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Archive for July, 2011


Methods of Joining Wood


One of the simplest woodworking joints is the butt joint. To join two peices of wood at 90 degrees they can be simply butted together or for a neater joint the corners can be mitred. The surfaces to be joined are then glued and cramped together. The same method is used to make wide boards for table tops by joining smaller boards edge to edge.

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Board Feet

A board foot is a unit of measurement for timber especially in North America. It is a very convenient form of measurement as it is applicable to small peices of wood and it is easy to visualise. When you have drawn your project plans and made a cutting list, knowing the quantity of board feet will be essential if you have to estmate the cost of a woodwork project. 

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Marking Gauge

The marking guage consists of four parts; the stem, the stock, the spur and the thumb screw. The distance you want marked on your timber is measured from the stock to the point of the spur using a ruler. The stock is the placed against the peice of wood and the spur is lighty pushed into the wood and pulled along the edge leaving a neat line paralell to the edge.

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Lie-Nielsen Mortise Chisels


Mortice chisels are designed for the tough job they are required to do and so are much thicker than ordinary chisels

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