The saga of the Bird Mouth Bit

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Blog series by splintergroup updated 01-08-2021 08:00 PM 3 parts 1482 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Setting up the material

01-04-2021 08:51 PM by splintergroup | 7 comments »

So, as many of you know I like to do/post experiments on new-to-me “things” related to woodworking. This series mainly shows some of the extra steps I’ll do when making a project but there are a few things to really help with getting success from a new router bit. The first two parts are really about the wood prep for what I want to emerge when done. The router bit comes later. Self aligning mitersI like 45-degree lock miter bits for getting excellent, gap free mite...

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Part 2: Last preps for the cut

01-08-2021 05:02 PM by splintergroup | 1 comment »

Last entry left off with a pair of strip-veneered panels. Karelian birch and zircote over a poplar core. These are each about 12+ inches long, 6” wide, and a bit over 3/8” thick + the veneer thickness. Grain of the poplar runs along the long dimension, the veneers are laid out cross-grain on both sides. With veneer and miters, the edges are very susceptible to chips and other thing that can happen , especially when crosscutting the veneers grain. My goal was to form a...

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Part 3: Assembly with a clamping jig

01-08-2021 08:00 PM by splintergroup | 3 comments »

The bird mouth has been cut and now it’s time to section the sides and assemble the hexagon ring. Recall that I had used strips of veneer versus using a full-width or spliced together sheet. This is where things would be easier if I had done that 8^) My target side height was about 2” so I aligned the gaps between the veneer strips to that value, The trick is to also get the strips similarly aligned on the opposite side. I now want to cross cut the panel but I need to...

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