Using a miter gauge without an auxiliary fence is like wearing a pair of trousers without suspenders (or a belt) – you just don’t get the support you need.
And while it’s pretty easy to just screw a piece of wood to the front of your miter gauge, I think it’s worth taking just a [...]
A band saw is a great tool for resawing thick lumber into thinner stock. But because most band saw blades have a tendency to “wander,” controlling a cut can be difficult.
One solution is to use a simple support block, see photo. The nice thing about this block is that it allows you to [...]
The miter gauge that comes with most table saws is fine for crosscutting narrow pieces. But if you try to use it to crosscut a wide panel, you’ll quickly discover how inadequate it is.
It rocks back and forth in the slot or bumps into the edge of the table saw top, making crosscutting [...]
I’ve seen a lot of push blocks or push sticks that are thin and narrow. This allows you to maneuver the push stick between the blade and the rip fence when ripping thin pieces.
But I find that trying to guide a workpiece through a saw with one of these push sticks is a [...]
Gluing up a frame and panel door so it ends up perfectly square can be difficult. The pieces always seem to slip out of square during glue-up.
To prevent this, I built the simple jig shown in the photo below. It provides an accurate reference that makes it easy to square up the door. A [...]
It seems to me that bench hold-fasts are a lot less common these days than they used to be. That’s too bad – they’re really a great way to secure boards to a workbench. But don’t take my word for it. If your bench has holes for bench dogs, you can build one for [...]
Whenever I clamp a wide panel or long board to my workbench on edge for sanding or planing, I need a way to support the other end. So I built this simple bench vise helper, as shown in the photos to the right. It’s easy to make and allows me to support panels up [...]
Whenever I use pipe clamps, I like to place a block of wood between the clamp and my workpiece. This clamping pad helps prevent damaging the surface of the wood. The problem is trying to hold the block in place as you tighten the clamp.
To solve this, I made some magnetic clamp pads. Each [...]
There are times when you just don’t have enough clamps. But don’t worry – you don’t have to blow your budget on new ones. Here’s an easy-to-build clamp that will work great for most projects.
What’s unique about these clamps is how the pressure is applied. Instead of tightening a threaded screw, a wood wedge [...]