By Jim Barrett

've always thought it would be great to have a sandcr that could do both rough sanding and finish sanding. A sandcr that could remove stock quickly when equipped with coarsc-grit paper, yet. with fine-grit paper, leave a surface smooth enough for staining and finishing. For the first time, power-tool companies are offering such a tool to woodworkers it's called a ran-clam-orbit sandcr. It works like a disc sander, except the disc's axis of rotation moves around in a little eccentric orbit,...

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Boomers Hit The Boards

Sure enough, our reader surveys confirm that it's true. The yuppies of the '80s are becoming woodworkers in the '90s. The average AW reader is younger, wealthier, and better educated in 1991 than the average reader in 1989 a trend we expect to continue for the next few years. So, to all you newcomers out there, welcome to the club. If you're searching for basic values, you've come to the right place. Woodworking is a rewarding and satisfying endeavor a craft you can practice for the rest of...

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Asic instructions for using strippers arc 'outlined in the sidebar. Stripping Tips but if you've ever done any stripping, you know i is seldom this easy. Here are some of the most common problems and their solutions. If the stripper you're using doesn't dissolve, blister, or break the bond between the finish and the wood, there are two possible explanations. 1. You're either not allowing enough time for the stripper to work or 2, You need to use a stronger stripper. See accompanying article....

By Roger Holmes

They're the main attraction of many of my favorite pieces of furniture, and even some of my favorite places. For me, the charm of an old hardware store, pharmacy or printer's shop increases with each row of little drawers lining its walls. I've noticed, particularly at yard sales and auctions, that I'm not alone in my fascination. The temptation to open a drawer seems as universal as it is irresistible. What, we wonder, might Mr. Jones have left in here It's...

By David Donnelly

Maloof Sculpted Chair

Uilding your first chair can be an exhilarating experience. It's quite a change from casework and cabinet making. Unfortunately, many woodworkers shy away from making chairs because the joinery is rarely at right angles. If you're one of those people, here's a chair that may change your mind. It may look complicated, but the joinery is all at 90 . You cut the joints before you shape the members while the wood is still square. It's really quite simple. Of course, you don't have to tell anyone...

Drum Sanders Bandsawn Block Puzzle

Ql'm planning to set up shop i i my basement. The wiring is a hodgepodge of old knob-and-tube circuits front the 1920s, with some newer Romex lines run in the 1960s. All the wiring is overhead in the floor joists. I'd like some general tips on how I should rewire for my lights and machinery. 1 have a tablesaw, radial ann saw, band-saw, jointer and planer. A First, think very carefully about present and future needs for your shop, then work out a logical plan for the wiring and sketch the...

Tech Tips

The Tucker Vise

You can make your own sanding drum for your lathe. Turn two wooden plugs with a shoulder on the edge, sized to fit standard sanding-drum To sand small, inside holes on a project. I glue the broken end of a coping saw blade to a strip of cloth-backed abrasive. When the glue dries, I insert the strip through the project and mount it in the coping saw. I made a combination hold-down and anti-kickback device from a V in. thick piece of hardwood 4 in. x 4 in. On one end, I made a 2-in. long slot cut...

By Bob F L E X N E R

Cfinishing furniture means stripping off the old finish and starting from scratch. Unfortunately, stripping isn't much fun. I don't know a way to eliminate the drudgery, but stripping will be a lot easier if you understand how different strippers work and learn a few tricks and precautions about how to use them. That's what this article's all about. Why use chemical strippers in the first place Mechanical paint-removal methods such as sanding, scraping or healing with a heat gun are effective...