Danny Proulx's 50 Shop-Made Jigs & Fixtures: Jigs & Fixtures by Danny Proulx

By Danny Proulx

Any savvy woodworker understands that the ideal jigs and furnishings can significantly extend your functions and creativity within the store. in truth, they'll let you practice many projects easy desk observed, router, drill press, band observed, or different desktop easily can't do alone.

In this booklet, woodworking professional Danny Proulx provides a very good number of woodworking jigs and furniture so that you can make your self. They'll assist you with every little thing from sawing panels, tenons, and tapers to routing dadoes, arcs, and circles. You'll become aware of jigs for making greater frame-and-panel doorways at the router desk, and furniture that would make gluing up miters and different difficult-to-clamp joints a breeze. between different issues, you'll locate plans for a band observed fence that adjusts for blade flow, and a jig for quick aligning your desk observed fence.

All of those precious store helpers are effortless to construct from generally to be had fabrics and provides. you are making those jigs, and they'll make you a greater woodworker. anticipate it.

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I look for well-built carcases and face frames. The bottoms, sides, and backs of the cabinets should be in good condition and anchored to one another solidly. Adjustable shelves should work. I also check that face frames are firmly attached to the cabinet carcases, or can be reattached easily, and that the face-frame joinery is flush and secure. A set of kitchen cabinets, of course, is made up of a number of smaller units that are assembled when the kitchen is installed. If there are gaps between the face frames on adjoining cabinets, I usually can pull the cabinets together with drywall screws.

When I’m cutting with a dado blade, it helps to have a throat plate, the removable portion of the saw table that sits around the blade, for the 1⁄4-in. dado. The throat plate supports the plywood’s fragile veneer, reducing the risk of tearout. The dado should go about halfway through the 3⁄4-in. plywood. To adjust the The inside edge of the dado should be barely depth of the dado, I place a scrap of the ply- visible. wood flat on the saw table against the blade The mating part to this groove is the (see the top photo above).

On narrow cases, I use a press fit because short pieces are too stiff to flex. To trim the overhanging edging flush with the 3⁄4-in. plywood, I use a router with a trimming bit (see the photo on the facing page). Making several passes from right to left helps avoid splitting. The trimmer leaves Hardwood edging covers the exposed plies on the front of the case. Traditional cabinets would have a face frame, but the cases featured here are frameless. Although full-overlay doors cover the cases when closed, opening doors reveals the edges of the case, so edging is required.

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