Different Twist on the Old Grind

Lignum Vitae Dowels

Author Dale Nish fine tunes the shape of a pepper mill. The raid is chucked on a spigot chuck. Author Dale Nish fine tunes the shape of a pepper mill. The raid is chucked on a spigot chuck. STEP 3. Part off the top with a parting tool. Cut down the pencil line with a parting tool, stopping when about ty* in. of wood is left. Stop the lathe, and finish the cut with a hand saw, to separate the top from the body. Mount the mil body in a chuck, drill a l'A-in. counterbore in the bottom, then dril a...

Getting The Angle

He best angle for a dovetail is a compromise. It must be steep enough so the tails do not pull through the pins but not steep enough to weaken the short grain at the end of the tails. Time has shown 80 to be an excellent compromise. The drawing shows a quick way to lay out an 80 angle to set your sliding bevel. I do it right on the edge of my bench. First, draw a 6-in. line perpendicular to the bench edge. Move over an inch and draw a second line angled to meet the end of the 6-in. line. Adjust...

Amd From The Editor

Re got a letter recently from a frustrated reader who criticized us for publishing furniture projects that called for tools and machinery he didn't own and couldn't afford to buy. I don't have a machine shop full of specialty tools, was the way he put it. I know how he feels. 1 remember a time when mv workshop consisted of a box full of hand tools and a door thrown across a couple of oil drums in the roach-infested basement of a New York City brownstone. Urban woodworkers develop a keen eye for...

Throwing The Boomerang

Boomerang Lambada

Your boomerang will return I guarantee it, providing you learn to throw it correctly. But don't worry, it's easy. Pick a big, open field and a day with a mild breeze-about 5 MPH or less. At higher wind speeds throwing gets tricky, and 10 MPH to 15 MPH is too much. Throw from the center of the field so there are no obstructions. Trees have a habit of snagging boomerangs as if trying to reclaim their wooden origins. With the boomerang held vertically, toss it with an overhand motion Ike throwing...

Boomerang

Gartenbank Halbrund

It'll Come Back to You, It Really Will aking a boomerang is closer to carving or sculpting than it is to ordinary woodworking. A boomerang is all gentle curves and flowing lines, as if its arcing flight path is foreshadowed by its shape. As an artist, I became fascinated with boomerangs when I realized they're a pure free-form work of art. I've never seen a better example of the idea that form follows function. When I'm filing the wing contour on a boomerang, I can't help thinking that I'm...

Making A Scratch Stock

Art Deco Woodworking Designs

Efore the advent of power routers and shapcrs, craftsmen devised simple hand tools like the scratch stock for forming decorative shapes. The scratch stock consisted of a scraper blade ground to a desired profile mounted vertically in a block of wood. Bv scratch- ing this tool back and forth across a wooden surface, a decorative shape emerged. A scratch stock remains useful today. In many cases, it will do a better job of cutting a small shape than a power tool does, particularly in hardwood....

Designed for the Chicago Botanic Garden This Bench Will Make Any Backyard Look Like an Estate

Homemade Plans Bench Drum Sander

W W cago Botanic Garden callcd w 1 me in 1987, they were look-f T ing for a garden bench well within the English garden-bench tradition but distinctive in appearance, comfortable, durable, and handmade in America. The folks at the botanic garden and I worked together for nearly a year, refining a design. Two trips to Chicago and three prototypes later, we arrived at the design shown here. A lot of careful thought went into the bench. That thought was directed primarily toward aesthetic and...