Viewers have asked if there is any tendency for the dovetail grooves used with MicroJig’s MATCHFit Dovetail Clamps to break under pressure. I show how the clamping pressures are balanced to support the substrate and prevent tear out.
The drawer fronts in the Triptych Mirror build feature a reverse curve that requires shaping and sanding. The Woodcademy shop does not feature a drum sander large enough to work a 4” wide part.
So in this video, Ralph shows how to quickly adapt your lathe to the task using 1” cloth backs sanding roll from our sponsor at 2sand.com.
Between the grit selection and lathe speed control, this trick gives you complete control over the sanding process.
In our Miter Gauge Upgrade Episode, we showed you how we attached the auxiliary fence to the miter gauge using MicroJig’s Dovetail Hardware. In this Bonus video, Ralph explains how the hardware works and offers some suggestions for how it can be used around the shop.
Our Folding Router Table plans from Season 2 have been downloaded more than 500 times so far, which is awesome, thank you!
But sadly, Rockler has discontinued the T-Track Hold Down Clamp that was specified in the plans to hold the fence.
Fortunately, we found a nearly-perfect replacement from Lee Valley Tools that requires no changes to the fence.
The plans have been updated with this new information, but for those of you who have already downloaded the plans, this video shows you how to adapt the Lee Valley clamps.
During the Backgammon Game build in Season 2, Episode 3, Ralph shows you how to use a card scraper for smoothing the veneer game board. Learn how to prepare the scraper and set the hook to get great results every time.
You’ve seen Ralph use dowel centers to mark hole locations, and now in the Folding Router Table build he uses transfer punches to do the same. Learn how they differ and when you should use each in this short video.
In Woodcademy Episode 8, Ralph talks about making a bow tie spline using a special "butterfly" router bit from Freud. In this video, Ralph teaches you how to use the same dovetail bit to make the groves and spline key as well. To do this, it will take a little more set up, but it is certainly doable.
Ralph prefers to hand-make mortises, cutting the tenons oversize and then fitting them using a shoulder plane. In making the Butterfly Leaf Table, Ralph relies on this technique for creating the mortise and tenons in Episode 7.
In this Bonus Content video, Ralph demonstrates what defines a shoulder plane and how to use shoulder planes to both fit and position the tenon accurately.
The chairs we build in Woodcademy Episodes 5 & 6 now streaming on Amazon Prime, we use pocket screws pretty extensively. And although the holes are positioned so that they are generally unseen, plugging the holes gives the project a more polished, handcrafted look.
In this video, Ralph demonstrates three easy ways to plug the pocket hole screws to fully finish the look of your chairs.
Ralph used blind nails while performing some template routing tasks while creating dining chair parts in Woodcademy TV Episode 5. So, what exactly are blind nails? Watch our bonus content video to learn about this versatile tool from FastCap and how using them can make your shop more efficient.