Woodsmith October/November 2021

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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1 min.
from the editor sawdust

One of the advantages of working at Woodsmith is following a project from sketch to the finishing spray booth. Chris, Dillon, and John recently put together a line up for the next year. And I can’t wait to see how these concepts take shape. Each of the designers applies their unique spin on the design process. Then Steve and Marc have to make it a reality in the shop. While I’d like you all to stop in and watch the process unfold, it’s not really practical. However, you can follow along if you join us for our weekly shop updates on Facebook. Every Thursday at 1pm central time, we turn on the cameras for a tour and a progress report on projects you’ll soon see here. Another way you can participate in…

1 min.
rob petrie, assistant editor

Rob’s passion for woodworking began when he was six, whittling sticks with a pocketknife after watching his dad work in their family’s shop, eventually graduating to cutting boards, to cabinetry, and beyond. As a professional writer and woodworking enthusiast, Rob’s happiest when he’s making something, whether it’s in the shop or at the keyboard. He appreciates the combination of artistry and functionality that woodworking provides most of all, giving you both something beautiful to look at and useful to have. When Rob isn’t in the shop or at the office, you can probably find him biking on a trail somewhere in Iowa. If you’re out there, just look for the wood-grain helmet! PRIVACY STATEMENT: Active Interest Media HoldCo, Inc. is committed to protecting your privacy. For a full copy of our…

3 min.
reader’s tips

Grill Frame Shop Cart If you’re throwing out an old grill, or (in my case) if you found one on the curb, then you may have found your next shop cart. A grill ended up being a great base for a shop cart. You’ve got a ready-built frame with a set of casters already mounted. I made mine into a sharpening station, but you can get creative: a planer cart, a bench-top tool stand, or a moving miter saw station are just a few ideas. MAKING THE CART. To start, I pulled off all the pieces aside from the frame and casters, then cleaned the grill up. I used long pan-head sheet metal screws to attach 3/4” plywood for the woksurfaces, which also added some rigidity to the old frame. The grill…

1 min.
quick tips

Finest Finish. Phil Huber of Urbandale, IA had sanded up through the grits and put the final coat of finish on his platter. Before he called it done though, he did one last sanding with kraft paper. The paper has just enough abrasiveness to create a smooth surface and consistent sheen. Cooking Out the Water. Dana Myers of Beaverdale, IA realized that her dowels had swollen in the humid weather and wouldn’t fit in the holes for her dowel joints. She decided to cook them in the mircrowave in 30 second increments to dry them back to their normal size. Surgical Tubing Clamp. Chris Fitch of Winterset, IA came up with this clever clamp when trying to glue up a bandsaw box, which has tapered and curved edges. The tubing can be…

3 min.
casing doors & windows

Casing a door, or window, is a perfect example of one of the fundamental differences between trim carpentry and conventional woodworking. In woodworking, you’re building from scratch and have complete control over the process. Adding casing to doors and windows is just that — adding. It’s a different ball game. Casing comes in all sorts of varieties and sizes. These thin, long pieces of trim can be combined with plinth blocks in doors, or aprons and stools in windows, as well. But here I’m going to focus on a simple method of adding casing that’s mitered at the corners and wraps the perimeter of the door and window that you see in the drawing above. The steps I’m showing in this article will get you headed in the right direction. Now I’ll…

1 min.
casing a door

No Measuring. Draw lines in the corners of the door jamb and along the edges for casing location. After cutting the miter, nail just the inside of the casing. Matching Miters. Cut the mating miter on the head casing and hold it in place on the jamb. Mark the location of the opposite miter on the other end of the casing. Clean Up The Joint. After applying glue to the mitered ends, nail the inside edge only. Use a flexible putty knife to hold outer end of the casing miters flush while nailing. A Tidy Finish. Mark the miter location as shown in detail ‘a.’ After the cut, repeat step 3. Then, after the glue is dry, nail the outer edge of the casing around the door.…