WOOD Magazine September 2016

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2 min

Because I was born and raised in the Catholic Church (including 12 years of parochial schools), I’m what some people call a “cradle Catholic.” So this past spring, when I accepted an invitation to attend a weekend retreat at my church, I was surprised to find out how much I’d forgotten, or never fully understood, about my faith. The whole experience renewed and reinvigorated me, reaffirmed many of the good things I’d already been doing, and reminded me of some important things I should be doing. It occurred to me that Weekend With WOOD, our three-day woodworking seminar that wrapped up just a few days ago, inspires the same kind of feeling. At the end of the weekend, many of our guests described to me how they’d been woodworking most of…

4 min
sounding board

Whitney loves woodworking About a year ago, I started to do some basic woodworking and fell in love with it. Since then, I have been slowly piecing together a shop so that I can start building furniture. The other day, I saw WOOD®magazine on my in-laws’ counter, started to read the Idea Shop 6 series, and found it perfect for me. Armed with your ideas, I’ll be making furniture in no time! Now I just need a bigger garage... Thanks! —Whitney Moulton Hugo, Minn. Can’t stop talking about just shutting up I loved Jim Heavey’s article “Just Shut Up!” in issue 239 (May 2016). Last year, when I gave my granddaughter a hope chest I built for her highschool graduation, the first words out of my mouth were, “It isn’t perfect.” Her reply was priceless:…

1 min
ask wood

Stirring film finishes keeps flatteners floating Q I got to the bottom of a can of satin finish and found a thick layer of sediment, which apparently means I neglected to stir it enough. Does it also mean the finish I applied will fail? —Scott Finney, Montecito, Calif. A Your finish will hold up just fine, Scott, but you might notice that it’s glossier than you expected. The sediment in the can is a flatting agent (usually tiny particles of silica) that changes the way light reflects off the surface of the dried finish, resulting in the “satin” look. Without a flatting agent, most finishes dry to a glossy sheen. All film-building finishes, including polyurethane and lacquer, include flatting agents, which dull the “shine.” So stir these finishes thoroughly before and frequently during use…

4 min
shop tips

TOP SHOP TIP Save time, money, and hassle using shop-made, multiple-tool blast gates Because I work alone in my shop, and never need dust collection at more than one machine at a time, I developed a single blast gate that controls airflow to two machines. (My two-gate system is shown; I have a similar three-gate setup, too.) It’s made almost entirely of 1∕2" plywood except for the slightly thicker hardwood strips that enable the nozzle plate to slide. Slide the plate to align either nozzle with the dust-collection hole in the baffle plate; the middle position blocks airflow altogether. Index marks show you when the holes, as well as the blocked position, align so that you can release the latch, catching the tip of its bolt in a hole in the baffle plate.…

2 min
building on book learning

Teacher and woodworker Doug Stowe writes about the need for hands-on learning. He’s the author of eight woodworking books and a prolific blog, which you can follow at wisdomofhands. blogspot.com. You’ve probably noticed that there are few school woodshops left. And while there’s some buzz developing about the maker movement and maker shops, there is a great and growing need for both children and adults to slow down and engage deeply and skillfully in making beautiful and useful things. My “Wisdom of the Hands” program at the Clear Spring School marks its 15th anniversary this year. In it, I have high-school students who started working with me in the school shop when they were in first grade, and if you don’t think there’s some real magic in that, think again. For example, just…

6 min
simple and stylish bookcase

Tip! To simplify sanding the bookcase, sand all parts to 220 grit prior to glue-up. Pine gets a bad rap. We see it on construction sites and piled up in stacks of twisted 2×4s at the home center. And sure, we might use it to build shop fixtures where aesthetics don’t matter. But if you avoid the big-box store and track down finish-grade white pine (solid and plywood) for this bookcase, you’ll find the results stunning. Start with the top and bottom 1Cut to size all the parts made from 3∕4"-thick grade-A pine plywood: the sides (A), case top/bottom (B), and the shelves (J) [Materials List, Cutting Diagram]. Cut the spacers (C) to size. 2Glue the spacers (C) to the case top and bottom (B), flush to the edges [Drawing 1]. To make the…