Woodsmith August/September 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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Active Interest Media
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6 Números

en este número

1 min.
from the editor sawdust

Tradition is a big part of why so many enjoy woodworking. It connects us with woodworkers who have come before us. Those connections take shape in the skills, tools, and even projects handed down from generation to generation. And we hope the projects we make will get passed down as well. One tradition we have at Woodsmith is building a workbench to commemorate every 50th issue. And here we are at issue 250. Dillon Baker picked up the challenge for the design. He selected an English-style workbench that you can see on page 34. Like most bench designs, the features evolved over centuries of refinement. As a designer, Dillon’s task is to translate those features into numbers and a clear process that allows you to make one for yourself confidently. It’s a…

3 min.
reader’s tips

Drill Press Sanding Drum In my garage shop, I’m often looking for ways to make tools multifunction. In some recent extended shop-time, I discovered a good way to upgrade my drill press sanding drum. SANDING DRUM. While drill press drum sanders aren’t new there are a few palces they fall short.The biggest is that they always seem to have some runout and flex a little. Plus, I always seem to have to cobble together an insert or a table so I can lower it all the way. To fix that, I modified an insert for my drill press table (my table is from WoodsmithPlans.com). I made a table that attaches to the insert and allows the drum to be recessed. A bronze bushing stabilizes the drum to prevent wobbling. Then, I can make…

7 min.
unique router bits

Anyone who’s been in our shop or seen one of our shop tour videos knows that we have a lot of router bits. And I mean a lot. Truth be told, some of them are for very specific operations. However, there are a few of these specialty bits that, quite honestly, work so well that they’re worth the expense and the shop space. Let’s take a look at a few of these unique bits. SCREW SLOT BIT The first unique bit that I really like is the type shown to the left. These are screw slot bits. They form slots in a workpiece for the shank of a screw to pass through while holding the head — all in one pass. You can see the bit in action in the main photo…

6 min.
woodworking apps

While I typically head to the shop to get away from computer screens and technology, they do have a place in woodworking. I find that software applications (“apps”) help make my time in the shop more efficient, saving time, money, and a lot of head-scratching. After taking a look at dozens of apps (and believe me there’s a ton of them out there), I’ve rounded up a few of the ones I use on my Apple iPhone on a regular basis. Many of these apps (or similar ones) are available for other platforms (like Android), as well. Downloading them to your phone (or, in many cases, a tablet) and you can be working with them in just a few minutes. Many of them are free or low-cost. In either case, they’re…

7 min.
true grit: sandpaper

Silicon Carbide Silicon carbide is one of the hardest sanding media and it fractures as it wears. This means it produces fresh cutting surfaces so it continues to cut well down to the paper. Often used in wet sanding applications. Garnet One of the oldest media, garnet works well on wood. However, the grains dull as they wear, which tends to lead to quick wearing sandpaper. Some argue that garnet leaves the best surface. Aluminum Oxide Probably the most common abrasive, used extensively in power and hand sanding applications. Works well for wood and softer metals. Grains fracture as they wear and produce sharp cutting Zirconium Heavy grit used on coarse belts and discs. It’s the choice for heavy stock removal, but often comes with a higher pricetag. On the flip side, it lasts longer than aluminum…

7 min.
candle lantern

Even though lighting technology has moved way beyond candles, the gentle flicker still draws people in. In an instant, you’ve created a welcoming, comforting environment. Housing the candle in a lantern only heightens the experience and calls back to an earlier time. This lantern project has everything a weekend project should have. Great design comes first. Many “simple” projects fall flat on their faces because the designer didn’t take the time to make the project beautiful. In addition, this lantern keeps the ease of construction while incorporating enough thoughtful details you expect in a custom piece. Speaking of details, let’s take a quick survey of a few. The tapered profile and overhanging top evoke Arts & Crafts styling. The seamless miters show off the shape and allow the individual pieces to flow…