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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...
  • 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...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #70

    by bricofleur     Sunday, March 28, 2010
    All the rails being cut, now let’s fine tune them. I fine tune each tenon with this small shopmade tool that I call Poor Man Shoulder Plane. To learn more about this tool, clic here . The expected result is a joint that dry, supports itself. The...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #68

    by bricofleur     Thursday, March 25, 2010
    After making the groove on the first rail I think about adding a featherboard to keep workpieces against the rip fence to obtain consistency on the grooves and the shoulders. Here are the completed on the four rails and the four stiles. I’m glad...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #66

    by bricofleur     Tuesday, March 23, 2010
    This is a first sanding session of the rails and the stiles. At this step I can make it easier by clamping them. As shown, I align them with a mallet and a block of wood. The pad prevents from any slipping and I sand using 100-grit to 150-grit sandpaper...
  • 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 #64

    by bricofleur     Sunday, March 14, 2010
    Finally, the construction of the hutch’s glass doors. To cut long boards on a tablesaw, the panel cutter is the safest. And if it’s well made, the cut wil be very precise and square. The blade must be raised so one full tooth will protrude...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #62

    by bricofleur     Sunday, March 7, 2010
    One last molding to mill. I install this ogee bit in the router table and I align the fence barely in front of the bearing. Used in the router table, the bearing should not touch the workpiece. Since the expected life of bearings counts in hours, ideally...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #58

    by bricofleur     Sunday, February 21, 2010
    Now let’s mill the edges of the top shelves. I install a 3/8’’ roundover bit in the router table. As usual, I proceed with test cuts. If you look closely on the photo you will see that I must readjust the height of the router bit to...
  • Adjustable Cutoff Bin

    by bricofleur     Thursday, February 18, 2010
    I've been thinking of building a cutoff bin for a long time and I came up with a version that offers more flexibility from what I saw up to now. Since my scrap pile is in constant evolution, I wanted to have a bin that would help organize the cutoffs...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #56

    by bricofleur     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    I roughly cut the top shelves of the hutches. I’m ripping strips to make the moldings to fill the underside of the top shelves. To stay on the safe side for the router table, I rip them wider than required. I install a 1/2’’ roundover...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #54

    by bricofleur     Sunday, January 31, 2010
    To give a decorative touch, I’m installing on the router a flush trim bit which has a fine V tip. I align the V tip with the joint between the uprights and the face frame. The bearing riding against the uprights will assure uniformity. To prevent...
  • 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 #50

    by bricofleur     Sunday, January 10, 2010
    I install the face frames on the upper hutches to mark for the biscuits. To do so, I use a block of wood to align the lower ends. I’m using bar clamps to temporarily set the face frames and get a small T-square and a pencil. At each 8-10 inches...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #48

    by bricofleur     Sunday, December 27, 2009
    The final sanding is made by hand, particularly the rounded edges, that I sand with 500 grit sandpaper. You should feel the smoothness of the edges. This is very nice wear simulation. It looks like I’m wearing sawdust gloves! Finally, the face frames...
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