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  • Multi-Purpose Jig

    by bricofleur     Thursday, April 23, 2009
    I designed and built this jig because I felt it was awkward and hazardous to rout through a workpiece overhanged over the edge of a workbench. I wanted a safe way to rout slots, large holes or patterns on a solid and secure base. I soon found out that...
  • Next Projects: Twin Kitchen Hutches

    by bricofleur     Saturday, April 11, 2009
    In July 2005 American Woodworker magazine issue #115, I saw an article on building this attractive hutch (left). I spontaniously fell in love with it and read the complete article. This hutch was very nice but was far too big for my dinning room. The...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #4 - Two mistakes, one after the other

    by bricofleur     Saturday, May 30, 2009
    Two mistakes, one after the other. When I cut the shelves for the base cabinets of the hutches, I omitted the sub-top shelf on which the top shelf will be screwed on. Since I didn’t have enough material, I had to make a supplementary glue-up with...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #3

    by bricofleur     Wednesday, May 13, 2009
    My project, building two kitchen hutches for my dinning room, is coming along well. As you can see on this picture, a dry assembly has been done, screw holes have been predrilled and all joints have been checked. I've started to post every steps and...
  • Making a Router Pattern Guide

    by bricofleur     Sunday, May 17, 2009
    When building the base of my twin hutches I had to cut four identical decorative cutouts. Since I had four identical cuts to make, it was worthed to build a pattern guide to ease the operation and make it quick and accurate. Using such pattern guide with...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #20

    by bricofleur     Sunday, August 16, 2009
    I have two options to make the beadboard panels that will fill the inside of the lower cupboard doors : The router outfitted with an appropriate bit or the tablesaw with a molding head cutter. For the first test with the router, this is the router bit...
  • Old BBQ Cart Into a Shop Cart

    by bricofleur     Sunday, September 6, 2009
    Instead of throwing away my old BBQ cart, I made good use of it. As shown on the picture, I built a cabinet out of 3/4" MDF to stabilize the flimsy frame of the BBQ stand, added three shelves and installed this small router table, which is dedicated...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #72

    by bricofleur     Sunday, April 4, 2010
    To make the rabbets on which the glasses of the upper doors will rest on, I’ll be using this rabbeting bit. The bearing will follow the lower shoulder of the groove while the cutters will cut the upper shoulder to form the rabbets. Standard bits...
  • 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...
  • Relocating the Radial Arm Saw

    by bricofleur     Wednesday, June 24, 2009
    Old RAS location. Testing the new location for comfort. Since I couldn’t lift it, I raised the RAS by rocking it, one side after the other, on 2 X 10s until even with the counter top. And yes, I locked the wheels of the mobile base ! Then I pushed...
  • 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...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #26

    by bricofleur     Monday, September 14, 2009
    This is the final step, installing decorative cove moldings under the top shelves. A thin bead of glue is enough and will prevent glue squeeze out. I drive few pin nails to hold the moldings while the glue set. Finally, here are the two completed hutches...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #22

    by bricofleur     Sunday, August 23, 2009
    Finally it’s time for the glue-up. The pieces rest on a heavy piece of raw cardboard to prevent any mess on my workbench. Everything is at arm’s reach for this fast glue-up; clamps, workpieces, glue, brush, panels. When the temperature is...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #24

    by bricofleur     Saturday, September 5, 2009
    To mill the profile on the edges of the top shelves, I installed a 3/8’’ radius round over bit in the router table. The bearing was not used, only the fence guided the workpieces. After making the usual tests, here are the completed edges...
  • Router Table Angled Dado Jig

    by bricofleur     Thursday, May 21, 2009
    Milling angled dadoes, angled sliding dovetails and angled rabbets have always been a challenge. I use these joints when building ladder bookcases, louvers, railings and several decorative elements. This sled is perfect to mill 90° dovetailed dadoes...