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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 #27

    by bricofleur     Thursday, October 8, 2009
    Here I am starting the fabrication of the upper parts of the kitchen hutches. I cut the uprights to their approximate length at the radial arm saw. It would be hazardous to cut such long pieces (8’) at the tablesaw. The radial arm saw is the ideal...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • No More Tipping Trim Router

    by bricofleur     Monday, July 27, 2009
    Trim routers are great tools, but the base is so narrow that they have the tendancy to tip over when milling edges. While one hand holds the router itself and steers, there is not much room to grab the tool with the other hand to hold it flat. And when...
  • 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...
  • Random Orbit Buffer

    by bricofleur     Saturday, April 4, 2009
    To prevent rust from eating my tool surfaces and to get slipery pathways, I knew I had to apply paste wax regularly. What a chore! To ease the operation on my arms and elbows, and to make it quicker, I found this clever idea that facilitate the process...