Gluing up the spindles and crest rail

Set the seat face-up on a work surface, then spread glue on the ends of the spindles and in the holes in the seat and the crest rail. Fit the spindles into the seat, tapping each one into final position with a dead-blow hammer (above). Once all the spindles are in place, fit the rail on top and tap it into position. For additional reinforcement, you can peg the joints between the spindle and the seat and rail at each end of the bench. Drill the peg holes into the spindles through the back edge of the seat and the outside face of the rail, following the procedure explained on page 110.

SHOP TIP

Tapering the crest rail on a planer

If you wish to taper the crest rail of the bench so the top edge is narrower than the bottom, use a thickness pianerand a shop-made jig. For the jig, tack two wood strips to a board that is longer and wider than the rail. One of the strips should be twice as thick as the other, and the gap between them should be about 1 inch less than the width of the rail. Clamp the jig to the planer table so the board and the strips extend from each side of the machine by several inches. Now turn on the planer and make a pass through the machine with the bottom edge of the rail flush against the thicker strip and the top edge propped up on the thinner strip. Make as many passes as necessary to achieve the desired taper. Then turn the rail over and repeat the process, this time with the rail's bottom edge butted against the thinner strip, as shown above.

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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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