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Will McDermid find gold in them thar cards? That might he asking a lot. but remember, it wasn't long ago that someone made a million bucks marketing the Pet Rock.

—Offcuts contributors: Susannah Hogendorn, Kevin Ireland and 7:7Us Walentine

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.

course) space for a personal message. Designs include a turned vase, a decorative screen and a chess board (sec photo), and McDermid also has plans in the works for a baby's era-die. So far, the cards are available in Canada through Lee Valley Tools Ltd., and House ftfirtmn' »—nil«



Albert LeCoff, director of The Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, is starting a pilot program to introduce young people, their shop teachers and parents to the art of woodtuming.

The program, scheduled for March 5 and 6. is a two-part workshop for up to 35 teens, teachers, and parents. On the first day. participants will gather at the George School in Newtown. Pennsylvania, to learn turning techniques from instructors Allen Androkities. Dave Hardy. Kevin Kirwin. and Mark Sfirri. Then they'll reconvene the next day at Ursinus College in Collegeville. Pennsylvania, to view the International Lathe-turned Objects exhibition and attend design workshops with some of the exhibiting artists, including Ed Bosley, Michael Brolly, Michael Kehs, Laura Marth. Dennis Mueller. Lincoln Seitzman and Mark Sfirri.

LeCoff says that while the greatest response has come from the local area, people all over the country have expressed an interest in the workshops. If the pilot program is a hit. he'd like to see it go nationwide. LeCoff hopes his program will show parents, teachers and young people some of the pleasures of working by hand.

For more information or to register, contact the Wood Turning Center at (215) 844-2188. Enrollment is limited, so act now.

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©The leg on one of my Windsor kitchen chairs is loose. I tried to remove the leg to reglue the joint, hut the tenon won't come out of the chair scat. There are no nails or pins securing the leg. What kind of joint did the maker use, and what should I do to tighten the leg?

Dale Bern Falls Run, MO

O Since there are no visible fasteners locking the joint together, the leg probably has a "fox-wedged" or "blind-wedged" tenon. (See drawing.) In this type of joint, a wedge is inserted in a slot in the tenon before the joint is assembled. When the wedge hits the bottom of the scat mortise, it's driven into the tenon, spreading the tenon and locking the joint together. Chairmakers often undercut the seat mortises with a gouge to further strengthen the joint.

The easiest way to separate this joint is to steam it apart. To get heat and water to the joint, slip a length of rubber tubing over the spout of a teakettle and direct the steam at the loose joint. This will soften the fibers of the wood, and a sharp rap with a mallet under the seat near the leg will disengage the wedged tenon. If your chairs are old, they were probably constructed using hide glue, and the steam will soften any glue still remaining. (Even with a white or yellow glue, you'll still have luck using this method.)

To reassemble the joint, simply replace the old wedge with a thicker one and reglue.

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©What's the best way to make the curved apron (or skirt) on a round table?

Lou Hall Pleasant Plains, AK

OHow you make a curved apron will depend upon the kind of table you're constructing. If the desired curve is slight—say larger than 3 ft. in radius—you can handsaw the curve in sections from thick blanks. This is the simplest method because any joinery can be done while the blanks are still square. However, you'll waste a fair amount of wood, and each end of the apron

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