General Woodworking

Wall Hanging Display Cabinet

Every woodworker is an environmentalist at heart. I know this is true because every woodwork I have ever known agonizes about throwing out or (gasp) burning in the wood-stove any scrap of wood that has passed through their hands. To this end most of us seem to look for projects were we have the opportunity to use some of the odd pieces of wood we have laying around, and putting them to some constructive use, and that's exactly what prompted this project. Small pieces of wood left over from a larger project, but what do you do with them?

Well it so happened that a family member was looking for a display cabinet for small glass ornaments. Now the problem with small glass ornaments is they can get lost in large wood structure, which is the reason I opted to use "smoke colored" plastic for the shelves. I hoped they would hold the ornaments without taking away from them with such large thick wooden shelves.

 

 I was fortunate to find that some scrap pieces of glass from an old broken picture frame and being the resourceful type, I had some chunks of plastic collecting dust that would fit the bill nicely. 

Thankfully the glass cooperated and fit the size the door (after cutting). I have been told on a number of occasions that old glass seldom breaks the way it is cut. I have news for everyone, glass no matter how old or new it is seldom breaks the way I want it to, but on this one I got lucky, one swift etch, then hang onto the table saw bed with the newly etched edge carefully aligned with the edge of the table and with one quick jerk, the glass broke cleanly.

I decided that rather than have wooden shelves I would use something somewhat less bulky so settled on using on eighth plastic. Because it was very thin I decided that it should be reinforced with a plastic spine underneath the shelf. The glass figurines and not that heavy, but a number of them on one shelf would start making the shelf bend.
All in all, it was a fun project, not complicated and best of all I got to use up some of my scrap wood.

Copyright Colin Knecht
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Guide to Choosing a Concealed Hinge

What is a Concealed Hinge?
Concealed Hinges are hinges that are hidden from view and
allow you to see only the surface of the door. They are
sometimes called "European-style" hinges and offer a
clean design look.

Why choose a concealed hinge?
Concealed hinges offer easier door adjustment to
compensate for slight imperfections in cabinet construction.
Another benefit is the ability to take a door on or off without removing the hardware.

What does Rockler carry?
Rockler carries hinges by Julius Blum, Inc.

Cross Cutting Bowed and Twisted Boards

 

 Not only do I hate cutting bowed boards on my sliding compound or my radial arm saw, it is inherently DANGEROUS. Many woodworkers have been severly injured by not paying attention and having saws recoil or kickback. One of the reasons for this is that the teeth angle on some cut off blades is at a more acute angle, such as

 The first issue to look at is the type of blade you are using. If it is not a 60 to 80 tooth blade, preferably with anti kick back teeth, you may want to start considering exactly what you need in a cross cut blade. Note: normally you can only get anti kick back teeth in a 60 tooth version, with 80 teeth there simly isn't the room to include anti kick back teeth. 

A cross cut blade for a table saw if FAR DIFFERENT than it is for a sliding mitre or radial arm saw. One of the biggest differences is the hook angle on the teeth. On a table saw a hook angle of 10 - 18 degrees is fine because the blade is cutting the wood against the firmness of the tables saw's table. On a radial arm or sliding mitre it is quite a different story.

Jointer Versus Planer: Which One Do You Need to Start With?

I don't know how many times I get asked the question, what should I purchase a jointer or a planer.  The quick answer to this is both, but for those who want to know why, or what alternatives there might be, read on.

Depending on where you obtain your wood, it can be anything from rough to finely milled and ready to use. In many cases wood is purchased "rough cut" and needs to be finely milled. The reason for this is that whoever milled the wood, has no idea what you are going to make with it, so they cut the wood on the large size you you can re-size it to fit your project and as well as to cut around, or include any "features" of the wood like figure, knots etc. 

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