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  • Featured Woodworking Bloggers from around the U.S. and the World

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 14, 2000
    Joe Zeh Visit Joe's Blog Brad Holden Visit Brad's Blog John Lavine California Interests: Art furniture, design, writing, teaching Visit John's Blog Yoav S. Liberman Cambridge MA to Israel Interests: New furniture from old, tools, design and...
  • 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 #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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Upgraded Mitersaw Station - Times 3 - Times 16

    by bricofleur     Thursday, May 7, 2009
    This is how I have upgraded my mitersaw station. Made out of 3/4"-thick MDF, this 16 drawers 8'-long X 18"-deep X 8"-high nest raise up the station at a confortable height for my 6' tall person, providing at the same time plenty...
  • Storage Chest

    by bricofleur     Saturday, March 28, 2009
    Finally the storage chest I started in November is completed and was delivered this morning to my youngest daughter for her 30 th birthday. She was very happy. If you want to see the whole process of building it, from scratch to finishing, including tips...
  • Deck Privacy Screens

    by bricofleur     Tuesday, June 2, 2009
    I just completed this last project, mobile privacy screens. Made out of pressure treated wood, they are 53’’-long and 43’’-high. I wanted them to be stable yet light, reason why I built-up the end posts using 2X6 to sandwich the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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