Some Router hacks you should know

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One can do a lot of experiments with the wood, making small edges and molding projects seem easy but need to be performed with safety.

There are a number of tricks and tips you need to follow to enhance your skills.

1. Use two feather boards on the router table and it will help you in getting accuracy while shaping the wood. It will help the wood to remain in place and you will be able to handle the smallest of cuts and chances of injuries is also the least. Even though these cuts are very tiny, still it results in smoother and straight cuts.

2. When routing on a wide board, making cuts on thin or narrow wood stock, while handling edges on the table saw, is a much efficient and safer solution. This one is very fruitful in shaping moldings.

3. While shaping identical twin pieces for any appliance, one can easily adjust the pattern bit or a template onto the height of the wood. Most of them are available in thinner width so it won’t take much of your energy.

4. While working on dados, try to make a customized base plate to help you out with the measurements. Start with 0 at the base and you can change it after an interval between the continuous differences among the measurements.

5. With the help of a starting and exit ramp on the template, following through with the cut becomes much effortless.

6. When you make sleds, due to an improper base, you’ll find that many of them have minute difficulties with producing misaligned joints. To get an inflexible sled, add a board in front of it and two top boards that bridge over the workpiece.

7. For cutting tenons you can use clamps, specifically making use of a thinner bit for the router. This helps you to get rail looking efficient cut.

8. Try to use down-cut bits to make chip-free dados because they generally push down the chips to give a smoother cut out of the wood.

9. It becomes very difficult to flatten the wider boards if they don’t fit through the table. To get a solution to this problem, place two guide boards on the wider board along with a large-diameter bit on the router.

These are a few hacks you can try next time while routing.

How to Set Up and Use Router Table System

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All these differences will decide what type of result you will get. Here we are going to discuss some basics you should keep in mind while setting up a router table. First of all, learn about some essential accessories related to routing.

The commencing models don’t require a lot of set up but when you look at an advanced router table, there are some changes in the bases and mounting plates. So, basically, there are 3 types of router tables.

Benchtop router table which sits on a workbench and can be kept aside when not in use. Floor-standing router table that has a cabinet and needs some space. Extension router table gets easily attached to a table saw and is affordable in terms of space.

Now when you are aware of some basic information about the routers, let’s have a look at some tips for setting up the same.

Well, there is a number of things you should consider while setting up the router table because its features will decide the quality of cuts.

1. Switch: This is very important to make sure that the switch is in a working condition as it will be easy to switch the router on and off, which means you don’t have to push yourself to reach under the table.

2. Insert Plate: Insert plate is another important feature to look for because this is only that attaches to the router base while setting up the router table. Make sure that it sits flush to the table surface.

To make the height adjustments and changing bits easier, it should be easy to attach and remove the plate and with a router lift, it can become so easy to do.

3. Ring: Nowadays an insert plate is sold with a reducer ring so that you can choose a ring that fits the diameter of the router. The best thing about this feature is that it will lessen any chance of a chip out and will make sure that the cut pieces are not consumed by the opening around the router bit.

4. Fence: The fence of a router table is very important as it will decide the level of accuracy that has to be achieved. A fence manages the workpiece in a correct manner and also intensifies safety that lets you add feather boards, bit guards and other required accessories to the router table.

5. Upgrading router table: When you have your own router table with you, it is quite obvious that you will try to make few adjustments. Feather board and the built-in track are some crucial areas you can upgrade. Beside this, a miter gauge can also be added to make sure that you get pinpoint results.

The more you practice woodworking art the more you want to upgrade your router table. These were some of the tips and tricks you may require to make your router more efficient and versatile.

How to choose the best router table

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Many factors affect when you purchase a router table such as getting a table with right slots to secure feather board, adjustable bit guard, right accessories, tips on how to avoid injuries and many more.

You can try some router hacks you should know before doing it right. So, let’s see how and on what basis you can choose the best router table for you.

Router Table with solid and flat top

It would be better if you have a smooth and stiff surface of the table. This kind of top helps you to cut and shape moldings. There are so many advantages of having a router table in your house. Keep those tips with you.

So if you’re looking for the best material in the market, choose MDF, it costs you low and is also durable. The material should be at least 1” thick.

Are you a professional? Then forget even MDF and go for cast iron tops. This is the best material as it is more durable, stable, absorbs more variations and also more expensive.

Rigid and flat base plate

Situated in the hole at the center of the router table, therefore, to support the heavy weight of the router it has to be durable enough. Also, make sure that it fits well at your router table so that the top surface is flat. Well, the base plate holds the bits, ensure that it is adjustable to work with bits of all the sizes.

Of course, the base plate should be compatible but also try to avoid it (if possible) because they often lack required strength.

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The fence must be adjusted easily

In order to manage the cut, one has to apply pressure against the table and the fence. Thus, it must be durable and adjustable. There are one-piece and two-piece fences available. With two-piece fences, you can adjust two pieces closer to the bit but their alignment can be difficult.

Since the fence must be perfectly aligned, thus, you don’t have to face such problem with a one-piece fence. It is the solid piece of wood that can cover both the in-feed and out-feed sides. The drawback of a one-piece fence is they cannot adjust the opening around the bit so it has to big enough to receive the bits.

Dust collector is also equally important

Never forget to purchase a dust collector, I repeat never. Working with wood produces dust and I am sure you also don’t want to work in such environment. But with chips and shavings out of the way, you can breathe properly.

If you don’t have a dust collector, it can create some serious breathing problems, eye and skin irritation, nasal dryness or headaches. Having a dust collector can reduce such accidents. Also, accumulated shavings can make the floor slippery that can easily catch fire.

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Barbeque Grilling Recipes- Peppers

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A good barbecue grilling recipe can be easily found at various barbecue cookbooks. For barbecue lovers out there, here are some of the most basic barbecue grilling recipes that you can do without even breaking a sweat. The ingredients used in the following recipes are basic enough that you can find them at the supermarket near you.

Grilled Peppers

Grilled Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces each of Green, Red, Yellow peppers
  • Dash of Steak Seasonings
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • A bit of lemon powder
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil

Instructions for Grilling:

If the peppers are small to medium-sized, you can instantly place all 12 peppers in a container with a tight lock. If the peppers are quite huge, make sure to cut them and a half and then de-seed them.

Put the remaining ingredients in the container and shake the veggies until each and every piece is coated with oil and seasonings.

Pre-heat the griller for a minute and carefully aligned the peppers on it. Make sure that the peppers have grill marks but never let them burn.

5 Advantages of Keeping a Router Table Around

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Ask a woodworker how to choose the best router table & the advantage of using a Router Table and he would list down a number of reasons that a common man would not be aware of. Ask a common user the same question and he would confidently tell you that it saves you a lot of effort as you don’t have to hold the wood steady in your hand while using the router.

While this advantage holds true, this is not the only benefit of using a Router table.

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Want to know more benefits of using a Router table? Then read on to gather more information on how this simple table can make your life infinitely easier.

1. Maintenance

One of the best things about using a Router Table is that its maintenance is quite easy. You just need to dust off the sawdust and vacuum it off the surface and the floor and you are all good to go. In fact, using a Router table makes cleaning a wood router quite easy too as you can remove the dust from the table itself once the work is done. Router hacks are done to make your projects more powerful.

2. Enhanced Safety

Another important benefit of using a Router Table is that it ensures your safety. There are fewer chances of you cutting yourself if you have a stationary object to lean upon. It is not a secret that if you use a handheld router, you need to exert pressure once in a while to get the desired cut which can be difficult if you have nothing to support your wood board on and there are a lot of chances of mishaps if special care is not taken.

If you’re on the verge of buying one, I’d recommend giving Homeguyd’s Reviews a quick look before you make the buying decision. They also have a pretty in-depth guide on Wood routers.

3. Precision

A router table helps in providing high precision cuts to the wooden board and ensures that your work is accomplished in one go itself. While handheld routers give efficient cuts, they cannot compete with a router table’s efficient and consistent cuts.

Since the router table is fixed, the router bits are fixed in position while only the board moves which help the user to set up the board in a proper direction to ensure that it is cut precisely in the area it was supposed to be cut.

4. Complex of Cuts

If you want to make intricate patterns on a wooden board, then you need to use a fixed router as a handheld router is only useful for making straight lines and geometric patterns. In such cases, a router table comes handy as it acts like a fixed router and allows you to move the wooden board as you like to achieve the desired pattern.

5. Speedy work

Since the router table is efficient and consistent in providing cuts and making base joints, it also quickens the pace of work and allows you to complete your project quickly and efficiently.

If you were using a handheld router, you would have been slow as you would have to keep an eye on the router tool and the wooden board and would have had to go slowly and precisely to ensure that there were errors on your side. This is not the case in a router table as the router bits are fixed and only the wooden board moves which make the whole process faster and easier.

Understanding the Things you Need to Brew Good Coffee

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Coffee is one universally loved beverage that can brighten up even the worst of days. As per the study conducted by a leading coffee making company, the individual preferences of a customer play a major role in determining the kind of coffee maker he/she chooses.

However, there is some pour over coffee setups that are used all across the world. Coffee machines offer a smart solution for caffeine lovers who want to enjoy commercial quality coffee from the comforts of their homes.

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The best home-coffee machine setup would comprise of a strong grinder, a kettle with a long gooseneck spout and an accurate scale.

Read on to know about the best coffee making tools and how to use them:

Kalita Wave 185 series glass, launched by Kalita is ideally suited for users looking for a competent coffee maker that brews the most delicious coffee. This 2013 Brewer Cup Champion offers both compatibility and easy functionality. Also, the top quality framework ensures sturdiness. This coffee machine is equipped with features to allow you to create a mix of flavors, each of which is a treat to the taste buds! However, the proprietary filters are not easily available in the stores – both online and in reality.

Filtering is a cheap way of improving the taste and quality of bad coffee and Wave is a leading brand in the market delivering the best filters to customers. Other than that you can also try out the Bee House or other brands as well such as Kalita, Bonmac, or Melitta.

These filters can be used for both commercial and personal purposes, brewing flavourful and cups of coffee that have a rich consistency. But these brands are only second best to Wave, however, there are benefits that make Bee House special, for instance, the cone filters are easily available.

Both Bee House and Wave Filters are extremely competent but require constant inspection the entire time the coffee is being brewed. For users who are looking for something simpler go for a Clever Dipper, the four filter cones can brew coffee quicker than any other brand, all you have to do is add grind coffee beans, add water and let it rest for some time before straining it into a cup. And although it may not be as competent as a pour over, the filter sure saves a lot on time and effort. [Credit: Freshpresso]

For consumers who want a cheaper alternative, there’s always the AeroPress coffee making products that can effectively reduce the bitterness and acidity levels of coffee thereby improving the taste considerably. But the complex operation and slow process make it a less favorable choice when compared to the above-mentioned brands.

Why is pour over coffee the best?

Want to brew professional quality coffee at home? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Pour over coffee makers are among the most wanted machines.

There are many factors that determine the quality of the coffee prepared, the primary points being the quality of the beans used and the types of machine you use to grind them. Often a cheap and low-grade coffee machine can ruin the flavor of the beans.

Also, pre-ground beans lose their taste over time so much so that even the single origin coffee from Guatemala would taste the same as some low-grade coffee beans. Therefore it is best that you use freshly ground coffee and use proper quantities of it. Brewing the coffee for a few extra minutes using a pour dipper only enhances its flavors and textures.

A good coffee maker can extract about 20% of the beans soluble material, the consistency of the coffee powder, temperature, quantity of the water and its distribution determines how well the machine can extract the flavors.

Using an automatic dripper gives you control over the consistency of the ground beans and proportion in which coffee and water are used. But most automated drippers don’t support higher temperatures and often lead to uneven distribution of water thereby reducing the extraction. A pour-over helps you solve this problem.

Users can control almost every aspect here; from the temperature to the flow and location of water you can decide everything. A pour-over allows you to prepare a cup of coffee as per your individual tastes.

The ideal conditions for brewing include a bean powder consistency same as salt, water heated to about 202 degrees F and an even distribution around the dripper.

Visit the Gravy Booth at Mad. Sq. Eats!!

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Gravy’s setting up shop at the Mad. Sq. Eats Food Festival in Madison Square Park’s Worth Square from May 4th – June 1!

Drop by our booth (located right to the west of Madison Square Park between Fifth Avenue and Broadway) to sample Gravy staples like Crawfish Fritters and Shrimp and Cabbage Rolls, and stay for chef Reagan Angelle’s festival-specials, Crab Bread (a play on the New Orleans-famous crawfish bread), and Homemade Andouille Dogs. You’ll be able to wash it all down with cold Abita Beer.

Located right around the corner from Gravy, Madison Square Park is a perfect place to enjoy the New York springtime and sample amazing food from around the city. The Gravy booth is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm – perfect for lunch, dinner and everything in between!

More details about the Mad. Sq. Eats Festival can be found here: http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-markt-eats/

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Kentucky Derby Viewing Party & Open Bar – May 5th!

Derby Day is May 5!!

Join us in the Gravy Lounge to view America’s Race in style!

From 3-7pm on May 5th, we’re hosting an Open Bar featuring our signature Mint Juleps, select cocktails and complimentary hor ‘d oeuvres for just $40. We’ll have the Kentucky Derby on the big screen, and a prize for the best hat!

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Gravy Gumbo Throw Down May 11-12

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Gumbo Cook-Off

Gravy executive chef Reagan Angelle is leading Team Gravy in a Gumbo Cook-off at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12.

As part of the pre-concert festivities for “New Orleans Celebration: The Music of Jelly Roll Morton,” a few select New York City restaurants will showcase their best gumbos under the backdrop of live music and album art displays. While we can’t reveal chef’s gumbo plans in detail, we can say it will not disappoint! As the cook-off wraps up, Marcus Roberts’ jazz octet will take the stage at 8 pm.

Tickets are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center website here: http://jalc.org/concerts/details309a.asp?EventID=2657

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NYC’s Best New Restaurants

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Do you like Michael Jordan? Do you enjoy Southern food? If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions, we’d like to direct you to Gravy, the new restaurant from Michael Vignola, the executive chef behind Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC. His latest endeavor seeks to gather up all the divergent cultural strands that make up the South—French, Spanish, Caribbean, and Mexican—and make the flavors pop in all their complexity.

A quick stroll through the menu’s pages reveals Blackened King Crab Legs, three varieties of grits, Spice Rubbed Venison, and Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, just to name a few. At Gravy, they make it a point to source local products from the regions their recipes draw on, ensuring that the ingredients will be just as fresh as the riffs and variations on the Southern classics Vignola and crew cook up…

Complex: NYC’s 10 Best New Restaurants

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