Small Woodworking Projects–Simple Woodworking Projects for beginners [2 of 3]

you can also cut your data is using a router and I position the sides right up next to each other so that when we run the data across there our shelves are going to line up perfectly once we go to assemble it so everything is clamped down and I made sure that this guide board is square to the sides using this framing square and I also positioned it so that when I run the router along that guide board the straight bit is going to cut the data in exactly the right position now the router tends to kick up a lot of dust so I'm going to put on my dust mask and goggles and since it's pretty loud I'm also going to use some ear protection I want to make sure that I start the router seat it into position okay but I don't want to ever start it with the bit up against the board so I'm going to start it out like so we get to cut our radius curves now we'll cut them on both ends and then we come back and drill our holes for the towel rods now to make our radius curves you can use anything that you have handy I'm use this roll of tape right here a coffee can paint can whatever to make the cut we're using a jigsaw jigsaw is a lot of fun because you can make all different kinds of curves so I'm going to start right here well we got all the parts cut out for our bathroom rack and we're ready to assemble it before we do that though everything's been sanded so everything's ready to go and I've dry fit everything together I want to see if all the parts that I cut out really fit together and we've determined that they fit perfectly so now we're ready to assemble it and we're going to do that with carpenters glue and small finishing nails so I think we're ready to go avian can you give me a hand with this yeah bringing all this stuff to the party okay let's take it apart and go well it's towel rack sure went together fast now all we need to do sand it and put our finish on it as for the audio rack its constructed in exactly the same way the only difference is the sides are dated with a 45-degree dado and then the shelves are beveled at a 45 degree angle so that when the whole unit goes together the sides and the shelves are going to be nice and flush we're all set to make the bevel cutter in our shelf it might look a little complicated but it's really pretty easy what we've done is tilt the table of our table saw over to 45 degrees and that's gonna make the exact angle we want here now if your table saw has a tilting blade you'd tilt it to 45 degrees and if you don't have a table saw at all you can use a circular saw by tilting the base of the circular saw to 45 degrees clamping a straight edge on here and making your cut that way now the other thing I've done to make this cut accurate is I've used the stock as a guide to set the RIP fence now the plans tell me exactly how wide this board is and if I set the rip bench right here then I know that my bevel is going to come out exactly in the right place now we're all set to go you don't have a table so it's easy to make this angle dado cut using your router you simply clamp a straightedge at 45 degrees on the board make the cut and you've got it we're gonna use the table saw and to set that up use your miter gauge put this extension on it have the miter gauge set at 45 degrees and with this extension you put a little stop lock down here so that both sides the cut will be in exactly the same place that's all there is to it hey how'd you make out it looks marvelous should we drive in it just to make sure absolutely now we're after we drive fit it we'll glue it clamp it and nail it just like we did for the towel rack well we finished our bathroom rack and our audio cassette right what do you think we ought to do next well we're moving on to a couple of other small projects we have this cute little jewelry box right here and then a butcher block cutting board this box is a lot of fun to make it's kind of a trick because it's cut out of one solid piece of wood on the bandsaw including this little drawer we're gonna show you that trick in a minute yeah it's really neat you know you could buy a butcher block for eight or ten dollars it'll probably cost two or three dollars to build one like this yeah but I know when I build something for myself I get tremendous rewards and satisfaction every time I use it I always remember it and I think about it I look at it and it's it feels good yeah the point about doing things yourself isn't really all the time saving money it's doing it yourself and getting the pleasure out of using it besides that it's really fun to make yeah let's show the folks how to cut this out and put it together good I'm cutting the stock for the butcher-block the thickness that you cut your stock is really going to determine the thickness of your cutting block I also notice here that I've cut the board's a little bit longer than the finished length of the cutting board that's because when we laminate it often you get a roughness and the edges so that once everything has been glued and dried we'll come back and square those ends off and they'll be nice and clean okay now once I finish cutting my stock we're gonna go up and laminate the sides together we'll be putting waterproof resorcinol glue on the edges and gluing it and clamping it together nice and tight we're using resorcinol so that it encase the cutting block wherever left in water overnight or something it's not going to come apart

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