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Woodcraft Magazine April/May 2020 (94)

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Ken Burton is a very talented, very busy fellow. Over the past few decades, this award-winning Pennsylvania woodworker has produced beautiful commissioned pieces and written several woodworking books and dozens of magazine articles, appearing on our cover four times. In addition to teaching woodworking at various venues in the northeast, he has also managed to hold down a full-time position as a highschool industrial arts teacher. Whew! (We suspect he takes speed, although his hair loss may be entirely natural.) We’re delighted to announce that Ken has retired from the state school system to come to work with us as Woodcraft Magazine’s newest senior editor. He’s already all over this issue with his psaltery on page 35, the Steve Butler profile on page 8, and the Woodsense column on page…

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on the web

A bounty of bonuses. We work hard to pack each issue with quality projects, sound techniques, practical tool reviews, and woodworking inspiration. As part of that, we scour our archives for valuable related content that you can take straight to the shop. We unearthed an abundance of extras for this issue: A clever shop-made jam chuck will help you to turn the elegant table on page 50. For the psaltery (p. 35), see a story on signing your projects. And a shooting board just ain’t gonna work if you don’t have a properly tuned plane and a sharp blade. To assist with that, master woodworker Craig Bentzley penned a pair of important stories that will get your plane operating at peak efficiency. Go online to expand your woodworking know-how with these…

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a word on wonder

Some months back, close friends asked my wife and me to be godparents to their youngest son, Declan. I was humbled, and wanted to do our friends—and my godson—proud. Despite my questionable character, I immediately decided that I would try to be a good influence on the youngster and perhaps even impart some wisdom to him. But in spending more time with this amazing infant, I realize that I’m the one who’s getting schooled. Declan has inspired me to try to adopt some of his still-unconditioned behavior. No, I’m not putting into my mouth whatever I find on the floor, but I am practicing cultivating the boy’s childlike wonder in my day-to-day life. Children are relentlessly curious. Unburdened by opinion and cynicism, they appear fixed in a state of wonder, which…

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steve’s shop on a shoestring

“I have always said that if you have a table saw, a band saw, and a router you’re in the cabinet making business.”—Steve Butler Start with: • A 10" contractor table saw• A 14" bandsaw• A two-base router kit. Keep the plunge base for handheld use and mount the fixed base to a piece of plywood for a router table. Place this on saw horses or on top of a trash can (for dust collection).• Two cordless drill/drivers. This way you don’t have to change between bits. As money permits, add a small jointer and a portable planer—you can often find a local shop that will allow you access to these tools until you can afford your own. While no one likes to do without, you don’t need to have all the bells and…

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hot new tools

Solid value in a new saw Rikon 10-205 Left-Tilt Contractor Saw Rikon has a new “contractor saw,” but this designation doesn’t do the tool justice. Instead of hanging the motor off the back of the saw and relying on a long V-belt to transfer power to the blade arbor pulley (standard contractor saw configuration), Rikon has located the motor inside a fully enclosed cabinet. The resulting powertrain, with its short, segmented V-belt, minimizes vibration, and the 1¾-hp, dual-voltage motor provides ample power for general woodworking tasks. The saw’s smoothrunning performance is also due to well-machined parts, a cast iron top, and an overall weight of 260 lbs. I tested a prototype model of the 10-205 identical to the production model that Rikon now sells. There are plenty of parts to assemble, but the…

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tips & tricks

TOP TIP Clamping mitered frames in a pinch If you don’t have commercial miter clamps, here’s an effective way to glue up a mitered frame without them. First, dry-fit the pieces to ensure that the frame is square and the miters are tight. Then make two squarely crosscut boards a few inches wide, and as long as the shortest inside dimension of the frame. Tightly clamp these “pinch boards” between the long frame members, offsetting them from the ends to allow for glue squeeze-out. Double-check the joint fit, making adjustments if necessary, then apply glue to the joints, and clamp the miters together as shown. Note that for frames with an inside rabbet, you’ll need to temporarily fill in the rabbets on the long members to prevent the pieces from cocking under…