Essential accessories

Over the years, I provided or made myself accessories to optimize my work. Here is the list of those I find indispensable and who have particularly helped me in my work.

I will update this article punctually, as and when, my acquisitions.

Sharpen

Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide

Photo credit: Lee Valley

I love Veritas tools. They are worth their weight in gold and their quality is always irreproachable. This template is no exception to the rule.

To be effective, sharp tools, such as wood chisels, must be sharp like razor and the cutting angle, bevel, accurate. To help us in this task, there are many templates but, that of Veritas, is really very versatile.

Advantages:

  • Polyvalent;
  • Very effective;
  • Adjustable bevel.

Table Saw

Zero clearance insertion plate

A “must”, if any, to make sharp cuts on the table saw.

Advantages:

  • Precise cuts without splinters;
  • Safer;
  • Relatively simple to make or obtain commercially.

Some time ago, I did an article on the subject. You can read it here.

Drill

Right Angle Adapter

Photo credit: Milescraft

Very useful for screwing or drilling at right angles in tight spaces.

Advantages:

  • Easy and fast to use;
  • Precise;
  • The hexagonal tail will allow you to change the drill quickly and without tightening.

Buy a model that accepts hammer drills.

Tapered Snug-Plug Cutters

Photo credit: Lee Valley

When you have to hide screws or plug holes. With a little practice, clogged holes become almost invisible.

  • Easy to use;
  • Economic;
  • Easy to find on the market.

Take a flared model that will produce tapered plugs.

Buy a set of 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ will come you back, often, cheaper than to unit.

Self Centering Drill Bit

Photo credit: Bosch

Very handy when you have a lot of cabinet hardware to install. As its name suggests, this drill bit automatically centers itself by leaning on the hole of the screws of the fitting. Position it and it remains only to pre-drill before screwing.

Advantages:

  • Easy to use;
  • Easy to fin one the market;
  • The hexagonal tail will allow you to change the drill quickly and without tightening;
  • Automatic centering drill bit;
  • Drilling depth already set.

Buy a set of #6, #8 and #10 drill bits will come you back, often, cheaper than to unit.

Take them with a hexagonal tail for use without tightening on a drill/driver.

Drill template for door

Photo credit: DeWalt

Very specific use but so convenient when you have a lot of lock to install on doors whose holes are not drilled.

Advantages:

  • Easy and fast to use;
  • Very precise;
  • Safer.

I will do an article on the building of interior door.

Drill Guide

Photo credit: Milescraft

When you need to drill holes at a precise angle.

Advantages:

  • Increases accuracy;
  • Fast and Easy to use.

Router

Dovetail Jig

Photo credit: Porter Cable

When we build dovetail drawers and we can not made them by hand, a jig quickly becomes essential.

I chose for Porter Cable 4210 model and, with a little practice, we can build great drawers.

  • Accurate;
  • Effective because it allows to do two sides at once;
  • Interchangeable templates to obtain different patterns.

Mostly, a template is made to increase our precision and productivity. I will not go into the “doing everything by hand” debate, as with dovetails, this is not the subject of this article.

Festool Hole Drilling System 32

Photo credit: Festool

Although expensive, it is the best system I used to make repetitive and accurate holes in 32 mm increments.

During the renovation of my kitchen and other built-in furniture, this one proved to be a most precious ally.

Advantages:

  • Easy tu use;
  • Very precise;
  • Safer.

I will do an article on the System 32.

To be continued…

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