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Teds Woodworking Plans is a detailed guide by Ted McGrath which will help you earn lots of praises and money. You will learn a number of superior skills which only professional woodworkers possess and you will be equipped with superior problem solving skills as well. The book is written by a professional woodworker, and hence, you will see professionalism in various parts of the book. The book will not just help you make a craft just to earn money; it will enable you to increase the quality of your work so that you earn lots of praises as well. The woodworking plans are easy therefore they aren't complicated whatsoever. Even though you are a complete newcomer to woodworking you'll simply be able to master all the techniques that are needed and the woodworking skills very quickly by following the succinct and clear instructions. Read more here...

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Flat Panel With Solid Wood Frame

Thick panels, from Vl in. up to the thickness of the frame, essentially are flat doors with oversized edge banding. Thick panels of plywood or MDF generally are glued into their frames with loose tongues or wooden biscuits. Despite the solid wood frame, the panel is the structural element.

We all have to start somewhere This young woodworker proves you dont need a lot of space to equip a functional shopjust

Between designing spacecraft systems for NASA, Matt Fuller's uncle, Fred Lively, was heavily into woodworking. Matt was sort of into the craft, but nowhere near the dedication of his uncle. Shortly after Matt and his wife, Kerri, moved to Illinois to pursue their degrees, Fred Lively passed away and left his woodworking tools to Matt. He had a garage full of stuff, Matt relates. I didn't know what half of it was I still don't. What he also didn't know was where he'd keep it could he afford to build a shop like Uncle Fred's Also, Kerri wanted their garage to park the car during the Midwest winters.

Science And Woodworking Do

At a time when schools and colleges around the country are dropping their woodworking programs, a New York City high school that's best known for its high-tech wizardry is investing heavily in the craft. In the last two years, Stuyvesant High School, known nationwide for the top-notch science students it produces, has invested millions of dollars in state-of-the-art woodworking equipment for its shop. The 90-year-old high school's mission has always been to combine superior academics with industrial education. So, it was natural for the school to continue its commitment to woodworking In keeping with the school's past, woodworking at Stuyvesant is part of the technology department. But course offerings enable students to get a good foundation in traditional building and design skills One advanced class is making oak clocks for a term project. Experienced woodworkers can also pursue highly individualized and experimental projects, and the school encourages them to use their skills in...

Attention Woodworkers

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An American Woodworker subscription is the ideal gift for your woodworking friends and neighbors. They'll enjoy a whole years worth of great projects, techniques and workshop wisdom plus the special American Woodworker 1997 Tool Buyer's Guide a must-have sourcebook for outfitting a shop. That's 7 great issues in all for a Special Holiday Price 4 payments of just 5.97. But that's not all. PLUS, lx> th you and your friend will receive a FREE GIFT of your choice as a holiday bonus from American Woodworker.

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Greeting Cards For Woodworkers

Woodworker's Supply Inc. carrics tlicm in the States. These days there arc greeting cards for everyone from the bereaved pet owner to the jubilant divorcee. But a card for woodworkers Randy McDermid. a writer and designer from British Columbia, is convinced there's money in woodworking project cards, so he's producing them. Each black-and-white card has a photo of a woodworking project on the cover, while inside there's a dimensioned drawing, rudimentary construction information, and (of These cards let you send your favorite woodworker an attractive project, along with your personal messages. TURNING TEENS ON TO WOODWORKING We've put together a great package for you our top-of -the -line 10 industrial ripping, crosscuttmg and general purpose blades at a great pnce. These three blades will handle all of your workshop needs. In addition, you will receive a FREE Freud T-shirt. (Made in the USA. 100 cotton). Plus, you get a tree copy of our new sawblade catalog, packed with new...

American Woodworker A December

New Products from the National Hardware Show & International Woodworking Fair The AW editors are constantly prospecting for new tools, materials and accessories. And every year, we strike gold just as summer turns to fall. That's when The Hardware Show in Chicago and The International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair in Atlanta take place. Both events have miles of aisles packed with new products. I The Versa Crinder is designed to sharpen carbide router bits and shapcr cutters using a diamond wheel chucked in a drill press. Precision adjustments for shear and hook angles are easy, and you can remove exactly the same amount of material from each cutting wing, ensuring proper geometry and balance. (Retail price 199.95) Woodworker's Supply, (800) 645-9292. Circle 640

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American Woodworker A April

They exist in all of the world's woodworking traditions. A Japanese craftsman's gauges are hardly different from our Western ones. And although today's marketplace offers a variety of deluxe and reinvented gauges, none of them really improve upon the workmanlike gauges shown in this article. You can buy marking, cutting, and mortise gauges from almost any tool dealer and through most woodworking catalogs. In fact, their general availability attests to their widespread popularity and usefulness.

Woodworking With The Router

And Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use Woodworking with the router professional router techniques and jigs any woodworker can use Bill Hylton and Fred Matlack illustrations by Frank Rohrbach photographs by Mitch Mandcl. p. cm. ISBN 0-7621-0227-6 I. Routers (Tools) 2. Woodwork. I. Matlack. Fred. II. Title. American Woodworker is a registered trademark of RD Publications, Inc.

Woodworkers Organize to Protect Rainforests

Many of us who arc concerned about worldwide deforestation feel helpless and frustrated by our inability, as individuals, to halt the destruction. Woodworkers have an additional point to ponder. Do we contribute to the problem when we buy tropical woods Some advocate a boycott of tropical woods. Others The Woodworkers Alliance for Rainforest Protection WARP), a new organization for woodworkers concerned about the destruction of the Earth's forests, has formed to study the problem and come up with apian for action. cantile, Leonard Lee of Lee Valley Tools, woodturner David Ellsworth, Ken Kupsche of Woodcraft Supply, writer Scott Landis and AW associate editor Fiona Wilson. WARP welcomes all interested woodworkers as members. For information write to John Shipstad, WARP Secretarv Treasurer, P.O. Box 133, Coos Bav, OR 97420 or call (503) 269-6907' The November conference requires pre-registration.

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Corner Block Joint

Woodworking techniques to man-made boards. It's well worth the trouble because of the two big advantages you'll gain. First, you'll be able to work with rich veneers and unusual figures that you simply ain't obtain in solid wood. All the best wood gets made into veneer, which is as it should be. because it stretches so much further. Second, since man-made boards are dimensionally stable, you can design furniture without regard to shrinkage or expansion, so you can forget about wood movement. This is totally liberating. A

Woodworking Editor Wanted

We're looking for a full-time editor to join the AW staff. Challenging position requires energetic, detail-oriented individual with in-depth knowledge of woodworking techniques, job experience as an editor or writer, and strong visual skills. Some travel required. Four dimensions on the Elephant Puzzle drawing on pp. 48-49 of the July August. 1989 AW uvre incorrect. We'll send a drawing of the entire Elephant Puzzle, with corrections, to any reader that requests one. Write to Elephant, do AMERICAN WOODWORKER, v . Minor St Emmaus, PA 18098. I am a recent subscriber to AW and I have been an amateur woodworker for several years. I find your articles very helpful. Send your comments, compliments, complaints and corrections to Editor, AMERICAN WOODWORKER, 33 E. Minor St., Emmaus, PA 18098.

Amfrican Woodworker A April

Good woodworking starts with straight, square edges, but a jointer isn't the only way to get them. The Joint-A-Billi-T is a fixture that clamps to a bench or stand and teams up with your router and a straight bit to cut glue-joint perfect edges. In addition to jointing solid stock, the portable Joint-A-Billi-T lets you cut rabbets, grooves and dadoes and square off large panels, doors and tablctops. The fixture comes in different models to accommodate different size stock. (Price 60-in. model, 135 96-in. model, 175) Gudeman Enterprises, Dept. AWT, Box 126, Goodfield, IL 61742, (309) 965-2183. Circle 616

Stanley Set To Bring T The Best In Woodworkers

The Stanley Works is the new sponsor for the Gallery exhibit and awards program at The American Woodworker Show . This popular attraction shows off the work of talented woodworkers and provides cash prizes for winning pieces. See page 103 for details on The American Woodworker Show . Online Woodworking World Search our links to hundreds of woodworking Web sites loin other woodworkers on our lively, easy-to-use message boards Order back issues of Amikk an Woodwork k magazine

The Art and Heart of Woodwork ng

Some people chink woodworking is just a craft and not an art. Not so I've always felt that there's an artist that hides in the heart of every woodworker, waiting for that one inspiration to set it free. But in what form di> es inspiration come and where will it lead Maybe its the magic of color and grain patterns fashioned by nature in wood that moves one to imitate its grace. Or ic could be something more humble like one of those projects rhat didn't turn out quite right, but it was such a pretty piece of wood you dccidcd to save it perhaps you fixed it Band saw box art will spark your interest in woodcraft and kindle vour creative skills. With this woodworking style, you can liberate vourself from the sale structure of the ruler and free your imagination to be your guide. These fourteen contemporary box designs all require the same basic techniques, yet each one oilers its own personality and degree of work involved. Each project is an abstract representation of a natural form...

Woodworking Tools Skills

Of course, there has to be some knack and feel for what is right, and we all have it to some extent. But more important is your knowledge of the tools you need, and the skills required to use them effectively. That's what this Woodworking Tools & Skills chapter is all about. First, you will gain an understanding of the tools essential to successful woodworking. Then you receive detailed, step-by-step instructions that show you techniques and tips for using those tools safely and efficiently to make beautiful projects. You could probably learn these techniques on your own through an awful lot of trial and error. But a woodworking career is too short and your personal shop time too valuable to spend too much time refining your skills. These pages get you ahead of the woodworking game. Woodworking 7bols & Skills 31

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Woodworking Teachers

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America need volunteers to teach underprivileged children basic woodworking skills. Volunteers will help the young people complete simple craft and carpentry projects, and according to Tom Smart, assistant director of program services, the courses will be taught at club locations around the nation. If you are willing to share some of your time and skills, please write to Tom Smart, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 1230 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. GA 30309, or call (404) 815-5700. Woodworkers who use butternut may be in for a rude awakening in the near future. This softer relative of walnut, a

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Woodworking Cramps

Woodworking Cramps

Interlocking woodworking joints are designed to ensure optimum contact area between components, so that they bond well with adhesive. A well-cut joint requires the minimum of clamping pressure, the main purpose of using cramps being to help assemble the workpiece and hold the parts together while the glue sets. It is always useful to have plenty of cramps available, but pairs of each type in a couple of sizes should suffice. Complete sets of cramps are relatively expensive, but you can acquire them over a period of time or hire them as required.

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Woodworking hobbyist

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Excellence In Craftsmanship Awards Competition

Its time to enter your best work in the 1995 AMERICAN WOODWORKER Excellence in Craftsmanship Awards Competition. Send us photos of a projcct you've built, and you could win one of nine awards - including a cash prize of up to 51000. All types of woodworking projects are eligible furniture, turnings, carving sculpture, musical instruments, toys, etc. You may enter up to three pieces. Entries will be judged for craftsmanship and design, but designs need not be original to win. Finalists will he contacted for further information and winners will be announced in the December 1995 issue of American Woodworker. American Woodworker is not American Woodworker 2nd Prize 300 cash Award certificate 3rd Prize 200 cash Award certificate American Woodworker 2nd Prize 300 cash Award certificate 3rd prize 200 cash Award certificate

Tools For Circles And Curves

Calipers are most often used in wood-turning, to gauge bowl thicknesses and spindle diameters. But layout devices such as compasses, dividers and French curves are handy for all sorts of woodworking projects. Since the fulcrum is in the middle, the measurement registers the same on both ends of the tool, so you can measure diameters directly. Q 7-in. model. 20 from Packard Woodworks. French curves. The continuously changing curves on these drafting tools help you lay out virtually any shape. B Set of four, 7 from Woodcraft.

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Healthy Housing Insight

Applying the 4 Rs of Wood-Frame Construction Wood-frame construction has the potential to remain one of the most environmentally appropriate building choices, provided we make the most of our wood resources. Currently, about 20 percent of a typical new house is made up of wood, yet some 40 percent of construction waste is made up of dimensional lumber and manufactured wood products. Clearly, there is a significant opportunity to waste less of this valuable resource. Canada's building industry has responded to this challenge and taken the 4 Rs approach to wood-frame construction Review, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Here are some important 4 Rs considerations. Wood-frame house construction follows traditional practices which evolved when wood was abundant and waste management was not an issue. It now makes economic and environmental sense to review how the house will be designed and built. The Healthy Housing principle of resource efficiency applies not only to wood, but to all building...

Framing Details For Heating Systems

All types of heating systems may be safely and easily installed in wood-frame houses. Certain clearances, however, must be maintained between parts of the system and combustible material. Installers of heating equipment should be aware of local regulations before starting work.

Engineered Wood Products

In addition to dimension lumber, a wide variety of engineered wood products (EWPs) are manufactured for use in wood-frame house construction. These products can provide equivalent or superior performance to dimension lumber, and are typically manufactured using less wood from small, fast-growing trees. EWPs make better use of forest resources. A description of the various types which are available follows. EWPs include products such as glue-laminated timber, wood I-joists and structural composite lumber.

Sheet Or Panel Products

In addition to dimension lumber, other wood products in the form of sheets and panels are used in wood-frame construction. Plywood, oriented strand board and waferboard, for example, are used to add stiffness to the structural components of the roof, wall and floor, apart from forming a uniform surface for the application of other materials. Fibreboard, parti-cleboard and hardboard are also used in many aspects of interior and exterior finishing.

Thinksafety worksafely

All woodworking tools have danger zones areas around the cutting edges where you should never place your hands or anything else. On routers, the danger zone surrounds the spinning bit. It's easy enough to define that zone on a router table. However, with a handheld router, the danger zone becomes elusive, moving as the router moves. The oft-maligned governmental agency, OSHA, has done a lot of work identifying safety hazards in industrial workplaces. It would be wise to take a cue from their findings because your own workshop probably differs only in size, not in the number of possible hazards for you. Take a good look at your woodworking procedures, and check for things that can affect your work and safety. Wood dust, a byproduct of woodworking, is made up of individual wood particles of varying size. The small particles that waft through our shop's air for long periods of time present the greatest health hazard. Particles 10 microns and smaller can be inhaled into the lungs and...

Word From The Publisher

The Ultimate Woodworking Event The 1996 American Woodworker Show American Woodworker is taking its show on the road. The American Woodworker Show , the biggest and best woodworking event in the country, will be coming to two great locations this fall Chicago's famous Navy Pier (September 20-22, 1996) and the Fort Washington Expo Center outside of Philadelphia (November 8-10, 1996). Whether you're a beginner or an expert, hobbyist or pro, this is one woodworking show that you don V want to miss The American Woodworker Show is like no other woodworking show you've seen. The emphasis is on learning, and we've put together an all-star lineup of more than 20 expert demonstrators that reads like a Who's Who of the woodworking world Ian Kirby, Mike Dunbar, Frank Klausz, Toshio Odatc, Mark Duginske, Leonard Lee and many others all there to share their expertise with you. Come meet these master craftsmen and learn their tricks of the trade. They'll demonstrate their skills in hands-on...

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It's easy to get into a woodworking rut always building in the same familiar style using well-practiced techniques. We're all more comfortable sticking to what we know. But it can be a nice change of pace to try something different and expand your skills by tackling some outside the box woodworking. Building this glass-panel coffee table will definitely go a long way toward filling that prescription.

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Guild Hits Gold With Annual Expo

The Northeastern Woodworkers Association of upstate New York has again proven that people working together can make a difference. In March, the group staged its fourth annual Woodworking EXPO at the Saratoga Springs Civic Center, to the delight of almost 6,000 attendees. The show's biggest attraction was the woodworking competition, which included 525 pieces by 81 local artisans. For two days, the 22,000-sq.-ft. exhibition hall was filled with the sights, sounds and smells of wood as craftsmen demonstrated their specialties and vendors displayed their woodworking wares. There was also a Distinguished Woodworkers Galler> ,n featuring works by George Nakashima, Sam Maloof. Bob Stocksdale and others including 60 Minutes star Andy Rooney, For information about Woodworking EXPO 96, call Herman Finkbeiner at (518) 371-9145.

Shop that suits his abilities and budget

The six machines sitting in Larry Schwager's garage for six years told him he should do something about fulfilling his desire to get into woodworking. Everything was either in boxes or just sitting there a scrollsaw, tabiesaw, bandsaw, the whole works were in the garage, recalls Larry, 63. 1 wanted to do woodworking one day, but I just didn't have the room for it.

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Woodworker benefits of my job as the publisher of american Woodworker is that I get to see a lot of great woodworking. Each year I go to dozens of furniture shows, gallery openings and exhibits the best work by the best woodworkers in North America and Europe. Good woodworking ideas are all around you in magazines, books, and catalogs at museums, antique stores, furniture exhibitions even on TV shows. You can never tell when inspiration might strike, and it's prudent to be prepared. A pocket-size notebook is handy for jotting down ideas. So, if you want to improve your woodworking, study the work of people who are better than you. You can learn a lot just by looking. woodworking instructor is another great way to improve your skills. I'm pleased to welcome two prominent woodworking instructors as contributing editors to AW. Peter Korn is a well-respected name in the wcKxlworking world. Peter is the founder and director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in West Rockland, ME,...

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Antique Tool Roadshow

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Word From The Editor

Vintage woodworking machinery fascinates mc. Towering handsaws with spiraling spokes, jointers as wide as a carrier deck, tablesaws powered by pedals and treadles and cranks. America was in love with machines in those days, and it showed in the way thev were made. The curve of a The stark simplicity of these old machines is striking. One can't help but notice the absence of safety guards. No blade guards on tablesaws, bandsaws or shapers. No covers on bandsaw wheels, pulleys or belts. Many of these machines are downright dangerous. With so much attention lavished on details, why this apparent lack of concern for safety Irresponsible designers Kamikaze woodworkers Hardly. On the plus side, products woodworking machines included are safer today than they ever were, now that the public holds manufacturers accountable for the safety of their products. On the minus side, product liability lawsuits have forced hundreds of firms that make inherently dangerous products to close their doors....

Photos By Patrick Cuoahy

From a visitors gangway above, one looks down into a cav-ernous shop filled with machines from the 19th and earlv 20th centuries. Here, apprentices and journeymen are turning out decorative parts for Victorian houses, using the same skills woodworkers did KM) years ago.

Exquisite Carvings From Crude Tools

Power tools arc scarce in rhc small town of Jcpara on rhc island of Java, northwest of Australia. But exceptional woodworking abounds. Using crudc chiscis made from recycled truck springs or other scrap steel, craftsmen create ornate carvings in teak and Philippine mahogany. Although by our standards these woodworkers are poorly compensated earning less than 1 an hour the)' have achieved relative prosperity in Indonesian terms. And their woodworking culture remains rich in detail and tradition.

Quality Machines Designed For Practical

New, from the maker of the famous Shop Fox4 Mobile Bases and Table Saw Fences is this partial line-up of fine woodworking machines. Whether it is the patented oscillating drum sanding feature on the drill press or the patent pending mortising machine, Shop Fox* machines are designed for exceptional value. SEE THESE FINE MACHINES AT A DEALER NEAR YOU

Materials and construction

It's interesting how router table design and construction has evolved. If you were following woodworking periodicals 10 or 15 years ago. you saw plans for smallish bench-top units maybe a three-sided plywood box with a VV inch plywood tabletop, or something with short legs. Often, the router was hung directly from the tablctop you'd rout a recess in the plywood and hang your machine from the or Ya inch of material left. Or you'd cut a hole in the plywood, then hang the router from a piece of hardboard with which you covered the entire tablctop. (A tempered hardboard surface would be slicker than plain plywood.) rials, ones that can be purchased in small towns across America and that can be worked in the typical home woodworking shop. Then a crafty woodworker modified a sink cutout, purchased cheaply at the local lumberyard, and captured the slickness and durability of plastic laminate for the router tabletop. With this sort of tabletop, a mounting plate was needed. Usually, it was an...

Open Shoulder Totes

A, the end of the 1960s and fresh out of college, I decided that rather than adding yet another suit to the corporate world, I would instead move to the woods of coastal New Hampshire and add another pair of overalls to the world of woodworking. With little knowledge and even less skill, I was hoping to find employment with either a timber framer or a boat carpenter I had been told that both were plentiful in this area. After much searching, and stooping to offering my meager services for next to nothing (it was nothing, come to think of it), a timber-frame house builder finally took me on. Heeding my new employer's advice, I gathered together the tools I would need to make other woodworkers think I belonged among them. My employer assumed correctly, it turned out that hunger, if not the raw enthusiasm of youth, would soon drive me to learn how to use the tools. Indeed, the realization that I would need to create a device to carry and store my new tools initiated my first real...

Resharpen Your Skills

Remember the very first thing you made out of wood I do. It was a pair of white pine book-ends I banged together with tools that felt too big for my 7-year-old hands. My mentor was the guy who ran the woodworking course at the local YM. He'd make the rounds from one busv kid to an- From that moment on, I picked up woodworking skills where I could. I was luckier than most, because my father had tools around the house, my uncle was a shop teacher,and my grandfather had once been a carpenter. I don't remember too many formal lessons from these men, but they were always building something. Some of their knowledge was bound to rub off. For most of us. woodworking education is a get-it-whcrc-vou-can proposition. Magazines, books and video tapes are valuable sources of information, but words and pictures can only take you so far. You can read about sharpening till the cows come home, but if nobody's ever showed you what a sharp edge feels like. So where do you go to get hands-on instruction...

And That A Perfect Dovetail Joint Can Make A Grown Man

Om apprentice o craftsman to ine'toolmaker, He's always had a passion for woodworking. Torben Helshoj stands with the desk he built as a final project to complete His woodworking apprenticeship in Denmark. Torben Helshoj's passion for woodworking started when he was a boy watching the skilled craftsmen in the boatyards of Denmark. But his path to becoming an accomplished woodworker, tool designer and co-founder of Laguna Tools included a number of interesting detours. After graduating from high school, Torben started college as a mechanical engineering major. But at age 19, he took a break to do a little traveling, and hitchhiked from Denmark to India. Upon returning, he decided to pursue a traditional woodworking apprenticeship. The first woodworking shop Torben approached was in the process of closing down, but Torben's sincerity impressed the shop's owner, so he recommended Torben to a friend who ran one of the best custom furniture shops in Denmark. Torben was accepted as an...

Calling Guild Central

Whether you're trying to find an existing guild or let others know you've just started one, American Woodworker's Guild Data Base can help. It lists more than 2(H) guilds and woodworking clubs around tlunation. To learn about the guilds in your stale, write American Woodworker Guild Central at 33 E. Minor St., Emmaus. PA 18098, or fax Need a Speaker In addition to the Guild Data Base, AW has now produced a Speaker Data Base that lists the names, addresses and areas of expertise of dozens of top woodworking professionals who can speak

The Complete Stepby Step Guide to Skills Techniques and Projects

My Uncle Darrel has been an avid woodworker since I've known him. Whenever my family would drive down for a visit while I was growing up, the first placc T wanted to go was always Parrel's workshop. In preparation Tor my visit, he'd set aside a few scraps and cutoff pieces for me to experiment with. At first I was only allowed to use a coping saw, a tack hammer and a few other hand tools that weren't particularly dangerous, But as 1 grew older and more experienced, he let me use more powerful tools and build more complex projects. During my sophomore year of high school, I spent a weekend with Uncle Darrel helping liim build a futon frame from a birch tree he'd felled on his land, then rough-cut and air-dried in his garage. 1 almost cried when, at the end of the weekend, he gave it to me, I slept, on that futon all throughout college and F thought of it often as 1 developed my own woodworking skills and finally set up a shop of my own. He's nut too interested in woodworking himself,...

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Beginning woodworkers to have very unrealistic expectations of what they might achieve. Kind of takes the fun out of woodworking, I think. of American Woodworker have to know whether those shoes are Air Kirbys, or what It might establish a new woodworking technique Don't chop that mortise, slam dunk the darn thing I know I'm going to review my woodworking wardrobe first chance I get. With great respect for Ian and AW I was disappointed to note that my firm was not listed in the sources section of your recent grinding jig article. We carry both the Veritas and Wolverine systems, and demonstrate the proper use of these tools at woodworking shows from coast to coast.

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Designing Inshop Tool Storage

V Talking through the cabinetmaker's, wheelwright's and cooper's shops of Colonial Williamsburg in Virgina, I was struck by one thing that each of these pre-industrial woodworking shops hold in common the ubiquitous presence of countless hand tools hung or shelved along nearly every square inch of wall surface. When I asked the craftsmen about this, they replied that working exclusively with hand tools demanded that the tools be immediately accessible anything less markedly affected the efficiency of their work. While larger tools such as planes or fragile layout instruments might be stored in their personal chests at the end of the workday, they found it best to leave such tools as screwdrivers, hammers, chisels, saws, and bits and braces permanently set out close at hand on the walls of the shop. And because they worked either alone or among family or close associates (not among strangers in a factory), they felt safe leaving their tools out in the open. The interior of the Dominy...

The Procedure For Gluingup Panels

There's a paradox in woodworking the basic techniques (the ones that appear to be easy) are usually the most difficult to master. For example, the first time I had to glue several narrow boards together to form a wide panel (which I thought should to be a relatively easy task), I wound up making a whole series of mistakes. All of the projects shown in this issue require wide panels of solid wood. In fact, it's a basic requirement of almost every woodworking project.

Measuring Marking Layout

Successful workshop projects start with careful, accurate measuring, marking and layout. The most critical elements in these steps of the proccss are good planning, accurate measuring and using sharp marking tools that create readable lines. The level of precision needed varies according to the intricacy and complexity of your project. Rough carpentry (for example, putting up stud walls or installing floor underlayment or roof decking) requires a certain amount of'care, but generally you can achieve satisfactory results using tape measures, framing squares and a lumber pencil as a marking tool. Trim carpentry (installing moldings and decorative trim) requires a higher degree of accuracy, so you'll want to involve steel rules, levels and angle gauges in the process. A good sharp pencil will usually give you marking lines of acceptable accuracy. Fine woodworking carries the highest standard of accuracy. You'll want to use marking gauges, compasses and any of a wide selection of...

Save those planer shavings

Woodworking is about both the process and the project. In this book, you've heard that before. Now that we've thoroughly covered the process your shop is ail set up, you've mastered essential skills or improved those you already had let's get into the items you can create. Woodworking does offer two rewards the process, and the project. These pages give you the project ideas and instructions you need for guaranteed soccer.

Was fortunate that this was my second shop so when I built it I knew how I wanted it laid out Of course bigger is

A very exclusive woodworking school, run by a very exclusive teacher. rabbets to serve an essential function.' And he'd check our work, always making suggestions as to how we could improve it. For example, if someone didn't have a router, Arliss would demonstrate how to cut rabbets on the tablesaw. He was always going out of his way to make his students better woodworkers, Randy recalls. (above), being sure to follow Arliss' instructions. Cabinets and a bedroom suite for his daughter, Brooke, were among the first projects Randy constructed when he started woodworking seven years ago. Arliss and Randy's father passed away within several weeks of each other. Randy remembers both of them through his love of woodworking and by following their advice. Anytime I try something new, he says, 1 always think how both of them encouraged me to learn.

Saturday Night Social

Incorporating woodworking as a teaching tool for all grade levels. When students discover that woodworking it becomes an effective tool for teaching other subjects. All students learn t< wise woodworking tools properly and safely.The skills and tools they master become more complex at each grade level. MAKING SUBJECT MATTER relevant to students is a challenge teachers face on a daily basis. One school with a unique approach to meeting this challenge is Clear Spring School, located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I first learned about this independent school and its unusual curriculum while talking with Doug Stowe, founder of the school's woodworking program, Wisdom of the Hands. response to the drastic decline in woodworking programs all across America. Almost immediately, we saw the potential of the woodshop to create hands-on learning opportunities in all subject areas. To serve as a model to demonstrate the relevance of woodworking in modern education. would come to my pottery...

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The Competition Calls Us

Our competitors are learning what our customers have known for years - AIRY's line of professional quality nailers and staplers are lightweight, powerful and reliable. Wood Magazine gave our model 024IS 18 ga brad nailer their highest rating 10 Overall Value. And listen to what Popular Woodworking said about our 0350 16 ga brad, 'This nailer is one of the best. Innovative design, consistent quality and LIGHTWEIGHT PRICES have always been AIRY's trademark - now fine woodworkers everywhere can own these fine tools.

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Bridgewoodworkers lake pride in their work. They know the value of having the right tools* for the job. Wilke Machinery Company offers a full line of professional woodworking machines and power tools that are designed for any job. Bridge wood workers also know that one of the most important purchase decisions is from whom you buy. The Wilke sties staff pays special attention to customer support while offering competitive prices. The Service Department ensures your continued satisfaction with in-stock parts i

One Outstanding Feature

Rugged, heavy and made primarily with metal parts, this jig is built to withstand the rigors of a busy professional woodworking shop. The basic unit cuts fixed-space half-blind dovetails the same way its less-expensive Porter-Cable brother does (see page 70). However, you can buy an Omnijig accessory template ( 130) for cutting variable-spaced through dovetails as well. You have to reposition the edge stops when shifting from pins to tails when cutting through dovetails a minor inconvenience. The jig comes with a template guide and carbide bit for making 1 2-in. half-blind dovetails. There's a wide range of other accessory templates (see page 73).

Mobile Machinists Vise

A little metalworking Finds its way into my woodshop from time to time. When cutting metal, it's best to use a machinist's vise to get a better grip. Because it sticks up and is in the way, I can't permanently attach it to my woodworking bench. Instead, 1 built a simple platform from doubled-up 3 4-in. plywood with a 2x2 cleat screwed to the bottom. The platform allows me to temporarily mount my vise to my bench when needed. It spends the rest of the time on the shelf below the bench.

Changes In Grain Direction

Curly boards are notoriously difficult to joint and plane, but armed with some woodworking savvy you can usually produce a blemish-free surface. The problem is the grain, which changes direction with every ripple (Photo 5). It runs downhill on one side of a wave and uphill on the other side. So no matter which way you feed a board, whole hunks of wood can be yanked off the surface by a machine's knives, leaving an ugly pit behind. If you've just spent a pile of money on some special wood, this can be heartbreaking. Here's how to minimize tear-out

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Eye Catching Finishes for Small Projects

Where you can more easily control the consistency of the material (all parts made from the same piece of wood, for example) and the way you apply the finish. I'm a professional woodturner, so all of the projects shown here are turned. But these finishes can be successfully applied on virtually any small woodworking project.

Breathe Easily In Your Shop

Keeping your shop clean involves more than sweeping. Capturing wood dust at the source, especially the fine airborne particles that you can't see, should be a top priority in any woodshop. Woodshop Dust Control covers everything you need to know to set up a safe, clean environment. You'll learn about dust collectors, air scrubbers and shop vacuums. You'll see how to install ductwork to create your own dust collection system. You'll discover five simple rules for a dust-free shop. One story alone contains 27 dust collection tips. Simply put, this book is chock-full of practical solutions for making your woodworking tools work cleanly and efficiently.

Sources for Plastics and Hardware

If you'd prefer to shop by mail, page through your woodworking tool catalogs. Most diversified tool catalogs list acrylic and polycarbonate usually in foot-square pieces specifically for custom router bases. A few have pieces of phenolic plastic drilled and slotted for mounting specific routers in a table. And at least one Trendlines sells foot-square pieces of phenolic for you to turn into your own custom baseplates. Plastic can be joined to plastic or to wood or to metal. Use common mechanical fasteners like bolts and screws. Or use glue. Though both approaches are familiar to every woodworker, there are some novel twists in how these apply to plastics.

Standing Tool Cabinets

In some specialty woodworking trades the classic cabinetmaker's tool chest evolved from a trunk-like box to a considerably larger, though shallower, standing cabinet. In everyday use, a tall and shallow shape has obvious advantages. Orienting the tools along a tall, vertical surface allows many, if not all, of the tools to be instantly accessible. Unlike the trunk-type box, you don't have to lift or slide trays or a till of drawers to get at tools buried in a well below. And, as a blessing to your back, you don't have to scrunch over to get into the box instead you can set the tools at a comfortable height above the floor. To make the most of a standing cabinet's ease of access, you should locate it close to where you normally stand at your workbench.

Designing In Shop Tool Storage

Furniture maker Sanford Buchaller. of Freeland. Mich., built this standing chest for his father in trade for a small travel tool chest his father built for him. Nearly every tool in the chest is readily visible and instantly accessible. The box hanging below in the support frame contains a small drawer and woodworking reference books. Photo by Jonathan Binzen.

Casework vs Furnituremaking

Woodworking joinery fails into two major categories-casework and furnituremaking. Each is defined by its materials, structure and aesthetics. Whiie there is certainly some crossover between the categories,, if you're trying to determine which joints to employ for your project, making the casework furniture distinction Is a useful starting point-

Testdrives and valuable lessons

Enjoy his woodworking retreat He chuckles when he recalls the time he had breakfast told his wife, Carma, he was going to the shop for a few hours and was surprised when she popped in demanding to know when he was going to eat dinner. I'd been in there for eight hours, he says, sheepishly. It's all been worth it, he says. Although my shop is small, it's very well suited to my woodworking ability a beginner. I'll spend summers outdoors, but 1 can't wait till winter comes around again After his second winter in his new woodworking haven, Larry Schwager knows he's done the right things.

Case For Hand Tools

I've seen that reaction in woodworkers again and again. Quiet surprise at what an old-fashioned hand tool can do the tactile pleasure of pushing a sharp edge through wood. Power tools are great. No doubt about it. They've taken the grunt work out of stock preparation and made woodworking accessible to nearly everybody. You don't need skill or The widespread use of power tools has made woodworking faster and easier. but we've lost a little something along the way. Power tools tend to separate you from the wood itself like driving through the desert in an air-conditioned car. As a result, w(x> d-workers who start out with power tools instead of hand tools often don't learn much about the structure of wood and don't understand what's happening at the business end of the blade. When the grain tears out or a router bit climbs' they may not have a clue as to why.

Wood Databases Now Available

Two wood databases are now on the market from the ecology group Tree Talk. The first, Woods of the World. brings together biological, mechanical, environmental and woodworking characteristics of more than 750 wood species and 50 wood products. The database lets you browse information on each species, view scanned images of the wood, or search for any combination of up to 10 variables, such as common uses, woodworking properties, and sustainability. Woods of the World also includes a directory of sustainable sources and addresses for all companies with products listed in the database. It is available in both PC and Mac versions, on CD-ROM or floppy disks for 250, and in a condensed floppy-disk version for 150.

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Stumbled Onto Pen Making

Seven years ago, while scouring through my husband Jerry's woodworking magazines and catalogs, looking for a special Christmas gift for him. I came across a mini lathe that was advertised as the perfect tool for making custom pens and I knew I was hooked. I envisioned myself sitting at a little student-sized workbench with my new mini lathe, diligently working away on tiny projects. I ordered the lathe and lobbied Jerry for space in his basement workshop, assuring him that I would only need a teeny bit of room. I had no woodworking experience, so I bought some books about turning pens. When my lathe arrived, Jerry showed me how to hold a gouge and a skew. description with prints or digital photos on a disc to My Shop, American Woodworker, 1285 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 180,Eagan,MN 55121. Please include your phone number. Submissions cannot be returned and become our property on acceptance and payment. We may edit submissions and use them in all print and electronic media. my...

Clamping Gluing Fastening

Clamping serves two fundamental purposes in woodworking first, it draws parts together tightly and ensures that joints that should be square are square and second, it holds parts together until the glue that will hold them together permanently sets. Fur non-woodworking shop projects, clamping is also very important. Among its more common jobs are holding workpieces together while fasteners are driven securing jigs for cutting and drilling and holding small workpieces so they stay steady while you work on them.

Bessey Recently Introduced

Woodworking in the Fast Lane rubber and exhaust have to do with woodworking Plenty, if you're Ray Dunlap and John Roberts, two passionate woodworkers who also happen to be famous names in the world of NASCAR. Ray (above) is a pit reporter in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series. John (opposite page) is the host of SPEED TV'S NASCAR RaceDay pre-race show. Both of these guys enjoyed woodworking well before they started their current careers and have their own woodshops in the Woodworking is my stress reliever, says Ray.When we finish the racing season in November, we're off the road until we test at Daytona in January. So for a couple of months, I can go out to my shop, work a full day and relax. I can put on my tool belt and work there for eight or ten hours, like it's my real job. Ray learned carpentry and woodworking from his uncle and hones his skills with the help of magazines and television programs. He builds cabinets, furniture and bookcases and also uses his shop to complete home...

Wood Finishing Special

Americans Woodworker 22 Great American Woodworker We're new to the neighborhood. But not the industry. For more than 60 years, Canadian-based General Mfg. has been designing, producing and selling high quality, reliable woodworking machinery. Now we've opened our first American distribution center in Murfreesboro, TN. This new venture will allow us to better serve our American distributors and their customers. So you'll enjoy faster, easier access to our extensive line of woodworking products. And know that whatever you build, your tools were built on a long, proud heritage of trust. For more information visit general.ca. Americanos Woodworker Story Ideas, American Woodworker magazine 1285 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 180 Eagan MN 55121 Many of the articles in American Woodworker are written by people just like you talented folks who are passionate about the craft. We're always looking for fresh voices and new faces. Join us in sharing your love of woodworking.

TV Shelf PipeClamp Rack

Every now and then, the best-laid plans of woodworkers take a backseat to luck. Randy built this corner shelf for his portable TV, Then he found out that his clamps could simply clamp onto the front rail and support cleats I didn't build anything unusual into this, Randy reports, sheepishly. As with many of his woodworking exploits, Randy Zimmerman would see what his more experienced friends did and copy them. Randy uses this workbench, based on a friend's design, mostly for clamp-ups. The three vises and three rows of bench-dog holes aid in the process. The box-jointed shelves are handy for storage and tie into the legs for rock-solid construction.

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Good Turn From David Ellsworth

Short of taking an intensive seminar, there may be no better way to learn a craft than by watching instructional videotapes. Videos can show complicated processes better than still photos, and you can play them back to catch anything you may have missed. But many woodworking videos are long on slick production values and shorter on information.

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AMERICAN WOODWORKER'S SHOW A ROUSING SUCCESS Seminar rooms were packed with woodworkers getting in-depth instruction on power-tool techniques, furniture design, sharpening, bowl turning, finishing, veneering and more. Leonard Lee, Mark Duginskc, lan Kirby, Mike Dunbar, Ernie Conovcr and Frank Pollaro were just a few of the fine craftsmen who shared their secrets. And then there was Norm. Thousands of woodworkers stopped by to meet the congenial star of PBS TVs This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop. Norm signed autographs at the Porter-Cable and Delta booths, and he gave two seminars on building a workshop. American Woodworker hosted the first Woodworking in America Show last November the first show ever produced by a U.S. woodworking magazine. This three-day event at the Fort Washington Expo Center near Philadelphia attracted almost 10,000 woodworkers from as far away as England and Japan. Never before have so many master woodworkers gathered together under one roof. Frank...

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Also try our new durable, HI lightweight composite clamps, in a H variety of styles designed specifically M for the woodworker. This isn ' the Cadillac, this is the Mercedes of combination woodworking tools. My old 5'in-l is going to he very lonely over in the corner. Edward Zvch (TN)

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12-in. lazy-Susan bearing, TR 12C,Woodworker's Hardware, (800) 383-0130 5. Hose reel, AR050-1 .Tools On Sale, (800) 328-0457 67. I have to pack all my tools into the back of my garage when I'm not woodworking. To conserve space, I bought a pancake-style compressor for its compact size and portability. At 55 lbs. it's portable, but lugging it around is no picnic. Sure, you can clamp a straight board to your router table and it works fine. But why not take a little extra time and make a router table fence with all the bells and whistles adjustable, zero-clearance, guards the works. George Vondriska is making one now, and he'll show you how to make yours in the February 2002 American Woodworker.

The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing

The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing

Wood finishing can be tricky and after spending hours on building your project you want to be sure that you get the best outcome possible. In The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing you will learn how to get beautiful, professional results no matter what your project is, even if you have never tried your hand at wood finishing before. You will learn about every step in the wood finishing process from a professional wood finisher with years of experience.

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