Shop Tips

The Drum Sander: A Tool You Didn’t Know You Needed

The Drum Sander: A Tool You Didn’t Know You Needed

Pre-sand blanks or refine scrolled projects without breaking a sweat By Carole Rothman When you consider how many different types of sanders have the word “drum” in their name, you can appreciate how confusing the terminology can be, for both novice and experienced woodworkers. Even if you know this tool […]

by September 19, 2022 Shop Tips
Space-Saving Hacks from a Tiny Workshop

Space-Saving Hacks from a Tiny Workshop

Learn to pack a table saw, band saw, 200+ tools, and 102 sq. ft. of shelves into an 8×6 shop space By Stephen Watson At first, utilizing a space smaller than the average bed of a CNC table seemed a far-fetched notion. However, when I turned that problem into a […]

by January 8, 2021 Features, Shop Tips
Hacking a Porter Cable Scroll Saw

Hacking a Porter Cable Scroll Saw

Make blade changes faster and easier for a couple dollars and 20 minutes in the shop By Bob Duncan The partially free-floating blade clamps on the Porter Cable scroll saw make it a challenge to change blades. But with a few tools and basic hardware, you can make them stay where […]

by May 23, 2018 Shop Tips
Adjustable Angle Drill Press Jig

Adjustable Angle Drill Press Jig

Drill at any angle without moving your drill press table By Tony Giroux I have an adjustable table on my drill press that I use to drill at angles when I’m making inlays, a stacked bowl, or some boxes. However, it’s always a challenge to reset the table to horizontal […]

by March 27, 2018 Shop Tips
Shop Lights

Shop Lights

Improve your scrolling experience with proper lighting by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 47 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Many home workshops are lit with a few hanging screw-in incandescent (or compact florescent) bulbs. Some have a few bars of traditional tube florescent lights. These can […]

by November 20, 2017 Shop Tips
Blades

Blades

Always pick the right blade for your project   Choosing the Right Teeth Use skip tooth blades when you need a fast cut and are not concerned about splintering on the bottom. Use reverse-tooth blades when you need a relatively fast cut that leaves a smoother surface on the bottom. […]

Wood Toxicity

Wood Toxicity

Most woods are safe, but a few common woods can cause some serious health problems. Print out this quick reference chart to keep yourself safe. By Charlie Self Dust masks and air cleaners are on the list of necessary tools in most shops, but research shows that some woods are […]

by September 30, 2015 Shop Tips
Shop-made Push Sticks

Shop-made Push Sticks

Keep your fingers away from sharp blades with these simple designs In Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Summer 2014 (Issue 55), Dennis Simmons offered an Adirondack chair pattern sized for dolls. Since some of the pieces were small, he also created these push sticks to hold the pieces while you cut […]

by April 19, 2014 Shop Tips
Outdoor Finishes and Glues

Outdoor Finishes and Glues

Use the right products to ensure your outdoor projects last In Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Summer 2014 (Issue 55), Technical Editor Bob Duncan presented an introduction to durable outdoor glues and finishes. Download the whole article or share it with a friend. Foolproof Wood Finishing | No Fuss Wood Finishing […]

by April 18, 2014 Shop Tips
Circle Cutting Jig

Circle Cutting Jig

Simple jig allows you to cut perfect circles with a band saw In the Great Book of Woodworking, the Editors of Skills Institue Press demonstrated how to make a Shaker-style Candle Table. The project required you to cut a perfect circle. While there are commercial jigs to cut perfect circles […]

by December 4, 2013 Shop Tips, Techniques