I love working on large projects like slab tables, big workbenches and even big cutting boards. All these projects have one thing in common, they require materials that are either too big, too heavy, or uncooperative to run through the average sized jointer or planer. Continue reading
Wood Carving is a broad skill. Ball and claw legs, saw handles, duck decoys, and statues are all examples of different things you can make as a carver. Regardless of the type of carving you are interested in Narex has a great set of carving tools to fit the need from beginner to master carver. But choosing the right set of tools can be intimidating. Continue reading
Plywood is one of the most commonly used materials in the shop. We use it for everything from cabinet boxes, drawer making and simple shop furniture. Think of any project and I’m sure someone has made it from plywood or MDF. But it’s a challenge to make strong and aesthetically pleasing joints in sheet goods. That’s because the plywood layers and the glue that holds them together do not hold up well when milled into small details, and if you are working in MDF just forget about it. The Infinity Tools Lapped Miter router bit set combines strong profiles with plenty of glue surface making it the perfect joint for sheet goods.
Traditional 45° Lock Miter router bits are great for hardwood joinery but their decorative ‘finger’ profile easily breaks in plywood and MDF. This is where the Infinity Tools Lapped Miter router bit set really shines. The set combines a half lap profile with a 45° miter, creating a joint with great glue surface and no weak ‘fingers’. The half lap makes glue-ups a breeze and the mitered edge hides unsightly plywood layers that are better left unseen. A win-win. Continue reading
Call me crazy, but I find chopping a mortise by hand to be one of the more enjoyable parts of a project. I get to grab a big beefy mortise chisel, a mallet that Thor would appreciate, and take out all my aggression on a piece of wood that will actually be of use when I am done!
But it may surprise you to know that this wasn’t always the case. In fact, before I got a proper set of mortise chisels, I would put off the task for as long as I could manage. The right tool can make all the difference on your outlook about the work that we do, and once you make the step into a quality set of chisels the difference really is quite staggering. If you are ready to make that step, then I think that you’ll find these Narex Profi Mortise Chisels will make a world of difference…
Paring chisels are the Clark Gable of the chisel world. Tall and Slender, graceful yet masculine, not perfect for every part but when the right role comes along they will knock your socks off. Narex makes a great set of these not-so-common tools and when it comes to fine tuning the fit of a tenon, reaching into tight stop dados, or cleaning up some end grain, these paring chisels are Oscar-worthy.
There are a few details that make a paring chisel great and Narex nailed them all. A paring chisel needs Continue reading
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried finishing up a hand cut dovetail with a square bench chisel only to find that the nice sharp detail I worked so hard to add ended up just beyond my reach. This is where a skew chisel shines, because the angular design of the cutting edge allows me to trim the fuzz out of the minuscule corner of a half blind dovetail or finish off any number of other little details on a project without fear of damaging the surrounding material. I was very excited when I finally got the chance to get my hands on some of the Narex Skew Chisels now being offered here at Infinity Cutting Tools. I have always been impressed with the tools Narex produces, like their bench chisels and rasps, and I was quite hopeful that these new skew chisels would leave me equally enamored. Continue reading
One of my favorite devices in the Infinity Cutting Tools workshop is our iVac Pro Dust Collection System. It automatically activates our three horsepower dust collector whenever I turn on one of our table saws or our jointers or our surface planers or… you get the idea. It’s an absolute dream that keeps us from having to think about dust collection when we’re already trying to think about everything else that goes into a project.
One of my all time favorite inlay designs, and the focal point of my federal style tables, is the compass rose inlay. It is a striking geometric design that looks to the eye extremely complex when it is in actuality a very straightforward pattern to make. All you need are a few simple tools and the right procedure for putting all the pieces together. The alternating dark/light pattern helps hide minor flaws, so don’t be afraid to dive into making one of these inlays as it is a great starting project for the beginner. Read on to learn how I went about crafting the compass rose inlays on my award-winning federal oval tables. Continue reading
Veneering is one of those techniques that has gotten a bad reputation over the last few decades. I think this is to do with production cabinetry and laminates on factory made particle board furniture. Don’t be put off by the naysayers who chant “give me solid wood or give me nothing” in every forum and club meeting, because they are just missing out. Veneered furniture has been around for hundreds of years, and some of the most amazing pieces of furniture ever made were done with the thin stuff. If you decide to take the plunge into this very rewarding woodworking discipline, an array of different species and figures will be available to paint your pieces. Veneers are available in figures that are scarcely found in regular dimensional lumber and at a much better price point. You don’t need a lot of expensive tools to do some pretty fancy work, either. I used hot hide glue and a home made veneer hammer to do all the veneer work on my tables. Here is how I did it… Continue reading
The Legs on my Federal Oval Table stand in stark contrast to the curves of the top and skirt and – competitively speaking – give the table a strong set of legs to stand on. The tapered legs add a formality to the overall design that really set the style firmly in the Federal period.