Popular Woodworking 2002-02 № 126, страница 14

Popular Woodworking 2002-02 № 126, страница 14

Q&A

Advanced router table engineering made simple for your workshop!

Routers mount easily through an opening in the tabletop

No more fumbling underneath the table. Install your router thru the 11 3/8-in. x 9-in. opening on top. Mounting plate is keyed to ensure proper installation.

Innovative 3-piece fence adjusts, allowing you complete flexibility

The fence opening can be adjusted to match the varying diameters of your router bits.

Unique offset joining system on the fence helps make work edges true

By adjusting the fence, you can offset the outfeed fence so the workpiece is supported for joining cuts.

Includes three table inserts

The varying size inserts provide you with additional workpiece support and proper bit clearance.

Available at Sears, Sears Hardware, and the Craftsman Catalog at 800-437-9686

Cabinet Scrapers Save Your Thumbs

What's the

Difference Between a Scraper and a Cabinet Scraper?

Isn't a scraper and cabinet scraper the same thing, just different names for the same tool? And if not, what is the difference?

There's often confusion when woodworking terms are used incorrectly or interchangeably. One case in point is the scraper vs. a cabinet scraper. Although each puts a fine finish on a board, they are different tools. The scraper, or more accurately scraper blade, is either a rectangular piece of steel or is rounded and called a gooseneck scraper. It is is used for smoothing the inside radii of mouldings and such. The cabinet scraper, on the other hand, uses a scraper blade that is held in a cast-iron body that has a milled bottom where the blade protrudes slightly, much like a plane iron in a hand plane.

Scraper blades are versatile and can be used for rough or fine work, from scraping glue to final smoothing for the truly practiced. What's an anomaly about this whole "name" question is that if properly sharpened with a correct hook, scrapers don't scrape at all. They actually cut the wood fibers cleanly without tearing or pulling.

The cabinet scraper also has many uses. It can remove an old finish or prepare a wood surface before sanding. A cabinet scraper can be

especially effective in smoothing highly figured wood like burls and is also effective on delicate veneers. One big advantage a cabinet scraper has over a scraper blade is ease of use. The user's hands don't fatigue nearly as fast as compared with the scraper blade.

— Steve Shanesy, editor and publisher

Dealing With Unusual Miter Slots

I'm a beginning woodworker looking at buying the Delta 34-183 tenoning jig, and it (along with several other manufacturer's jigs) requires a 3/8" x 3/4" miter slot. I own a bare-

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