Unstoppable Shops

Colorado shop tcachcr Craig Conrad is a happy man. Students at Moffat County High wait in line to sign up for his classes, and the woodshop shelves are lined with brand-new tools. The secret of Conrad's success The Unstoppable Shops program. Conrad and his students have streamlined a sales and production process that brings in almost 20,000 a year and teaches kids valuable entrepreneurial skills. Students choose a design for mass production, estimating time and cost of production and the...

Using Winding Sticks

Winding sticks show how badly a board is twisted. Shim one stick as shown until it's parallel to the other when sighted from the end of the board. Gap A, at the edge of the board, is the total amount that must be removed at X and Y to flatten the board. if you hope to use them for accurate planing or assembly. Here's another example. Suppose you discover a plank with a crank rocking on your jointer bed. The question is whether it will yield the thickness you need once the twist is planed out....

Ogeebracket Base Moldinc

3 > AMERICAN WOODWORKER OCTOBER 1996 Top it off in style. The large crown molding visually completes the top of the hutch. Simple alignment. A mitered cove molding nailed to the countertop registers the upper case. tional relationships in this hutch that make it look genuine the overall height of the cabinet compared to its width, the relative sizes of door and drawer openings in the base, and even the counter-top thickness and overhang. You can experiment with different dimensions and...

Dovetail Saw By

I felt a surge of adrenaline as the puck sailed through my son's goal. He was still winning, but hey, I can savor my small triumphs, can't I Even dads enjoy this game. Whatever you call it table hockey, box hockey, knock hockey here's a game that never goes out of style. It combines skill and speed and if you're inclined a fair amount of thinking. It can teach you a lot about geometry, but in spite of that, it's a lot of fun. As you can see, this isn't a complicated project. As far as I know,...

American Woodworker A October

Circle n605 PROS A hefty and stable saw. Easy-to-use controls. Lock-out safety switch. CONS Slow cutting action and blade changing. Vibrates at lower speeds. Weak table-locking mechanism. FINAL CUT An affordable high-end machine that's just a bit slow. At 137 lbs., Craftsman's saw is the heaviest of the bunch. This extra weight gives the saw a solid, stable sawing platform. The saw cuts nicely but not as aggressively as other C-arm machines, which are typically...

Word From The Publisher

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...

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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...

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...

Michael Sage

He won a 1996 NICHE Award for fine American craftsmanship, for this jewelry chest. Cut applied fronts on bandsaw. Plane sawn edges.---- Pedal power. Turning chair parts is good exercise when you have a foot-powered lathe. On Weber's lathe, a bungee cord keeps the drive cord taut. Build a foot-powered, spindle-turning machine for 40 Spindle turning is one of the most enjoyable and productive of woodworking techniques. You can quickly turn all kinds of projects,...

Freestanding Lumber And Plywood Rack

Strong and inexpensive to make, it holds hundreds of board feet of lumber and as many as nine sheets of 4-in.-thick plywood. I use two of these modules see drawing to provide uniform support for lumber up to about 10 ft. long. You can add another module or two to extend the rack's length. To fully access the back side, you have to set the rack a couple of feet away from the wall. If you don't have that much room, you can just put the rack against the wall and use the...