WOOD Magazine December/January 2017

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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the pen is mighty

At a silent auction at church last spring, my buddy Bruce kept anxiously leaving our table to bid on something. Finally, I asked him which item he was working so hard to get. Was it the weekend at the lake condo? Tickets to the big Iowa-Iowa State football game? A set of golf clubs? “No,” he said, “I want that wooden pen.” I shouldn’t have been surprised. It was a beautiful zebrawood cigar-style pen turned by one of the parishioners. As I thought more about Bruce’s fascination with this simple woodworking project, it occurred to me that a handmade pen may be the perfect gift. Why? It’s practical. Even in the digital age, you need a device for inking greeting cards, checks, and mortgage papers. It’s personal. Carried in a shirt pocket, it’s physically…

1 min
time to make the toys

WOODMAGAZINE.COM HELLO, DOLLY A beautiful bed scaled for those popular 18" posable dolls. woodmagazine.com/hellodolly Already made your bed? Check out the samescale plans for a stroller, high chair, and changing table. woodmagazine.com/dollplans TONS OF FUN This tough tractor and trailer will put a smile on any kid’s face (and many a dad’s, too) come Christmas morning. woodmagazine.com/tonsoffun Top your trailer. Find more Construction-grade toy plans, such as the bulldozer shown, for your hefty hauler. woodmagazine.com/cgtoys Parts kits make the build better. Remember to buy wheel-and-hardware bundles when you pick out plans. GET YOUR GAME ON Try your hand with our plans for this self-storing cribbage board. woodmagazine.com/cribbage Eight little pegs. You can’t win if you don’t know the score. Purchase the pegs when you buy the plans. Find plenty more options for game night. Kids from 1 to 92 will enjoy…

2 min
sounding board

Girl Scout goes for the Gold I am working toward my Gold Award—the highest achievement in Girl Scouting—and for my project, I built six “buddy benches” for the elementary schools in my district. Buddy benches are designed to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground: If a child is sitting on the bench alone, it’s a signal to other kids to ask him or her to play. Your Durable, Doable Bench (issue 197, May 2010) fit the bill perfectly. Thanks for the great plans! —Kendra Bries Bettendorf, Iowa Congrats on the accomplishment, Kendra! You’ve inspired us to offer that downloadable plan to readers at no charge for a limited time. Find it at woodmagazine.com/buddybench and enter promo code KENDRA at checkout. Zigzag box drawing takes wrong turn While reading the plans for the Zigzag Box…

1 min
sounding board

Send us a photo of your work Want to see your work showcased in WOOD® magazine? Send a highresolution digital photo of your completed project to woodmail@woodmagazine.com.…

1 min
sounding board

Bill Bélanger was so put off by a contactor’s estimate for a custom mirror frame that he decided to build his own—all he needed to do first was build a woodworking bench on which to construct it. That bench and the frame that followed became Bill’s gateway to a new pastime and a new workshop. In three short years he journeyed from owning only a few tools to a well-equipped 1,200-square-foot backyard retreat. Knotty cedar covers the walls, and 5 1⁄2"-wide white-pine plank flooring laid at a diagonal gives Bill a comfortable floor to work on. He says, “Most days I wear slippers in my shop.” Bill’s shop includes the main floor shown in the floor plan, plus a basement, home to the air compressor, 5-hp cyclone dust collector, and…

2 min
ask wood

Q Build a wall of semi-silence I’d like to enclose my shop’s dust collector to reduce the noise it makes during use. What do I need to know before tackling this? —Ray Crosby, Cedar City, Utah A A dust collector doesn’t emit the highpitched whine of, say, a shop vacuum, Ray, but you’re not alone in being bothered by the constant noise. And it’s a good idea to keep the unit running even when you’re not using a dust-making machine, because the collector continues to pull dust from the air through open blast gates, (hopefully) trapping it in the filter. But enclosing a dust collector is not as simple as just stuffing it in a closet—you need to keep a few things in mind. First, you’re not building a recording studio, where all noise must be…