Articles by Steve Shanesy

Articles by Steve Shanesy

Full-Scale Layout
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Use Full-Scale Layout to Solve Woodworking Project Problems

​When building woodworking projects. problems can arise when component parts stray from the usual square and parallel cuts. When projects or parts of projects veer into the world of angles and curves a carefully drawn full-scale layout will help navigate the project to an easy, successful, conclusion.

Tools you need for making full-sized drawings include both small and large, reliable carpenters squares, a straight edge, an angle gauge, and various length woodworking rulers. For curved or round parts a compass and beam compass will be needed.

prepare lumber
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How to Prepare Lumber for Panel Glue-Ups

Follow These 9 Steps to Make Large Panels from Solid Lumber

Large wood panels used for tabletops, cabinet doors and tops, and countertops provide the perfect display for showing off the beauty hardwood lumber. Follow this guide to prepare stock for gluing up your lumber into magnificent, large panels.

gauge block
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Use Gauge Blocks for Fast, Accurate Woodworking Machine Setups

Woodworking machine setup is often most easily accomplished using gauge blocks. These precision-machined blocks are perfect for your table saw, router table, drill press, band saw and other shop equipment. Using gauge blocks (sometimes called setup blocks) can eliminate the often tedious process of getting a saw blade or router bit set precisely. Hands down, they beat more traditional measuring devises like rulers and tape measures.

Pattern Routing - chair
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Guide to Pattern Routing

Learn How to Make Perfect Curved or Square Shapes Using a Router

Pattern routing skills can substantially improve your woodworking in both creative and technical areas while improving the quality of your work. In this article you’ll learn how to choose router bits, make templates for both curved and square cornered shapes; and then how to make the cuts. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy pattern routing is once you understand the fundamentals.

The major advantage of pattern routing instead of a jig saw or bandsaw, for example, is that the routed cut leaves a smooth, clean surface while the jig saw results in a rough one. Also, the pattern routed cut is very precise and repeatable because of the use of a pattern. The jig saw cut is not repeatable and not precise even in the hands of a skilled user.