The Woodworker's Manual by Stephen Corbett

By Stephen Corbett

Irrespective of how uncomplicated or advanced your woodworking ambitions, an analogous easy abilities are wanted: picking and slicing wooden, shaping, assembling and sanding the elements, and utilizing the proper instruments for the task. This ebook offers an excellent grounding in every one of those parts, exhibiting you ways to enhance your abilities and services as you turn into more matured.

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47 - OL S O WER DRILLS For any repetitive work, or removing large amounts of waste, a power drill is essential. Certain types of drill bit are designed specifically f or use at high speeds and will not produce satisfactory results in a hand drill. Sometimes, a low speed with high torque, or turning force, is the best combination, and a power drill of the correct rating is ideal for this. The power source of the drill is all important - motors range in capacity from 300 watts (3 amp) for light duty to 1000 watts (10 amp) and above for reall y heavy work; a 600 watt (6 amp) motor is fine for general duties.

Screwd ri ver to fit each perfectly. A longer shaft w ill provide more torque; a short screwdriver makes up for th is wi th a larger hand le for extra grip. Slotted screws are steadi ly being rep laced by screws with cross-heads, which prevent the driver from sl ippin g Double-ended bits out of pos ition, provided it is of th e co rrect size. M ake sure you have a set of sc rewd ri vers handy to cover most needs . ever use a screwdriver blade as a lever to open a can of paint - the tip of the blade is tempered stee l and ca n easi ly shatter if misused.

Compass plane A very speciali zed plan e w ith a flexi bl e so le that ca n be formed into a sha ll ow arc for wo rking on curved su rfaces. Plough plane (below right) A more soph isticated ve rsion of the rebate (rabbet) plane, hav in g in terchangeable blades of different sizes. Can be used to form grooves or rebates (rabbets) with Spokeshave This is a two-handed tool for work ing on rounded stock. Ava il able w ith a flat great accuracy. A combinatio n plane w ill accept other blades, or cutters, of different profiles to form beaded and ton gued mou ldings.

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