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Router bits, 1/4″ or 1/2″ shanks?

A ¬†few years ago when I was really getting serious about woodworking and building out my shop, I was mystified about router bits. Not only do they come in many different profiles, lengths, and radiuses, but most were available in 1/4″ and 1/2″ shank diameters. After using routers and just recently completing a large router…

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Leather and wood

Here’s a photo of some leather work I did on the portable altar. The leather is a Lattigo leather, very thick, so I had to compress the leather for the post to have enough clearance to set the snaps. The bottom is fixed, I used Loktite to prevent the screw from coming loose during use….

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Mistakes can lead to better design

Mistakes happen on every project. They can be disheartening on occasion where you can’t recover, but I look at them as opportunities for better design. Here’s an example. I discovered an unforeseen problem while working on a prototype portable altar. The top portion tilts up allowing you to open the wings on the altar below,…

Techniques

Blotchy stain

When your stain is blotchy, for whatever reason, in most cases you can blend it in by hand sanding with 600 grit sandpaper before you apply the next coat. I use Abranet brand 600 grit. Does not clog easily and works great.

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Push piece, not the miter gauge

When I have to cut a long¬†board on my table saw, I’ve had difficulty in the past pushing it through the cut without it twisting a couple of degrees one way or the other as it travels. It doesn’t matter if I’m using a miter gauge or my sled. This usually happens when I’m feeding…

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Protecting inlay from stain

I remember a while back about how I was puzzled on how period furniture had parts of the inlay that were NOT stained dark, while the rest of the inlay and the furniture itself appeared to have a dark stain. How was that done? After some investigation on the internet and asking around, the answer…

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Flush trim band saw jig

Ever have to trim 1/16″ or 1/8″ from end grain but the piece won’t fit your shooting board, and the table saw is out of the question? I had this problem on the morning bar doors below where I had to flush trim the ends of the book matched ash (unstained in the photo). So…

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