Making a Simple Arc-drawing Jig

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Bending a batten is one way to draw arcs of various curves, but here’s another method I find even easier to use. Just fasten two long, thin scraps together with a bolt and lock knob to form an adjustable angle, similar to a giant bevel gauge. Once you’ve determined the span of the arc you need and its height, nail a brad at each end of the span and mark the arc’s height at its centerpoint. Read more

Router Guide Bushing Organizer

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I’ve discovered that an inexpensive plastic cutlery tray is a tidy way to organize my collection of router guide bushings. Strips of 3/4″ stock cut to size and counterbored with a 1-1/4″ Forstner bit are perfect holders for all different sizes of guide bushings. The tray’s end compartment is also handy for keeping collets and wrenches. I store the locking rings for the guide bushings on end behind the bushing holders so they’re easy to grab. Read more

Using Shellac Inside and Outside of a Project?

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I am planning on using shellac on cherry wood (not curly) in the near future. I will use a “clear/bleached” shellac, and I want to preserve as much of the natural look of the new cherry as possible. I will let it age on its own. Should I worry about blotching, or are there any other things that I should be concerned with for this combination of wood and finish? Read more