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  • Miter Saw Acute Angle Jig

    by bricofleur     Friday, May 14, 2010
    I’ve been thinking about making this jig for years. Since nice weather has arrived I have to make a picket fence. All slats will end to a sharp point, meaning I have to cut them at an acute angle. I used to do that on the tablesaw but each time...
  • Shopmade Clamp & Assembly Worktable

    by bricofleur     Friday, March 19, 2010
    I came up with this very unique and satisfying version of a clamp worktable, made right here in my shop, using material from my sheet goods scrap pile. I designed it so I could use my collection of ordinary and fast action vise clamps meant to be used...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #52

    by bricofleur     Sunday, January 24, 2010
    To proceed gluing the face frames, I raise the casings on these shopmade I-beams. Doing so, I’ll be able to slip the clamps under the casings. I spread a moderate amount of glue and insert the biscuits. As shown, I proceed with one hutch at a time...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #44

    by bricofleur     Wednesday, December 16, 2009
    I install this shopmade support on my workbench to raise the face frames to be cut. I use the jigsaw with a coarse blade to cut the curves on the lower part of the face frames. The blade stays away from the line. The router will complete the cut. This...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #42

    by bricofleur     Saturday, December 5, 2009
    All the face frame pieces being cut, I temporarely stabilize them with a clamp. Now I clamp the pattern guide I made earlier and I draw all the decorative curves on the lower rail. Here are the carefully located biscuit marks for the lower rail. Hese...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #40

    by bricofleur     Saturday, November 28, 2009
    After drawing the center line, I trace on a piece of hardboard each half from the paper pattern I made earlier. Here is the result. Note that an optical illusion from the camera shows the bottom of the lines curved towards the inside. I’m making...
  • Blind Nailing/Screwing Jigs or Workshop Tongs

    by bricofleur     Thursday, September 17, 2009
    How many mistakes are made and how much time is spent taking mesurements to locate exactly where to drive nails or screws, or drill a hole from behind ? For a shelf, a bracket, a door pull, a bookcase, a stud division in an open drywall, etc ? No more...