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Woodworking technique idea

Making the parts to some of my toys gets pretty tricky. One part I made last week was for my train’s caboose. The walnut cupola atop the cherry caboose requires a precise angle to fit nicely. While a table saw can be used for this part I prefer to use my router as it seems safer and more precise. I use a straight bit mounted in my router table and add a couple of auxiliary fences to guide the stock as I slide it over the bit with push sticks. I think the attached “pictures are worth a thousand words” as they say. Getting the stock to the proper angle for machining involves tacking a couple of thin strips (the walnut strips shown in the left of the photo) along the main fence. Some experimentation is necessary to find what strip thickness results in the proper angle.

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It has ever since been a pleasure to me to see good workmen handle their tools; and it has been useful to me, having learnt so much by it as to be able to do little jobs myself in my house when a workman could not readily be got, and to construct little machines for my experiments, while the intention of making the experiment was fresh and warm in my mind.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 1757

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