I have several new things to report today, from teeny tiny finger joints, a new router table, a woodworking quiz in the video above, sharpening hand plane irons, and a new camera (GoPro).
Router table: As I mentioned in an earlier post, I bought the Rockler HPL router table top with phonolic plate. However, Rockler replaced the plate with the aluminum plate, because one of the screws used to secure the round insert stripped the threads. Rockler provided terrific Customer Service, replacing the insert plate via overnight delivery.
I used the new RTJ400 dovetail and finger joint jig from Leigh Industries to machine tiny finger joints with a 3/32-inch router bit; for this I had the e10 guide bushing mounted on the router table insert.
The results are terrific. The joint fit like a glove – you can see the results starting at 3:25 minutes in the video.
I have included something new in the video – a QUIZ! Put simply, I wanted to find out how much attention readers gave to the details in the video. I won’t give away prizes for perfect answers; but you can take the quiz as many times as you wish. This video is not hosted on YouTube, due to the requirements of the quiz embedded in the video.
I am now either ripping boards with hand saws, or using hand planes to get them to the proper width to get symmetrical joinery. And I use hand planes to get the proper board width. I love it! Heck, I even sharpened four hand plane irons yesterday, using scary sharp (sandpaper), and WD-40 as the lubricant. Highly recommended.
Lastly, I now use a GoPro camera to shoot videos in HD. I hope you like the better quality of this video. Let me know if you think this is better. Thanks!
— Al Navas