Carving Whimsical Birds by Laura Dunkle

By Laura Dunkle

Most of the pleasant birds during this ebook will be carved and painted in an afternoon utilizing universal instruments. Designs for bluebirds, chickadees, robins, cardinals, and lots of extra species are integrated with distinct instructions.

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Set a combination square to the thickness of the hinge and use it to scribe the depth of the hinge mortise on the sides of the door and cabinet stile. Cutting Hinge Mortises Most woodworking operations these days are done with power tools, and indeed, as you’ll find later in this book, there are times when making hinge mortises with a router makes sense. But in most cases, it’s quicker to cut a few hinge mortises with hand tools than it is to set up a router. Plus, it’s a nice change of pace to grab a sharp chisel and cut out a neat little mortise.

Set a combination square to the thickness of the hinge and use it to scribe the depth of the hinge mortise on the sides of the door and cabinet stile. Cutting Hinge Mortises Most woodworking operations these days are done with power tools, and indeed, as you’ll find later in this book, there are times when making hinge mortises with a router makes sense. But in most cases, it’s quicker to cut a few hinge mortises with hand tools than it is to set up a router. Plus, it’s a nice change of pace to grab a sharp chisel and cut out a neat little mortise.

The difference is that a counter­sink tapers inward to match the shape of a flathead screw, whereas a counterbore has a flat bottom to match a bolt or screw with a head that is flat underneath. You can countersink a screw just flush with the surface for a neat but exposed appearance. Or you can countersink deeper so the hole can be covered with wood putty or a wood plug to hide the screw. It is a good idea to predrill and countersink holes for screws near the edges of a board to prevent splitting.

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