ShopNotes #65 2002-09-01

September 2002
Issue 65

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Table of Contents

Readers' Tips4

Shop-tested tips to solve common woodworking problems.

Adjustable V-Block System6

You've never seen a jig that looks -- or works -- like this one. This is more than just a V-block. It's a whole drill press system. With it, you'll be able to drill accurate holes in anything from simple dowels to irregular-shaped objects.

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  • Adjustable V-Block System
    If you’ve ever tried to drill a hole in a dowel or odd-shaped object (like a turned leg), you probably know how frustrating a job it can be. It’s a real challenge to hold these kinds of workpieces steady and accurately on the flat table of a drill press. And it’s even trickier if you have to drill an angled hole. Usually, I wind up cobbling together some jury-rigged device to support the workpiece in question. But since building this adjustable V-block system, that’s no longer a problem.

Shooting Board12

Need to "tweak" a mitered joint or plane the end of a workpiece perfectly square? With this shop-made shooting board, you can slice razor-thin shavings for a perfect fit.

Using a Shooting Board16

Using a shooting board starts with setting it up for your hand plane. Then get the most out of it with a few handy tips and techniques that will work with any shooting board.

Heavy-Duty Workbench18

This heavy-duty workbench incorporates easy-to-build features with up-to-date materials and hardware. With its rock-solid construction and two handy vises, this bench can handle just about anything you can throw at it.

  • Page 24: Figure 11
    The depth of the dado shown as 3/8" should be 9/16".
  • Page 27: Figure 16
    Drawing indicates a 1 1/8" diameter hole in piece Q - Twin-Screw Face Block but it should be 1 1/2".

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  • Heavy-Duty Workbench
    A great workbench needs to have a couple important qualities. First, it has to be solidly built. You don’t want it sliding or moving around as you work. Second, it has to offer options for clamping a workpiece securely in place. This way, you don’t have to worry about the workpiece shifting as you rout, sand, or cut. This workbench meets all these requirements — and more.

Edge-Sanding Block30

There's no doubt sanding is a hassle -- especially when it comes to plywood edging. Our adjustable, edge-sanding block makes sanding less of a chore and more accurate.

Shop Talk32

When it comes to hand planes, it's hard to know exactly what you need. In this issue, learn about some basic planes and what they are used for.

Tool Chest34

Here's a look at a couple products that are designed to make your woodworking safer and more enjoyable.

Scenes from the Shop36