Working with Melamine Particle Board

Furniture is what I primarily make, and I think that solid wood is the best choice of materials.  No two pieces are identical, and its consistent nature lends itself well to carving - there is no risk of cutting through one layer into another creating an ugly seam. But solid wood is not always the … Continue reading Working with Melamine Particle Board

More Adjustments on the Sliding Table Saw

Yesterday, I continued setting up my saw. First, I had a 7' power cord installed. With power to the saw, I performed the test run, ensuring that the saw started and ran smoothly in the right direction and stopped, and checking that the three off switches worked. There is one mushroom off switch under the … Continue reading More Adjustments on the Sliding Table Saw

Moving & Assembly of the Sliding Table Saw

Well, yesterday I had a chance to move my saw down to the shop. The weather had warmed up enough to dry up the ground sufficiently to allow the 5" diameter casters of my mobile base to roll over the grass. I spent an hour building a ramp over the stairs leading down to my … Continue reading Moving & Assembly of the Sliding Table Saw

My New Sliding Table Saw

I've been gradually learning more and more about sliding table saws over the past few years, and finally, a couple weeks ago, I made the decision and ordered one.It's been a bit of a drawn-out process, but yesterday my new saw was delivered into my garage. I uncrated the saw, took a measurement of the … Continue reading My New Sliding Table Saw

Lap Joints

The core of a torsion box is a grid made up of many thin strips of wood.  For my shelves, those strips are 1/2"x3/4".  I machined the strips for the core using my table saw and thickness planer to ensure they were dimensioned uniformly.  Then I moved to my tablesaw to cut the half lap … Continue reading Lap Joints

Finger Joints

For some reason, I have never experimented with finger joints. But recently, while playing with the dovetail saws at one of the woodworking shows, I found myself addicted to cutting them. Here's one of the better joints I cut: While quite time consuming to cut by hand, they are relatively quick to do by machine … Continue reading Finger Joints