Information and Answers for Woodworkers
There are always new people taking up woodworking, and sometimes they need a bit of help getting up to speed on some techniques and equipment.
I hope that these video tutorials are a useful way to aquire some of these skills. Please feel free to link this page and share these tutorials!
In the third of my series on bending wood, we look at Steam Bending.
Steam Bending does not have to be intimidating! Learn the basics with these simple pieces and you'll be able to move on to more involved projects.
Rockler's Steam Bending Kit
A short slide presentation showing how to make simple Oven Sticks using your CNC Shark or other small shop CNC.
Download the DXF file
Download the VCarve Pro file
Download the .tap file for the CNC Shark
Download the Template for making one the old fashioned way
Clamping thin strips between forms can create bent wood pieces with tight radii and reversing curves.
A quick and easy gift to make for the cooks in your life. Click the links below to get the VCarve Pro file for your CNC Shark, a DXF file to import into ANY CAD/CAM software, or even dimensioned drawing and templates to make a few the "old fashioned" way!
VCarve Pro File
Drawing and Templates
Rockler CNC Shark
Cutting a series of kerfs in the back of a board allows you to form it around curves. Watch and learn this easy technique for bending solid stock and plywood.
With the right set. up, blade and technique, most plastics can be properly cut on your table saw. Learn the tricks I discovered through years of plastics work.
A simple and fast method for drilling the long axis of parts such as pen blanks without using specialized equipment.
Wooden Screw Clamps
Using the rip fence and miter gauge for cross cutting is never safe. But a simple stop block can allow you to make safe and accurate cross cuts on your table saw using the rip fence to set the cut.
Learn how and when to expand your router's capacity with a collet extension.
Keeping the joints aligned when gluing up thin panels can be tricky. Using a "V" Edgebanding set provides alignment and greater glue surface.
Some parts can be difficult or unsafe to rout using a normal template. Making a Template Sled adds to accuracy and safety.
Learn to safely and accurately mill small parts with your router.
The Start Pin is a fast and simple way to add control and safety to your router table when using a bearing bit.
This short video is the first in a series on getting better results from your router table.
Get great edgebanding results using the router table.