Building a Laminate

There are two thicknesses of high-pressure laminate materials. The thinner version is used to manufacture post-formed countertops that are common in almost every kitchen and bathroom. The thicker general purpose (GP) laminates are used for applications like the top you're about to build here. The GP material is able to stand more abuse because of its thickness. This great-looking wood-edged countertop style has a number of uses. It can be used as a kitchen or bathroom countertop, a work center...

Knockdown Hardware

Furniture that can be taken apart is a necessary requirement for some people. That need has led to the development of a whole range of joinery bolts that allow for quick disassembly without damage. Cabinet and furniture makers have developed many applications for this type of fastener. It's often seen on children's beds and storage shelving systems. The Europeans have expanded the use of these bolts and developed an extensive line of knockdown furniture.

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Here's a typical raised panel door like the one you'll build TO 1 Form a tenon that's 4-thick by Vf-long centered on both ends of in this demonstration. L J each rail. m Prepare the stiles and rails by cutting a groove X-wide by K-deep in the middle of one long edge of each piece. Glue up a number of ' -thick boards using biscuits or simple edge gluing. Cut the panel to the size detailed in the cutting list. Next, use the table saw miter gauge to attach a board on the saw at a right angle to...

[Building A Crosscutting Sled

A crosscutting sled is one of the handiest and safest lable saw accessories you'll ever own. They are simple to build and a real pleasure to use when cutting wide panels. There are a number of options and safety features that can be added to your crosscutting sled. One woodworker painted the blade guard board red as a reminder ol the danger zone near the blade. Some have Installed Plexlglas guards above the saw blade path, and a few others have built a small enclosed box on the back of the sled...

Laminate Tabletop Construction

There is a countertop style that's easily made and well within any woodworker's capabilities. The process involves attaching a wood edge trim to a panel, called the substrate, and covering the top with a high-pressure laminate. These laminates are made with decorative surface papers impregnated with melamine resins that are pressed over kraft paper core sheets. These sheets are then bonded at pressures of 1,000 pounds or more per square inch with temperatures approaching 300 F (149 C). The...