|In This Issue
A Few Words From Richard Wedler
What's New @ Micro Fence
Tips and Techniques
|A Few Words From Richard Wedler
"It was a particularly rigorous travel schedule for Micro Fence this past year with twelve consecutive weekly shows running from early January until the end of March. Though tiring, the tour proved to be rewarding and actually enjoyable.
The rejuvenated Woodworking Shows tour is under new management, which has brought new life to them. Featuring expanded education opportunities and a very enthusiastic spirit, I think we'll see an increasing popularity over the next few years. In the 20+ years we've marketed Micro Fence, the current show ownership has provided the most supportive and cooperative energy I've ever experienced. What that means is a more fulfilling show experience for the attendees. No longer just a "swap meet" atmosphere where one goes to find bargain prices, the wide range of the show's workshops and education programs can empower those that want to improve their skills". -Rich
For our Galley Spotlight, we are showcasing the work of Micro Fence owner Robert Dickey.
"The box made it to the top 3 projects for the day on Lumberjocks.com, and it sold on my Internet shop within 24 hours of posting it. Thanks for the great tools!" - Robert Dickey
That is what Robert Dickey wrote to us in an email not too long after purchasing the Micro Fence System. When we heard the news about his work, we decided to get in touch with him for the Gallery Spotlight section of our newsletter and website. We asked that he send over a few pictures and what he wanted to say about each one.
This box is made of quarter sawn sapele. Dimensions are approximately 9” x 13’ x 6 1/2” high. The double, overlapping rectangles on the top are done with commercial inlay strips. They were routed in in two separate steps, using the Micro Fence edge guide to control location and width. Dimensions had to be closely held as the distance from the edges of the lid to the inlay varied from top to bottom, and side to side. I used Rich’s “double cut” technique to hold the width of the inlay channel accurately.
The interior (same box as above) includes a removable grid, a ring bar, and the micro suede lining. It also displays another use of the edge guide. Using quadrant hinges requires that a deep mortise be cut in the box base and another, shallower one in the lid, to contain the quadrant stop. Typical instructions suggest using a long drill in the drill press to drill out, and then clean out these mortises. It takes a long time to do so as the drill likes to wander, as well as break. I instead use a long, Onsrud router bit in a plunge router, and the Micro Fence edge guide to position it in the center of the mortise for the hinge arms. With the Micro adjust, I can quickly line up the bit in the center of the mortise, insuring that I have support for the hinge arm on both sides of the mortise. A few quick plunges and I have a perfect mortise in a fraction of the time.
This box is 9” x 13” x 6 ¼” high. The wood is cherry. I used a single, MDF template clamped at different positions to cut all the grooves for the inlay. I used the Micro Fence plunge base to give me the visibility and accuracy I need to cut each of the grooves. The inlay was ripped from maple and Peruvian walnut. In the case of the inlay that has maple in the center and Peruvian walnut on both sides, the three strips were glued concurrently with inserting them and gluing them into the top. This way they had much more flex for bending around the curve.
This box is made of red oak and Peruvian walnut. The inlays are Peruvian walnut as well. I used the same MDF template as in the previous box as a guide for routing the inlay grooves. Again, I used the Micro Fence plunge guide and Rich's “double cut” method to get an accurate cut to fit the inlay in. When I had the inlays done, it still looked incomplete, so I added to four “dot” using a forstner bit and plug cutter to cut matching plugs from the Peruvian walnut. The lid lift is a machined brass knob with a Peruvian walnut insert.
This last box is one derivation of my Pagoda jewelry box. I initiated the original design in 1999 as a basic 3 drawer box. Since then it has been my most popular piece. I have made them as 3 and 4 drawer boxes with solid lid, and 4, 5, and 6 drawer boxes with a hinged lid with under lid storage area. The open frame with the drawers riding on the wood runners attracts lots of interest. Needless to say, everything has to be carefully measured and fit for the drawers to fit properly. This box is made of quarter sawn sapele and birds-eye maple. Overall dimensions are approximately 14” wide, 11” tall, and 9 ½” deep. The basic 4 drawer box was also a featured project in Woodcraft Magazine in the December/January 2012 issue as seen below. That's Robert on the cover, putting on the high shine.
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|What's New At Micro Fence
We plan on shooting a number of videos this summer that will be the beginning of a Micro Fence techniques video library. In our last newsletter, we wrote about a new overview DVD. We are hoping that will be completed by the end of the summer and be ready for distribution at the start of the 2014 -2015 show season. We also plan to make a series of technique videos for our website as time and expense permit. Rich, with his long career in woodworking, will be able to show you some valuable techniques you can add to your woodworking skills.
The Makita RT0701C trim router is now among those that can be fitted in our Plunge Base. We've also designed a new Sub-Base Assembly so that our Edge Guide or Circle Jig can be mounted on it.
Our new Sub-Base Assembly provides points of attachment for our Edge Guide or Circle Jig
An adaptor ring allows the RT0701C to fit in our Plunge Base.
Our friend from the Woodworking Shows, Dick Rhodes, introduced his new track system for circular saws a couple of years ago. Called the True Trac, the system features extremely rigid extrusions that can be joined together to accommodate larger dimensioned work. We've teamed up to provide an Interface for routers which is shown below.
You'll be seeing this combination later this year at the Woodworking Shows.
Check out the video that George Vondriska, from Woodworker's Guild of America, made using the Micro Fence Edge Guide for "Precision Dadoes & Grooves" by clicking on the picture below.
|Tips and Techniques
In this new section, Rich will show you some tips and techniques on how to better use your Micro Fence system. This time it will focus on checking parallel alignment of the guide shafts on your Micro Fence Edge-Guide (or Circle Jig), to insure smooth travel when setting up your job.
The guide shafts must be parallel to one another in both horizontal and vertical planes (see the picture below). Test the vertical alignment by simply placing the mounting bar and guide shaft assembly on a smooth, flat surface (a table saw, jointer bed, granite block, etc.), and tap lightly on the end of each guide shaft with the tip of your finger. Any motion indicates a misalignment that will adversely affect the way in which the shafts slide through the body and spindle bar.
Apply pressure to the guide shaft in the appropriate direction to correct the misalignment and re-test on the flat surface. Pay special attention to insure that the re-adjustments have not loosened the shafts in the mounting bar. If necessary, re-tighten using the rubber pad and either your fingers or pliers to achieve firm tightness.
The horizontal alignment can be checked visually by simply installing the guide shafts in the main body of the Micro Fence. They should slide into the Delrin bushings without deflection, and pass on through the appropriate holes in the spindle bar without significant resistance. Fluid motion should be checked by sliding the guide shaft/mounting bar assembly back and forth a few times. Be sure to tighten all threaded parts securely. A loose guide shaft will compromise the rigidity of your edge guide. This holds true for the mounting pins as well.
Keep all threaded parts firmly seated. We supply a small rubber pad with every Micro Fence so that pliers can be used to lock the threaded components down with a little tweak without danger of scratching the stainless steel rods or pins. In addition, be sure to keep all moving parts of the Micro Fence clean and lubricated with our Dynaglide Plus formula. It is specially made for both wooden and metallic surfaces. Click on the picture to go to our Dynaglide page.
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The show season is over for now. The last show we were going to attend was in Houston, TX as part of The Woodworking Shows, but it was postponed. The new dates for that show are October 17th through the 19th, 2014. We hope to see you there. We will also be attending the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, Georgia from August 20th to the 23rd, 2014, as well as the Woodworking in America Show in Winston-Salem, NC on September 12th through the 14th, 2014. More details on these shows will be available soon on our site.
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