fir. If your chair will be outdoors, use stainlesssteelscrewsand waterresistantglue.Unlike stainless standardscrews will leaveunsightly steel, stains on the wood. I prefer Titebond II glue for kiln-dried hardwoods such as mahogany,but if you're using construction lumber, polyurethaneglue (Gorilla Glue,for example)would be abetter choicebecause itworkswell on wood with ahigh moisture content. Getting Started Begin bycutting all the parts to size(seeCutting List, p.62). Rout a bevel or roundover on every edge, includ-

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Without a cavity. # x 1-l 12" I 4-FSS. E) and follow the photo sequence1 through 12. Oil $ should be about the same size as the shaft of the screw. com/DESF/IMAGES/ RIETl-a.They must remain flat for a good glue joint.right) and stop blocks.a large diameter "slip hole" goes all the way through the top piece. Use one side to mark either end of a rail.lz8" 5€" x 5-l/4'x42" 5€" x 5-328" x42" 58" x 6-5E x l6-5€" 5€" x 5-34]" l6-58" x y4 x 14"x22-1t8" l-328" l-38" x}4-lt8' x y4'x 16"x 19-38 l-34]"x l-3€" x2l-3i'8' Fixtures FULL COUNTERSINK 13/64" SLIP HOLE MOUND FILLS CAVITY 3 l -3€" x l -36" x 3" #2 BottomRail I l-3€" x 4-l/8'x 19" #3 Top Rail | | -1r8" l-3/8'x 18" x #4 Railand Les 2 Y4" x6-5€" x 9" #5 Seatand Back | 5€" x 2" x 16" Hardware 2 Corner Brackets l" x I 4 CornerBrackets l-l/2" x l-l/2" 38 # l0 X 2-l/2' L Stainless Steel Screws 20 #8 X y4 L Flathead Screws 24 #8 X l-l/2'L Flathead Screws 6 #8 X l-l/4'L Flathead Screws Materials: Mahogany DouglasFir or Performance Coatings (800)736-6346 Penofin Marine Finish.faster.Here's why:When the screw is driven into the pilot hole a small mound of wood is formed. FIG. First.HTM. This block laysout diagonalpairs of screw holes in five rails (D).Thatmeansdrilling naroholes of different sizesbefore the joint goes together.The spaceryorlll useover and over again.5/| 00 #l $| American Woodworker A p R t2 o o o L . Nowbuild the two gluingand screwing fixtures (Fig. is simplya scrappieceof rail.or you might accidentally round over the flat surfaces.too. if you'd like to preserve its original color. (seeCutYou'll needthem to make spacers ting List.25/gl. A Guide Block Screw for Holes The overlappingjoints in this chair are screwed and glued together. below) eachyear. Make someextra legsand rails. Name Qtv.lessthe threads." goes into the bottom piece. You can slow down that process by liberally coating the end of the legswith epory glue.spacer #1.I addeda tab to it to make it easyto use (Photo 3). B Good Screw Joints For this chair to last. the mound would prevent the oro piecesof wood from closely mating. or "pilot hole. SHALLOW thus creatinga weak glue COUNTERSINK joint.levalet. Most of this chair'sdimensionsarebasedon multiplesof this block of wood. Dont sand the sticks before you glue them together. will Part A B C D E F G H K L M A B FIG.Flipthe block over to mark the other end. / | 00 #08 $8 #10 x 2-l 12" 024-FSS.the screwed and glued joints must be as strong as possible.However. The most vulnerable part of an out- door chair is the bottom of the legs.Moisture wicking up into the legscan support the growth of wood-destroying fungi.You creare a cavity for this mound by countersinking.Thescrew must be able to slip through it without threading into the wood.Thenthe two diagonals run in opposite directions. FrontLeg 2 Arm Suppoft 2 BackLes 2 Rail 5 Arm Rail I Rail 7 Arms 2 Cleat | Outer Back 2 InnerBack | Outer Seat 2 InnerSeat | BetweenLess I StopStick A I Between Arms I StopStickB I Dimensions l-3€" x l-3€" x l4-T4' l-3z8" l -ilJ" x20-lt8' x l-3€" x l-?lJ" x20-lt8' l-341" l-34J" x x27-ffi' l-34|"x l-36" x 30-3€' l-3€" x l-328" x24-7t8' l-38" x4-|'t8"x 19" 5€" x2-!4" x | 5. Finishing Touches You dont have to apply a finish to your chair. Spacers #l Basic Sources McFeely's (800) 443-7e37 Square-Drive Stainless Steel Screws. A small diameter hole.Mahogany turns a silvery-gray color if left outdoors and stayssound for many years. For More Information You can seethe Rietveld chair's original color scheme on the Web at http ://www. below. you can apply a clear exterior oil (seeSources. countersink both sidesof the top piece.

the chair into three similarassemblies Dividing front-to-back makesit easyto put together.Each color coded the assemblies gluingand has assembly the samewidth.FIG.Theioints designed originally Chair.We've here for clarity. where three stickscome together are excePtionally srrong. @ M I D D L EL E G BACK LEG ASSEMBLY 1 Detail ScrewHolesfor Arm Rail E ScrewHolesfor Rail F American Woodworker A P R2 o o o TL .so a single screwingfixture servesfor all three. famousRed-Blue of adaptation Gerrit Rietveld's about l920. C Viewof Chair Exploded glue and metal bracketshold together this Screws.

Flip the leg assembly around and re-installit in the fixture. then remove the rail and blow off the wood dust.p. Attach an extra leg or rail to the end ofthe fixture as a stop stick.Thenreplacethe rail and drive in the screws. Assemble the front legs and bottom rail. Apply water-resistantglue to the loints.put FIXTUREA holes in rails E and F as well (Fig. at the end of the rail.This better than running screws from the top of the arm into the end of the leg. While you havethe drill set up. 62.This 2-112" L#l0 SQUAREregistersboth the DRIVESTAINLESS ends of the legsand STEEL SCREW the spacersthat determine where the rails go. of ?l \1-3/8" Mark the ends of all the D railswith this reversible guide block (Fig. sets the overhang. FIXTUREB DetailsI and 2) and countersink both sides.r" 14. Countersinkboth sides(Fig. Then insert spacer#3 to positionthe upper rail. chairtoshow it )/ouhoweaq) isto put togethen colorrefers a Each to separate group parts.B).Welvp aintedthis demo e nstratio n F I G . Repeatthis operationfor the middle and back assemblies. Lock them in place on FixtureA (Fig. t'-r.E).E Screwing and GluingFixtures 1-3. Spacer #2 (which is actuallya chair arm) fixes the rail's distancefrom the bottom of the leg.Drill pilot holes into both legs.A).Screwsdo not hold well in end grain.) Install the upper rail of the middle assembly with wo #4 spacers./8"x 1-3/8" x 24-118" 1-3/8" x 1-3/8" x 21-918" YELLOW POPLAR STOP STICK Fix the distancebetween each of the three pairs of legs by the width of a singlepieceof Medium Density Fiberboard(MDF) or plywood.The screws must easilyslip through these holes.Spacer# | . (SeeCutting List for size. Drill holes on your marks by hand or with a drill press.) American Woodworker A p R t2Lo o o . C.(SeeCutting List.D SideViewof Chair Steel brackets connect the arms joinery is far to the legs.for size. F I G .

Butt rail E of the back the stop stick. drill the pilot Then removethe clamps. -$ Add the backboards. Spacerblocks f I position the arm rail from the stop stick and set the overhang.C). then screw and glue it in place. but turned the other way around).Tilt the chair back on a support block made Pre-drillthe holes in from the spacers. Clamp the arms in placeacrossFixture B.Thendrill pilot dadoesin them (Fig. holes into the chair railsand drive in the screws. Apply glue to the assembly and drive in all the screws.Use two spacerblocks#l to set the overhang. Glue and screw the cleat behindthe lW top ofthe backboards. Clamp the middle leg assembly in placewith spacerff4 (the samespaceryou used in Photo 4. The seat is not gluedto the rails. American Woodworker A P R2 o o o TL . into the legsand drive in two screws to in temporarily hold the assembly place.Place assembly against two seat boards under the fixture to raise the stop stick to the level of the rail. rail holes into the front assembly's and remove the temporary screws. is Insert a thin spacer between the seat boardsto keepthem parallel. Drill pilot holes through rail F.Spacer#l sets the legs in from the arm's edge.This not a gluedjoint. lnstall three corner brackets on both arms (Fig. the backboards and cut registration D). Repeatthe sameprocesson the other side of the chair and remove Fixture B. Drill pilot holes assembly in place. Use steel screwsif your chair'sgoing stainless outside. Screw the back leg assembly to the arms.

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T h e fi rs t regular shop number is the use.and that didn't include all of them. iswhatyouwant. on This is a popular sandersize in commercialshops and is an excellentchoiceif you are using it only in the workshop and havestronghands. the sandergetsheavier.W e are easier keepflat on the wood. . bottom of the included them sanderthat holds in our chart.the amperSmallersanders easier useon non-horare to izontal surfacesand are often preferred by agegoesup. because width of the belt. In this crowded field. stablemachine. finding the right size of sander is the m o s t i m p o rta n t choice.Here arethe four sizes: .4x24) sandfaster and sizeof the platen. 3 in. The platensizegivesyou a pretty biggerbelt flat on a surface. 4 in. Be l t s i z e (the tal surfaces SIZE lS A MAJORFEATURE.We comein four basic do not recoms i z e s( s h o w n a t mend them for ri g h t). .It'salsoeasierto keepa eral-purpose. there's bewilderingarrayof a l' models.TheTe is a determinesthe most common trade-oft Large machines(3x24. ot the woodworker who'sshoppingfor a E belt sander. to especially on the plate on the have not non-horizontalsurfaces. for scribing cabinetsand countertops. Easy to handle becauseof its lightweight. flat American Woodworker APRIL2ooo 67 . This sizeis closest being genthe abrasive against wood. making all cabinetmakers and carpenters who usethem this tool more suitablefor horizontal surfaces while still manageable verticalones.The best of the bunch for big.but Pick the Size these tools are that Fits light-duty and Sanding belts best for occa(and sanders) sional use. they'relessuset h e s e c o n dt h e ful for horizonl e n g th .Greatif you often usethe sanderon vertical or overhead surfaces. s h o p u s e ) . .The platen is almostthe same size as that on the3x2l.without getting too heavyand On the flip side. So a biggerbelt the to meansfastersanding.x2l in.We looked at 26 for this test. x24in. x l8 in.bigger belts need bigger bulky.If a do-it-all sanderthat'seasytohandle motors. 3x2l). 3 in. 3 in.smaller to sizes(3x18.Which and size motor which style is more important thanwhich brand.geta3 in.which meansaddedweight and size.x 24in. x 2l in.The platengetsbigger. are lighterand easier handle.

i*:# TRANSVERSEANDINLINE arethe two basicdesigns. It's much easierto set an inline sander upsi de-dow n on your bench for sandingsmall parts or sharpeni ng. Belt sanders are designedso that the weight of the sander does the work. More than any other portable power tool. to 15 lbs. which Ieak and are messy to empty. You should not push down on them. In our own shop we've even tossedawaythe dust bags. Bottom Line: For most people the choice will be between the 3x2I andthe3x24. They can accommodatea largemotor.The standmakesit easierto hold the machine upsidedown for sanding smallparts and sharpening.Inlinesandersare shaped like a shoebox and have the motor parallel to the belt. is but lessmaneuverable.lnline easierto handle is and use upsidedown for smallparts. some but of the Makita sandersrequire you to make your own adapter. horizontal surfaces. lighter in weight and generallyeasyto operate. however. Again.The 3x24ismore of a dedicated shop tool.Handle both types beforeyou buy.) For panels.but won t handle a largemotor. more amps equal fastersanding. Tiy iU onceyou get usedto the hose. at right. availableas an option. if you want portabiliry versatility and you plan to use the tool on do-it-yourself projectsaswell asinthe shop. it is probably your best choice. weight can actually be advantageousin a belt sander. or you will gougeyour work and causepremature belt wear.If youte goingto usethe belt sanderfor working on veneeredmaterial.It's a useful feature. and are the transversemodels have more power.It's also more expensive.All of these machines can be adaptedto dust hoses. Dust Gollection is a Must There are a number of bel t sanderswithout dust bags. This design is less tippy.Transverse more powerful. Most userspreferthe transverse simplybecause shop usehorfor izontal surfaces the norm. THE BIG MOTORAND NARROW BELT found on some 3x24 sandersis a combination that yields great power. with the motor on top of the sandingbelt and a drive belt on the sideconnecting the motor and reardrum (Photo 3). Power and Speed Amperageis the best measureof how aggressive sanderwill be the (seechart. Belt sanders make IMMENSE amounts of dust. A Note on Weight There's a huge range in weight among thesetools: from 6 lbs. with superiority on horizonlal surfaces. you ll never go back to bags. makessanding flat surfacessafer. In delicatesandingsituations.with the opti on of i nl i ne-desi gn (see below). and in the shop it's essentialto collectit. variable speeds(or at least two speeds)allow you to slow the sanderdown for more control.or you can makeyour own.home projectsand cabinetinstallation.but doesnt hare as much power. but tend to be topheavy. Swiveling dust ports are a real convenience and somemachines are designedwith dust bagsthat don t get in your way. Il 7l a SANDING STAND is avairabre on some models. and replacedthem with a shop vacuum and flexible hose. However.The 3x21is a more all-around choice. and the sanding frame.Harder to handle than the other sizes. Amps.the inline is a good choice.but dont even think about buying one. in addition to shop work. 68 American Woodworker APR2ooo TL . lnline or Transverset Transverse sandersare the most common type. choosingyour sander comes down to how much your toolwill be dedicated horizonto tal surfaces the shop (heavyis in good) versushow much you anticipate using the tool for carpentry and cabinet installation (lighter is better). but the overlappingparts make it difficult to sand flush to a vertical surface.

Good balance. cord. Heavy xnd rggressive tool." liked a largenumber In general. Dust bag staysout of your way. Noisy. (877) 267-2499 Very quiet tool. Dust bag slightly in the way for right-handedusers. Durability is an important aspect sanders. (888) 848-5 175 PORTER CABLE 36OVS BOSCHI275DVS MAKITA9924DB MAKITA 992I I t50-t550 Well balanced. Our editorshad a crack at them and then a panel of six amateur woodworkers of varying skill levels tried them out. (800) 462-5482 quiet tool. (800) 462-5482 Extra-long cord. (800) 377-74t4 American Woodworker APRtL2ooo 69 . about the sameas all the other sanders. cord. of because they tend to run for long periods. Squareport on dust bag requires gpecialconnector. (888) 848-5 175 Love the front handle. Squareport on dust bag requires special connector. (800) s46-r666 Low price for a need to shop a rd easyto maneuver. editorsand testers of thesetools.sander. but it works OK. single tool stood out enough to warrant an Editor's Choice. (800) 525-2579 Inline motor. Comments DeWALTDW43| CMFTSMAN27725 RYOBI BE32I BOSCHt274DVS MAKITA 99OI MAKITA 99OO B HITACHI 75 SB PORTER CABLE 352VS I t80il47s 755-t48 Very quiet. Our advice:Buy from a reputabledealerwith good serviceand repair facilities.x 2l in. Big motor. Good dust collection. Long cord. (262) 781-3600 Dust bag can be pivoted to any position. the Porter Cable models were However. Good balance. cord. Good balance. Easyto get at speed control.One sanderstood out asa BestBuy (right).Recommendations We had three groupsof woodworkerstest26 sanders.Dust Big bag swivelsto any location. Very comfortable and balanced. Motor overhangsbelt edge. 462-s482 MILWAUKEE 5936 PORTER CABLE 362VS BOSCHI276DVS MAKITA9403 HITACHI IOT SB II792 CRAFTSMAN Accessoriesavailable: F = Sanding frame S = Stand Easybelt change. Dust bag staysout of your way.Get the benchstand ($35) to reallymakethis one versatile. (800) 4-DeWalt Inline motor.well-made sander. l5-ft. Dust bag can be pivoted to any position. Good dust's almost impossibleto measure. (800) 462-5482 Excellentvalue. Motor is smallestin class. l6-ft. (800) 377-7414 Inline motor.The most the wasnoise:The Makitagg2l and significantdifference 9403 were very quiet. (800) 546. to find belts. (800) 462-5482 I r50/r380 Light weight in a big sander. Great belt changelever. Good balance.IW HITACHI SB 75 is an excellent lt 3 in. A weak spot is lt's the belt-change lever. Squareport on dust bag requires special connector. Easy handle. Noisy. Dust bag stays out ofyour way. Can pivot dust bag. Rearand front to handleare a litde too closetogether.Preferences were mainly for small and things. pointy and hard to pull.the dust bagworks well and it hastwo speeds. Motor overbelt edse. (877)267-2499 Light and easyto use.1666 Solid. the position of the dust bag and subjective heft or the feelof the belt-changinglever. hasthe highest amp motor in the group. 1877\267-2499 | 6-ft. Motor projects past belt. would be handierif the low end of the lt speed rangewere lower. (888) 848-5 | 75 r t50-r550 Pivoting d-handle on front. Then we gaveall of the sandersto a largecabinet shop for a few weeks to hear from the "power users.

or Biscuits makethejoineryon thisproject as easy pie. 77). or this is the perfectplaceto start.The color of cherry can vary greatly(that'swhy it's often staineddark by manufacturers). hanging for but theflush-fitdoorsis a breeze with no-mortise hinges. 78.a tablesaw a set.rabbeting and a jigbit sawto complete project. 70 American Woodworker APR|L2Oo0 . Our versionis built of solidcherrywith a simple.) GETTING OFFTO A GOOD START. the wholecabinet madeof solidcherry. Or. Wespentabout$S00 this pie safe.(asmuch as off own sidebar $180). Youll needa biscuitjoiner. routerwith a 3/8-in.Withthe excepthis tion of the drawerbottoms and back.Cherry o I by Dave Munkittrick and BruceKieffer This versatile classic aoes together with biscuits. check-outour how-to technique in "Flush-Fit Cabinet Doors"on p.Now. is Oneof the tricks to usingcherryis to be fussyabout your lumber.If youvenever as madea projectof this scale before. arenewto biscuitjoinery.(If you choose mortise-inthe to hinges.bypunchingyour tin (see on p.You on canshave someof that cost. Select boardswith uniform color or askthat the wood you order come from a singletree.The pierced-tin panelskept insectsout while providing ventilationfor coolingbakedgoods. pierced-tin The panels once that cooledpiesprovideventilationfor a modern soundsystem.let's headfor the shop.modified-Shaker style that blends easily into mostanydecor.youcanusethispie safe to storeclothingandtakesomeof the pressure offthat overstuffed closet bureau.Youll needto know how to makestoppedrabbets the for backanddadoes the drawers. fast ie safeslike this one were once commonplace.Adjustable shelves anda pair of drawers makeit aversatile storage cabinet.

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3 / 4 "B R A D 2. N O . NO. = 1 ' P LEG PATTERNS HARDWARE 1 .1' (rYP.4 x 518" SCREW FH 5 . n"---.1 1 4 P A NH E A D " SCREWAND FLATWASHER 7 .1 0 x 1 .1 0 x 1 . N O . 1 1 4 D I A .2O ISCUIT B E 9.) OVERSIZE CLEARANCE n \ r L E --HOLE \ lY f\_K ATTOP SECTION 4.P U N C H E D I N I N S E R T T 1t2"#1t2" DRAWERDETAILS 72 American Woodworker APRIL2ooo .BRAD 4.B R A S SS H E L FP I N ' 8. 1'BRAD 3.{-u l#l # 1t2'. NO-MORTISHINGE 1 0 . NO.f-l/ *---+1t8t ) UJ UJ' lLltr+' l$va" DOOR LATCH K 3 STOPPED RABBET INSTILES STOPPED RABBET E A C HS Q . 1-1l4'.1 l 4 " H S C R E W F 6 .

Select straight-grained for the doorsand faceframe.-thick cherry and cut it out on the bandsaw.Cut the drawer fronts (W) from a single board so the grain flows from one boardswith drawerto the next. Therearethreecommonsizes bisof offer #20.This is one placeyou can'tafford anywarping. flush-cut the repair. for TIPS FOR BETTER TIPS FOR BETTER BISCUITING . CUTTHE SLOTS in the sidewith the plate joiner held verticaland usingthe markings the shelf. Glue the circle into the bad slot and clean up any excessglue.#20biscuits and cuits: and gluingsurface aretherethe greatest Use fore the strongest. dia. A careless pencil mark can be mistaken for a biscuit mark when you're cutting your way through a pile of frame members. did this on breakout the faceframeso the biscuits and top coverthem wherethe drawers C U TTH E B ISCUI T SLOTS about 6-in.You to exposea biscuit joint when makingyour final cuts so keepyour biscuitsat least3-in. #20BtscutT THE SLOTS in the end of the shelf with the baseof the platejoiner on the cabinetside. After the glue dries. the cherryboardshavesomesapwood. show.apart for edge joining. circle in some 5132-in.Clampthe shelfon the sideso the top edge of the shelflinesup with the top edge of the layout mark on the side. awayfrom the ends of the top (A) and the'leg cutout areaon the sides(B). on American Woodworker APR2ooo TL 73 . thesewhenever evenif it resultsin the biscuit possible "breakingout" of the joint (Photo8).#10 #0. Here's how we fixed it: Use a compass to mark a4-in. . Planyour cutsso the sapwhereit wont wood is keptto the inside wood flat.Mark for biscuitsin the middleof the shelfand 3-in. off-whitewood found on the outeredge of the trunk.? BOTTOM BISCUITFACEOF LAYOUT SHELF MARK Somehow we managed to cut a biscuit where none belonged.But that'snot a problemif you offmark for thebiscuits the so setthe center We breakoutwon't be from eachend. Breakout occurson the faceframeand door framewherenarrowrailsjoin the stile. Usethe lessdesirable pieces shelving.Choose figureandcolorfor the sides compatible (B) and top (A).The align biscuits the surfaceof the boardsproducingflush joints that require little don't want sanding.Pie Safe START WITH THE WOOD Most Sortyour wood for grainandcolor.

. Assemblywith needs go biscuits to smoothlybecause biscuits the swell quickly onceglue is applied. Thke time to dry-fit each the assembly usingall the biscuits and clamps youll needfor the realthing.Lay out the fixed shelf locations on the cabinetsides. top edge the door clean of C). p. TH E C A R C A S S l. Dry-fit and glue the carcass using four clamps and cauls for the shelves (Photo 5) and a fifth clamp for the back rail. p. Be surethe carcass glued is up on eachcauland mark the or crown with an arrow.CLAB|Iy) CAULS from 2x4s cut to the width of the cabinet.stop at 220-grit. 2. then cut the biscuit slots for the shelvesand the back rail (Photos2 and3). Use the leg patterns (Fig. 77). p. SeePhoto 6 for how to make cauls. make some extras and keep them for future use.stock that's drilleddown the centerand cut to length. Finish-sandall the piecesstarting with 120-grit and working your way to 320-grit for an oil finish. Getting gluein thebiscuitslots can be a bit messy.You'll be ableto rehearse your glueup andred flaganymisaligned biscuits. iExAGGEnnrEo . 8. Makeyour own foolproof depth stop from 314-in.x3/4-in.While you're at it. . Glue the drawer kicker cleats(J) to the bottom of the lower shelf. If you plan to varnish. by We offset top-railbiscuits keepthe the to (Fig. Make sure they are well ].77). Drill holes for adjustableshelf pins (seeSources. FOR. t _ 1/16'CROWN. 3. extended-open-time like Titeglue bond'sTyp. 4.spacing) and use a sharp brad-pointbit.Lay out and cut the biscuit slotsfor the top (A). II Extended Liquid or HideGlue(see Sources. sides (B) and shelves ( C ) ( P h o t o1 ) . Use a router with a 3/8-in.Cut them out with a jigsaw.!"o*EYOUR Idried and all four sidesare square. APRTL oo 2o . rabbeting bit to cut the stop rabbet on the sides for the back.Photo4). Plane sanda | / | 6-in. on arecovered thetin panelstops. 6.Mark the bottom and back edgeto correctly registerthe templateon the other side of the cabinet. If you own a pneumatic brad nailer.For a m o r e r e l a x e da s s e m b l yu s e a n . 5. 77.CLAMP THE CARCASSASSEMBLY usinga perf-boardtemplate. 7. .Dry-fitfirst then glue up and cut to length. Breakouts thedoorframes B).A) to lay out the shapes the bottoms of the on sides. Use a tablesawto cut the rabbet on the back rail (D) for the back (Z). 9. usingshop-made caulsto distributeclamping pressureacrossa wide joint. Mark the holesto be drilled(everyother hole givesa 2-in. (Fig. squirta beadinto Just 74 American Woodworker the groove and spread it along both sidewalls of the slot with a small glue brush (seeSources.

usinga simpleiig to steadythe work and provide a wider surfacefor the plate joiner fence.Add l/8 in.Weuseda l2-in. decide where an any biscuit offset is needed to disguise breakout.To keep the biscuitinsidethe drawer opening.subtract the width of the rail (2 in.for insurance you havean offset of ll?in.pieceof with a 3-in.Tofigure out how much to offset the bottom rail.p. Use a squareto mark the precise position of each rail on the stiles.x 30-in.Add a couple of hold-down Note how the clamps(seeSources. you'll need to offset the cut 3/8 in.for example.Pie Safe CABINETMAKEF'S CUT SLOTS INTHE ENDS of narrow parts.x l8-in. I DRY FIT FRAMEAND MARK FOR BISCUITS Group the stiles and rails together and orient them as they will be on the cabinet. pieceof hardwood melamine centeredalongthe edge. triangle identifiesthe piece being cut cabinetmaker's as the top rail.Now.Make these lines light and long to distinguishthem from your biscuit marks.77). on each side.the slot would breakout 3/8 in. towards and the opening. American Woodworker APRTooo 2L 75 .likethis faceframe rail.lf you centered the biscuit on the rail.) from the width of the slot made by the joiner (2-314in.).

Drtllholes forthedooranddrawer knobs. I f y o u a r e m o r t i s i n gi n y o u r hinges.ASSEMBLEYOUR DOOR FRAMES on a perfectly flat surfaceusing identical clamps. Glueand nail the front molding in place. Finish-sand outsidesurfaces the andease edges.formoreinformation.-wide piece of cherry. 30. screw. in hangthe doorsandattachthe knobs.Removethe drawer and fastenthe runners with screws.Attach the runners to the front cleat only (Fig.Makethedoorlatch(N) andmount it andthedoorstop(G. dont attach but themyet. THE DRAWERS 28.Applythree coats Danishoil. 37.Begintheglueup with the drawer divider mullion (S) and the lower rails (R). 14. Glue the face frame assemblyto the carcass. 33. of 36.Note how the biscuits protrude into the panelrabbets. glueand (Photo8). tackthe cleatin placefirst so it wont slide around when you apply the (Brad nailerscan be like a clamps. drawer runnercleat 32. out thefaceframe. 18. 26. of 23. shownin Lay as Fig. glue and clamps.78. the Screws allow you to easilyremovethe back for finishingand you won't be accidentally driving nailsthroughthe side of thecabinet. 15.Mountthetin panels thedoors. round-overbit.Makethe tin panelstops(V) and miter to fit in place.Attachthe backand standbackto admire yourwork. Then glue the rest of the faceframe safes this usedto holdbiscuits. nowthey're heldtogether bv them! IW EMARKTHE POSITION OFTHE DRAWER RUNNERS on the lower backsupport cleat.Trim the faceframe overhang with a flush-trim bit in a router. 1 2 . 17. 21.Tiim the protrudingbiscuits and finish sand.Assemblethe drawer runners (F and M) and position them on the cleatsso they set 1/16 in. 11.Tack the face frame in position with brads before applying clamps.Have the drawer in placewith even marginsaround the opening and enoughroom betweenthe slidesand drawer sidesfor smooth operation.This helps ensurea flat door and saves all kindsof headaches later.Usea tablesawto therabbets cut on thebackedges thedoor rails(U). D). Center the drawer kickers (E) in the drawer openings and attach them to the kicker cleats with a 6xl-ll2-in. third handduringassembly. Finish-sand outsideof the the drawers.Attach the drawerrunnersto the (Photo9). drawer fronts(W) andsides 29. Rip the moldingsoff the pieceand cut to fit. Finish the rabbetson the doors with a routerand a 3i8-in. p. 31. then glueand nail the drawers togethermakingsuretheyare square.Attach backwithscrews.) 27. ) THE FACE FRAME 10. They'll be removedlater when the rabbetsare completedwith a router. like Iustthink. Fig. 76 American Woodworker ApRtL2000 . clampthe door frames 24.Lay out and cut the leg profiles on thebottomof each stile(Fig. into the drawer openings(FiS.Attach the top (Fig.D). Round over the two Iong edges with a router and a 314-in. Attach the drawer runner cleats (H.B. FINAL ASSEMBLY 16. Square corners the with a sharpchisel.A). 19. D) with a brad.Spacer stickshold the frame up off the clamps(so it won't get stained) and in linewith the clamp screw pressure(so it wont get twisted). 20.A. This will keep the miter joint tight but still allowthe carcass movewith the seasons.Cutthebiscuitslots(Photo7) and dry fit the faceframe.Cut the dadoes rabbets the and in (X).Fig. Finish-sand insides the the of drawerpieces. the 35.To thedoorssee"Flush-Fit fit CabinetDoors"on p.A). of L3. THE FINTSH 34. Make the cherry quarter-round molding (K and L) from a 3-in. to THE DOORS 22.rabbeting bit-this will alsotrim the protruding biscuits. now'sthe time to lay out and cut the hingemortiseson the inside edges the facestiles. You l1attach the back of the runners later. 25. See"Brad Nailersi' 43. Nail the sidemoldings place only gluethe in but miterjoint andthefirst couple inches of at the front of the case. dry-fit. Cutbiscuitslots.

1.wood knobs.l 1 2 3l4xl5-l14x57 3l4x15x39 314 4 x39 x 3 / 4 x 2 x1 5 314 l-l12x15 x 3l4x l-l12x3 3l4xl-5/16x39 3 l 4 x l .20each $ Van Dyke's.05.60. $ 2 . FACF FRAME Cherry P I face stiles Q I top rail T U V DRI CherryHardwood door stiles door rails tin panel stops drawer fronts 4 8 24 3l4xZx 35-3/4 3l4x2x l3-l/4 3 / 8 x 3 / 8 xl 5 6 3 1 4 x 6 . (s70) 478-4t27.50 Three pewter no-mortise b a l lh i n g e s . w X Y iiH$ 7. ft. #t6.25. (800) F I drawerrunners H I drawer runner cleats K I molding M I drawer runners 2 4 I 2 2 I 2 4 I 3 l 4 x 1 7x 4 2 . | 14"x 4' x 8' cherry plywood.x l4-in.50.1-1l2"OFFSET PENCIL MARKS DRY FIT DOORS AND MARK FOR BISCUITS SOURCES H PIESAFE57-314' x 42-l/2" W x | 6" D e"rt | ru"r" lool Dimensions 5 I CARCASS CherryHardwood I A ltop 2 B I sides C I shelves D I back rail E I drawer kickers 414Cherry. $26 HideGlue.-' '*-.3 1 8lx . AF-S969C. #271| l. supports. | 6. Small # for $2. I sheet Paxton Hardwoods. I Titebondll Extended. $7.l / 1 6x 3 9 314x314x42 3l4x3l4x l6-314 3l4x3l4x15 l12x7l8x2-l12 314 3 x57 x 314 x2-314 x34-l12 314x2x34-l12 3l4x2x6-l12 522-330s. 7 5 1 each Woodcraft Supply. Highland 241-6748 brass shelf Sixteen l14"-dia.20. # 3 0 l 9 l .3 1 8 x5 .l00 bd.""'-" CHERRY PLYWOOD Z I back AAI drawerbottoms I lrl Six pierced-tin panels"Lacework #1" l0-in.l 1 2 l12x5-718 15-5/8 x (800) rs3 22s-r Four l/4" dia.. Titebond Liquid | I quart. | 6. .Country Accents.0..50 ff gluebrush.l / 8 l l 1 2 x 6 . Hold-down # $ 1 2e a c h (800) Hardware.50.95 each.(800) 558. x I 14x 39-314 48-3/| 6 x l14x l4-314 l5-5/8 $30.60. $2.50 l0. gal.1234 *. | 6. $ l0 for 50 clamps.


Set the compass the a to largestgap. 79 .or less).HANGER JIG POSITION THE DOORS on hangers and checkthe fit of the doors to the case.A). whenyou glueup your doors. a American Woodworker npntLzooo Set the infeedtable for a light cut (l l32in.Whetheryou'remakinga cabinet with a faceframeor onewithout. the the doorsto the cabinetonceit'sbuilt. on (Photo1 andFig.Iusethe same technique mortisingthe case I do for as for the doors. Fit the Cabinet Hinges First Firstthingsfirst. in saves hassles whenrailsor cabinet later topscangetin the way.Before over the glue sets. then mark around the doors with the compass.4 x 3l4" FH WOODSCREW (coUNTERSUNK) S H OP . sureto work on a flat surface and center clamping the pressure thejoints.Periodically check fit.check eachdoor for squareby measuringits diagonals.DOORHANGER JIG DOOR RAIL OR STILE T I I * C NO. use cise. evengapsall around. madehangers Chances your doorswon'tfit the openingwith preare.The hangershold the doors flushwith the cabinetfaceand establish l/6-in.MA D ED OOR H A N GERS hold the doors in placeso you can scribefor a perfect fit. Make the Doors I always dimension doorsso theyarethe exactsizeof my my case Thisapproach me fine-tune fit of lets opening.To makethe gapsperfect. andjoint until you have the agapof roughly 1/16in. and joint all four edges.A scrapblock steadies the door and preventsend-grain tearout. Trim the Door to Fit the Case At first the doorswon't fit into the case openingbecause no there's gap. all aroundbetween door and the the case. |. Flatand square doorspreventuntold headaches Be later. This two-steptrimming procedure allowsyou to get the perfectfit: The first step is to joint all four edgesof eachdoor (Photo2).Tieplatesare usedto join houseframingand are available from home centers. Thesecond is to fine-tune fit of the doorsto the step the Positioneachdoor into the case a pair of shopcase.That'sOK.They're constructed from two blocks of hardwood and a metal tie plate.cut the mortisesfor the hinge This leaves the frame or casesidesbeforeassembly.--'i-fu( DOOR .gap.

For paired doors. to The hangerspreventthe compass from scribingacross entirewidth the of the door.transfer shoulderlocations eachhingemortise the of with a sharp markingknife. accurate work when cutting usea straightedge to finish. bit Hanging the Doors to With the hingesattached each into door. clamp the door in a bench vise and trim to your marks with a hand plane (Photo4). A router makesfor fast. Use a sharp benchplaneset for a light cut. Jl I irrrTitiilffirlr TH S C R IB E E LoN G-GR A IN S H oU LD E R with the markinggaugeto finishthe hingemortise layout. Maintaina squareedge by checking your cuts with a square.Withthe hingestile tight against the case. Then mark the long-grainshoulder the of mortise(Photo7). the height of Set of the bit to the thickness a hinge of leaf(Photo8).I a use ll4-in. lnstalling the Hinges Position doorsbackinto the case the andmark the locations each hinge of mortisewith a sharpknife (Photo5.compass mark thedoors(Photo3). a use self-centering (Photo11).squareyour knife marks acrossthe edgeof the stilewith a square a sharppencil. must be flush with the edgeof the Now door to supportthe routerbase. sharpchisel Youll needto drill pilot holesfor the hingescrews beforesecuring the hingesto the door and the case.Thislayoutensures that the door wonlt bind on the face of the cabinetwhen opened. HOW DEEP shouldyou installbutt hingesinto a door and caselThe rule of thumb is to measurefrom the center point of the hingebarrel to the outside edgeof one leal then subtractabout l/ | 6 in. Next. straight to cut all myhinge bit mortises the because smallerdiameter letsme getveryclose the inside to corners the mortise. rout the mortisefreehand Square mortise with a razorthe (Photo10). and Seta marking gaugeto the desired width of the hinge (Photo6).plane a slight back bevelon the stileswheretheymeet. 80 American Woodworker APRIL2ooo . MARK FOR HINGES by positioning door into the the openingwith the door hangers.) Back at the looseleaves their the respective mortisesin the caseand true the doors. (Photo9).. Clampthe door firmly in a bench viseand secure scrapboard to the a The scrapboard'ssurface benchtop. To makethe drillingjob foolproof.

You'll never seethe fix! a SETTHE BIT DEPTH by laying hingeleaf Route a test mortise on a on the router's baseplate.If you a notice some unevenness.The hingeleaf should be flushwith the top of the mortise.and it's easyto control the router because cut isn't small.A scrapblock very deepand the bit diameteris relatively the router's baseplate.then glue on a thin strip to increasethe door's width. iill DRILL FOR HINGE SCREWS usinga self-centering drill bit. Once you're satisfied with the fit. your layoutlines. Re-joint the edge. mark the doors for knobs or pulls and install these along with your favorite catchhardware. technique the tearout. The strip should match the stile in grain and color and be slightly oversizein width and length. brass screws after fitangand finishingare complece.makingseveral line. Luckily. Trim it to fit after the glue dries. A l/4-in. little j u dic ious s andi n g w i th s o me 1 8 0 .g r i t s a n d p a p e rw r a p p e d around a block can usually fix the problem. closethe doors and inspect the fit. and evengapsall around. Clampa block shoulder thin cutsuntilyou reachthe end-grain areaand take shoulderto support this delicate behindthe long-grain into up line. clampedto the benchsteadies lightly with a SHAVETHE SHOULDERS by chopping lt's sharpchisel.movethe l/16 in. For a reallycleancut. American Woodworker APRTL oo 2o 8l .Finish by paring rnultiple cuts untilyou reachthe shoulder of the cornersto cleanup any left-overslivers wood. Rub a little wax onto the screw threadsto screrac lubricatethem before drivingthe screwshome. Your doors should swing as smooth as silk. with the doors flush to the face of the cabinet. pieceof scrapand checkfor fit. about staying ROUTTHE HINGE MORTISE freehand.Caseclosed. bestto sneakup on your layoutline.IW Uh-oh! We accidentally trimmed too much off one edgeofa door. straighttip bit is a good choicefor routingthe mortise.Tip:BrasE Use the same size sf.Now open and install the screws. it was a longgrain edgeand there'sa simple fix.eelscrews lirst and install the break easilyt. Layeachhingein its mortiseand drill throughthe hinge and into the door.inside router in the oppositedirectionthat you would normallyrout:a Routingin this mannerprevents calledclimbcutting.


posts are now standard on all models. the 22-560. the22-540. you usesupports.the smooth surfaceoften begins or endsin snipe. Gettin' planeris a basictool if you work with all portable planers snipe? The short answeris yes.rotatesat a very high speed.they can handle almost any size board. Three machines now have head locksrbut eachmechanism is Four 1991and the first portable planerwith a headlock. The move to four posts and the introduction of a head lock is a responseto the principal problem with portable planers:snipe-that bite out of the end of a 1997.The depth of snipe can be anywherefrom the thickness of tissuepaper to the thickness of a manila folder. The first machine on the market machine introwasthe two-post RyobiAP.They all work on the sameprinciple: Two powered rollers feed aboard through the planer while a cutterhead.10. INDEXED DISPOSABLEKNIVES makeit easyto get off to a freshstart. But some snipe lessthan others.more. Planerswith traveling headsand headlocfcsreally do snipe lessoften and less the A HEAD LOCK minimizes amount of snipe but wont eliminate it. Until recently.You cantuck these relativelyinexpensive lf awayin a cubbyhole.all betrer thetime. We wanted to know: Considering recent innovations in design. Snipe and Head Locks All the planerswe testedproduced an incrediblysmooth surface. The latest generation'of portableplanersare amazingmachines. The Delta 22-560 head lock shown here is easyto use.they all snipe. (Seep. American Woodworker APRIL2ooo 83 .a small capacity.planers were large cumbersome machines that cost an arm and a leg.Delta produced the first four-post machine.equipped with a pair of knives. Portable planershavechangedall that for anyonewith a small machines shop. However. Portable planer design is still evolving. Theydrop right in place. No.lightrveight duced in 1987. 85 for more on where snipe comesfrom and how to deal with it).

Supcareful .Someknivesareeasier install than to thick wood to plane. planer motors draw about 15 amps.You have two that allowyou to pre-setthe final thickchoices. the DeWalt DW733.roughly as much as The cutterheadsof all the planers sharpeninga setof single-edged knives can travel up and down about 6 in.which has TP more stops than other machines. They'realso motor or pop a breaker if yodre not awkward to usewith long boards. push down the head lock lever and then run your boards through the machine. With knives that can be re-sharpened. Gapacity. the This indicator. It in works this way-you turn a crank handle to set the depth of cut. ered alongwith the table. venient than indexing pins. double-edgedknives can be resharpened and used over and over must reverse headlock leverbefore the turning the crank that setsthe depth of cut. know because you can mistakenlyset But at a Price a portable planer to take a cut that it TWoplanerswith fixed headsand long. this feature.We like the machinesthat have large capacity handy for planing the indexed knives (Photo 2).lock.It's possibleto overloadthe dont havefold-up tables. Shown here is the Ridgid I 300. about $30 to $40. a disasterthat just abouteverybodywho reversed when one edgegetsdull.OF-CUT INDICATOR tells you how much wood you're going to take off in each pass. This is important to Snipe-Free Machines.unlock. A can't accidentallyplane Othersusedouble-edged knivesthat canbe your boards too thin. Weight and Size while other double-edgedknives are All the portableplanershandleboards disposable. The type of knivesin a portableplaner like Secondly. Crank. but they all snipe. of can right in place.s. is on foolproof and easyto read. w i de.we a setof depth stops is not yet standardized.A11 portable solid tablesstand out from the crowd. especially first time through.A new setof disl 2-l l 2-i n boards and the Ridgid posable double-edgedknives runs TP1300hasa 13-in. 86) APRrL2ooo . B efore you run a boar d port standsmust be raisedand lowthrough the planer for the first pass. too.capacity. twice. Someplanersusesingle-edged nessof your board (Photo 4). It'sa little danceyou haveto get usedto. long. American Woodworker Depth-of-Cut Indicator and Depth Stops We like two featuresthat make several portableplanersmore foolproof. A head lock is designedto reduce the amount of snipeby locking the cutterheadassembly place(Photo I ). They work plane them all to exactly the same quite well and areonly slightlylesscon(text continuedon p. They click edges boards.Weall know that an error in planing can be quite costlyand frustrating. The first featureis a simple depth-ofcut indicator that tellshow much wood the planer will remove from your board (Photo 3). In the heat of production it's easyto misreada machine's scaleand end up with boards that are too thin.You stand314-in. S ome m anage samein the long run.The other machinesuse or thicker boards on their sidesand gaugesto set the will find this others. We also like the planerswhosecutterhead locking bolts sit abovethe knives and are easyto get to. All the planers producedan incredibly sm ooth surf ac€. deeplythan similar machineswithout headlocks.This isnt enough newsis that they're expensiveand take power to hog off deep bites in wide up more storagespacebecausethey boards. While you're not likely to find 6-in.plane.crank.When you want to make another pass. PRE-SET DEPTH STOPS can prevent you from makinga big mistake. The good news is they rarely sniped so they all deliver about the same boards lessthan 5-ft. The bad amount of power. Both types cost about the up to l 2-i n. stick its end under this indicator and youll know for surehow much wood The Knives you ll be removing. can't reasonably handle.Thisis very helpful.e Filaner.P-ort-abf. The hasbefallen single-edged knives and some of the haseveruseda planer.

themiddle aboard A). CUTTERHEAD ASSEMBLY TILTS FORWARD CUTTERHEAD FEED ROLLER IS LIFTED UP BY BOARD Snipe a is bite taken out of the end of a board. you ll need a helper to catch the boards as they come out of the machine.The is. which can both be scrap wood. yourgood wood...Dealln with Sni ll have your hands full feeding the other end..'. trick thinking cutting veq/long it's one board feeding by many boards through in one operation.:.Portable planersmay snipethe front or the rear ofa board. '*l**mdffiitffi.Make traino.':vel from drooping' individualboards American Woodworker APRIL2ooo 85 . each butted up to another. Snipe canbe beat. The board is cut evenlywhen both rollers are engaged and the cutterheadis level. -urlr' of a "' ffi ATRATN oF B.Jilj[:'fil:"r}. tl*ttvour{TT c LLL.) The lengthof the snipeis alwaysabout 2 in.Onlytheleadboardandthelasttrailingboard.t"ll...lnfeed and outfeed supports that are with the main bed of the planer keep 11".-the distance from a feed roller to the center of the cutterhead. and you get a snipedboard.. --Thkeadvantageof the fact that the planer won't sni (Fig.Thepurposeof a head lock is to minimizethis tilting.A The Source Snipefrom a Portable of Planer The cutterheadassembly rides up and down on four posts in most portable planers.The tilt shownhere is greatlyexaggerated.ARDS wiil banish snioe from boardsthat are all exactlythe samethicknessand pass (photoat themthroughtheplanerone afteranother right). The assembly tilt forward or backwardbecause can there is a smallamount of play betweenit and the posts.. Snipeat the front of a board is produced by the forward tilt of the cutterhead assembly.but never in the middle. it cuts slightlydeeperthan normal. Snipeat the end of a board is produced by a backwardtilt of the cutterheadassembly.Whenthe assembly tilts..(A particularlybad caseis shown here. If your boards are fairly short. will be sniped by the planer.

nextpage). The convenientfold-up infeed and outfeed tables of a portable planer come at a price.nextpage). Planersdon't make wood flat.Theycostabout$30to $40extra.Withoutadequate suction. (corrtirnrcd 1t. D ust C ol l ecti on surfaceon your You must havegood dust collectionto planethe smoothest chipscarriedaroundthe cutterhead be comcan wood. twisted.The cutterheadmay be a few thousandths of an inch off over its full width and make a board unequalin thickness from side to page). 20l All have carrying handles.p!t Tradesnlan dueon thc at"c s Jront Crat'txnart.Youhaveto carefully levelthem with the main bed before t he m ac hine is re a d y to g o .This way you won't haveto lift it up or down. Use a jointer first to fla*en one faceof a board.Portableplanerswork best with v er y s m allbit e s .Whetheryours will be perfect is in the luck of the draw. .lt helpsto gangthem together a bunchand put them throughthe planer of asa group.It'seasier to your planeron the floor and must lift it up onto a workbench that'sthe sameheightasthe workstoreyour planeron a shelfor in a cubbyhole bench. Unfortunately.w hi theheavi estthe R i dgi dTP l 30 084 lbs.It can fill up beforevou know it.For example. portableplaners There's 20-lb.Jointersand planers work hand-in-hand.difference a betweenthe lightestand heaviest (Photo5 and chart. ntrtrhet spr. canuseyour planerto cleanup the edges faceframe you stockthat havebeenripped on the tablesaw. if Weightis an importantconsideration you store for use. fW R1.8'l) J ront in width. some machinescome with a cutterhead that isn't preciselyparallelwith the main bed. A S OM E P LA N E R S R E MU C H H E A V IE R TH A NOTH E R SThel i ght est . Portable planers arent as powerful as their stationarycounterparts..hose. and Editor\Nofc:Nor' ltlcurcr Tho' rvor not rn'ailablc ow tast. l I lt won't be set up right fiom the box.w ei ghsat 62 l bs.You can'thog off l/8 in.checkout thewide rangeof planersizes is chart. and dustcollector a 4-tn. ln order to avoidtrippingyour circuit breaker or overheating the motor.Most manuals describehow to levelthe cutterhead (seechart. ffi t he . is at in le Ma k i ta 2N B . perfect for stowing Lobo awayin a the board in job facedown. Surprised? a common misconception lt's that you can shove a piece of rough lumber into a planer and get a flat board out the other end.What a Portable PlanerCannot Do I lt isn't a jointer. you needto listento the machine it as cuts.lfyou dont but arewellworth it. this Jor PORTABLE PLANERS FOLD UP into a compact package. l t' s a tediousadjustment everymachine. I lt cantt hog off wood.The CT-3l8 is amongthe smallest TP and the Ridgid | 300 is the largest. Both are basic tools if you work with solid wood. checkyour bagoflen. garbageout.l i k e /3 2 i n . on Due to manufacturing differences. (Photo6 and If your storage space tight. if especially you want to savemoneyin the long run by starting with rough lumber. but merelymove it sideways. All the planers tested makea tremendous amountof wood chips. it Like the sayinggoes. in pressed between outfeedroller and the planedboard resulting an indented the That'sparticularlya problemwith soft woodslike pine. Planers havea separator.or bowed board into a planeq y ou' ll get appro x i m a te l y e s a me th shape board out the other end. to makethe secondfaceparallel the to faceyou jointed.from wide boards."garbagein. Usea 650CFM (cubicfoot per minute)or greater we haveoptionaldusthoods." lf you put a cupped. or bruisedsurface. doesnt work that way. A planer's is the planer.

. K . H F.K. E .F. 16x22x13 Yes 18x21x15 Yes 20x26x18 Yes No A. K (800) .L A.-v -si/-!.-u. knives that can be resharpened and a leveraction cutterhead lock. capacity wide assembly rides Cutterhead not onthecase. 18x22x13 A. T Incluoes stano NA Not Available A 4-in.H. A.J. K . F. D . F a U o c) -o U1 L a lrJ F = U --c \z U Iu.L L M N P H i t a c hP 1 2 R i Yes No SER DED (800) 706-7337 (800)4-MAKTTA Easy-to-tighten knives 12-12-in.J.H. L . D . larqe tables head Fixed $360 70 lbs.H. Yes Yes Yes Yes No No SER DED DED SER DER SER DED lndexed DED (8OO)4-DEWALT A features . B . R i d g i d P 1 3 0 0 $400 T Delta 22-540 Tvpe 2 G r i z z lG 1 0 1 7 y 84 lbs. E .K. capacity wide 13-in.\=-e2 Editors' Choice: The Ridgid | 300 is available TP at Home Depot lt's a large machinebut loaded with f well-designedeatures such as a convenient-toreach cutterhead lock.-ul=A\rratFn5tAG _t: \Y_ \Y_i_Lr_ _l?. disposable DER Double_edged.-c U LU E. Best Buy: The Delta 22540 Type 2 is a no-frills planer and can often be found at a discounted price. cnanqe LL v1L Delta22-560 $330 65 lbs. LoboCT-318 19x22x15 N o No No No $360 65 lbs.3 0 0 lbs.P (800) 438-2486 (800) 523-4777 (800) 274-6848 No No No Durable steel constructron Basic model Jet JWP-12-4P $32s 70 lbs. resharpenable Yes N o Fixed head . N 474-3443 Wel l-desiqned Basic model $270 64 lbs.L.M (800) 438-2486 DED DeWaltDW733 $400 8 1 l b s . 4 Posts 79 Makita 2030s2 $1. L Very knife Easy change. J .J. Editors' Choice: The DeWalt DW733 features thick easy-to-readscales.F.E. J . G .M A. American Woodworker APR2ooo TL 87 . J . 21x2Ox2ON o No A. port dust B 2-in. G .o I LU = - o J o F I z V 3 UJ? N5 -X o LU I 33 +O az No U) F LU a LU E. C .dustport on Scale crank parallel bed to cutterhead switch D Paddle-style inmanual longer average isexplained than E Tables of above J Legibilityscale on F Rollers tables average \J Cord toolstorage and K Manual above average for H Adjustment setting (( ))n rllz. E .smallsize for compact storage and indexed knives that are easyto change. 21x21x23 / Editorl Choice !l BestBuv Style of knives: DED Double-edged. o_ No o LU oF lndexed easyknife Compact. 18x20x14 62 lbs. L F LU LU E.J.K Bx2. f. C .L. 16x19x13 No No Very compact (800) 786-s626 (800)4-MAKTTA (800) 44 248-01 M a k i t a 0 1 2 N 8 NA 2 P o w e r m a t i c4 1 No Yes Yes No No legible features A . 16x21x15 $370t 78 lbs. 19x22x14 Yes $900 7 5 l b s . o- Editors' Choice: The Delta 22-560 combinesa cutterheadlock. D .M A. M Well-desioned featuresA . C .

system Dualset $30 $33. :c F E )< a z a lrJ UJ o_ E m 2 tr t! o joinery simple 1f you'relookingfor a thosein a legandrail joint. here's simpleanswer: a beadLOCK. 3/8-in. .x 36-in. tenon (800) 328-0457 ToolsOn Sale. 88 American Woodworker APR2ooo TL Slidethe drill guideto the secondposition and drill two more holes. (800)767-9999 Trendlines.evenfor a beginner.but a twist bit worked fine. the beadLOCKdoesn'tcenteritself on the material. WoodcraftSupply. Isystem. This makes it easyto keepthe bestfaces your project of partslined up.It comescompletewith a setof shimssoyou canoffsetthe matingparts. The parts are joined with inexpensive premolded tenon material available from the manufacturer. You get the best of both worlds. $47 $5. system I l}-in. 36-in.beadLOCK.youcan also use the beadLOCKas a dowelingjig.New and Interesting Shop Stuff EditedGeorgeVondriska by )roduct Better than Dowels? 7 rcviews Set the beadLOCKto your layoutlines. drill guide.50 $0 pre-molded 3/8-in.Thejig's configurationprevents usinga stop collar. clamp it to your work and drill three holes. (800)225-| 153 www. registers it from oneface. Thisjig allowsyou to drill a series overof lapping holesin eachof the mating parts. All you needis a drill. x tenon pre-molded ll}-in.Thewholethitg is prettyfoolproof. Youcanbuy the beadLOCKwith either a 3/8-in. Journeyman I had great success with beadLOCKon faceframesand legand rail assemblies.or ll}-in.Tape on the bit ensures uniform depth. If you wantto stickwith Assembleyour parts with the specialbirch tenon material. a price that'shard to beat.I figureda brad-pointbit would be a must. Unlike a dowelingjig.

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