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.