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Spend some time with a well-tuned jack plane and you'll have no trouble understanding how this age-old tool earned its title as a jack-of-all-trades. The jack, or No. 5, bench plane is easier to handle than a large jointer plane (No. 8) and only slightly less maneuverable than the smaller smooth (No. 4) plane. At 14 in. long, the No. 5 is conveniently sized for cither jointing an edge or smoothing a surface. If forced to pare their plane collection down to a single tool, most woodworkers would hold onto their versatile jack.
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Ever dreamed of running or joining a health-club-type hangout for woodworkers NYW Workshops Inc. plans to open its first such franchise this year in Dublin, CA. Thomas Loker, the company's president and CEO, envisions fully functional woodshops for people to build any project with their own two hands.
Woodworker's Supply Inc. carrics tlicm in the States. These days there arc greeting cards for everyone from the bereaved pet owner to the jubilant divorcee. But a card for woodworkers Randy McDermid. a writer and designer from British Columbia, is convinced there's money in woodworking project cards, so he's producing them. These cards let you send your favorite woodworker an attractive project, along with your personal messages. We've put together a great package for you our top-of -the -line 10 industrial ripping, crosscuttmg and general purpose blades at a great pnce. These three blades will handle all of your workshop needs. In addition, you will receive a FREE Freud T-shirt. (Made in the USA. 100 cotton). Plus, you get a tree copy of our new sawblade catalog, packed with new products and technical information. This package is a woodworker's dream It makes a great gift, tool
For some 31 years now, a wonderful group of woodworkers, ever-growing and ever-changing, has been gathering in the pages of Woodworker's Journal and having an ongoing conversation about the craft of woodworking. As The Voice of the Woodworking Community, it's been a pleasure and a privilege to host these conversations, both in our print magazine, and now, to a larger extent, in our family of Internet offerings (woodworkersjournal.com). Summer 2009 woodworkersjournal.com Subscription Inquiries (800) 765-4119 or www.woodworkersjournal.com Write Woodworker's Journal, E-mail woodworkersjournal neodata.com Include mailing label for renewals and address changes. Back Issues & Plans Woodworker's Journal or Today's Woodworker www.woodworkersjournal.com Your Woodshop is published by Rockier Press Inc., 4365 Willow Dr., Medina, MN 55340. Single copy price, 5.99. Reproduction without permission prohibited. Printed in the USA www.woodworkersjournal.com 2009 Rockier Press Inc., Printed in USA.
Many of us who arc concerned about worldwide deforestation feel helpless and frustrated by our inability, as individuals, to halt the destruction. Woodworkers have an additional point to ponder. Do we contribute to the problem when we buy tropical woods Some advocate a boycott of tropical woods. Others The Woodworkers Alliance for Rainforest Protection WARP), a new organization for woodworkers concerned about the destruction of the Earth's forests, has formed to study the problem and come up with apian for action. WARP welcomes all interested woodworkers as members. For information write to John Shipstad, WARP Secretarv Treasurer, P.O. Box 133, Coos Bav, OR 97420 or call (503) 269-6907' The November conference requires pre-registration.
I've always had an appreciation for archirccturc and furniture from before the Industrial Revolution, when woodworkers turned out crisp details and fine proportions using hand tools alone. When I moved from the West Coast to northern Vermont in 1979, my goal was to set up a custom woodworking business in an environment that favored restoration work and traditional design. I found the antique version of this table in the home of Wade Trcadway, a friend and fellow woodworker. Research revealed the well-worn piece to be a Colonial tavern table a sturdy but elegant design that graced homes and inns during Colonial times. I liked the painted hardwood base, with its turned legs and well-proportioned aprons and stretchers.
The Stanley Works is the new sponsor for the Gallery exhibit and awards program at The American Woodworker Show . This popular attraction shows off the work of talented woodworkers and provides cash prizes for winning pieces. See page 103 for details on The American Woodworker Show . loin other woodworkers on our lively, easy-to-use message boards
White most woodworkers are taught to avoid using green (unseasoned) wood, woodturners can grab a block right off the stump and go to town making shavings. Here are some tips to make green woodturning fun and to ensure that you get the best results from your experiments. Freshly cut (green) wood with a high moisture content is, by nature, unstable. As it dries, it is prone to warp, check and generally do things that give woodworkers nightmares. The movement is caused by the cells
Issues of American Woodworker for future reference. Three-ring binders are the best way to do this, but aw does not arrive prepunched, and it's tough to get through 80 pages. My solution is a Vin. hollow punch made to punch holes in leather (available from Tandy Leather outlets). I hone the cutting edge sharp and smooth, then chuck the punch in the drill press with a piece of hardwood scrap underneath. It cuts perfectly.
You don't need co sell woodworkers on the importance of stop blocks we've all used them in one form or another to make repetitive cuts quickly and precisely. But factory-made fence and stop systems are expensive You can easily pay 200 or more for a length of extruded aluminum and the adjustable stop that goes with it.
An American Woodworker subscription is the ideal gift for your woodworking friends and neighbors. They'll enjoy a whole years worth of great projects, techniques and workshop wisdom plus the special American Woodworker 1997 Tool Buyer's Guide a must-have sourcebook for outfitting a shop. That's 7 great issues in all for a Special Holiday Price 4 payments of just 5.97. But that's not all. PLUS, lx th you and your friend will receive a FREE GIFT of your choice as a holiday bonus from American Woodworker.
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You know the rewards and frustrations of designing, building and finishing a project. Here's your chance to help others build their skills. Tell us what you've learned and we'll put it in print (some conditions apply). For more information on submitting your stories for publication, email us at stories americanwoodworker.com. Visit www.americanwoodworker.com FREE American Woodworker Extra e-newsletter. Have a project you're particularly proud of Show it off in our Woodworkers' Showcase.
Rugged, heavy and made primarily with metal parts, this jig is built to withstand the rigors of a busy professional woodworking shop. The basic unit cuts fixed-space half-blind dovetails the same way its less-expensive Porter-Cable brother does (see page 70). However, you can buy an Omnijig accessory template ( 130) for cutting variable-spaced through dovetails as well. You have to reposition the edge stops when shifting from pins to tails when cutting through dovetails a minor inconvenience. The jig comes with a template guide and carbide bit for making 1 2-in. half-blind dovetails. There's a wide range of other accessory templates (see page 73).
Block planes are often associated with carpenters and do-it-yourselfers because they're inexpensive and small enough to fit in a toolbox or toolbelt. They have important roles in the woodshop, too. A high-quality block plane can do amazing work, and may become one of your favorite tools.
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American Woodworker's tenth-anniversary issue Please join us while we pop a few corks in celebration. With this issue, American Woodworker marks Before 1988, AW was an obscure quarterly published by Jim and Mary Jennings a husband and wife team working out of the back room of their trophy shop in a suburban Nashville mini-mall. Jirn worked as editor and Mary sold ads when the trophy business got slow. Woodworkers wrote the articles, a moonlighting English teacher did the copy editing. The design work and layouts were handled by a woman down at the local type shop. Scat-of-thc-pants magazine making Southern style. Then Rodale Press bought AW in 1988 and hired me as the editor. After putting out the first issue with a full-time staff of one (and swearing I d never do a solo act again), I started building the tremendous team of talent that makes American Woodworker the great magazine it is today. We've now expanded beyond the magazine to make American Woodworker a multimedia publisher of...
Woodworker's Showcase Share your work with fellow woodworkers across the country and around the world. As woodworkers, we love to build things, but we also love to share our work and the ideas behind them. American Woodworker Magazine has a new department called Woodworker's Showcase. We're looking for projects that range from the practical to the fantastic. Email your digital images along with a brief description of each piece to Showcase AmericanWoodworker.com or mail a disc with images to American Woodworker Magazine Woodworker's Showcase 1285 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 180 Eagan.MN 55121 www.americanwoodworker.com phototips
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It's not too late to join the rapidly growing community of woodworkers at American Woodworker Online, on the America Online computer service. All you have to do is hook up your computer to this incredible resource to get the latest information, locate hard-to-find tools and supplies, participate in daily live chats with like-minded craftspeople from around the world, and find answers to all your woodworking questions. AW Online bringing woodworkers together
For a woodworker, the main advantage of an electrostatic prefilter is that it can be washed and reused repeatedly. That's why electrostatic filters are typically used as prefilters on air scrubbers. Prefilters catch the larger dust particles before they plug up the finer pocket filters inside (which are a lot harder to clean). It's important to wash your electrostatic filter often for two reasons 1. It keeps airflow at a maximum. 2. An electrostatic filter's effectiveness decreases as the filter loads with dust. That's because the media has become insulated by the dust, thus reducing the static charge. If you have a question you'd like answered, send it to us at Question 8c Answer, American Woodworker, 2915 Commers Drive, Suite 700, Eagan, MN 55121 or e-mail to qanda Teadersdigest.com. Sorry, but the volume of mail prevents us from answering each question individually. 14 American Woodworker march 2007
If you have a question vou'd like answered, send it to us at Question & Answer, American Woodworker, 2915 Commers Drive, Suite 700, Eagan, MN 55121 or e-mail to qanda readersdigest.com. Sorry, but the volume of mail prevents us from answering each question individually. If you have a question vou'd like answered, send it to us at Question & Answer, American Woodworker, 2915 Commers Drive, Suite 700, Eagan, MN 55121 or e-mail to qanda readersdigest.com. Sorry, but the volume of mail prevents us from answering each question individually. American Woodworker January2003 17
The Ultimate Router Jig By tlie American Woodworker Staff woodworker Without their influence, I might not have become the woodworker I am today. If I'm very lucky, some future craftsman may say the same about me. What better gift could one give to the world I here have been some new developments behind the scenes at American W
It's time to enter your best work in the 1995 AMERICAN WOODWORKER Excellence in Craftsmanship Awards Competition. Finalists will be contacted for further information and winners will be announced in the December 1995 issue of American Woodworker. American Woodworker is not responsible for entries lost, delayed or damaged in the mail or elsewhere. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Decision of the judges shall be final. American Woodworker 2nd Prize 300 cash Award certificate 3rd Prize 200 cash American Woodworker 2nd Prize 300 cash Award certificate 3rd Prize American Woodworker 2nd Prize 300 cash Award certificate 3rd prize woodworker
The ProMiter-100 is a well engineered, precision miter gauge designed for woodworkers by a woodworker, Mario Salazar, owner of Salazar Solutions. With the ProMiter-100 you can set angles to within 0.1 degree of accuracy from -50 degrees to +50 degrees in a matter of seconds, rather than minutes. American Woodworker November 2007 25 American Woodworker November 2007 25 Enter a new or renewal subscription to American Woodworker and give a FREE gift subscription YES Enter or extend my one-year (7 issues) American Woodworker subscription and send my friend listed below a one-year subscription at no additional cost Bill me at the one-year rate of only 24.98 for both subscriptions a 70 savings off the newsstand price and send my friend a card announcing my gift.
THE FACTS A 28-year-old amateur woodworker was ripping a l-in.-wide strip from a 5-in.-wide board. He positioned the narrow strip between the blade and fence, as shown in the top photo. He had removed the blade guard and splitter, and was standing directly behind the workpiece. Rather than try to squeeze his right-hand fingers between the blade and fence to finish the cut, he switched to his left hand and pushed the waste side of the board. He saw the board ride up on top of the blade and shoot back at his chest. The board broke a rib and removed a large slab of skin.
THE FACTS A 48-year-old amateur woodworker trimmed the end off a long board, using his miter gauge. He turned ofi the saw, and as the blade was slowing down he noticed that the oifcut was bumping against the blade. He flipped the offcut away with his index finger, and in the process brought his thumb into the blade. He lost about V4 in. from the tip of his thumb.
Storage for nails, screws and other small parts is another problem that nearly every woodworker faces. Although we received dozens of ideas for storage containers using just about everything imagineable, I really liked the design of these portable storage bins sent in by Peter Coope of North Stonington, Connecticut
There is a tradition among woodworkers of making extremely fine tool cabinets, as a way for the traveling journeyman woodworker to display his or her abilities. There's nothing wrong with following that tradition. But it's not what 1 was after in this design. This toolbox is in no way a showcase. It's a tough, utilitarian piece of shop furniture featuring exposed screw heads and naked plywood edges.
If your kitchen is large enough for it, this country-style cupboard will provide considerable storage space while adding a good deal more charm than additional wall cabinets. It's also a fine dining room piece for storing that set of fancy dishes that is used only occasionally This is a project that will take quite a few hours to complete, but the joinery is uncomplicated all phases of construction can be handled by a woodworker with modest skill and equipment It's a very rewarding piece to build.
One of the best ways to measure your skills and progress as a woodworker is to look at the projects you made five or ten years ago and compare them to your most recent work. If you're anything like me, you may cringe a little at those old masterpieces. Some of the mistakes stick out like a sore thumb. And I
Chisels and gouges .ire indispensable tools for most woodworkers. So when we destroy a tool's hardness, or temper, by burning it on the grinder, we're likely to lose our own tempers as well. Although burned cutting edges can usually be prevented by frequent water-cooling while sharpening, the occasional overheated edge is inevitable. II 2 AMtKICAN WOODWORKER A DECEMBER 1996
Woodworker This fall American Woodworker is hosting At American Woodworker, we've built our reputation by publishing in-depth, acccssiblc information that shows woodworkers how to do thing* right. At the 1995 Woodworking in Amcrica Show we'll bring the pages of American Woodworker to life. SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS & ADDRESS CHANGES Al American Woodworm r. your satisfaction is important to us. For questions regarding your subscription and all address changes, please write to American Woodworker Magazine Box 7591 Red Oak, IA 51591-0591 Please include a recent mailing label
Powerful thoughts bring powerful results. Watch our free demonstration video on the Roblond X31 combination machine and you will see the powerful thought process that has gone into the design of this Belgian success story. Every woodworker's dream, combine 10' table saw Cast iron sliding table system 50* rip capacity 20 seconds to change functions Shaper
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The new Delta benchtop Model 11-090 Radial Drill Press delivers versatile drilling capabilities affordable to the small-shop woodworker. It has a tilting drilling head for drilling angled holes and for horizontal boring as well as straight drilling. A movable arm expands the capacity to allow drilling to the center of a 32-in. circle. The head also swivels 360 around the column for working on or off the table. It
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I noticed in Master your Mortiser (AW 128, May 2007) that the mortise chisel's opening is facing front, toward the woodworker. I turn my mortise chisel opening to the left, so that the chips fall into the previous plunge, when cutting left to right. This prevents any clogs and keeps the chisel running cool. In Lithium-Ion for the Woodworker (AW 129,July 2007) your description of the 10.8 V Bosch Pocket Driver stated Its single speed is too low for drilling most holes, Please check your specs. This drill is a variable speed drill driver, i find this to be a very versatile tool, and it is certainly a worthwhile addition to most anyone's shop.
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This project is designed for a 5'6 to 5'10 tall woodworker. If you're shorter or taller than this, you may want to Second, figure out the height at which you're comfortable grinding. Man)' woodworkers prefer elevating a grinder so its tool rests are about elbow-high. This height will vary between 6-in. and 8-in. grinders (we used an 8-in. grinder for our station). Use this measurement to determine the height of the shelf above the cabinet.
Woodworkers Have It Made Wc woodworkers really have it made cspccially when the holidays roll around. While weary shoppers struggle in traffic jams spending hard-earned cash on mass-produced merchandise, we can relax in our work-shops, making gifts that people will treasure for years to come. From all of us at Amfrican Woodworker, have a relaxing holiday season and a happy and productive new year.
Many woodworkers leave behind a legacy of work for future generations some also leave trees to replace the ones they use. In northern California, the Sonoma County Woodworkers' Association (SCWA) gathers annually to plant the next generation of trees with the current generation of kids. On planting day, woodworkers and kids gather trees and supplies. After a brief discussion and demo, adults and kids break into workgroups. In an afternoon, a dozen adults and a few dozen kids can easily plant 20 trees. The Albuquerque (NM) Woodworkers Association helped Cub Scouts plant over 150 native trees last year through a similar program. So, along with a small forest of trees planted by woodworkers, grows a spirit of responsibility and trust in the future. Paul Anthony American Woodworker Online is part of the America Online computer service. From the AOL main menu, enter keyword wood. For free AOL software and 15 free hours of online time call (800) 764-4400.
The belt sander B JH ost woodworkers consider sanding a aggressively removes llf I chore, and rank it right up there with nicks and scratches IW1 taking out the garbage, which in a and flattens stock sense it is. It's taking out the scratches, nicks, quickly, and milling marks left by various tools. Well, portable belt sanders can help with this nasty job. They remove stock quickly, clean up rough surfaces, and flatten glued-up tablctops and panel assemblies. Though they can't beat hand planes when it comes to perfectly flattening stock, belt sanders will smooth woods with wavy, interlocking, troublesome figure without tearing out the grain. In skilled hands, they're capable of finer work too, although belt-sanded surfaces usually require additional smoothing (with an orbital or random-orbit sander) before finish is applied.
The Perlormax Components were designed to fit the needs of all woodworkers. A suspended 22 drum sands up to 44 wide in two passes. An abrasive power feed belt provides a non-skid surface for flawless and effortless sandtfig. Retrofit the S T Sander and Power Feed to the Pro Stand for maximum ef1ic ency.
From a visitors gangway above, one looks down into a cav-ernous shop filled with machines from the 19th and earlv 20th centuries. Here, apprentices and journeymen are turning out decorative parts for Victorian houses, using the same skills woodworkers did KM) years ago.
Many woodworkers prefer to make rabbet cuts with a straight bit rather than a piloted router bit for a couple of reasons piloted bits have a tendency to jump and wtii foiiow any imperfections in the edge of the board they also wtii cut rabbets of only a set depth (even piloted rabbet bits with Interchangeable bearings are hilled to four set depths). By using a jig ike the one shown to the left, you increase the bearing surface, preventing jump-outs, and you can adjust the relationship of the jig to the bit to cut rabbets of any depth up to ifte maximum cutting capacity of the bit To make the jig. simply choose a straight piece of scrap about 1 ft long, make a notch slightly deeper than the bit diameter, and clamp the jig to the router base so the fait protrudes to the depth of the cut
I think this is a project thatH J might appeal to a lot of woodworkers. I'll admit the design is quite simple. But simple designs often require quite a bit of ingenuity in the shop. That was definitely true with this Coffee Table. And then there's the drawers. If you were to crawl under this coffee table (a favorite pastime of woodworkers), you'd see nothing but the bottoms of the drawers. No rails, no drawer guides, no visible means of support. Just three drawers hanging in mid-air. But before we get to the drawrers, the basic table must be assembled.
As mentioned in Talking Shop on page 29.1 used Minwax's High Performance Wood Filler for filling the counterbored holes before painting the pine version of the Adirondack Chair shown on the back cover. This filler is available at many local home centers, and paint and hardware stores. If you can't find it locally, it can be ordered through the mail from The Woodworkers' Store, 21801 Industrial Blvd., Rogers, MN 55374-9514 phone (612) 428-2199. For finishing the redwood Adirondack furniture, I used a mixture of 50 McCloskey's Man O' War Satin Spar Varnish and 50 McCloskey's Stain Controller & Wood Sealer (for more information, see page 29). These products are available at some local retail stores and home centers, and can also be ordered from The Woodworkers' Store (see address above).
Even after carefully reviewing the requirements, you'll likely find that there are two or more good candidates for each joinery job. How do you choose between them There is a brilliantly simple rule of thumb that many experienced woodworkers use to cut through this Gordian knot of joinery But before 1 let you in on this secret, let me tell you a brief story. As 1 researched the desk, I ran across an old magazine article by an accomplished woodworker who had built a similar piece. His account of the project was daunting. Complex was too mild a word to describe the joinery. The bracket feet, for example, were assembled with double-blind mitered dovetails I've never met a woodworker who managed to complete a double-blind mitered dovetail in his lifetime,
Portable planers brought planing capability to legions of woodworkers on a budget. Now Makita has an entry in this field. The Makita Model 2012 compact planer is a good balance of capacity (it'll handle stock up to 12 in. wide and 6 in. high) and weight (52.8 lbs). The automatic-feed rollers pull stock through at 26.2 ft. a minute, past a two-blade cutterhead rotating at 8.000 RPM. The maxi
Introducing the first quick change accessory system designed for woodworkers. It's Rapid Load' from DeWALT, and it lets you change bits up to 50 faster than standard keyless chucks. The Rapid Load system features a heavy-duty holder and a wide selection of professional-grade, Guaranteed Tough accessories. The bits easily slide in and out of the holder while the universal 1 4 hex shank design prevents slipping. Even better, the Rapid Load holder fits all brands of 3 8 and 1 2 cordless and corded drills. So get your Rapid Load system today, and see how fast you finish your work tomorrow.
Introducing the first quick change accessory system designed for woodworkers. It's Rapid Load from DcWALT, and it lets you change bits up to 50 faster than standard keyless chucks. The Rapid Load system features a heavy-duty holder and a wide selection of professional-grade, Guaranteed Tough' accessories. The bits easily slide in and out of the holder while the universal 1 4 hex shank design prevents slipping. Even better, the Rapid Load holder fits all brands of 3 8 and 1 2 cordless and corded drills. So get your Rapid Load system today, and see how fast you finish your work tomorrow. Woodworkers' Discount Books
Take any random group of wood workers, and you could get a pretty good argument going by asking everyone what every shop needs. Most people would say a well-adjusted tablesaw with a sharp, high-quality blade. But there are still plenty of folks who prefer a radial-arm saw. (Beats me why.) You'd get just about everyone to agree that a router is essential, although the rustic woodworkers and molding plane fans would say No way Is there really any one thing that every shop needs Issue s 104. American Woodworker*, ISSN 1074-9152, USPS 738-710 Published bimonthly, except monthly October and November by Home Service Publications, Inc., 260 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Periodicals postage paid at New York, NY and additional mailing offices. Postmaster Send change of address notice to American Woodworker*, PO Box 8148, Red Oak. IA 51591-1148. Subscription rates U.S. one-year, 24.98. Single-copy, 5.99. Canada one-year,S29.98 (U.S. Funds) GST R J 22988611. Foreign surface...
When we listen to woodworkers, we understand what you mean -1- after all, we are woodworkers You told us you needed a dado to cut plywood, solid wood, hardwood veneered plywood, lamlnatesand melamine chip-tree. You told us that It needed to cut precise slots and maintain accuracy. And it especially needed to accommodate today's undersized plywoods.
With all these good qualities, why aren't we all lining up at the lumberyard for mahogany boards Because it's expensive, about 5 to 9 per bd. ft. It's so expensive that exporters of other woods have worked mahogany into the street names of their products and succeeded in confusing the heck out of woodworkers (Photo 2). Let's clear the air a bit and compare these species side by side.
White oak is the perfect choice for a wide variety of applications. Woodworkers admire the beauty of its quartersawn grain. Boat builders take advantage of its strength and rot resistance. The warship USS Constitution, launched in 1797, was nicknamed Old Ironsides because cannon balls bounced off her thick white oak hull. Completely restored in the 1990's, she still sails the Boston Harbor. Although only 15 percent of the ship's wood is original, the keel-18-in. by 30-in. by 160 ft is made of Lhe same four white oak timbers laid down over two centuries ago. ijohuson americanwoodworker.com ijohuson americanwoodworker.com 6 American Woodworker JULY 2O07
Introducing the Premier Fusion saw blade in both Thin and Full Kerf design. Now woodworkers have a superior general purpose blade for both the table and chop miter saw in the shop and for the lower horsepowered saw on the job site. The New Thin Kerf combines the advanced Premier Fusion features with a thinner kerf design to provide a flawless finish while reducing material waste, which makes it the ideal tig . choice for lowered powered saws.
There are a lot of differing opinions on bandsaw tension adjustments. Some woodworkers advocate tensioning the blade much higher than the tension indicator shows. I prefer to use the least amount of tension that yields satisfactory results for the type of cutting I'm doing. balanced, and coplanar, you shouldn't have to tilt the top wheel much to track the blade properly. In fact, some woodworkers claim you should leave the wheels coplanar (by not tilting the top wheel at all after wheel alignment) and allow the blade to find its own equilibrium tracking position near the center of the tire's crown.
Finding a company that had large bed lasers and was willing to work on one-off projects proved difficult, until I discovered RMS Laser of El Cajon, CA (near San Diego). The amazing folks at RMS Laser enjoy working with artists and woodworkers. They'll ship anywhere and even give you a discount if you mention American Woodworker*. You can find more information about their cutting services at www.rmslaser.com.
YOU MIGHT NOT NEED a more powerful dust collector after all. That's the word from woodworkers who've replaced the original equipment filter bags on their collectors with bags that are more efficient. You might ask, What can be more efficient than the 1 micron bag that came with my collector The answer is a 1 micron bag that's properly sized for your machine and surface-treated for optimal performance, according to the folks at American Fabric Filter Company (AFF). They specialize in custom-made filter bags for dust collection systems. 60 www.AmericanWoodworker.com juni jui ioio Here's an easy way to improve dust cake release on any new filter Precoat it with flour. Just use the collector to suck up 1 lb. of flour for every 10 sq. ft. of filter surface. This does the same thing as sprinkling a handful of flour before rolling out a pie crust the flour releases the dust cake much as it releases the dough. For more dust collection tips, go to www.AmericanWoodworker.com WebExtras. j For...
To finish these outdoor projects, I applied two coats of a 50 50 mixture of Mc-Closkey's Man O'War Satin Spar Varnish and McCloskey's Stain Controller & Wood Sealer. (This is a thinned down tung oil.) These products are sold at home centers and hardware stores, or can be ordered from The Woodworkers' Store, see below.
Many woodworkers just starting out on the scrollsaw don't tension their blades enough. Insufficient tension will make the blade tend to drift when sawing and will cause premature blade breakage, usually near the center of the blade. Breakage at the ends of the blade usually means your blade holders arc not pivoting freely, causing metal fatigue near the holders. MARC BERNER is a woodworker and scrollsaw expert based in northern California.
Finish sanders are the predecessors of random-orbit sanders. They simply move sandpaper in small circles to slowly remove the wood. Most models use either a quarter or a half sheet of standard sandpaper, which is convenient because it's available everywhere. Some woodworkers prefer a finish sander for sanding fine veneers and plywood because they are less aggressive.
Yet, hand planes seem to intimidate many woodworkers. This fear is usually based on the feeling that hand planes require a tremendous amount of skill to use. Actually, it just takes a lot of elbow grease. The real skill involved with a hand plane is adjusting it so it does what you want it to do.
Noc too long ago, a typical router table was little more than a router mounted upside down in a piece of plywood. Clamp a straight-edged piece of wood to the plywood and you'd have a fence. But times have changed. Today, the router table has come into its own as a stationary tool. Woodworkers expect more features and capabilities, and manufacturers have responded with tables, inserts, fences, stands, and accessories.
With both sides assembled, you're ready to join them to the rails. A large benchtop or the shop floor is ideal for this operation. With a pipe clamp holding the back rail in rough position between the sides, install the head rail and the front rail to the sides by drilling through holes for the connector bolts (available from The Woodworkers' Store, 800-279-444 1). The large-diameter heads on these bolts and caps allow you to install them without washers, and their slim profile means countersinking is unnecessary. Buy the holts in the sizes shown in Fig. 1, then use a hacksaw or bolt cutters to shorten them to the correct length for the seat rail and head rail. Use a hex wrench to cinch the bolts tightly into their cap nuts.
Think for a moment about the staggering variety of routers you can buy today, from compact laminate trimmers you can hold in one hand right on up to 3V -HP monsters that really belong in a router table. Then of course there are plunge routers and fixed-base models to consider. It's no wonder that many woodworkers have several routers in their shops.
For projects that don't require the rapid stock removal of a belt sander, a random-orbit sander, like the one shown at right, has become the goto tool for most woodworkers. And their versatility is the reason why. They can be aggressive enough to remove a lot of material quickly, or gentle enough for the final sanding on your most treasured pieces.
The four machines have 1 3-hp, 1 2-hp, 3 4-hp and 1-hp motors, respectively. The three smaller machines have an adjustable work light, so you can see where you're boring. Left-handed woodworkers will appreciate the quill handle on the 15-in. machine It can he used on either side.
Using your shapcr or Woodmaster, RBI or tablesaw. Three different easy build plans. Satisfaction guaranteed. 9.95 Sun Hardwoods, PO Box 142, Mm. Grove, MO 65711. HARDWOODS CUT TO ORDER. 120 species in stock from 1 4 to 4 thick, burls for turners, wood ID kits 59.95, veneers, woodworker's supplies. Colonial Hardwoods. Springfield, VA (800)
After years Scott Beresford figured it was time his suburban homeincluding his workshopreceived a facelift Building a
Once upon a time, there was a man named Scott Beresford, who had no wife or kids, and lived in a suburban home outside Pittsburgh. Scott had a split-level, which included a garage leading down a short flight of steps to a woodworking shop in his basement, and he was content.
A good 12 steel ruler is almost indispensable in any woodworking shop, (C in Fig. 1). It's much easier (and usually much more accurate) to work with a steel ruler than fumbling with a tape or a wooden folding rule. Among traditional woodworkers the mere mention of using a pencil or a pen is enough to make them shiver with disgust. A scribe, they would say, is the only acceptable tool for marking.
You've probably heard other woodworkers talk about what a great tool the scraper is, but maybe you've never had much luck with one yourself. Using them is easy getting a good edge on them is the tough part. The hardest step in sharpening a scraper is the first one filing the edge square and flat. Start off right with this easy-to-make file holder Cut a kerf equal to the thickness of an 8-in. mill file in a 1-1 4-in. thick by 4-in. wide by 6-in.-long piece of wood. The kerf should be a little deeper than half the width of the file. This allows you to set the file at different depths to avoid dulling it in one spot. Clamp the scraper in a wood-jaw vise. Push the scraper firmly against the holder while filing for a perfectly square edge.
Most of the construction of the bench is conventional joinery and should present few problems for the average woodworker who's careful and accurate. Just a few aspects of the bench construction deserve comment. Can a conscientious woodworker use teak and still sleep at night Depending on where the teak grew, buying it may indeed encourage further destructive harvesting of tropical forests. Java teak planted in a nursery today will supply woodworkers in 80 years. Java teak planted in a nursery today will supply woodworkers in 80 years.
Obviously, this unit is for the serious woodworker who intends to cut a lot of dovetails and doesn't want to be stuck with only a couple of configurations. It'll cost you 330 plus, and you'll have to invest a considerable amount of time to get your competence up to the potential of the jig. But that done, by golly, you can cut some slick dovetails
Due to their smaller size, ease of use, and less demanding router requirement, vertical style raised-panel bits are the first choice of many woodworkers. You'll find that the scale of these bits is comparable to some of the heftier profile bits you have. And although you may not get quite the quality of cut that a horizontal bit will produce, it's still very good. A bonus is that the cost of a vertical bit is easier on the budget ( 40 to 60 range).
Antique pine often lias a dark, mellow color. Unfortunately, when woodworkers try to duplicate that color on new pine by using stain, the results arc usually disappointing. It's easy to end up with mega-blotches and it's hard to avoid grain reversal, a peculiar effect that makes stained pine look unnatural (photo below), h doesn't have to be that way, though. If you follow the process presented here, you can give pine deep, rich-looking color without losing its natural appearance. 52 American Woodworker
Sheila Dawson didn't pick up a saw until she was 30. Today, the 50-year-old former secretary is making sure the woodworkers of tomorrow get an earlier start. Dawson teaches woodworking to children ages four to 10, and she docs it in a mobile workshop housed inside a transit bus. The four-wheeled workshop has 10 height-adjustable benches and a wide variety of hand tools. much, she began to explore it as a career. The idea for a mobile workshop for kids came about after Dawson found that most preschools and elementary schools in her native San Diego did not have fully equipped woodshops.
My cutting and veneering sequence avoids a lot of fussy work and also gives you the crisp edges and joints that woodworkers and customers appreciate. Major steps are described below and in the photos on these two pages. Veneer the sides, ends, top, and bottom. I veneered a single 5-in. x 16-in. piece of 7 j -in.-thick mahogany for the box sides and ends. The core for the top and bottom pieces is I 4-in.-thick MDF. Clamps and cauls can handle this glue-up. (See Photo 1.)
Woodworker's profile Some woodworkers spend so much lime in their shops, they joke that they live in them. Brian Hahn actually did for five months while his home in Avoca. Wisconsin, was being built. That's why he added a finished plywood floor, bath, eating area, sofa bed, and so much more. LEFT Brian started with a standard European-style bench, but it was too small for his work, so he built a new one, adapting the design of Rhode Island School of Design master woodworker Tage Frid, who has described his benches as a machine for clamping, Brian's hard-maple benchtop is considerably wider than Frid's design but features his classic multiple vises.
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Making a straight edge is the biggest problem most woodworkers face when grinding chisels and plane irons. That's because most tools are wider than the grinding wheel, so you have to slide the tool from side to side to grind its whole face. That's really hard to do with a standard tool rest, but a cinch with this one. The second problem most woodworkers have with a standard tool rest is fine-tuning the grinding angle. Precisely matching an existing angle saves you lots of time on the grinder. This tool rest is easy to adjust To change the grinding angle, you just move the rest in or out.
Sources Woodworkers Source, (800) 423-2450, www.exoticwoods.net Teak, 4 4, 22 a bd. ft. Teak, 8 4, 22 a bd. ft. Buck Woodcraft, (305) 743-4090, www.buckwoodcraft.com Teak plywood, 3 4 in. x 24 in. x 36 in., 66. Lee Valley and Veritas, (800) 871-8158, www.leevalley.com Screw-on angled leg plates, 5 16 in. x 18 thread, 00H33.80, 3 for a package of four. Woodcraft, (800) 225-1153, www.woodcraft.com Hanger bolts, 5 16 in. x 18 thread x 2-1 2 in., 130238, 2 for a bag of 10. Local lumberyard Poplar, 4 4, 3 a bd. ft. Local paint store Clear satin varnish, 5 a pint. Sources Woodworkers Source, (800) 423-2450, www.exoticwoods.net Teak, 4 4, 22 a bd. ft. Teak, 8 4, 22 a bd. ft. Buck Woodcraft, (305) 743-4090, www.buckwoodcraft.com Teak plywood, 3 4 in. x 24 in. x 36 in., 66. Lee Valley and Veritas, (800) 871-8158, www.leevalley.com Screw-on angled leg plates, 5 16 in. x 18 thread, 00H33.80, 3 for a package of four. Woodcraft, (800) 225-1153, www.woodcraft.com Hanger bolts, 5 16 in. x 18 thread...
Position the outlet next to the router, making it convenient to unplug when changing bits. (The main reason woodworkers fail to take this simple safety step is that it's inconvenient.) You can position an on-off switch where it's easy to find. (This is especially appealing when you need to kill the router fast.) You can add an outlet for something like a dust collector or a shop vacuum, making it switch-controlled When the router goes on. so does the dust collector. (This works if your router has the soft-start feature, or if both router and dust collector are relatively low-amperage. But two high-amperage motors- say, a 14-amp router and a 12-amp dust collector kicking on at the same instant can overload a 20-amp circuit, tripping the breaker.)
The worst part about this jig is the very fact that it is so foolproof and has been around long enough that macho woodworkers look down on it. Its perfectly even spacing is easy to recognize and everyone knows that even though your dovetails fit well and perform well, you didn't work your butt off to get them that way.
To support the CDs in this case we used a unique pin and ledge system that vnakes the CDs appear to float in midair
Here are a lot of ways to store Jk CDs (compact discs). They can be stacked in a pile, filed in a shoe box, or if you spend a few bucks, housed in a simulated wood, CD rack. But as a woodworker, none of these options appealed to me. Instead, I took a little different approach and designed this CD storage case with several unique features to set it apart from other cases.
Whether you're just starting ouc in woodworking or eyeing a project too big for a small shop, here's a business that offers room to grow. The Woodworkers Club in Vienna, VA, sells hcalth-club-stylc memberships for Ready for action. The Woodworkers Club in Vienna, VA, is the first location in a chain of fully equipped workshops offering memberships to hobbyist woodworkers. space, plus a retail store sell- ing tools, hardware, lumber and other supplies. We supply pretty much everything from jointers and biscuit joiners to cabinet scrapers and shaving horses, says founder Mark Wirthlin. Each club is staffed by experienced woodworkers who arc avail-able to help members with their projects. For more information write The Woodworkers Club, 216 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna, VA 22180, or call (703) 255-1044.
Set this end table in a room with JL JLa bunch of woodworkers and see what they look at first. I bet you nine times out of ten, the bow-front drawers will be opened first and given a close inspection. And frankly, I'd do the same thing. The drawers are one of the most intriguing features of this project
The Performax Components were designed to fit the needs of all woodworkers. A suspended 22* drum sands up to 44* wide in two passes. An abrasive power feed belt provides a non-skid surface for flawless and efforttess sanding. Retrofit the S T Sander and Power Feed to the Pro Stand for maximum efficiency.
A common mistake many woodworkers make when using a mortiser is to simply cut overlapping holes. The problem with this technique is that the chisel is apt to deflect toward the unsupported side of the cut. The resulting mortise may not have square walls.
Wood cauls are simply strips of wood that are slipped bet ween clamps and the workpiece to distribute the clamping pressure evenly. Woodworkers have been using them for centuries to help create strong, square joints. You can use any hardwood, or even strips of plywood, to make your own wood cauls. Be sure to have plenty on hand before beginning the glue-up.
If you've tried resawing, and have had only had limited success, I hope that I can help you. I've been a professional woodworker for umpteen years, and now run a school devoted to fine woodworking, the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. I've taught dozens of students how to resaw-folks who came to class with many tales of frustrating experiences, but left with a solid grounding in how to succeed. You can, too.
By Woodworker's Journal Staff We here at Woodworker's Journal know that there are many woodworkers who are interested in woodturn-ing, but they have yet If you turn a lot of wood, you are going to need to get good at sharpening your cutting tools. Turners sharpen their tools all the time. In fact, many experienced turners keep their sharpening systems right next to the lathe. Often they don't even turn off the lathe as they turn to the grinder and put a new edge on their tools. One obstacle that new turners often put in front of themselves is that they over-think the sharpening component of turning. 'Ihey are concerned about not getting the tools sharp enough, or maybe too sharp. Do they need to raise a wire edge on their tools that they've read about The quandaries go on. Perhaps that's because, as Ian Kirby is fond of pointing out, sharpening is not woodworking it is metalworking. So it's logical why we woodworkers are a bit uncomfortable with the task. The curious thing is that...
Gave you a general idea of what I built, but it didn't contain any specific plans for tbe system's components. Lots of woodworkers asked for more details, so I've put together cutting lists for gave you a general idea of what I built, but it didn't contain any specific plans for tbe system's components. Lots of woodworkers asked for more details, so I've put together cutting lists for
You don't need to be a wheelwright to make good use of this time-honored tool. The spokeshave can round over just about any furniture leg or table edge. And may woodworkers enjoy using the spokeshave to make chair spindles and other round parts. Spokeshaves are matle in several different sizes with concave blades of varying radii.
In the isolated villages of northern New Mexico, local woodworkers absorbed these new influences into their own style. They decorated traditional New Mexican furniture with intricate cutouts, turnings and applied wood panels reminiscent of the Empire, Greek Revival, Mission and Craftsman styles. Trasteros became
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