WOOD Magazine November 2016

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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
thankfulness counts

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s always a good time to step back for a moment… take a deep breath… and count our blessings (and there are many). Here are some of the things I’m thankful for this year: Dad’s and Grandpa’s tools. They’re not the highest quality, and scarred from use, but when I use them it’s as if those talented hands and hearts are helping guide me. Being surrounded by an amazingly talented group of woodworkers every day. They’re a great team, and they always focus on putting your needs and interests first. A career where my wife and kids don’t have to wonder whether I’ll come home at the end of the day. And I’m equally thankful for first responders and military personnel for whom that is always…

1 min
wood-wide web


4 min
sounding board

Hidden holesaw project I made several of the Holesaw Bracelets (issue 237, December/January 2015/2016) as gifts, but didn’t have the heart to toss out the center scraps. So, I hole-sawed them one more time down to 13/8" outside diameter, added another layer of wood to conceal the center bore, then tapped the other end of the hole and installed a wine stopper (item no. 48837, $9, rockler.com). To make the small parts easier to handle during sanding, I threaded a 3/8"-16 bolt into the tapped hole. —Scott Courtney South Orange, N.J. Potentially hairy situation I was shocked to see the photo of a young girl turning a spindle without her hair secured in Doug Stowe’s article in issue 241 (“Unvarnished,” September 2016). She is within inches of a serious injury. Welcoming kids into a great and…

1 min
ask wood

Cove-cutting (black and) blues Q I recently made cove molding on my tablesaw, cutting at an angle across the blade. But after the job was done, I noticed a dark stain in the cast iron on the outfeed side of the cove cut. What caused this? And how can I get rid of the stain? __Michael Patterson, Athens, Ga. A The same thing happened to the saw in our shop, Michael. We talked to several manufacturers about this, and none could help us pinpoint the exact cause. The best we can figure out, the culprit is the heat generated by making this trapped cut. The sawdust that isn’t sucked away by the dust collector gets heated by the friction of cutting and dragged along in the groove by the board as you cut.…

5 min
shop tips

Fishing-rod action keeps sander hose manageable I grew tired of the dust hose attached to my random-orbit sander catching on the edges of panels during sanding, so I tried tethering the hose from a fixed point on the ceiling. That got the hose off the panel, but allowed little flexibility in steering the sander. Then I noticed the nearby steel supports holding a garage-door opener, and the proverbial lightbulb came on. I bent a hook on one end of a 10'-long, 1∕4" steel rod, slid it through the holes in the supports, and rigged up things as shown above. (You don’t have to place this system near a garage-door opener—simply use slotted angle steel at any point on your shop’s ceiling.) This way, the rod flexes little when not slid out, keeping…

2 min
give a little, get a lot

I have been a woodturner for a while now, and I find it to be the perfect marriage between art and craft. Planning, designing, turning, and finishing a wooden object are near-magical activities that allow me to use and expand my creativity. In my work, I incorporate a lot of wood from fallen or trimmed trees, thus utilizing a natural resource to its fullest, and I use leftover lumber from cabinetmakers, helping to get the most from every board. But there is another aspect to woodturning that was unexpected and most welcome: wooden objects as a means of appreciation for the person who receives it. Customers purchase some of the objects I make, and I find that to be a satisfying activity, but the reactions from individuals whenever I gift something to…