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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When I recently mounted my PC 890 router in a new router table, I could not find the height adjust handle that PC sells for it. But it turns out that the pins for the lock and the height adjust screw are actually 3/16" allen wrench size and shape! So spending less than $10.00 at the hardware store and 30 minutes in my shop, I have a fully functional handle and you can too.
Safely and cleanly ripping small moldings requires thoughtful set up and the right tools. I show you how to configure the GRR-RIPPER GR-200 to efficiently cut a 3/8 by 1/4 inch molding I needed for a recent project.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.