The scratch stock is simple to make and easy to use. The style we feature in this how-to tutorial video is a modified marking gauge. This type of scratch stock allows for cuts well off the edge and can handle curved edges as well.
There are always new people taking up woodworking, and sometimes they need a bit of help getting up to speed on techniques and equipment. Even veterans sometimes need a skill building boost!
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When spraying finish on small parts, how do you keep them from sticking? Here's a quick trick using aluminum foil.
This ancient, but highly useful, tool technique can help you add fine custom details quickly and inexpensively.
In this video, Ralph demonstrates how to use a scratch stock. If you don't own a scratch stock - don't worry! We also have a video that walks you through how to make a scratch stock in your shop.
When I recently mounted my PC 890 router in a new router table, I could not find the height adjust handle that PC sells for it. But it turns out that the pins for the lock and the height adjust screw are actually 3/16" allen wrench size and shape! After spending under $10.00 at the hardware store and about 30 minutes in my shop, I have a fully functional handle and you can too.
Drilling a pattern of holes (an array) accurately does not have to be complicated. This video shows you how to do it on your drill press using a few blocks of scrap.
Safely and cleanly ripping small moldings requires thoughtful set up and the right tools. I show you how to configure the GRR-RIPPER GR-200 to efficiently cut a 3/8 by 1/4 inch molding I needed for a recent project.
Crosscutting small parts at the table saw doesn't have to be a risk to your fingers. In this video, Ralph shows you how to use Rockler's Auto Lock Clamps to create a clamp to hold small parts safely.
Auto-Lock T-Track Clamp
In a previous video, we showed you how to make cross band mahogany inlay banding. Now you can learn to make a more complex geometric design using common shop tools. The field is made of walnut and maple, but any starkly contrasting woods will work. The outer face veneers are inexpensive dyed veneers from Constantine's.
Crossband inlay is a staple of furniture decoration. You can buy it premade, but it's simple and easy to make your own to fit the exact size and style you need.
Getting clean, professional looking joints on inside corners with base, chair and crown moldings does not require exotic tools or jigs. With a simple coping saw and a bit of practice, you can get great results every time.
Previously I showed you how to form bent parts from thin laminations using a two-sided form and a single-sided form, relying on clamps to hold the shape. In this video, I show you how to form your stock using a vacuum press. Vacuum pressing has the advantage of applying even pressure across the entire part eliminating voids and pressure points.
Roarockit Thin Air Press (as seen in the video)
Part 2 of 3, we show you how to laminate bent wood parts on a form as well as the easiest and fastest way to edge the finished part and mill it to width.
Clamping thin strips between forms can create bent wood pieces with tight radii and reversing curves.
An exercise in reexamining what you can do with bits you may already own, we use a standard glue joint bit as if it were a stile and rail door making set to build a custom wood floor vent.
I use a table saw sanding/set up disk for making perfect miters for inlays and delicate moldings. This video shows you how a small simple angle slide can make these cuts fast and accurate.