Precision woodworking joinery in minutes

The PantoRouter makes woodworking joinery fast, accurate, safe, repeatable and fun!  Mortise and tenon has never been easier with over 150 perfectly fitting sizes using their patented tapered templates.  You can set-up and cut angled or compound-angled joints in minutes, virtually dust-fee due to the incredibly effective dust collection hood.  Go from set-up to glue-up in under 5-minutes in most cases.

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African walnut

Endemic to tropical West Africa, African Walnut is a large tree growing to heights of 150 feet.  African Walnut logs typically have long branch-free trunks with diameters up to 4 feet.  These trees will provide lots of lumber in decent lengths and widths.  The grain is usually interlocked which will produce a shimmering ribbon stripe on quartersawn material.

The heartwood colours range from a golden yellow to reddish brown, often overlayed with dark black streaks.  Upon exposure to light and air, the colour will darken to a deeper brown.  The sapwood is a yellow to light gray and is sharply demarcated from the heartwood.  Occasionally, there is a narrow colour transition zone present between the sapwood and the heartwood.

African walnut

Which HVLP spray finishing system is right for you?

“Don’t be afraid of spray finishing,” were the first words of advice from my good friend, fellow woodworker and coatings expert Julian Hay, who is also the president of Associated Coating Services. Hay has sprayed just about everything from jewellery boxes to oil refineries. Hay continued, “Get some drop cloths and a box fan with a furnace filter over it. Then get a bunch of cardboard or scrap MDF and start spraying it. It’s like learning any other woodworking skill: get out the scrap and make your mistakes on it. Get out the good wood once you stop making mistakes.”

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How strong is a dowel joint?

Dowel joints are fast, easy and flexible to make, but how strong are they? We put this popular joint through some tests to figure out if they are as good as they seem.

The woodworker has many options when it comes to selecting ways of joining solid wood. Some joints are easy to machine but don’t offer much strength. Some are difficult but when made well last a long time. Most joints fall somewhere in the middle. The dowel joint, whether made with the help of an aftermarket jig, dowel center or other hole-location method, is easy to make and offers a lot of flexibility. To find out if the dowel joint could stand up to a beating, I selected two other methods of solid wood joinery and tested them all to failure: the biscuit joint is commonly used for its ease of machining, and mor­tise and tenon – although more difficult to make, and known traditionally for its great strength – is the other joint in the test. I believe these three commonly used joints will provide a fair cross-section of strength results.

Dowel Joint
Dowel joint testing
Steve used this machine to test the strength of all the different joints

Build a clamp rack

All shops have their organizational challenges, and there are as many solutions to these challenges as there are woodworkers. Here’s a simple and effective way to store parallel clamps.

 This clamp rack is a great place to start organizing a shop of any size. It can be made with less than 5 BF of your favourite hardwood and holds a respectable 20 parallel jaw clamps. You can adjust the lengths of the horizontal parts, depending on the size of your clamp collection. In addition, this rack includes a built-in shelf that is perfect for holding clamping accessories like glue bottles and bench cookies.

Clamp rack
clamp rack illustration