Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal October 2020

Woodworker’s Journal is the magazine for people who love to work with wood. Woodworkers of any skill level will find top-tier plans to build great projects, expert reviews of woodworking tools, and a ton of woodworking tips and techniques. Get Woodworker's Journal digital magazine subscription today and get inspired and motivated.

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United States
Rockler Press, Inc
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easy live edge table

Modern-style live edge tables with metal legs like this one have exploded in popularity in recent years. If you’ve ever shopped for one, however, you know how very expensive they can be at a furniture store or gallery. And building one can be challenging if you don’t have access to slabs or the shop machinery to process them. But take heart: there’s a simple solution for both the tabletop and legs. Timber-Link pine and maple slabs, available from Rockler, come in both live edge and straightedged pieces that are ready to assemble and finish right out of the package. Pre-drilled pocket screw holes make the top as easy to build as applying glue and screwing the slab sections together. The number of pieces you buy determines the top’s width, and you…

1 min
from our readers

THE SUMMER OF OUR DISCONNECTION Looking back on this summer, I have to say my feelings are mixed. The pandemic disrupted our summer plans and activities from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Here in Minnesota, the State Fair — a really big deal to us — was canceled. My arteries will benefit from the deficit of deep-fried foods, but my heart will miss the connection to so many wonderful people, displays and memories the fair provides. But through the dispiriting changes and challenges, there have been many uplifting moments as well. And riding the wave of making the best of things are woodworkers getting busy in their shops … and surfing that wave right to the shore. In my 20-plus years at this magazine I have never seen so much woodworking activity.…

3 min
tricks of the trade

Toy Jacks Make Good Finishing Stands When we bought a bunch of unfinished furniture for our new house, I used toy metal jacks to elevate each piece off of my work surface for finishing. These jacks have rounded ends that won’t penetrate the wood, and their tiny tips don’t pick up much paint or other finish. They also allow you to finish both sides of your project without waiting for one surface to dry first. There are more expensive alternatives to prop projects up, but toy jacks worked great for me. Lawrence SouthwickVan Buren Point, New York Small Parts Hold-down for Miter Saws It’s dangerous to hand-hold short workpieces when crosscutting them at a miter saw. My solution was to glue a thin, flexible strip of scrap to another smaller block, forming an L-shaped…

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stain finish for open-grained hardwood

If you appreciate the bold grain pattern of hardwoods such as red oak, ash or walnut, you can capitalize on the contrast between their open- and closed-grained areas using oil-based pigment stain. These pigments are generally finely ground earth. When flooded onto open-grained wood, the pigment particles lodge in the pores and are held in place with binder in the stain. The surrounding close-grained areas don’t trap the pigments, which produces a dark-and-light stain effect that accentuates the grain’s contrast. The first step to creating this effect involves carefully sanding the wood. Start with 80- or 100-grit and work through progressively finer grits up to 180. Make sure to sand thoroughly and, once you reach 150- and 180-grit, hand sand with the grain to blend in the scratches. Sanding across the…

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air compressors: working under pressure

Air compressors, among the oldest means of powering tools, have been around for ages. With the ability to create and regulate high amounts of air pressure, there’s almost no tool application a compressor can’t handle, with their specialty being fastening chores in the shop. Although battery-powered tools are becoming increasingly common, no battery has the staying power of a constant supply of air, making compressors the go-to source for extensive nailing or stapling. Before or during project assembly, you can swap the nailer out for a sander to smooth its surfaces. When it’s completed, you can replace the sander with a sprayer to apply the perfect finishing touch. Once a staple of machine shops, today’s compressors have become thoroughly ingrained in woodworking and come in an enormous range of styles…

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shop talk

Woodworking leads to lumber drying, leatherwork and stained glass skills. When Washington-based woodworker Willie Sandry gets excited about a project, he jumps in with both feet. And considering he’s a physical therapist, he can take these leaps forward without hurting his back. “My biggest reward of PT is inspiring someone to turn a sedentary life into one filled with fun, useful activities.” As a young man, Sandry would help his father, a contractor, build decks and refinish floors during summer breaks from school. Two uncles — one a boat builder and the other a woodcarver — also were early woodworking influences. Sandry’s mother, a writer, helped shape his publishing pursuits, too. “In the most basic sense, I build things and write about them,” Sandry says. “Talk about the acorn not falling far from the…