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By Patrick Stafford

A lot of woodworkers I know are great cooks, possibly because most of us can't afford to go out. . . At any rate, I designed these curved-top boxes to hold recipes. The mortise-and-tenon joints are cut with a router and a simple template, making these recipe boxes ideal for small production runs if you're inclined. The curved lids can either be coopered or cut from solid slock. Or, if you prefer, you could make a flat lid, altering the upper profile of the box sides to match. My first attempt...

Center Stretcher

FIG. 4 CHAIR SPINDLES, LEGS, STRETCHERS AND BOW Scribe layout line for center stretcher socket. FIG. 4 CHAIR SPINDLES, LEGS, STRETCHERS AND BOW Scribe layout line for center stretcher socket. Scribe layout line for side stretcher socket. Taper starts. Cut Vn-In. groove with scratch tool drill at very acute angles such as where the outside pairs of spindles meet the bow. You can also use a spade bit or brad-point bit in a variable-speed electric drill. Never put a spoon bit or a reamer in an...

Letters

Re Backyard Lumbermaking AW, 21) Bob Moran did a terrific job outlining the many options that exist for the burgeoning sawyer. It was just what I needed to prompt me to go out and finally purchase the Rip Saw bv Better Built Corp. Nix on Positive-Pressure Ventilation Positive-pressure ventilation as explained by Steve Long (Tech Tips. AW, 23) can move a larger volume of air but the exhaust opening(s) would have to be relatively large to allow the high-volume low-pressure flow of air to be...

Stool

His little stool is patterned after an old-time farm milking stool but at a smaller size to make it convenient for a child to sit on. Because it's portable, your kids can plunk it in front of the TV or pull it up to a little desk. Yet, its built ruggedly enough to come in handy for all sorts of uses around the house. The stool is simple to make and takes a minimum of material. You may want to make several of the stools at one time as I do. The three shop-built jigs shown here make the...

Dust

Norm Vandal's shop-made dust collector is a creative combination of salvaged and custom-made materials. A homemade band clamp secures the bags. When I started working wood about 20 years ago. dust came with the territory. The collection system in my earliest workshops amounted to a coal shovel and a gunnv sack my cheap filter mask gathered dust on the shelf during all but the most noxious operations. At the end of a day of heavy milling or sanding. I would blow the dust cake from my nose...

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By Michael Dunbar

Today, this type of Windsor is often called a hoop back or bow back, but the man who made it knew it as an oval-back chair. This Windsor side chair includes a tailpiece, which projects from the back of the seat to hold two extra bracing spindles. These parts can be omitted from the design, but they make the chair much stronger by reinforcing the bow against the sitters weight. Windsor chairs were traditionally made from rived green wood. That is, the pieces for the bent back, spindles, legs and...

By Fred Matlack And Dave Sellers

Woodworking Archive Biz

Ore than any other modern tool, the .router has changed the way we work wood. Its ability to be an all-purpose cutter, groover, molder, and shaper has encouraged a revolution of creative ways to use a muter in home shops and small production shops. When you mount a router upside down in a stationary table, it works like a small shaper and is more versatile. You can bring the work to the router which is now reassuringly stable instead of having to heft a heavy router over the w ork. Good ideas...

Section

To shape with a drawknifc and finish with a spokeshave, scraper and a light sanding. Sec Fig. 4. If you make your spindles from sawn stock, select only the very straight-est grain. You can turn the spindles on a lathe if you like, but it's difficult to turn such slender pieces, and I find I can whittle a perfect spindle about six times faster than I can turn one. I make my spindles slightly longer than their finished length. The unfinished length of the three center and two bracing spindles is...

Toolbox

Here's a trio of new high-tech coatings that will help your woodworking by lubricating and sealing the working parts of your machines. The coatings are solid fluoropolvmer materials that are sprayed on in submicroscopic particles that bond to metal surfaces, forming durable films that won't break down under high temperature and pressure. And they don't contain any silicones or petroleum oils, which can stain wood. DriCote is a treatment for saw blades, drills and router bits that lubricates and...

Stop Block

Drilling Windsor Chairs

Line up cemertne with drill-press chuck and column. Line up cemertne with drill-press chuck and column. 10 angle. To make things easier, I've devised a simple angle-boring jig to hold the seat at the required angle on the drill-press table. See Fig. 3. It's nothing more than a slanted, flat top with two stop blocks for the stool seat to fit against. Mount the stop blocks along lines drawn ai a 45 angle to the centeriine of the jig. To hold the jig in place, I make a drill-press pad by bolting a...

Maring

Start by cutting out the plywood parts for the cabinet according to the dimensions in Fig. I. Notice that the horizontal panel in the middle and the bottom panel are dadoed into the cabinet sides. The two small top panels above the drawer spaces fit into rabbets cut in the top edge of the sides and the inside walls of the drawer spaces. Everything else is fastened with butt joints. Glue and nail the Vi-in. thick drawer runners in place on the sides of the drawer spaces. The top-right drawer has...

Pattern

If you saw the wood for the bent bow, the grain can run out at the edge of the stock, which guarantees a weak spot that will split or break upon bending. You can rive the wood from a log, or you can purchase riven stock by mail. See Sources. Fig. 4 shows the bow's cross section flat and square on three sides, with a rounded back. I begin shaping the bow by hand planing either the upper or lower surface. I inspect the wood's grain and try not to cut across individual...