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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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.
As CNC owners gain experience with their machines there will come a time that they need to cut secondary operations to a part either on the reverse side or on a part after it has been processed elsewhere. Since the CNC Shark has no fixed zero points, this can be tricky. This video shows how it can be done quickly and accurately.
While the video is specific to the Shark, the techniques are valuable on any CNC.
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)
Carbide insert turning tools are great, but how do you know when to change them?
Learn how to determine if your tool's inserts are dull and how to change them out.
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
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.
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.