Palm Sanders Revisited

1 read your article in Wood smith No. 3Son palm sanders and would like to make a few comments. The most disappointing thing about your article is that you say nothing about how the sanders sand and this is a disservice to your readers. The Porter-Cable has a flexible rubber coupling that alloivs the sander to go in a An random orbit that never repeats itself which results in a swirl free finish. The problem with my Makita is that it uses a steel pin, which creates a circular motion and results...

Replace Drawer Front With Scrap

As for the drawer bottoms, I made them out of Yi hardwood plywood. The only problem here is that hardwood plywood is almost never a full Vt thick, it's almost always a little on the shy side. This means the groove for the drawer bottom has to be custom cut. CUT GROOVE. I cut the gi'oove Oil a table saw, sneaking up on the width of the cut, until it matched the actual thickness of the plywood. This usually takes two passes with a Vs'-thieksaw blade. (I usea Freud LM72M...

The Details For Drawer Construction

Drawer Construction Plans

The drawers used on the cheat and the night stand shown in this issue are a little out of the ordinary. We wanted to keep the design clean and simple . . , yet we also wanted to build drawers that were interesting from a woodworking standpoint. To make them interesting, we decided to have absolutely clean drawer fronts not even any drawer pulls. Instead, the lower edge of the drawer front has a concealed cove which is used to open the drawer. This feature had to be taken into consideration for...

Scrap Wood Corner Clamps

Wood Corner Clamps

Not too long ago, I had to make a large number of Lazy Susan shelves. Everything went together just fine until I realized I was producing a mountain of cut-off corners that were taking over my shop. I hated the thought of feeding all those cut offs into my wood heater, so I decided to come up with some way to use the scraps. Finally, I came on the idea of combining the corner cut-offs with two C-clamps to form a corner clamp. The corner clamps can be used to square up case work, or to just...

The Edging Strips

Now the solid-wood edging strips can be added to the front and back edges of the plywood sides. All of these strips are cut from 5 4 stock l' W thick actual . back edging. The back edging strips C , are ripped to width so they're just slightly Vie wider than the thickness of the plywood sides, see Cross Section in Fig. 1. This extra width provides just enough material so the surface of the strips can be planed and sanded down perfectly flush with the plywood. Then these strips are cut to length...

Pliant Wood Veneer

Throughout the articles on the chest, the night stand, and the headboard, I mentioned using hardwood plywood to build the projects. That's not entirely accurate. When we originally designed these projects, wre intended to build them out of oak, then at the last minute, we decided to use Honduras Mahogany instead. The only problem is that Honduras Mahogany is not available as plywood. So, what we had to do was make our own plywood using flexible veneer and...