Cutting And Rabbeting Small Pieces

Cutting small pieces on a radial arm saw requires a slightly different approach than was used on the table saw (previous page). Although a stop block (or end block) can be used on a table saw for setting the length for cutting off small pieces, this is not a good practice on a radial arm saw. As shown in Fig. 1, we use only a pencil line on the fence to gauge the length of the cut-off. If a stop block were clamped to the fence, the small piece could easily be caught by the blade, especially...

Building The

All dimensions shown in the Materials List are based on using V plywood for the drawer bottoms and sides, and the shelves. The Cutting Diagram shows the layout for building the basic unit with 18 small drawers and 6 double-wide drawers. It doesn't include the option of adding the longer sides for the tool bar as shown in the photo. Note The box shown in the foreground of the photo is a fancier version made of V-i maple for the box. Vh birch plywood for the shelves. V Masonite for the drawer...

Gluing And Clamping

The boards have been chosen for grain and color, the edges are cut square, and I'm ready to glue them together. Again . . . patience. I get everything ready, just as if I were going to apply the glue and clamp them up. Then I set the glue aside. But I go ahead and clamp the boards together a dry run to check things out. When clamping. I use pipe clamps bar clamps tend to bend too much . You need enough clamps so they're spaced no more than 6 to 8 apart. Also, they should be alternated, one on...

Slot Vs Square Mortise

Those of you who have been reading Woodsmith for awhile, have probably noticed that we've given quite a bit of coverage to the mortise and tenon. This all started in Woodsmith Number Eight when we presented a fairly wide overview of the mortise and tenon joint and how it's cut. Since then we've tried to show a number of variations of the mortise and tenon and their applications. In almost every instance, we've shown this joint with a slot mortise. A slot mortise has rounded ends, and the tenon...