Jim Cummins is a contributing editor to A W.
Hand tool tradition and hi-tech machinery shared the same stage at this summer's International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, this year's IWF show attracted over 44,000 participants.
Many folks stopped to watch, listen, and dodge shavings as Don Weber demonstrated the bodgcr's craft at the American Woodworker I>ooth. Weber, whose latest article (on crafting a hand-made hay rake) appeared in AW #40, began by splitting leg blanks out of a log. After drawshav-ing the blank to a rough cylinder, Weber "strung" the piece in his bowstring lathe and proceeded to turn out shapely chair parts while praising the simple ingenuity (not to mention the health
Ql You say French polishing is any finish applied vigorously with the tongue. This is extremely tasteless.
Q: What is the most expensive wood species?
f\\ Pink ivory, which comes from pink elephants.
More on Overhead Storage
Like many amateur woodworkers I'm always on the lookout for extra storage that doesn't take up wall or floor space.
So I designed and made plywood "drawers" that fit between the exposed joists in my workshop. These swing down when needed but are up out of my way when not. I fill my overhead drawers with different tools and workshop items.
Kevin Bentley Birmingham, MI
I needed to cut two clear plastic discs with smooth edges for a kaleidoscope. (See AW #40.) I cut them roughly to
How do you fix sagging bookshelves without adding visible bracing? My solution is to add disguised supports— which I call "faux" books—placed about the middle of each shelf. I start with a
series of 3/4 -in.-thick plywood supports cut to fit the space between each shelf. Then I build up the sides and front to match the size and shape of dust jackets salvaged from other books. After rounding all edges and corners, I paint the wood an inconspicuous color and glue on the jackets. Staggering the supports slightly adds to the deception.
This simple jig enables you to prepare boards for edge-gluing with only a router and a regular straight bit. First make an auxiliary fence for your router table then cut two pieces of plywood. Screw them both to the fence, on either side of the bit, but slip a piece of thin sheet metal (or shirt cardboard) behind the one on the outfeed side. Adjust the fence so the cutting edge of the bit is flush with the outfeed surface of the fence. The depth of cut will be the thickness of the sheet metal. I've found this method actually produces a smoother cut dian a jointer and works for boards up to 4 ft. long.
Kristian Eshelman Highland Park, NJ
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