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Shop-Tested Techniques

Shop-Tested Techniques

• For stability in use, always work wood with a maximum moisture content of 8 percent, with 6 percent preferrable.

• Feed straight-grained wood into planer knives at a 90.

• For clean cuts, rip with a rip-profile blade that has 24-32 teeth. For crosscutting, use a blade with about 40 teeth.

• Avoid drilling with twist drills. In wood, they tend to wander off the mark as well as cause breakout. Use a backing board under the workpiece.

• Drill pilot holes for screws.

• Rout with sharp, preferably carbide-tipped, bits and take shallow passes to avoid burning.

• Carving hardwoods generally means shallow gouge bevels.


Comments (1)
ocrandell wrote:

The table above is labeled "Basswood" instead of Beech.

10/16/2010 12:29:38 PM Report Abuse

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