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Sawdust Session 20:  May 24, 2008
Topics: How to rip bevels along the length of a board, including FREE plans for an adaption of the Shopsmith Outfeed Table that raises, lowers, and tilts with the main table. Plus how to assemble and clamp unusual shapes, joining complex project one half at a time, setting the thickness planer knives, and Drew's Interludes.

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1. Ripping Bevels with a Tilted Table -- When ripping a bevel on you Shopsmith, you must support two boards as the work leaves the saw -- the upper part and the lower part. You can adapt the Shopsmith Outfeed Table to do just that -- FREE plans. 2. Clamping Oddly Shaped Assemblies -- Assembling the diamond-shaped shadow box that we introduced in Sawdust Session #19 presents an entire series of clamping challenges -- but nothing we couldn't handle
3. Joining Mitered Assemblies -- When putting together a complex frame where all the parts have to mate perfectly, it sometimes helps to assemble one half at a time. 4. Setting Planer Knives -- Changing and setting the knives in the Thickness Planer is surprisingly simple and straightforward once you know a few secrets.
Drew's Interludes:
1. Cleaning Your Clamps
An easy way to peel the dried glue from metal clamps, and an even easier method of keeping the glue from sticking in the first place.
2. Case Hardening in Wood -- A little-known property of wood, how it can effect glue-ups, and how to keep it from doing so.

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