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10 February 2024

Determining which species of wood to use for projects
Hosted by Alamo Hardwoods.

27 August 2022

  • Sanding Techniques - Know Your True Grit

  • Pecan Live Edge Table

  • Toddler Rocking Chair

  • Tool Restoration

23 July 2022

Building a Post Office Box Bank


June18, 2022

Sharpening Knives, Chisels and HHS Turning Tools 

Dovtails & Box Joints 

We will be discussing and demonstrating a Porter - Cable Dovetail jig.  Some key phrases that need to be remembered are:

  •   Half Blind dovetails require 1 bit

  •   Thru dovetails require 2 bits

  •   Always lubricate jig surfaces 

  •   Use wood pieces that are “Straight, Square, and Smooth”

  • Layout box flat with outside surfaces down and label them.  Use rule of thumb “Top against Stop”


  • Types of Clamps

  • Different Clamps for Different Projects

  • Clamping Jigs



1 Butt joints:

  • 90 degree butt joint

  • Screw reinforced

  • Pocket screws

  • Using dowels

  • Using biscuitS

  • Using dominoes​

2. 45 Degree Miters

  • Using splines

  • Using dowels

  • Using dominoes

3. Rabbets, Dadoes:

  a. Long-grain rabbets

  • Dado Blade

  • Router Table straight bit

Using Rabbeting Bit

  b. Cross grain Rabbets

  • Dado Blade

  • Router Table

  • Using Rabbeting bit

  c. Dadoes

  • Dado Stack

  • Using a router with guide

  • Using a router table

Using screws to reinforce

4. Mortises & Tenon’s:

  a. Mortises

  • Using a drill and Chisel

  • Using a router and edge guide

  • Using a  chisel mortise


  • Using Dado stack

  • Using a Tenoning Jig

  • Using a router table

  • Using a band saw

  c. Loose Mortise & Tenon

  • Using a router with guide

  • Using a Domino

  d. Through mortise & Tenon

  • Using a router and chisel

  • Using a router and jig

5. Half laps & Bridles:

  • Using a dado stack

  • Using a router table

  • Using a band saw and chisels

  • Using a tenoning jig

6. Finger joints:

  • Using a table saw jig

  • Using a router jig

  • Using a band saw

7.  Dovetails:

  • Hand cut dovetails

  • Band saw cut dovetails

  • Dovetail jig

8. Sliding Dovetail

  • Using a router


Viewing, discussing and demonstrating various types of jigs both purchased and DIY used in woodworking. Jigs make repetitive or other tasks easier for table sawing, band sawing, routing, assembly etc.

Woodworking Jigs and Fixtures

Why Use:

                Safety, Accuracy and Repeatability, Complex cuts

Types of Jigs:

                Table Saw, Router, Drilling and Boring,    Clamping, including Feather boards,

                Grinders and Band and Jigsaw, Mortise and Tenon 

What do I Need to make a Jig?

                Glue, Hardboard (plywood or MDF), screws, knobs, t-nuts, clamp


How do I get started?

                Project needs accuracy or repeatability, determine what needs to be held in place or positioned.

                Use a stable wood or plastic structure.  Provide for a method that the project piece can be held or moved over and over again on duplicate pieces.

                Test and measure.

                Ensure jig is fixed and firm, Use metal clamps or guides when possible.

                CA glue is not always good on some MDF types of wood

Video Links:

                5 Easy to Make Jigs easy to Make -

                10 essential Jigs -

                Jigs and Fixtures -


by James Foster

This is a Powerpoint Presentation on my process of designing, preparing and implementing the task of making and turning a  segmented bowl.  Click on the Learn more button below to access the presentation.



DUST Collection Options
And Protection



Sketchup for Woodworkers
How to get started
Six Tips to get you started
1. Setting up your template for woodworking
2. 3 Button scroll wheel mouse
3. 2D vs 3D
4. Geometry
5. Stickiness
6. Groups and components
1. Templates – Setting up the correct template for your use
▪ On the menu bar at top select (Window)
▪ From the drop down select (Preferences)
▪ In the pop up box
• For 3D scroll down to and select – woodworking inches or MM
• For 2D scroll down to and select - Construction documents Feet & Inches or MM (Not Recommended)
▪ Start a new drawing for the selected template to take affect
▪ If your new drawing opens with a figure of a person in it just click on it and delete it
2. How to use the 3 Button scroll Mouse for drawing
▪ Left button click and let go
▪ Move and click and let go ***
▪ To zoom in and out use the scroll wheel
3. Use 2D to learn how to draw before moving into 3D
▪ The Origin Point (Always start your drawing here)
▪ The Axis ***
• Solid Red axis is left to right (Right of the origin point)
• Solid Green axis is front to back (Behind the origin point)
• Solid Blue axis is up and down (Above the origin point)
▪ Dotted axis lines are left, below and in front of the origin point
▪ Try each drawing tool
▪ For the best accuracy always enter your desired lengths or diameters in the box bottom left of screen***
4. Geometry
▪ All geometry is made up of three things
• points, edges, and faces
▪ Geometry can be
• A single line (2 points)
Sketchup for Woodworkers
How to get started
• Several Lines connected (Multiple Points)
• A shape with points, lines and a single face (2D) or multiple faces in (3D)
5. Stickiness
▪ Use this option to create new shapes from overlaying basic shapes
▪ This can be the most frustrating thing in Sketchup ***
6. Groups and Components
▪ Use these 2 options to keep geometry from sticking to other geometry ***
▪ Always Group items or you will end up with an unusable drawing
▪ A Group can be 1 piece of geometry or multiple pieces
• To make a group double click (left Button)a piece of geometry and right click (right button) over the top of it. In the pop-up box select group
• A group can be easily copied and moved
• A copied group becomes independent from the original and can be modified independently. ***
▪ A Component should be 1 piece of geometry ***
• A component can be exported to a cut list using an special extension tool ***
• An existing group can be made into a component by right clicking on it and selecting make component. Then right click on the new component select Entity Info at the top of the pop-up box. Enter a Unique Name in the definition box. This is the same as the name box when making a component below***
• A new Component can be made by double clicking on a piece of geometry and selecting make component. Then giving it a unique name (IE: Cabinet Side)
Extra Tips
• Control Z undo (each control Z deletes the last change you can do several)
• If you get lost inside your drawing/shapes, select the zoom extents tool
• To Lock the direction of movement - Left arrow key = green axis, Right Arrow = red axis, up arrow = blue axis
• Use the “Camera” option select “standard views” from drop down for different views Top, Front, Right, Left, Bottom, Iso
• Use Guidelines “Tape measure tool” to help drawing accuracy
• Use the Hide feature to help see details covered by other geometry



Resawing With a Band Saw.PDF


11-5-2020 Meeting



Message from the Woodworkers Guild President:

It will be great to see each of you Thursday November 5, 2020.  Hope you can make it.

We will be talking about Kreg Pocket Hole Joinery

James (Jim) Foster will talk about using Kreg Pocket Hole Jigs

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig Products




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