For several reasons, laminations are almost a completely different type of glue-up when you compare them with all of the other joinery glue-up scenarios. First, the total surface coverage is significantly greater than a mortise and tenon, panel glue-up and even a case of dovetails. Covering a larger area with glue takes more time to apply evenly. With this additional time, you begin to eat into your open working time – or the time you have before things start to dry. Second, the greater volume of glue coverage tends to slip and slide around during clamp-up, making proper alignment tricky. … Read More »
Typically this can be a pretty glaring error no matter how well you can patch or hide the mistake. This is exactly what happened to me this weekend while I was marking out the mortise for my split-top Roubo leg glide vise. The glide rail is mortised from behind and then secured with some pegs from one side. The front of it remains exposed on the front of the bench for all to see. Unfortunately, that’s the side that received the first several plunges of my bench-top mortiser. D’oh!
My stomach sank. I only have so much of the Niangon wood … Read More »
I’ve built a few projects with my kids in the past – mostly toys and tiny houses. Their level of involvement has always been a challenge due to their somewhat short attention spans. A good “beginner’s” woodworking project for kids allows you the instructor to offer a number of different tasks and skills to the assembly, while still being easy enough to see tangible results along the way. This is where I’ve struggled in the past, finding the right combination of those attributes.
Little did I know, the answer was right under my nose: Popular Woodworking’s “I can do that” articles. … Read More »