Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal April 2020

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Rockler Press, Inc
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Readers Locate Patent Don Swanson’s December Stumpers tool prompted a culinary guess from Doug Wathen who speculated that the wood-and-metal apparatus shown at above right might be “a kitchen tool for coring or peeling fruits like apples or pears or potatoes.” Lawrence Balash thought the object’s purpose is closer to the building trades: “It appears to be a ticking stick.” Robert Rose of Escondido, California, took one of the device’s smaller details more to heart and wished for a clear patent number: “The stamp ‘Reston’ (on it) sounds a lot like a residence, as in Reston, Virginia. The tool looks like it is part of a much larger assembly … Given the time period, and the farming going on in Reston, my hunch is that this is part of a harvester, in…

2 min
sugar maple: acer saccharum

If you’ve got mom’s old rolling pin in your kitchen, or a tough-as-nails cutting board for that matter, chances are very good that it’s made of Acer saccharum, known as sugar maple to syrup producers or hard maple to us woodworkers. Among some 14 native species of maples in the United States, sugar maple and its cousin, black maple (Acer nigrum), are both sold under the general term hard maple. Hard maple makes up six percent of all the hardwood harvested in the U.S. annually. Only red oak and yellow poplar outrank it. While plainsawn hard maple tends to be pale blonde in color, straight grained and rather plain, it has numerous indoor uses. Whether called to service for kitchen cabinet doors, gymnasium flooring, plywood veneer, various and sundry turning applications or…

1 min

An old controversy among woodworkers is whether painting enhances or hurts the appearance of a wooden project. Here’s what you think: Do you approve of painting indoor or “fine” wooden furniture projects? Yes: 9% No: 45% Depends entirely on the project: 46% Have you changed your mind about how you feel about painting indoor or “fine” furniture projects over the years? Yes: 17% No: 81% Occasionally: 2% Have you painted any of your indoor or “fine” furniture projects? Yes: 35% No: 63% I don’t make furniture projects: 2% There’s more online at woodworkersjournal.com Check online for more content covering the articles below: Woodturning (page 22): Band saw features with woodturning in mind (video) Slab “Pond” Table (page 30): Complete build video including pouring epoxy resin (video) Modern Adirondack Chair (page 36): Making templates from gridded drawings (video); gridded chair drawings and cutting diagrams (PDF) Entry Bench (page 40):…

7 min
a slab “pond” table

This table is an example of a couple of unusual milestones in my woodworking experience. First, while I can’t be dogmatic about this, it is likely the heaviest table I have ever built. And second, in terms of material expense, it might be the most expensive single piece of furniture I have ever created. Now, neither of those things are good or bad in and of themselves, but combined together, I have to admit this turned into a pretty epic project with a special learning curve: pouring epoxy. Preliminary Design Choices I’ve been very interested in trying a unique looking set of metal legs called a Straw Bundle “Light” Table Base (item #66460, $399.99; rockler.com). Made of steel tubes cut and welded at dramatic angles, they struck my fancy. And yes, if…

7 min
selecting a band saw for the turning shop

Turning does not require a lot of space because you only need a lathe, some tools, a grinder (and jigs) to sharpen them and a way to reduce wood to usable, balanced pieces that fit your lathe. For a long time, turners have picked a wood-cutting band saw because it fits this last requirement very well and does not take up much space. In fact, even a big band saw has a small footprint. The band saw’s table height is higher than other tools and benches, and you only need enough space to walk around three sides of the table. If the saw had dust collection at all, it was a pathetic little port just below the table. While a good dust collector could pull off some of the fine dust,…

3 min
style adjustment, thanks to paint

There was a time when I would have ridiculed and shamed a woodworker for “painting a perfectly good piece of furniture.” In fact, I may have lobbied to take away their “woodworker’s card” and asked aloud about their parentage and where they were raised — in a very public manner. But with age comes wisdom and with marriage comes painted furniture … at least in my case. The truth is, every piece of wood is not up to the task of being shown off to the world. There are plain pieces of poplar or boring boards of basswood that are just best used inside of a cabinet … or yes, covered with paint. Now, I can almost hear some of you saying, “this little table is clearly made of maple … North…