WOOD Magazine December/January 2018

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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
good man gone

This Christmas will be very different in our family, as it will be the first we’ll celebrate without my father-in-law, Don, who passed away suddenly at the end of July. In many ways, we couldn’t have been more different. Don grew up on a farm and earned an eighth-grade education. I was a city kid and college boy. As he entered adulthood, he served in the Army motor pool in Korea; I served loose-meat sandwiches at the Wolf Den Drive-in. He got to church an hour before Mass and left before the last song was done. I get there 5 minutes early and linger long after, visiting. We did have common ground. We both liked to build. Working from his own sketches, he added a second story onto their house. Later, he…

1 min
winter is coming.

Winter is a time for epic woodworking. But it also comes with the threefold enemy: cold, wood movement, and social obligations. Never fear! Woodmagazine.com is your ally in the forthcoming battle. Read on, adventurer. Give your shop a winter coat that will be the envy of even the most ferocious northern wolf with our legendary tale of shop insulation. woodmagazine.com/furofthewolf Whether your shop is as cold as a wall of ice or as hot as a dragon’s breath, we’ve got you covered with this grand tome on heating and cooling. woodmagazine.com/breathofthedragon Are hordes of projects overwhelming your castle just before your holiday feast? Finish them quickly with lore from a renowned finishing wizard. woodmagazine.com/loreofthewizard Seasonal movement can tear apart a project faster than a broadsword through leather. Defend yourself against it with these proven tactics. woodmagazine.com/swordofthedefender…

3 min
sounding board

Not bad for a newbie My 14-year-old grandson Aidan (shown) wanted to build something in the shop with me, but he didn’t want to do the usual beginner’s projects. So we designed—and he made—these end tables for his mother and father as Christmas gifts. I showed him how to use the tools and helped with setup; he did the work. The tops are book-matched oak-burl veneer with white-oak legs and stretchers. The bottom shelf is made up of two white ceramic tiles. Who says beginners have to make pencil boxes? —Doug Johnson Prospect, Ky. To dump or not to dump? Depends. In issue 248 (September 2017), the article “Brush Up on Brush Care” suggests to “dump the dirty solvent” several times. Allowing the paint or finish solids to settle out of used solvent, as shown…

2 min
sounding board

Dickie Lamp’s woodworking world hasn’t always looked so squeaky clean. When Hurricane Katrina whipped through Tangipahoa Parish in 2005, Dickie lost everything he had accumulated over five decades as a woodworker. “Before Katrina,” he says, “I had a shop big enough for me to build my 60' fiberglass sailboat inside. But Katrina pretty well destroyed everything. “So I got a fresh start with a much smaller shop—about 740 square feet. It’s right-sized for me to build a reproduction of the 14' wooden boat I built when I was 15 years old.” The cathedral ceiling, rising from 8' to 14', helps ensure that. With an architect’s eye for detail, Dickie first set sail on designing a new workshop that would be well lit and easy to clean. For starters, his dust collector shoots…

2 min
ask wood

Q Set aluminum-bed jointer knives by feel I have a benchtop jointer with aluminum beds, and the time has come to resharpen its knives. Since most knife-setting jigs use magnets to hold the knives in alignment with castiron beds, how can I align the knives to aluminum jointer beds? —Al Agnew, Salem Ill. A Al, you can still use magnets to set knives in aluminum-bed jointers. This simple and inexpensive method takes advantage of the sensitive nerves in your fingertips. First, cut two 16" lengths of ¾×¾" aluminum angle ⅛" thick, available at hardware stores. You’ll also need four ½"-diameter rare-earth magnets (rockler.com). With the jointer unplugged, gain accessibility by removing the fence and cutterhead guard. Carefully rotate the cutterhead by hand to remove the four screws that hold each knife and its gib [above].…

4 min
shop tips

TOP SHOP TIP Mini tablesaw top adds safety and accuracy to small-part cuts My work requires a lot of small workpieces, including segments for turned projects. A tablesaw sled helps me crosscut those workpieces with safety and precision, but my saw’s stock fence proved awkward for ripping thin and narrow stock. So I built the small-stock rip jig shown below. I made the oak runners to fit tightly into the miter channels, preventing the jig from sliding. A few taps with a rubber mallet secure the jig in place. To order the hardware go to woodmagazine.com/smallripjig. The splitter consists of a small piece of hard plastic, with its leading edge sanded to a point and glued inline with the zero-clearance blade kerf. Apply strips of self-adhesive measuring tape where shown, making it easy to…