Thirty years ago, every serious woodshop had a shaper to cut complicated contours onto solid wood stock. Now router tables and router bits have replaced shapers in many shops. Large bits and better routers have led the way in this workshop trend.
This desk was inspired by an Arts & Crafts original, but it’s been upsized and updated.
Mortiser chisels cut better if you use a spacer to create a gap between the chisel and the internal drill bit. A dime’s thickness is about the right amount of gap, but for me it would often drop off as I installed the chisel and tightened things up. Instead of using a dime, I cut a piece of thin kitchen magnet to “stick” between the collar and chisel for a spacer. After use, I just stick the magnet to the mortiser until next time. No more dropping those dimes!
I sharpen my hand tools with sandpaper, but instead of using an expensive plate glass base, I’ve found a thriftier substitute: ground and polished marble or granite floor tile. You can buy it at any home center. Glue the tile to an oversized piece of Masonite, plywood or MDF. This backer stiffens the tile and protects the edges. I drilled a hole in mine for hanging it up when I finish my sharpening sessions.
A two-in-one board for playing mancala or cribbage, with slide-out storage for all the game pieces.
When students start back to school in the fall, the teachers usually take at least a bit of time to review what was previously learned. It can be a worthwhile endeavor, especially if you can clear up any questions. That’s what we’ve tried to do this time out, with some questions focused on the topics of previously published finishing columns.