The wide world of woodworking is fascinating. There are so many branches to learn about. There’s no way to explore them all. That’s why it’s fun to hear the passion from others. The Woodsmith Shop welcomed Brent Hull to the shop to talk about built-in furniture and historic house design.
Highlighting a built-in project on the show is nearly impossible since every house (and homeowner) is different and has different needs. So we took a different approach. Brent gives us historic perspective on how built-ins have historically worked and the potential for built-ins now. Then Chris, Logan, and Phil shared some techniques that are applicable to the process of constructing this unique type of woodworking in your own shop.
The router is one of our favorite small power tools. There are many applications for it. We decided to showcase two clever jigs that expand your router’s capabilities. The first is a miter trimming jig that allows you to trim miter joints for a smooth, seamless joint.
Router mortising jigs are pretty common. We have a few that we like. But what about tenons? There aren't too many options there. The tenon jig we feature allows you to quickly form snug-fitting tenons on almost any size workpiece. And it’s easy to set up.
Brent Hull operates a historic home construction and renovation company in Austin, Texas. He talked more about woodworking and homes on an episode of the ShopNotes podcast. Hear the conversation.
Now that your router is set for making tenons, try this jig for making matching mortises.