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The prizewinners from last issue's woodworking quiz are: Richard Holmquist of White River Junction. VT. first place ($100); Sharon Martin Howell of Oklahoma City, OK. second place ($50); and Jeff Brooks of Springfield. IL, third placo ($25). Bolow arc tho quostions and tho correct answers.

1. If you were hand-planing the surface of this board along its length, which way would you push the plane? This is our trick question.

Reading the rising edge grain, it's clear the board must be planed right to left. Reading the end grain, you have to plane left to right. In truth, this board can't exist—it's a visual trick. We accepted both directions. 2. What does this symbol mean when written on a board? It indicates a true reference surface; the mark points to the face edge.

3. When would you be most likely to use an oval-headed wood screw? Use it when you want to emphasize the screw or when you plan to remove the screws periodically.

4. What types of fires would you put out with an ABC fire extinguisher? You can use an ABC fire extinguisher to put out all fires.

5. As it dries, is a green board more likely to cup away from the center of the tree, or toward it? As a normal green board dries, the edges will cup away from the center of the tree.

6. What government organization can supply information on commercially available timbers? We accepted three answers: the USDA's Forest Products Lab (One Gifford Pinchot Dr., Madison, Wl 53705), the U.S. Forest Service and the Small Business Administration.

7» What tool was used in Colonial times for removing the bark from trees before hand-hewing? The three tools designed especially for this task were the "barking iron," the "peeling chisel, " and the 'bark spud." 8. What is a jack plane, and how did it get its name? A jack plane is a general-purpose plane, longer than a smoothing plane but shorter than an edge-jointing plane. It is well described by the cruel phrase: "Jack of all trades and master of none." 9- What is a Schnitzelbank? A Schnitzelbank, also called a "shaving horse,' is a bench with a foot-operated clamp used to hold a piece of wood for drawknifing or spokeshaving. lO. How are sharks and woodworking related? In the early 18th century sharkskin, or "shagreen, " was sometimes used as sandpaper. It was also a popular covering for tool handles.

Offbeat Answers to Common Woodworking Questions

Q: What is "hid©" glue?

ft: Hide glue is any adhesive mixed with sawdust, stain, etc. that is used to conceal blemishes in the wood.

Q: What is "clear" pine?

ft : Clear pine is what we used to call #2 Common. It doesn't really have a lot of knots at all, and mostly they don't go all the way through the board.

Q: What is "French polish?"

ft: French polish is any finish applied vigorously with the lips and tongue.

Jim Cummins is a contributing editor to AW.


Chamfering Plastic Laminate Countertops

How can I make a wide chamfer on a plastic laminate countertop?

Charles Black Vancouver, WA

OYou can make a beveled edge on a laminate counter with a hand-held router and two piloted router bits. If you glue the individual laminates from the bottom up, as shown in the drawing, they are less likely to catch and lift in use. and the joint lines will be less noticeable.

The drawings below show the general operation, but here are a couple points worth noting:

First, when you're trimming the laminate that's glued to the chamfer.

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