WOOD Magazine June/July 2016

Every issue includes clear, fully illustrated plans for all types of projects from gifts to furniture, skill-building tips and techniques, and hard-hitting tool reviews. Get WOOD Magazine digital subscription today for helpful videos that bring the pages to life for woodworkers of all skill levels.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
$10.59(Incl. tax)
$30.28(Incl. tax)
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min
old meets new

The other day, while looking up a project for a reader, I had to dig through some very early issues of WOOD magazine. Before long, I found myself completely distracted (squirrel!) and immersed in oldschool WOOD. Back in the day, we often showed how to make your own shop tools—not just hand tools, but even stationary power tools, such as a surface sander (issue 7), scrollsaw (issue 12), and lathe (issue 16). As woodworkers, we make our own furniture, though it’s often cheaper to buy it. Why? A lot of reasons, really, but mostly because we can. So why not build your own tools? In this issue, I invite you to try your hand at making a router-powered mortising machine. It’s easy to build, affordable, and dead-nuts accurate. Ironically, design editor John…

1 min
no namby-pamby reviews

Before you buy, put on your big-kid boots and read real reviews from real woodworkers about real woodworking tools. These folks aren’t opening paint cans with their chisels or coordinating the colors of their drills. They put tools to the test in their shops and tell you the straight poop. Compare router combos. reviewatool.com/routercombos Find planers that flat-out work. reviewatool.com/planers Take these drivers for a test drive. reviewatool.com/drivers Which clamps work best under pressure? reviewatool.com/clamps Read reviews of tools and add your own reviews. reviewatool.com…

4 min
sounding board

Nook banning? Before building the Neighborhood Book Nook (issue 238, March 2016), check with local authorities. Some jurisdictions have zoned these little libraries out of existence, even on private property. And homeowners’ associations and covenants can be stricter than ordinances. —Don Schmidt, Fargo, N.D. That’s good advice anytime you’re building an outdoor structure, Don. Most, if not all, jurisdictions also require calling 811 (or visiting call811.com) a few days before you dig to have underground utilities located. Idea Shop inspires, irks As a woodworker for more than 40 years, I’ve pretty much seen and done it all. But your Idea Shop 6 is truly a new and novel approach. Very well done! If “beerstorming” results in such great ideas—please, continue to drink up! —Robert Sigler, via e-mail You guys must live a totally different life than I…

2 min
ask wood

Q Don’t be confused by pneumatic couplers I went to the store to buy fittings for my compressor and brad nailer but was confronted with a dizzying array of types. What’s the difference between automotive, industrial, and universal air fittings? Which should I use? —Glen Ramey, Yuba City, Calif. A Quick-connect air couplers look similar, but they come in at least 10 different styles that often don’t play well together, Glen. Further confusing matters, some styles carry multiple names; for example, automotive, T-style, and Tru-Flate all refer to the same fitting. Fortunately, a universal coupler (the female socket) will usually accept the two most popular male fittings, industrial and automotive, commonly available in home centers and hardware stores. In the end, the choice boils down to personal preference, or even your best guess.…

4 min
shop tips

TOP SHOP TIP Simple, affordable, and precise mitering attachment for your tablesaw sled For safe, accurate, and clean crosscuts at the tablesaw, there’s no beating a basic shop-built sled. Because I make a lot of small boxes with mitered corners, I sought a simple but super-precise way to cut miters on such a sled. One day it occurred to me: Build a mitering attachment around a pair of plastic rafter squares (sometimes called by the brand name Speed Square). They’re dead-on accurate and cost as little as $5 each for a 6" version. If you want a sled with extra capacity, 12" rafter squares can be had for $10 each. To build your own jig, simply top the long edges of the squares with a piece of plywood cut with parallel kerfs to…

3 min
delightfully downsized

STRAIGHT TALK FROM THE WOOD-WIDE WEB At some point in his or her woodworking career, every woodworker dreams about a giant shop space, with ample lighting and fancy machinery. Our farm has a 1,000-square-foot outbuilding that I originally outfitted as my shop. However, as a hand-tool-focused woodworker, after a few projects under the leaky roof of that large space, I decided it was time to downsize instead. So I converted the 8×10' laundry room in our house into my new shop. I love my new postage-stamp-size space. It is heated, which, during the winter months in Seattle, is a huge plus. The sink makes sharpening with waterstones a lot less messy. And a large window right over the bench lets in lots of natural light while giving me a great view of…