Play It Safe

Safety equipment can greatly reduce your risk of injury so can common sense and caution. Remember, if a procedure feels dangerous to you, don't try it find a safe alternative. Your safety is your responsibility. The World's Most Perfect Router Joints Start With Good Phone Skills. Certainly no production workshop should be without one of these, and the serious home craftynan will certainty Find great joy in using it. John Sainsburv's Routcr Workshop The Leigh Jig...

Building Blocks

The composition of a block affects the paper's performance. After 30 strokes, sandpaper backed with ceiling tile (left) shows less wear and finish buildup than sandpaper backed with a maple block (right). tion of sanding blocks. IVc found chat blocks make a big diffcrcncc in how-well you're able to sand. In this article, ril show you how to make sanding blocks from a variety of low-cost and no-cost materials. While I do use a few store-bought sanding blocks, mostly I prefer to make...

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Compressed Wood

Knife Wayne Barton

All you need are two knives and a comfortable chair Chip c arving transforms a basic box with pattern and texture. With a little practice, you can learn to chip carve the floral and caning designs shown here, as well as many others. For centuries, woodworkers have embellished boxes, ornamental plates and furniture with chip-carved designs. The appeal of this simple form of carving is easy to understand. With only two knives, a few basic techniques and a little imagination, you can transform a...

American Woodworker A December

New Products from the National Hardware Show & International Woodworking Fair The AW editors are constantly prospecting for new tools, materials and accessories. And every year, we strike gold just as summer turns to fall. That's when The Hardware Show in Chicago and The International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair in Atlanta take place. Both events have miles of aisles packed with new products. Here are some hot ones that caught our attention. List vs. retail pri es The...

Frank Klausz Technique For Dovetail Layout

Make Jigs Router Dovetail

Get a perfect fit with two easy-to-make jigs The sliding dovetail is a wonderfully strong joint. Used in casework to hold partitions and shelves to cabinet sides, or in drawer construction to attach fronts to sides, the angled parts of the dovetail make a mechanical connection that resists pulling apart. If you taper the socket and the dovetail, the connection becomes even stronger since the taper helps wedge the dovetail tightly in its socket. Many woodworkers turn to the router to cut this...

Frank Klausz

Frank Klausz Water Stone Box

Is a master cabinetmaker and a contributing editor to AW. hammer and a piece of wire from a paint-can handle to tap a groove along the bottom edges of the assembled sides. Make sure the grooves meet at the corners. Plane the edges. Plane the bottom edges until the grooves just disappear. Keep the assembly flat by planing all four edges evenly. the box with water. In a couple of hours, the compressed wood will swell, forming a gasket that seals the sides tight to the bottom.

Minimizing Snipe

Use a straightedge to set extension-table rollers level with the bed. end of a board slighdy thinner than the rest of it is noticeable even at several thousandths of an inch. Snipe has several causes. One of the most common is accidentally levering the end of a board up into the cutter-head by letting its opposite end drop below the planer-bed level. Snipe can also result from a cupped or warped Another cause of snipe one that you can't correct is a very slight...

Student

First Prize Falling Leaf Sideboard Brian Condran Martinez, CA At age 39, Brian Condran decided that he wanted to make furniture. A friend told him about uthis old guy up north somewhere. He was referring to none other than James Krcnov, noted author, furniture maker and resident dean at the College of the Redwoods. Condran built this cherry sideboard in his second year at the school. The sides of the cabinet and the door and drawer fronts all curve to follow the compound curve in the legs....

Douglas

While the latcwood is dense and coarsc. Flatsawn boards from this straight- or wavy-grained wood commonly display cathedral figure. Quartcrsawn boards, sold as MV.G.M vertical grain fir, yield a fine, closely spaced pinstripe figure. The rotary-cut Douglas fir veneer commonly used to make construction plywood has a garish, swirling figure. Douglas fir is brittle and tends to split and splinter. It can be difficult to work with hand tools. Flatsawn grain tends to tear out during hand-planing,...

Waterstone Pond

Build a watertight wooden holder for your sharpening stones Sharpening with watersion es is a lot easier if you have a pond to hold the stone and enough water to keep it wet and clean in use. And your bench will stay clean, too. I learned to make this simple box while working as an apprentice in my father's workshop in Hungary, The box is completely watertight, but no glue or caulk is required to make it that way. Good joiner gt r does the trick, along with a little bit of magic based on wood...