Review of ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

Personally, when I open a book, for the first time, the table of contents is the first place I go to. So you know where I am headed.

The table of contents shows this book, by Chris Schwarz, to be made up of twenty-one chapters and six appendices.

Chapter one starts on page one and chapter twenty-one ends on page 381.

The twenty-one chapters are titled as follows:
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A Good Method for Trimming End Grain

This is going to be a short post, but some useful information (I think anyway).

Now I have heard of using water on end grain prior to planing with a handplane. However, what with being concerned with tear-out, I shy away from using a handplane on end grain.

So instead of using a handplane, I use a random orbital sander (ROS). It tends to be slow going, but no tear-out worries. Then, it dawned on me. Why not wet the end grain with water? And then go to town on it with my ROS. I wonder if that would work? Well, it does.

I would guesstimate that it cut my sanding time in half. Plus, surely it is cutting down on the amount of sawdust going airborne.

Why in the world did I not think of this before?

Give it a try.

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Making Clamping Squares From 3/4” OSB

Looking for an inexpensive set of clamping squares? Same here, and what follows is what I came up with.

Topics Covered
1. Build Sequence
2. Finish
3. Clamping Square Usage
4. In Closing
5. Request

1. Build Sequence
Using your table saw cut four pieces of 3/4” OSB to the following dimensions: 3/4” x 3” x 12”. The four OSB boards shown in Photo 1 will not be the final dimensions, just the dimensions you will start with.

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Grizzly 17” Band Saw (G0513ANV) Setup

he pTopics Covered
1. Purchase
2. Setup
……Step 1—Guide post handwheel
……Step 2—Positive stop bolt
……Step 3—Quick-release tension lever
……Step 4—Move blade guides away from blade
……Step 5—Remove the saw blade
……Step 6—Install band saw table
……Step 7—Reinstall the blade
……Step 8—Check & adjust tracking of the blade
……Step 9—Square tabletop to blade
……Step 10—Dust collection
……Step 11—Electrical power plug
……Step 12—Test run
……Step 13—Blade tensioning
……Step 14—Adjust distance between blade guides and blade gullets
……Step 15—Adjust distance between blade guides and blade
……Step 16—Adjust distance between back of blade & support bearings
……Step 17—Align the table to the blade & fence
……Step 18—Calibrate the miter gauge relative to the blade
3. Resawing Video
4. Summary
5. Request

1. Purchase
Knocking $20 off the sale price and free shipping sounded good to me. So I ordered the Grizzly Model No. G0513ANV band saw. And with 17” wheels and a 2-hp motor, I was looking forward to getting and powering this beast up.

Regarding cost, I paid $875 for this saw (back in Feb 2015).

Here are the stats for the Grizzly Model G0513ANV band saw.

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