Wall Hanging Display Cabinet

Every woodworker is an environmentalist at heart. I know this is true because every woodwork I have ever known agonizes about throwing out or (gasp) burning in the wood-stove any scrap of wood that has passed through their hands. To this end most of us seem to look for projects were we have the opportunity to use some of the odd pieces of wood we have laying around, and putting them to some constructive use, and that's exactly what prompted this project. Small pieces of wood left over from a larger project, but what do you do with them?

Well it so happened that a family member was looking for a display cabinet for small glass ornaments. Now the problem with small glass ornaments is they can get lost in large wood structure, which is the reason I opted to use "smoke colored" plastic for the shelves. I hoped they would hold the ornaments without taking away from them with such large thick wooden shelves.


 I was fortunate to find that some scrap pieces of glass from an old broken picture frame and being the resourceful type, I had some chunks of plastic collecting dust that would fit the bill nicely. 

Thankfully the glass cooperated and fit the size the door (after cutting). I have been told on a number of occasions that old glass seldom breaks the way it is cut. I have news for everyone, glass no matter how old or new it is seldom breaks the way I want it to, but on this one I got lucky, one swift etch, then hang onto the table saw bed with the newly etched edge carefully aligned with the edge of the table and with one quick jerk, the glass broke cleanly.

I decided that rather than have wooden shelves I would use something somewhat less bulky so settled on using on eighth plastic. Because it was very thin I decided that it should be reinforced with a plastic spine underneath the shelf. The glass figurines and not that heavy, but a number of them on one shelf would start making the shelf bend.
All in all, it was a fun project, not complicated and best of all I got to use up some of my scrap wood.

Copyright Colin Knecht

Guide to Choosing a Concealed Hinge

What is a Concealed Hinge?
Concealed Hinges are hinges that are hidden from view and
allow you to see only the surface of the door. They are
sometimes called "European-style" hinges and offer a
clean design look.

Why choose a concealed hinge?
Concealed hinges offer easier door adjustment to
compensate for slight imperfections in cabinet construction.
Another benefit is the ability to take a door on or off without removing the hardware.

What does Rockler carry?
Rockler carries hinges by Julius Blum, Inc.

Cross Cutting Bowed and Twisted Boards


 Not only do I hate cutting bowed boards on my sliding compound or my radial arm saw, it is inherently DANGEROUS. Many woodworkers have been severly injured by not paying attention and having saws recoil or kickback. One of the reasons for this is that the teeth angle on some cut off blades is at a more acute angle, such as

 The first issue to look at is the type of blade you are using. If it is not a 60 to 80 tooth blade, preferably with anti kick back teeth, you may want to start considering exactly what you need in a cross cut blade. Note: normally you can only get anti kick back teeth in a 60 tooth version, with 80 teeth there simly isn't the room to include anti kick back teeth. 

A cross cut blade for a table saw if FAR DIFFERENT than it is for a sliding mitre or radial arm saw. One of the biggest differences is the hook angle on the teeth. On a table saw a hook angle of 10 - 18 degrees is fine because the blade is cutting the wood against the firmness of the tables saw's table. On a radial arm or sliding mitre it is quite a different story.

Jointer Versus Planer: Which One Do You Need to Start With?

I don't know how many times I get asked the question, what should I purchase a jointer or a planer.  The quick answer to this is both, but for those who want to know why, or what alternatives there might be, read on.

Depending on where you obtain your wood, it can be anything from rough to finely milled and ready to use. In many cases wood is purchased "rough cut" and needs to be finely milled. The reason for this is that whoever milled the wood, has no idea what you are going to make with it, so they cut the wood on the large size you you can re-size it to fit your project and as well as to cut around, or include any "features" of the wood like figure, knots etc. 

Woodworking Is Newest Home Improvement Trend Among Women

MINNEAPOLIS, -- We all know home improvement is a hot trend. But did you know that when it comes to home improvement, a growing number of women are tackling woodworking by building custom cabinets, book shelves and tables?

Marketing research among women woodworkers by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware reveals that one of the fastest growing trends in home improvement is women working with wood ... well it was in the 90s, but, sadly,  not enough for them to retain the women in woodworking website.

"There are more than four million American women woodworkers," said LiLi Rockler Jackson, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware spokesperson and a woodworker herself. "It's a growing trend as more and more single women are buying homes. They want to create something for their own homes with their own hands."

According to the research, 66 percent of those interviewed state they love woodworking because of the sense of satisfaction it provides. Nearly one third (31 percent) undertake the pastime to create furniture; 19 percent build storage items such as custom cabinets or shelving; and 17 percent complete home improvement projects such as adding custom crown molding to a room.

Well known do-it-yourselfer and cable television host JoAnne Liebeler believes the sense of accomplishment experienced by women woodworkers is much of what's fueling this phenomenon. "Women are realizing they can use power tools and build something amazing," she said. "They see me handling a circular saw and they think, 'if she can do it, I can do it.' The fear factor has been replaced with a sense of empowerment."

Rockler's research supports Liebeler. Nearly 24 percent of those interviewed said they first started woodworking as a way to improve their homes yet found that they enjoyed working with power tools. In fact, while one-third (35 percent) of those interviewed are relatively new to woodworking, nearly three-quarters (71 percent) own their own power tools and know how to use them.

"There's such a rush of adrenaline when working with power tools," said Jackson. "Women are experiencing that rush along with a major sense of accomplishment and pride in what they can create."

Source: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Porter-Cable Invents Keyless Blade Change on Circular Saws

New Quik-Change™ System Enables Users to Change Blades without Tools

JACKSON, Tenn. – Professional builders, framers and remodelers no longer need to stop working and search for the right tool to change the blade on their circular saws. Porter-Cable Corporation, the first company to offer blade right and blade left MAG-SAWS in 1995, introduces the industry’s only circular saw with keyless blade change.

With its one-of-a-kind, Quik-Change™ system, Porter-Cable’s new line of circular saws enables users to easily change the circular saw blade by hand and get the blade as tight, if not tighter, than using a wrench. The hassle-free, keyless blade change system saves time on the jobsite by eliminating the need to locate a wrench or other tool in order to change blades.

The new Porter-Cable circular saws (models 324MAG, 325MAG, 423MAG and 424MAG) feature magnesium housing, which is tougher and lighter than the aluminum housing found on many competing circular saws. The magnesium housing’s durability extends the life of the circular saw and its lighter weight reduces possible physical strain from repetitive use increasing work on the jobsite.

Also, the MAG-SAWS are equipped with a unique, integrated dust collection system improving cutting visibility for more precise and efficient operation. The “dust elbow” of the circular saw can be adjusted in order to blow the dust away from the user, or a vacuum can be attached to the “dust elbow” to create a dust-free work environment. Additional benefits include a new soft-grip handle for comfort, increased line-of-sight for more accurate cuts and extended miter lip on the lower guard for no-hang up cuts.

The new line of Porter-Cable MAG-SAWS provide versatile cuts with a 15 amp motor and 0-50 degree miter capacity with a positive stop ay 45 degrees. An on-board clip keeps the cord away from the 7 ¼” 20T framer Razor™ Blade during operation. The 324MAG and 325MAG are blade right kits, and the 423MAG and 424MAG are blade left kits. An electronic brake is available on models 325MAG and 424MAG. The entire line will be available in March 2004 for approximately $129 to $149.

Porter-Cable Corporation (porter-cable.com), a subsidiary of Pentair Inc. (NYSE – PNR), is a leading manufacturer of portable electric and cordless power tools; air nailers, staplers and compressors; generators; pressure washers; and related accessories for the professional woodworking, commercial/residential construction, plumbing and electrical markets. With its manufacturing operation centralized in Jackson, Tenn., Porter-Cable operates a second manufacturing facility in Steinheim, Germany, where its products are produced and sold throughout Europe under the FLEX brand name.

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