How to Handle Small Parts Without Losing any Fingers
Sizing small parts can be very dangerous with power tools. Ripping or cutting up a box side on the tablesaw could get your fingers uncomfortably close to the blade. It’s also hard to keep a firm hold on small workpieces.
That’s why Matt Kenney likes to use a combination of jigs and hand tools. He’s found that the safest, fastest, and most precise way to make and fit small parts is using a backsaw, hand plane, planing stop, saw hook, and shooting board.
Matt wrote about this technique in an article in the latest issue of Fine Woodworking. He also demonstrated his methods in a box-making video workshop that we published in March. Watch an excerpt from the series in the video above where Matt shows how to make and fit small trays for a box.
For more, you can watch the complete box-making series. It’s free to everyone for this weekend only. After August 1, it becomes a member-only feature.
Now that you’ve seen and read about Matt’s technique, what do you think? How do you like to handle small parts in the shop?