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.
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.
This walnut bookcase is traditional — right down to its joinery. But, our author added a twist or two that makes the whole thing easier to put together.
This article, “Skew Chisel Primer,” by Keith Tompkins, is from the pages of American Woodturner and is brought to you by the America Association of Woodturners (AAW) in partnership with Woodworker’s Journal.
One of the best ways to warm up the color of walnut wood that looks a little too grey is to apply orange dye stain. Learn how to mix dye stain, make test samples, and then apply the stain to your project.
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?
Open the drawer and the tambour top retracts, adding a “wow” factor to a handily sized storage box.