ShopNotes #33 1997-05-01

May 1997
Issue 33

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Table of Contents

Readers' Tips4

Our readers offer their own shop-tested tips to common woodworking problems. Plus three quick tips.

Adjustable Taper Jig6

Three jigs in one. That's what you get when you build this adjustable taper jig for your table saw. Use it to make long, angled cuts on a workpiece, cut perfectly consistent tapers, or rip a straight edge on rough-sawn lumber.

  • Page 7: Figure 2
    Drawing indicates using 1/4" x 3/4" flathead machine screws, but you should use 1" long instead.
  • Page 8: Hardware list
    3 corrections. 1. List indicates you use 1/4" x 3/4" Fh machine screws but it should say 1/4" x 1" Fh machine screws. 2. List indicates you need eight 5/16" washers, but it should be nine. 3. The list says you need a #8 x 1 1/4" Fh woodscrew, but you should use a #8 x 1 3/4" one instead.
  • Page 8: Figure 3
    For pieces E - Rail and F - Block, drawing indicates the pieces are 3/4" thick but they should be 1/2" thick.
  • Page 8: Figure 3, detail b
    The note on the drawing should read: "Note: To accept T-nuts, drill 1/8"-deep counterbores and 5/16"-dia. shank holes."
  • Page 8: Figure 3
    To be able to taper a leg smaller than 1 1/4" at the bottom end, you can make the slots larger than 1 3/8" long. If you increase the slot size to 1 3/4", note that the distance between the slots changes to 3 3/8"
  • Page 9: Figure 5
    Clarification on the drawing. The riser block (I) should be shown as longer than it is wide. As originally printed, the piece appears to be square.

Folding Table10

The legs of this table fold up for storage. And the plastic laminate top is durable and easy to clean. Combine all that with the warm look of cherry, and this folding table is as good-looking as it is practical.

Tool Talk14

Our mailbox is overflowing with questions about buying and maintaining tools. We answer six of them here.

Plate Joiner Table16

This shop-built table converts your hand-held plate joiner into a benchtop tool. Adjusting a sliding table up or down makes it easy to locate the slot for the biscuit. And a unique, foot-operated plunge mechanism lets you cut the slot without having to clamp the workpiece.

  • Page 24: Hardware
    List indicates you need 54 #8 x 1 1/4" Fh sheet metal screws but you really need 58.

Plate Joiners26

ShopNotes tests five popular plate joiners and offers practical suggestions on the best one to buy.

Shop Solutions30

A collection of four great tips from the guys in our shop that will come in handy for the projects in this issue.

New Products31

Here's a quick look at three new products that we've been using in our own shop.

Scenes from the Shop32