WOOD Magazine September 2017

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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
respect. urned.

Every year, thousands of American servicemen and women pass away forgotten, after their service to our country. No friends. No family. No money. With no one to claim them, their cremains languish on shelves from sea to shining sea. Tragic, to be sure, but what does it have to do with woodworking? Just moments ago, I left the Charity Build of our fifth annual Weekend With WOOD conference for woodworkers. And I gotta admit, this one got kind of emotional, as we built 100 cremation urns like the ones shown below, for the Iowa Veterans Cemetery to provide a respectful burial for those indigent veterans. The project was inspired by an email I received from Phil Noto of the Woodcrafters Club of Tampa (Florida), telling me about the club’s Veterans Urn Project.…

1 min
wood-wide web

WOODMAGAZINE.COM RENEW So, you’ve been a woodworker long enough that some of your past projects are showing their age as much as you are? Here are some tips for sprucing up a worn or damaged finish. What type of finish is it, anyway? woodmagazine.com/finishtest Revive a worn finish: woodmagazine.com/revive Remove water or heat rings: woodmagazine.com/removerings Fix scratches and gouges: woodmagazine.com/fixascratch Match new stain to old wood: woodmagazine.com/matchstain REPAIR So, you accidentally let slip that you’re a woodworker and now all your friends and relatives think you should fix their broken furniture? Here are some articles that you can use (or distribute) as needed. Match and patch veneer: woodmagazine.com/matchandpatch De-wobble a chair: woodmagazine.com/dewobble Repair furniture cracks: woodmagazine.com/fixacrack “Aging” replacement parts: woodmagazine.com/agingparts RECLAIM So, your woodworking habit has gotten so bad that you can’t throw out a scrap or pass by a discarded pallet? Here are some…

3 min
sounding board

YOUR VOICE Totally waxed I heartily agree with Douglas Ward’s article, “Wax On, Wax Off” in issue 246. I’m often asked how I get such a nice finish on my projects. My secret: Johnson’s Paste Wax and 0000 steel wool. Like Douglas, I recently discovered Black Bison wax from Liberon. I encourage any woodworker who has not tried this finishing technique to try it. You won’t be disappointed! —Bill KuespertFond du Lac, Wis. Tree for two The old maple tree that grew right through the middle of our deck created many childhood memories for my girls, so when it began to die, I promised to make them something beautiful from it. My youngest needed a shelving unit for her first post-college apartment, and loved your plans for the Floating Shelves from issue 215 (November 2012),…

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

With just 550 square feet to work with in a walk-out basement, John and Shelley Glover planned well to make their shared shop neat and organized. That meant six months of fine-tuning the floor plan by moving around sticky-note cutouts of the tools and cabinets on graph paper. As a result, they shrank the basement exercise room to make the shop a little bigger. And they put to use a narrow nook next to the stairs for lumber storage, adding long shelves to hold finish and supplies. Although compact, the shop has no shortage of power, with six 110-volt circuits and five 220-volt lines. “When our contractor saw the plan for wiring,” John said, “he asked if we planned to light a shop or power a tanning parlor. We have 19…

1 min
your questions

QA sticky dilemma I’m having trouble removing the adhesive from the metal platen of my benchtop discsander. Mineral spirits just turn it slimy. Any suggestions for cleaning the leftover gunk from the platen? ÑHal Souers, Friendswood, Ind. AA number of solvents and chemical automotive cleaners will cut through any remaining adhesive residue, Hal, but we prefer using a citrus-based cleaner. Use a rag and the cleaner to remove the old adhesive, then wipe the platen down with a window/glass cleaner, such as Windex, and let it dry. That ensures a clean surface to which the new sanding disc will bond. Next time, use a hair dryer or a heat gun set on low to warm the abrasive disc and platen and soften the adhesive. Work on one section at a time, and the disc…