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vcncional paints, and they dry with the "ropey" brushed texture commonly seen on antique furniture and architectural surfaces. A total of 17 standard colors are available, and the company can produce custom colors on request. (Price: pint, $12.50; quart, $21) Historic Paints Ltd., Dept. AWT, Burr Tavern, Rte. 1, Box 474, East Meredith, NY 13757, (607) 433-0229. Circle #622

Laminate Cutting Guide

It's easy to run into trouble when you're cutting thin materials such as laminate or veneer on a tablesaw. The laminate can get caught under the fence, or it can be blown upward by the blade. It's also hard to feed thin material with a push stick. The Laminatrol Cutting Guide solves these problems. The 26-in.-long aluminum extrusion is designed to fit under the rip fence, providing a channel that guides the laminate during the cut. (Price: $7.95) Simp'I Products Inc., Dept. AWT, Box 187, City Island, NY 10464, (718) 885-3314. Circle #623

Stephan Grinder

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Effective Sharpening Duo

Fred Matlack and Phil Gchrct, who run the AW Design Shop, rely on the combined efforts of two relatively new tools for most sharpening tasks. Matlack reports, "Used together, these tools are especially good for gouges and other curved edge tools."

The Stephan Grinder has a "see-through" wheel that's actually a thin steel disc, coated with carborundum abrasive and cut full of slots. The disc spins horizontally in a metal housing; the disc's slots let you see through it as it spins. Aided by the built-in light, you can actually observe metal being removed from the chisel or blade you're grinding—something you can't do on a conventional grinder. (See photo.) This way you can


Once you've ground the bevel on a tool, you can hone the edge to a mirror finish with Surgi-Sharp—a 1-in.-wide leather belt designed to fit 1-in. belt grinders. The belt comes in 30-in. and 42-in. lengths. Along with each belt purchased. you get a stick of medium-grade buffing compound. Charge the belt with compound, turn on the grinder and you're ready to put the finished edge on your tool. (See photo, left.) And if you prefer to shape your tool's initial bevel with a 1-in. abrasive belt, the company sells a handy angle guide that fits on the grinder's platen to support tools at precise angles. (Price: 30-in. belt, $1 1.95; 42-in. belt, $13.95; additional buffing compound, $2.50; angle guide, $16.95) Wheatland Products, Dept. AWT, 7/33 SW59th St.. Oklahoma City. OK73179, (800) 346-4656. Circle #621

New Paint, Old Colors

Historic Paints Ltd. has introduced a new line of paints formulated to accurately reproduce the colors of the 18th and 19th centuries. The paints rely on linseed oil, turpentine, organic resins and traditional pigments to produce their luster. These creamy, thick-bodied paints offer double the coverage of con-

grind very accurately without the aid of special jigs. Freehand grinding—a trial-and-error affair on a conventional grinder—can be done quickly and effectively on the Stephan. The disc's slots help keep the disc and the blade cool. The grinder comes with a 120-grit disc; 80- and 180-grit discs are also available. (Price: $349.95; extra discs, $99.95 ea.) Woodcraft, Dept. AWT. 210 Wood County Industrial Pk.p Parkersburg, WV 26102, (800) 542-9/15. Circlc #620

Stephan Grinder

Easy Splined Corners

Leichtung' s Decorative Spline Jig lets you dress up and reinforce mitcrcd corners using your router, a 5/8-in. template bushing and any one of several bits. The jig is designed to work with a 1/2 -in. pipe clamp (not included) and can be used on just about any 90° corner. Depending on the bit you use, you can cut dovetail, square-edged or V-groovc slots across the joint. An adjustable scale on the jig lets you reposition it easily, indexing against a previous cut; or you can cut slots at random spacings. Then glue in matching splines, trim them flush, and admire your customized corner. (Price: $39.99) Leichtung Workshops; Dept. AWT\ 4944 Commerce Pkiuy., Cleveland, OH 44128, (800) 321-6840. Circle #624


The Norton Company is the world's largest manufacturer of abrasives. Now they have a new product line that will interest woodworkers—waterstones— the first and only American-made water-stones on the market today.

The idea of developing a set of water-stones wasn't easily accepted at Norton, where most of the profits come from traditional industrial abrasives. But since Paul Champagne joined Norton more than nine years ago, the watcrstonc project has grown. Champagne had been using Japanese-made waterstones for years to sharpen the blades on the swords and knives he made as a hobby. Upon joining Norton, he quickly took up the idea of developing a line of waterstones.

About three years ago, Champagne came to a tool sharpening seminar I was conducting. He brought a prototype set of stones with him and asked me to try them out. I started using the stones right away, giving Champagne my impressions and then retesting stones when he sent improved versions. Other woodworkers also participated in this evaluation process.

The result of this research and refinement is a very serviceable set of stones in four different grits: 220, 1,000, 4,000 and 8,000. How the stones work together is important. The delicate balance

True grit. Norton's new waterstones are available in four grits and perform comparably to Japanese stones.

between grits determines the quality of the final edge. While each of the stones cuts quite well, I found the 1,000-grit stone to be a little too soft, and the 4.000-grit stone to be a little too hard. Moving from a soft, coarser stone to a harder, finer one means that you have to do a little more work than necessary on the finer stone. According to Champagne, Norton is planning to adjust their formulations to reduce the discrepancy between these two stones.

Overall. I think that Norton's new stones stand up fairly well when compared to the different Japanese waterstones I've been using for many years. As a set, the stones will work even better when the difference between 1,000-grit and 4,000-grit stones is reduced.

Norton is planning to market a set of "chisel-width" stones within the next year or so. 1 suggested these narrower stones (which will he made by simply cutting standard-size stones in half lengthwise) to Norton because they are much better for sharpening chisels. The dishing of the narrower stone can be corrected more quickly than is the case with wider stones. And these stones will cost much less than the full-size stones that are really better suited to sharpening wider blades such as plane irons. Also in the works: a thinner 8,000-grit stone which will make this grit more affordable, and a line of contoured waterstones for sharpening curvcd blades.

The Norton waterstones are currently available from only one source, although broader distribution is planned by the end of the year. (Prices: 220 grit, $16.95; 1,000 grit, $21.95; 4,000 grit, $39.95; 8,000 grit, $65.95) Garrett Wade, 161 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10013, (800) 221-2942. Circle #625

TOSHIO ODATE is a noted sculptor and shoji maker who teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.



Paul Hamler of Snellville, GA, makes tools any Lilliputian would love. He specializes in small-scale replicas of antique woodworking tools, some of which are shown here. Remarkably, all of his tools are working models.

What prompted this modern-day Gulliver to make the switch from furniture to tiny tools? Hamler says it started when he began buying old hand tools to use for making period furniture reproductions. "Then I was bit by the collecting bug," he explains. As his collection grew, he found he couldn't afford the more expensive hand tools, so he started making his own, scaling them down to save on the cost of materials.

Hamler casts metals such as gold, silver and bronze using the lost-wax process. To shape the delicate parts, he employs the same techniques used on full-size models. The difference is in the size of his machines and tools: For delicate shaping, he uses jewelers' and dentists' tools, plus a variety of homemade devices such as miniature router bits, scrapers and floats. One of his favorite machines is a Gorton pantograph equipped with a miniature router that he uses to cut inlays and engravings. Working at such a small scale calls for one more invaluable tool: his high-powered magnifying glasses.

Homemade Pantograph

▲ English plow plane. Ivory, silver. 3 L. Scrimshaw by Maurice Wheeler, Norcross, GA.

Homemade Pantograph

▲ Brass-backed dovetail saw. Beech, steel. 4 L. ▲ Stanley No. 4 smoothing plane. Bronze, rosewood. 3«/8L.

Beech Screw Arm Plow

► Sheffield-style plated braces.

Left to right: Pilkington brace in ebony and silver; Marples Ultimatum in ebony and brass; Pilkington brace in boxwood and brass. All 45/8 L.


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Beech Screw Arm Plow

▲ Classic screw-arm plow plane* Ebony, boxwood, ivory, steel, brass. 35/8 L.

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▼ Smoothing plane.

Carriage maker's plane.

Workbench. (By Bill Bilancio, West Palm Beach, FL.) Curly maple. 6'/2 L. x27/8H.

Stanley planes. Left to right: No. 81 scraper in rosewood and bronze, 3V2 L. No. 340 furring in beech and bronze, 33/16 L. No. 212 scraper in rosewood and bronze, 25/8 L.

Wood Marking Gauge Plans

▼ English marking gauge.

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33 E. Minor St., Emmaus, PA 18098. Please include materials, dimensions, name of photographer, your name, address, and phone number. We'll pay you $35 per entry published. If you want your photos returned, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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