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The 1996 American Woodworker Show 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...

How To Use A Footpowered Lathe

Foot Powered Mortiser

Weber uses a gimlet to poke holes for the lag-screw centers. To learn more about working with a foot-powered lathe, read Green Woodworking, by Mike Abbott ( 16.95 U.S. 1989, Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd., 166 High St., Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1 XL), 800-225-9262). wraps a spindle twice with the drive cord. C Adjusting the centers. Weber holds the spindle in place while screwing in the centers. D Making the cut. He moves the blade into the work each time he...

O American Woodworker A

How to make a piece that looks 200 years old It's a thrill when someone walks into my showroom and exclaims, Where do you get all these great antiques They look at the Colonial hutch pictured here and ask, Got any idea when it was built When I tell them that the hutch was built just a few weeks ago, they wonder how it could look so old, yet be so new. I've found several secrets to making a new piece of furniture look like a 17th-or 18th-century antique. Furniture from this era had wonderful...

Patching The Mouth

Bailey Wooden Sole Plane

Clean the metal parts with an old toothbrush and some mineral spirits. Take care not to remove any original enamel. Parts of the plane include 1 knob 2 cap iron 3 cutter or iron 4 top casting 5 frog, with thumbscrew and adjustment lever and 6 lever cap. Stevens clamps a metal jointer plane upside down in his bench vise, to flatten the wooden sole of a transitional plane. Make sure the grain of the patch piece runs parallel to the length of the plane, so later you can plane the...

Topsecret Chairmaking At The

Mike Dunbar, a well-known Windsor chairmaker and AW contributing editor, recently passed along an intriguing story of spies and chairmaking tools, from the spring 1996 issue of his newsletter, The Windsor Chronicles (available by calling Mike at 603-929-9801). It seems Leon Robbins of Crown Plane Co. in Bath, ME. received a phone call from someone at the Central Intelligence Agency inquiring about his chairmaking tools specifically his compass plane and travisher. Later Robbins received a...

American Woodworker A October

Clamping the workpiece between the jig's parallel beams automatically centers the mortise. The router base rides on ledger strips attached to the jig's two fences. End cutting. Rout a mortise for a loose tenon by clamping the stock vertically. You can rout edge mortises in stock up to 3 in. thick and 3* 4 in. wide, and you can make end mortises in pieces up to 5 in. wide. With both edge- and end-mortising capability, this jig is ideal for loose-tenon joiner)'. The key to the...

Drawer Fronts From A Single Board

Drawer Front Jigs

Position the front panel on the glued-up case to lay out the pull locations. Separate the fronts. With the pulls installed, cut the applied drawer fronts free, one at a time. Front alignment. Clue the fronts to the drawers so edges align and spacing is even. wood bottom. Each finished drawer should be Vl6 in. narrower than the width of the opening and Vfc in. shallower than the boxs inside depth. Reinforce the mitercd drawer corners with keys. Then cut a Vs-in.-wide by...

Transitional Planes

Wood-and-metal hybrids perform with the best of'ern I would have a hard rime picking a favorite hand plane from the many that I've collected in the last 20 years, but my Bailey transitional planes would be high on the list. A transitional plane has a wooden body and a metal mechanism for holding and adjusting the plane iron. Manufactured at the same time that mass-produced iron planes were being introduced, these planes were made to fill a niche between traditional all-wood planes and modern...