STL 166: Disappearing Tablesaw Guards
From Eric: After reading Steve Latta’s article in issue #241 on drawboring mortise and tenon joints, I’d like to use the technique on some coffee table stretchers. However, I’m a bit concerned about wood movement. At what width should one or both of the holes be widened to allow for movement?
- Drawbored Tenons by Steve Latta #241–July/Aug 2014 Issue
- Understanding Wood Movement by Christian Becksvoort #165–Sept/Oct 2003 Issue
From Sean: I’ve been hired to do all of the woodwork on a large catamaran. I’m a bit perplexed about how I should make some of the wooden trim. How would you go about duplicating these curved pieces of molding? I’m afraid by routing it all out i might get tear out when i cut across the grain, as is guaranteed when routing circles.
All-Time Favorite Article of All Time… for this week
Matt – Douglas Fir by Jon Arno #98 (coming online soon)
Anissa – Cabinet on the Half Shell by Silas Kopf #169 (coming online soon)
From Erik: I have a late 1980’s Delta Unisaw. Recently I bought a Delta Disappearing Splitter for it and I have not installed it yet. I am one of those rare individuals who has not thrown away the guards and splitter that ships with the saw. I always use them unless I am making dado cuts. Is there any advantage to installing this splitter over what I have? I often hear you, and others praising the use of riving knives, and it seems to be the normal offering on any new saw now.
From Hunter: I recently made a batch of end grain coasters. This was my first woodworking project and it went “okay”, but I had some difficulty when cutting the diamonds on the table saw. I set up a stop block as precisely as I could so that the diamonds would all have equal length sides, but after making the first 60-degree bevel cut, this knife edge wanted to slide under my stop block when I put pressure on the wood with push sticks. Was there a better way I could have done this? How would you make a lot of equally sized bevel cuts like this?
From Gina: On episode 163, Anissa shared the kind of event we mere mortals live through all the time. It would sure be nice to hear how she got it cleaned up that well in half an hour.
Also from Gina: I know that being a bit snarky is part of the fun. When you launch into insulting wood and stuff some of us lowly non-artists using what we can find wind up looking at some of our best work and having to cross it off. Seriously, anything is ok as long as it is deliberate.
Vance Edwards – RE: Laminating plywood to make a workbench top. Several years ago, I built a plywood kitchen countertop by laminating plywood on edge. It’s still holding up and I was surprised and impressed with the outcome, though it was a ton of work. I posted photos on Lumberjocks. You can see it by typing “plywood countertop” into the Lumberjocks website (for some reason I can’t past the link here). Love this podcast BTW 🙂
- Ben – Putting quick links on your ratchet straps
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