Shop Tip

Secure it with tape

For increased clamping pressure on the column assembly, wrap it with masking tape. This tape will not stretch or break. You also could try duct tape. Other clamping strategies: Wrap the column with a spiral of surgical tubing or strips cut from an old inner tube.

ripping the bevels

B hiding cutting errors

With blade set slightly over 45°, accumulated error becomes an unsightly gap.

With blade set slightly under 45°, accumulated error is hidden inside column. Visible corners are crisp.

With blade set slightly over 45°, accumulated error becomes an unsightly gap.

B assembling the columns

Bevel-rip one edge of each blank, and then reset fence to out to 2" width; - <-

V>~Notched stick 7 keeps blank snug to fence.

Use pushblock for downward pressure and forward motion.

Masking tape acts as a hinge, letting you roll up the assembly.

q fluting the columns

3 Chuck a 'A" brad-point bit into your drill press, and drill holes through the end caps, where shown on Drawing 5, making sure that the holes are aligned with the grain, where shown.

4 Chuck a %" cove bit into your table-mounted router, and set your fence flush with the bit's bearing. Rout the ends and edges of each of the end caps.

Note: We routed the end caps in several passes, raising the bit slightly between each cut to reduce chip-out. Using a backing board will also minimize chip-out. For safety, guide the stock past the bit with a pushblock.

5 Tap a '/4"-20 T-nut into each of the end caps. See the Shop Tip on the opposite page. for installation suggestions. Then, set these parts aside.

6 Glue and clamp an end cap to each end of each column, as shown on Drawing 6. Remove the clamp when the glue is completely dry.

Z Chuck a 'A" brad-point bit into your portable electric drill. Using the holes in the end cap as guides, drill 9/i6M deep into the column ends. Cut 16 pieces of lA" dowel stock to 13A" long, and glue two into each end of the column assembly. No more than 7/i6M of the dowel should protrude. Cut eight pieces of 'A" dowel stock to l3/ifi" long, and glue two into the bottom of each top end cap, as shown on Drawing 5 and Drawing 10. Again, no more than 7/i6" of the dowel should protrude.

8 Rip and crosscut four pieces of Vi"-thick maple QA" thick would also work) to 2x2" to make blanks for the top caps (C). Rip and crosscut a scrap wood carrier board to 2x2x12". Then, cut the top cap to shape, as shown on Drawing 7. Sand the parts, and then glue and clamp a top cap to each of the four top end caps. Refer to Drawing 5.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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