Colin Knecht's Woodworking Tips and Tricks
The first thing to know when setting up a jointer, even before you start to set the knives, the in-feed, out-feed or the fence, is to MAKE SURE you have excellent quality measuring tools. What I highly recommend is a fixed Engineers square for setting up the jointer fence and it's always a good idea to check any square that you have to make sure it is square. #woodworking
There are times I wish I had a 20 or 24-inch jointer and plane, for those times I need to flatten a long wide slab of wood. Below is a mock-up of a setup I have seen that uses a couple of long pipe clamps as edge guides. I have used long pipe clamps over the years for clamping and I know they bend so when I saw this, I wanted to see just how much bending there would be, so I again mocked up this set-up to test it. All in all, just a bad idea!
Here's another example of what can happen when making jigs ... I know ... I made something like this many, many years ago and found that worked extremely poorly. Why? ... because after you make the jig, and when you first make it the jig performs as it should. The best solution for this is pegboard sheeting and Vix or centering bits which will not enlarge the holes of the pegboard.
As woodworkers, we all know we must ALWAYS wear good quality eye protection so putting a clear Plexiglas cover over something like a crosscut sled is really just a redundant level of safety. If it's your sled and you are confident only YOU are going to use it and there is so absolute reason you need to do this ... then go ahead, but otherwise, the guard could turn out to be problematic. #woodworking
If you use pipe clamps and find that they leave black spots on your glue-ups, it is because the glue reacts with the tannin in the wood and the iron clamps and creates those black spots. To quickly prevent them, put a short length of masking tape on the bar clamps at the juncture of each board then the glue cannot touch the clamps, and presto ... no more black spots. #woodworking
... Or so it is called, and it comes in many forms, in this situation, I am using masking tape to give me an -accurate- measurement between 2 hooks on a picture frame or even a mirror (which can be much heavier) ... mark the spot on the masking tape then take the masking tape to the wall where you have marked a straight -level- line, attach the masking tape to that line and that is where you will be installing the hangers for your picture frame or mirror. #DIY
Smaller items that need clamping can easily be done with masking tape. You do NOT need tons of pressure when gluing, often only enough to bring the 2 sides together so they don' move ... let them set for about 30 minutes and that is enough to bond the sides, though the glue will take longer to harden and set, many types of glue are workable in an hour or so.
In fact, oftentimes this little trick works BETTER than most double-sided tapes and it's easy to do. Basically, you put masking tape on both sides of the wood you want to clamp together, then run a bead of CA Glue down one side and spritz the other side with an accelerator, put the two sides together, and hold them for about 10 seconds, and instantly you have a super-strong bond that can be used for a variety of things.
Whenever I am making a piece of furniture that has legs ... invariably when it comes to assembly, I sometimes forget which number was to be in which direction. Forget about numbers like 1, 2, 3, 4, and work with stick numbers like I, II, III, IIII they are so easy to use and you can NEVER get the legs mixed up as to which one goes where, and what is the face side.
Working with darker wood helps to hide imperfections. Woodworkers are the worst for pointing out the tiny imperfections in their work that most people either never see or don't care about ... but the woodworker who created it does. The best way to make these tiny imperfections less noticeable - EVEN to the woodworker, is to work with darker wood or to use a darker stain or dye in the finishing of the piece. #woodworking
In order to get a perfect cut, you need to cut on one side of the line or the other. Basically, you need to cut on the "waste" side of the board, and when you do that you end up with a perfect cut. "always cut off the waste" and the little "tail" indicates which side of the line is the "waste" side. #woodworking
Here is a look at a portion of my cut-offs rack. As you can see a few of the pieces I have labeled what they are but I never know how long they are. If you write the length of on the bottom of the boards ... this only takes a few minutes, even if you have to measure each one, and what nice way of looking through your cut-off pile and seeing instantly which boards will work and which one will not.
This idea is so simple yet so practical, and that is ... when you are making using the drill press, and often changing different bits, instead of putting the bits back in their holder (which I often do) and then decide I need them again a few minutes later, and I forget which size I just used. #woodworking