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.
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I've shown you how to laminate thin strips into bent-wood parts, but these thin strips are liable to crack in tight bends. You can pre-bend the stack BEFORE gluing to greatly improve your results.
In a previous video I showed you how to make cross band mahogany inlay banding, now you can learn to make a more complex geometric design using common shop tools.
The field is made of Walnut and Maple, but any starkly contrasting woods will work.
Since many folks have asked, the outer face veneers are inexpensive dyed veneers from Constantine's
Fragile parts like inlay borders require a different approach for mitering. I like using a sanding disk in my table saw. I could use my miter gauge, but a simple sled produced perfect miters every time with no test cuts.
Crossband inlay is a staple of furniture decoration. You can buy it pre-made, but it is simple and easy to make your own to fit the exact size and style you need.
Getting clean, professional looking joints on inside corners with base, chair and crown moldings does not require exotic tools or jigs. With a simple coping saw and a bit of practice, you can get great results every time.
Previously I showed you how to form bent parts from thin laminations using a two-sided form and a single-sided form, relying on clamps to hold the shape. In this video, I show you how to form your stock using a vacuum press. Vacuum pressing has the advantage of applying even pressure across the entire part eliminating voids and pressure points.
Roarockit press system (as shown in the video)
Part 2 of 3, this video shows how to laminate bent wood parts on a form as well as the easiest and fastest way to edge the finished part and mill it to width.
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
Clamping thin strips between forms can create bent wood pieces with tight radii and reversing curves.
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.
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.
Crosscutting small parts at the tablesaw does not HAVE to be a risk to your fingers. I show you how to use Rockler's Auto Lock Clamps to create a clamp to hold these small parts safely.
Auto Lock Clamp