WOOD Magazine December/January 2018-19

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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
we all need a john

Maybe it’s the time of the year, or maybe it’s the time of man, but I find myself reflecting on childhood memories more and more these days. My earliest memory—I couldn’t have been more than 4 years old—is of my older brother, Steve, shaking me awake one Saturday morning, saying, “We’re getting a bar!” I popped out of bed and raced with him to the kitchen, where Dad and another man were reviewing plans for a dining-room addition to the house, which included a breakfast bar. (I was so disappointed. I thought I was getting a candy bar!) Next thing I remember, I’m driving nails into the kitchen floor, “helping” a man I’ve always called “Carpenter John,” who was assisting Dad with parts of the remodel. I can’t imagine I was very…

1 min
you’ve got questions. we’ve got answers.

Need to know where babies come from? Ask your mom. Which candidate to vote for? Ask your neighbor Larry, after a few beers. But if you’ve got woodworking questions, we’ve got you covered. These woodworkers weren’t afraid to raise their hands and ask. Email your questions to askwood@woodmagazine.com and see your answers in our Ask WOOD section on page 16 and at woodmagazine.com.…

2 min
your voice

Will the real first sliding mitersaw please stand? While reading your review of sliding compound mitersaws in issue 256 (October 2018), I was fascinated with some of the improvements in this technology. But the margin note on page 45 about the first slide saw is incorrect: The first one was actually the Rockwell/Delta Sawbuck, and I worked on it during its development and introduction in the late 70’s and early 80's. The Sawbuck was the precursor of the whole slide-saw genre. We used front and rear trunnions that required the user to slide the wood in from the side. (The Sawbuck is still the only saw capable of a 16" crosscut.) Our customers loved it because it was the first “radial-arm saw” that could be easily taken to a job site. It…

1 min
your projects

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

2 min
your shop

Dream Shop on the Lake Dennis Bosch credits WOOD® magazine for much of the design of his workshop and many of the projects he makes. The shop incorporates features from other readers’ shops, including equipment layout and a floating wood floor that hides the dust-collection ductwork. Dennis also put a lot of his own thought and effort into organizing the shop space for efficiency and storage. He built the cabinets, including a wall cabinet with sliding pegboard panels, and added multiple drawers under workbenches. Cleaning chores are handled by a wall-mounted Bissell central vac system with a 40' hose for picking up what’s missed by the in-floor dust ports of his dust-collection system. An outdoor shed houses the dust collector and air compressor, which are operated by wireless remotes. Both of his workbenches…

3 min
ask wood

Q Be in the know about when to go slow I’ve gotten by with a fixed-speed (25,000 rpm) router but am wondering if I can improve my results, and use a wider variety of bits, by buying a variable-speed router that runs as slow as 8,000 rpm. When and how might I benefit from owning a variable-speed router? —Jack Purdy, Seattle A By varying the speed of a router bit, Jack, you can improve operating safety and comfort, ramp up cut quality and control, and possibly extend the life of a router and the bits used in it. Let’s take a closer look at each of those benefits. Safety and comfort. Slowing a router bit, regardless of its diameter, makes the router more comfortable to operate. And your ears will welcome the noise…