The Side Frames

Once all of the pieces were cut to width and length, I started to work on the two side frames. Both of these frames consist of two legs (A), one arm (B), and one middle stretcher (C). joinery. The first step is to cut a half lap on both ends of the arms and stretchers, and on the top end of each leg. Then another half lap (which in this case is called a cross lap), is cut near the bottom of each leg. The only thing that sets this joint apart from all the others is that it's cut 3V2 from the...

Mount Support System

Now the seat support assembly can be mounted to the side frames. This assembly is mounted at an angle to make the chair more comfortable. After a few test sits I decided on an angle of 6 . This angle gives the feeling of sitting in the chair rather than just on it. To mount the support system, first locate the position of the pilot holes for the lag screws. The Vs pilot holes on the front legs are located down from the bottom edge of the arm and W from the inside edge of the leg, see Fig. 10....

Plus A Shop Test On Carbidetip Saw Blades

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Threaded Inserts

The threaded (rosan) inserts used to attach the legs on the picnic table in this issue may be available at your local hardware store but if not, you can buy them from Woodcraft Supply Corporation kl Atlantic Avenue Woburn, MA 01888 Telephone 1-800-225-1153 In Massachusetts 617-935-5860 By ordering part number 12K51-FT, you'll get a package of 25 inserts which are Vz long, require a y* pilot hole, and accept a W20 threaded bolt. Price per 25 is 9.95. The Sears blades tested in this issue are...

Summertime Sittin

Building a chair for outdoor use especially one that's built entirely of wood has two essential requirements. First, it must adhere to the mailman's creed resisting the ravages of mud, rain, sleet, hail, and snow. And second, it can't have any splinters. To meet the first requirement, the chair shown here is built with redwood and cedar. Both of these woods are weather resistant. However, they're also prone to splintering. So all edges are rounded over and sanded smooth to prevent any hangups....

Crosscut Blades

The crosscut blades I tested included a Sears 72-tooth ATB blade and a Freud 60-tooth Triple Chip blade. When crosscutting hardwood, the ATB profile on the Sears blade produced a fair amount of chipout on the top face of the piece, and a very large amount on the back edge. The Triple Chip profile of the Freud blade also produced a small amount of chipping on the top face, but there was nowhere near the amount of chipout on the back edge compared to the Sears blade. As far as the quality of the...

Quality Variations

Brazing Pore

Once you've decided to take the plunge and buy a carbide-tipped blade, the first thing you're faced with is determining the general quality of the blade . . . while it's sitting on a store shelf. Although many of the quality controls taken during the manufacturing process can't be seen, luckily there are a few tell-tale signs that indicate the level of workmanship. the plate. When a saw blade is bom, it starts out as a circular piece of very soft steel. This steel plate is hardened by tem...

Fooling Mother Nature

If I lived in a place where the sun never shone and it was dry and there were no insects, I wouldn't have had to think any more about protecting my outdoor furniture. However, most of us don't thank goodness live in places like that so we're faced with the task of fooling Mother Nature. Because the sun fades all woods including those with natural resistance to weather I wanted to add some color back to the wood which meant using a stain. Then I wanted to keep the water away from the wood that...