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"for the woodworker who needs more shop space."

Lurem is the world leader in design and manufacture of Universal Woodworking Machines with over 35 years experience in building this type of equipment. They are built from casting for reliability, andwill sustain hard and continuous operation. Standard features include tilting arbor saw, jointer. auto feed thickness planer, shaper, horizontal drill mortiser, and sliding carriage for cross cutting and tenoning. Four models available with jointer/planers from 8" to 1 6" wide.

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Copying Lathes

Advanced wood copying lathes for custom turning a wide variety of parts, especially long thin parts such as those required in stair and chair production. An adjustable ball bearing back rest guided directly in front of the cutting tool makes this possible by reducing vibration of the workpiece and the part is completed in one pass. HAPFO lathes, made in Germany, are available in a variety of sizes, 45 to 78 inches between centers, in both manual and automatic operations.

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edited and drawn by Jim Richey

Jointer thicknessing-another design w

Wooden leaf spring

Wooden leaf spring

Spacer strips locate reference plane at proper height.

Spring raises workpiece for thicknessing.

Spring raises workpiece for thicknessing.

The design presented here converts a jointer to a true thickness planer, and it takes just a couple of minutes to make the conversion. On a regular thickness planer, the work is fed between the cutterhead and a flat bed. My method's principle, if you imagine a regular planer turned upside down, is the same: the workpiece is raised by wooden springs and pressed against a rigid overhead reference plane above the cutterhead.

My reference plane is laminated from two pieces of %-in., 9-ply birch plywood. It is held above the cutterhead by an assembly of aluminum spacers, threaded rods tapped into the feed table, and wing nuts. Another necessary component is a flat leaf spring, which presses the workpiece against the reference plane until it begins to ride the outfeed table. I made the spring from two 2%-in. wide, Ya-in. thick strips of oak by steam-bending the last 4 in. of the strips. A simple cleat that hooks onto the end of the jointer table holds the spring in place.

The dimensions of the reference plane are not critical—an 8-in. square is about right for a 6-in. jointer. Wax the underside of the plane to reduce friction. I made the spacer strips by epoxying layers of Ya-in. thick aluminum strips together to form pairs of %-in., %-in., XX-in. and Ya-in. spacers. The spacers are notched so they can slip onto the threaded rods with the reference plane in place.

To use, joint one face of all the pieces you are going to plane. Select spacers equal to the thickest piece plus another XX in. for the spring. Bolt the assembly in place, position the spring, and back the infeed table down until the thickest piece starts to cut. Plane all the pieces at this setting before lowering the infeed table for the next cut. Continue until the final thickness is reached. —JE. Keister, Cincinnati, Ohio

Collet chuck for turning miniatures

Lathe spindle

Lathe spindle

Collet chuck

Collet chuck

Adapter pin



This collet chuck, adapted from a drill-press attachment, is inexpensive but effective for turning miniatures on the lathe. To make the chuck, purchase a drill-press attachment called a col let chuck with heavy collar (Sears part o. 9-24672). The holding collar that fastens the device to the drill press is not needed on the lathe. You'll also need an adapter pin with a male No. 33 Jacobs taper on one end and a Morse taper on the other end to fit your lathe spindle.

Fit the chuck to the lathe, then tighten the collet on a short length of %-in. dowel, and you're ready to turn. A set of bushings that comes with the chuck will let you turn XX-in. and %-in. dowels in addition to the nominal %-in.

—R.E. Hollenbach, Livermore, Calif

Quick tip: I prevent joints from sliding around during glue-up by driving two %-in. brads halfway into one inside face of the joint, then clipping off the heads so about !4> in. protrudes. When the joint is assembled for clamping, the two little spikes bite and hold firm. —David G. Mensing, Tucson, Ariz.

All-wood adjustable shelf bracket

This easy-to-make shelf bracket ensures accuracy because both pairs of shelf-height notches are established with one hole. To make the bracket, clamp two 1x2 strips together and drill a series of holes down the centerline through both strips. The holes will set the spacing between shelf locations. Now rip each 1x2 on its centerline to produce two matching brackets for each end of the shelf unit. Install the brackets in the carcase and cut several %-in. square shelf supports to fit in the notches. Round the ends of the shelf supports to match the half-round notches in the brackets.

—Rollie Johnson, Sauk Rapids, Minn.

Clamping round tabletops revisited

Wedges apply pressure.

Clamp stops to bench.

Clamp stops to bench.

Here's an alternative to Jim Small's clamp-perch idea (FWW #47) for gluing circular tabletops. First place the tabletop on the bench and clamp three stops as shown in the sketch. Place a free-floating 2x4 against the workpiece and drive paired wedges between the clamped and floating 2x4s to apply pres-

Here's an alternative to Jim Small's clamp-perch idea (FWW #47) for gluing circular tabletops. First place the tabletop on the bench and clamp three stops as shown in the sketch. Place a free-floating 2x4 against the workpiece and drive paired wedges between the clamped and floating 2x4s to apply pres-

In 1984 I sold 624 workbenches like this for $449.95. Then the dollar got stronger

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