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October 2014


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  • Miter Saw Acute Angle Jig

    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 I got several cutoffs flying around my head. No more !!! The jig sits on the miter saw bed and is held
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 05-14-2010
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #72

    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 cut 3/8’’ wide by 1/2’’ deep rabbets. Since my rabbets must be 1/2’’
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 04-04-2010
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #70

    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 dry assembly and the verification of all joints of the first door is done. Since they are adjusted
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 03-28-2010
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #68

    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 about the fact that I thought of checking the first groove I made without the featherboard. As you
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 03-25-2010
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #66

    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 for now. Reminder To see the details and photos of all the steps from the begining, click here .
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 03-23-2010
  • Shopmade Clamp & Assembly Worktable

    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 at the drill press. As shown, a 30" X 36" base is made out of 3/4" plywood, which is
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 03-19-2010
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #64

    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 from the workpiece. I start by making a narrow cut to square one end, then I check if it is square
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 03-14-2010
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #62

    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 the bearing should be temporarily removed. It looks like lazyness is gaining on me! As usual, I
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 03-07-2010
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #58

    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 get rid of this disgracious line on the top. I make visual tests to establish the width and the length
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 02-21-2010
  • Adjustable Cutoff Bin

    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 effectively yet being big enough to hold as much wood as possible in a small space. As shown, my
    Posted to bricofleur (Weblog) by bricofleur on 02-18-2010
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