The edge of this spindle roughing gouge is properly shaped. When viewed from above, the edge runs straight across.

When viewed from the side, the edge appears vertical. It can also cant slightly back.The edge should never extend forward at the top.

Hone the edge. With the slipstone touching only the back of the bevel, start an up and down motion on the outside edge.Then, without coming off of the back, touch the area just below the cutting edge. Maintain this two-point contact to hone effectively.

set your grinder's tool rest to create the 45° bevel angle that will sharpen the profile's edge. Hold the tool flat on the rest, with the tool's edge parallel with the grinding wheel. Start at one corner and slowly roll the tool to the other corner (Photo 12). Grind slowly and deliberately, with control. Be sure the grinding wheel's first contacts are at the bevel's back edge— never just below the cutting edge. Stop grinding when the sparks are gently coming over the top of the tool and appear evenly along the

To sharpen the tool, grind a 45° bevel behind the edge. Hold the tool parallel with the wheel's edge and flat on the tool rest.Then roll it slowly from corner to corner. Stop grinding when the sparks appear evenly along the edge.

Use the slipstone's rounded edge to hone the inside. Hold the slipstone flat in the flute and move in an out,following the flute's curve, without tipping forward over the edge.

Alan Lacer is a woodturner, writer and instructor living near River Falls, Wl. You can find out more about Alan and his work at

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Not having a truck, he piled the wood on top of his old MGB GT sports car and brought it home to his patio shop.That's right-Dad works right outside his back door, and when it rains, everything must come inside. Dad stores his tools wherever he can find room.There's a big cupboard in the kitchen which is full of tools, another under the stairs, and yet another in the garage.

He built this cabinet to hold all his hand tools-particularly a set of 80-year-old molding planes originally used by his father.The drawers contain all sorts of chisels and carving tools. Although storing tools in such a beautiful cabinet might imply that they are just for show, Dad says that each one still sees regular action:Good tools deserve a good home, right?

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I'm not sure if i qualify as a tool nut-machine crazy is more like it. I started out on a Shopsmith, but now have 17 industrial-grade machines.

It all started when my wife saw an ad for a planer in the local paper. They were asking $350, so I figured that the planer would be a decent 12" model. Nope. It was a 16" Powermatic with a 5 hp, 3-phase motor. I bought it, of course, and have been adding heavy-duty machines to my shop ever since.The latest is pictured above: an Oliver No. 12CD Pattern Shop jointer. It's 24" wide, has an 8' 10" bed and a 7-1/2 hp motor. The infeed table tilts up to 5° side to side to put a draft on a mold pattern.

I work in a factory and I'm not rich. I'm not setting up a business-just one very serious shop at home. My wife has always supported my woodworking-she has plenty of projects in mind for our house. And I have lots of machines to play with!

WHEN MY DAD, KEITH HUDSON, set out to make a tool cabinet, he went ail the way. Dad's been a carpenter for over 40 years in Oxford, England. To make this hutch, he used rafters salvaged from an old building at Somerville ftUUl

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