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<<Jibberish>>...is sponsored by MicroJig. Maker of the Grr-ripper Work safer, work smarter. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Of course this is one of the greatest unanswered riddles of all time, put forth by The Mad Hatter, and of course, Lewis Carroll. My personal favorite answer to that riddle is, "Because there is a B in both and an N in neither." I can't wait to see how Ivan translates

that into the Spanish captions! Speaking of ravens, I made a writing desk. Mine is made out of maple and pine and it's got two drawers for storing stuff. There's something so quaint and sophisticated about a writing desk. I'm gluing together these 1x4s to make the legs. With those dry, I can cut them down into 1 ½" legs. And I'm cutting all the legs to 29 ½" long. The way I've made

tapered cuts for legs in the past is to make up a jig like this one. These are pretty simple to make, It's just a plywood board with another plywood board mounted at an angle, So I would put my work piece in like this against this cleat at the bottom and lock it into place. To make the cut, I would just run this along my fence. But I gotta tell you,

having MicroJig as a sponsor is pretty cool because they sent me one of their MicroDial tapering jigs, which, when I first saw it, looked overly complicated and very intimidating. In reality it's very simple to use and is infinitely adjustable. And rather than having to draw that line out, I can set this rise over run scale. And just like my homemade jig, this has a little cleat down here that grabs

your work piece and pushes it through your saw. To hold it in place, I will use these Grr-rippers. I can make the first two cuts with this setup. To make the second cut, I'll turn it on its side and re-adjust my Grr-rippers. For the next two sides, I need to double the angle to compensate for that cut. So that gives me tapered legs that are an inch and

a half square at the top, drops down five inches and then the taper begins and goes all the way down to ¾" square. I find that the shorter pieces are a lot easier and more accurate to cut on my crosscut sled. This is one of the rare times that I was able to pre-cut most of the pieces for this project. The only ones I haven't cut are the

drawers and the drawer fronts, which I will cut to size once it's assembled. For the plywood back and side panels, I'm going to drill pocket holes on all sides. I'm going to glue and screw these plywood panels to the centers of these rails. I'm just going to line it up visually into the center. I'll hold it in place with a clamp while I put the screws in. Now I

can assemble the sides. Since my taper doesn't start until 5" down, I need to clamp this top part flat. I'll turn it around and do the same thing on the other side. I'll attach the back panel the same way. Clamping...

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Woodworking can be an excellent pastime for individuals from all walks of life. Whether you are an expert, or are just getting started, there is constantly something brand-new for you to learn about the woodworking ability. If you prefer to discover more about this hobby you ought to read the post that follows listed below for some great advice.

Make sure your workspace is safe, well-lit and organized. Working with woods is difficult work, and it threatens work when your work area is dim and there are safety risks in the area. Make sure there are no spills, tripping risks and other safety hazards that are a disaster waiting to take place.

Prior to practicing advanced woodworking methods, make sure you have actually got the basics down. Normally those advanced strategies rely on you knowing the basics like the back of your hand. You'll more than likely discover learning to be an extremely discouraging experience if you don't. Start slow, and work up from there.

If you are attempting brand-new abilities, make certain that you practice on some wood that has no worth, like some scraps. You do not want to waste an expensive piece of wood before you know exactly what you are doing. When you have actually mastered your new abilities, you can relocate to a better piece of wood.

Benefit from numerous tools instead of trying to do all your deal with simply one. A jig, a tablesaw, a bandsaw and a lathe all have their own uses. It is essential that you understand what each of these tools do and you use them appropriately while finishing the job.

Check to make sure it is within the guidelines if you are going to be doing a big woodworking project on the outside of your home. Your city government might have zoning regulations or perhaps a permit process required for structures like garages, decks and even storage sheds. Check with your neighborhood association if there is one.

Make sure you purchase the ideal tool for the task. A circular saw is electric; nevertheless, a hand saw is not.

Working with a saw and drinking is a dreadful mix. Drinking alcohol can trigger major injuries when working with power tools.

Develop the very best that you can. Exactly what this indicates is to not get lost in chasing perfectionism or analysis paralysis. Be honest with yourself about how great you are and cater to your strengths. Be proud of exactly what you have the ability to finish with woodworking, and do exactly what you can to discover specific abilities that improve on exactly what you already have mastered.

As you read at the start of this post, there is so much that you can discover woodworking that you will never understand whatever. However, even though that is a fact, there is no need to not try. Now that you read this short article you understand a little more, and continuing to learn will just lead you to being a better woodworker.


Make sure your work area is safe, well-lit and organized. Working with woods is challenging work, and it is hazardous work when your work location is dim and there are safety threats in the location. Take benefit of a number of tools instead of attempting to do all of your work on simply one. Working with a saw and drinking is a terrible combination. Consuming alcohol can cause severe injuries when working with power tools.
<<Jibberish>>...is sponsored by MicroJig. Maker of the Grr-ripper Work safer, work smarter. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Of course this is one of the greatest unanswered riddles of all time, put forth by The Mad Hatter, and of course, Lewis Carroll. My personal favorite answer to that riddle is, "Because there is a B in both and an N in neither." I can't wait to see how Ivan ...