WOOD Magazine March 2017

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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
doing good better

For each of the past 15 years, our company, in cooperation with Rebuilding Together (rebuildingtogether.org), has invested a day or more of corporate resources into improving the lives of those less fortunate. Typically this involves paint-up/fix-up/ clean-up of houses and parks in a deteriorating neighborhood. On these work days, the WOOD® staff often takes on the special projects that require above-average how-to skills. One year, for example, we built a 1,000+ squarefoot “treehouse” for disabled children and adults (see issue 169, page 8). Another year, we crafted rolling portable pantries for the local Boys & Girls Club. Last fall, we were tasked with fencing-in the student-tended vegetable garden at Capitol View Elementary School. Thanks to a great design by Senior Design Editor Kevin Boyle, the WOOD staff built most of the fence…

5 min
making a good case for marriage

While searching for a wedding gift idea for my son and his future bride, I found the Display Bookcase on the cover of issue 232 (May 2015). It was perfect. To make it more personalized, I routed their names in the back of the drawers, and included a card with the following note: Marriage is like a couple of drawers in a bookcase: You can only get out of them what you put into them. Fill them with faith, hope, and love, and the drawers of your marriage will never be empty. Love, Dad I also inscribed part of that note onto the back of the bookcase as a permanent reminder. Thanks for the inspiration! —Gerry Pavlik Big Lake, Minn. Article update In issue 244 (Dec/Jan 2016/2017) on p. 39, the link to the pen turning…

1 min
ask wood your questions

Q Correct the cup at warp speed I left the unfinished top for a blanket chest in my truck on a hot, humid day, and it cupped. Can I get the top flat again without planing it (and reducing thickness)? —Paul Salisbury, Waukee, Iowa A Before trying anything else, Paul, try reversing the process by putting it back in the truck with the opposite face up (cupped face down) for a similar amount of time and in similar conditions. That might equalize things and reverse the cup. Keep an eye on it: When it looks like all the “repair” that will take place is done, take the top into thehouse or shop. Place it on several 1"-thick scraps and let it stabilize for a few days. Then finish it and install on the…

2 min
work faster, smarter, safer

Fast and simple way to ground PVC dust piping Static electricity can build up in plastic dust-collection ducting if that energy can’t dissipate via a ground wire. After installing a PVC-pipe system, I considered doing what many have done: wrap a grounded copper wire around the piping. Then a much simpler solution popped into my head. I wrapped aluminum duct tape, barber-pole-style, around the ducting and hooked it to the grounded screw holding the faceplate of an electrical outlet. Problem solved, quickly and inexpensively. Before getting started, narrow the tape by cutting its roll in half; doing that makes the tape easier to wrap and makes it go twice as far. —Eddie Fischer, Norfolk, Va. Leg lifts made easy Shop space constraints demand that my workbench be mobile. So I purchased a set of casters…

3 min
to trust or reinforce?

In traditional woodworking, most of the joints we make have some mechanical strength, in addition to being glued. And a well-cut mechanical joint holds together without any adhesive at all—the glue is just there as a bonus. But edge-jointing and gluing long boards, especially for wide panels, can be an exception. For these joints, we often trust the glue alone to hold the two pieces of wood together. (Glue is one of those miracles, like sending an email, that does its job without leaving any hint of how it happens. That disturbs my simple woodworking mind.) For small glue-ups, such as the top for a side table, I’m happy to appreciate this miracle. But as the joint gets longer and thicker, I start to lose trust in glue alone. For these joints,…

10 min
party central home bar

Build this bar as shown, or size it to fit your needs by adding or eliminating cabinets or by changing their width. Then construct the bar front and top to fit. When including a refrigerator, purchase it before you get started to make sure you allow enough under-counter space. Build the cabinet carcases 1Cut the cabinet backs (A), bottoms (B), sides (C), and stretchers (D) to size [Materials List]. Cut dadoes and rabbets in the backs and sides to match the mating parts, makingsure you have two right-hand and two lefthand sides [Drawings 1 and 2]. Make note of that dado setup–you’ll use it again. Drill shelf-pin holes [Drawing 2]. Make your own squaring braces. woodmagazine.com/ clampingbrace 2Glue, clamp, and staple the bottoms (B) to the dado in each back (A) [Photo A]. 3Glue and…