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Picture Frame and Mitres

My next video on YouTube should document the making of a small picture frame made from a minute quantity of English walnut. Today, I’m going to share with you a bit about making the mitres on each of the four corners, as I took an opportunity to try and saw blade I’d not tested before and I’d like to share some of my thoughts on that.

Mitre Cutting Time!

I also decided to make a mitre-cutting jig for my mitre saw and there will be a shorter video showing how I made that, to be uploaded within days of the picture frame project going live.

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Going Digital

Like many other woodworkers, I’m sure, I’ve always had one ‘accurate’ square that I’ve always used especially for the accurate setting of my machinery. Last week, I finally decide to giving ‘going digital’ a try and invested in one of these digital angle gauges (aka. bevel boxes) from Wixey.

You’ve probably seen this type of device already. With their magnetic bases, they’re ideal for the setting of saw blades and machine tables with the greatest of accuracy. I really could’ve used one of these recently while struggling to set my table saw blade to a precise 22.5° – why do I only buy these things after I could have used them?! In time, I aim to produce a short video demonstrating how you could use one of these bevel boxes to accurately set up some of the machines in your workshop.

There are several other brands available but, my main reason for going with the Wixey WR300 was that it appears to be very highly regarded both here and in the USA. Mine was purchased from Allendale, through their eBay shop, at a cost of about £25 including postage. GemRed is another name that pops up and some retailers also offer a version that comes with its own storage case. I couldn’t find many negative comments on that one either, in case you happen to come across one on sale at a discounted price, with Christmas only weeks away now.

That’s all I have to say for now. My initial impressions are that this is something that’ll save me a lot of time otherwise spent faffing around with my machinery and that I should’ve purchased one many months ago!

Thanks for reading.

Scale for Bandsaw Fence

As much as I love the 16in Startrite 401e bandsaw that I’ve had for over a year now, I’m continually frustrated by the lack of a a built-in scale when it comes to setting the fence for a width of cut. Many cheaper bandsaws have them as standard, even if they’re not all that accurate. I’ve never understood why Startrite don’t include one… This has meant that, instead, I’ve either had to set the fence using a ruler before I start the saw or, for multiple cuts of varying widths, it’s often meant marking each board with a pencil line, so I do not have to switch the saw off. With its electronic brake, you can lose a lot of time in between stopping and starting a machine of this size. On the other hand, you don’t want to be putting a steel tape measure of ruler anywhere within the proximity of a continuous blade running at full speed!

In order to remedy this problem, I purchased a length of self-adhesive tape or rule, which is produced by Kreg.

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