Woodsmith June/July 2020

Every project featured in Woodsmith contains detailed, step-by-step illustrations and clearly written instructions to guide you through each stage of construction — whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned woodworker. Plus, you’ll get practical, hands-on information covering woodworking techniques, tools, and tips.

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Inspiration for a project comes from many sources. In the case of the shop cart on page 38, designer Dillon Baker wanted to create a cart that serves as a companion to a workbench — a staging area for tools, an extra worksurface, and some storage. He found a Shaker dry sink (like the one you see above) that had a lot of the features he was looking for. With a little tweaking, like changing the construction to plywood, he’s designed a great shop helper. The final weeks of working on this issue came just as “work from home” orders were given to people around the country and world. It really changed up the way we work here. I hope you and your family are healthy, safe, and finding creative ways…

2 min.

Edge Sander Videos I am not really sure what there is about Rod Reyes that makes his presentations so special, but I am really happy that you guys are embracing his videos. I first saw his build video on the horizontal sander project that originally featured Chris Fitch -- and it was excellent. However, the sander video produced by Rod was absolutely superlative! You guys really need to recruit Rod. His talent is truly a rare find. On camera, his personality and presentation is magic in a bottle. Thanks for featuring him. I am sure you will be overwhelmed with positive comments. Dan Mays Woodsmith replies Thanks Dan. We hope to work with Rod again. If you haven’t seen the video series where Rod built the edge sander from issue 240, check out our YouTube…

3 min.
tips & techniques

Better Dust Collection There are times when the dust collection feature on the router table fence doesn’t do the job at hand. In my most recent case, I was using a flush trim bit and had to remove the fence all together. The dust collection solution I came up with is what you see here. VACUUM CLAMP. As you can see, my idea uses a shop vacuum hose and head held in a clamp. The clamp is made out of a few layers of plywood and has a wide base. The base gets clamped to the router table, and the hose is held in a hinged clamp. A shop-made latch holds the clamp closed. When I need to deploy the holder, it’s simple to clamp it to the table and lock the hose…

1 min.
submit a tip to win

GO ONLINE If you have an original shop tip, we would like to hear from you and consider publishing your tip in one or more of our publications. So jump online and go to: SubmitWoodsmithTips.com You’ll be able to tell us all about your tip and upload your photos and drawings. You can also mail your tips to “Woodsmith Tips” at the editorial address shown on page 2. We will pay up to $200 if we publish your tip. THE WINNER! Congratulations to Mike LaFoyette, the winner of a $100 Lee Valley gift card.…

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quick tips

Sticky Screws. When John Doyle of Des Moines, IA needs to reach a screw into a tight spot, like when installing a lazy Susan bearing, he found that a small dab of glue stick helps hold the screw to the driver tip. Sizing Dowels. Harold Kimple of Solon, IA uses a quick trick to find the appropriate drill bit to match a dowel. He removes the cap from a Forstner bit and checks it over the end of the dowel. When it fits, he knows that’s the right drill bit to use for that dowel. Profile Sander. Becky Kralicek of Bloomington, MN found that wrapping sand paper around a drill bit was the perfect way to sand tight radii. Because her drill bits cover a variety of different sizes, she can always…

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top 7 router accessories

You just got a router, now what? Here are the top seven things I’d buy first to get the most out of it. Now I’m not talking about router bits here at all. I really consider those a given. You can’t do anything with a router without them, except maybe listen to it run. But I do have some basic advice, choose your bits carefully. BUY AS YOU NEED. Personally, I’d buy the bits as I need them based on the project I’m working on. And I’d buy the best bits I could afford. For me that means solid carbide or carbide-tipped router bits. They’ll last longer and provide better results overall. With the bit discussion out of the way, we’re ready to add accessories. You can buy them in any order to…