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Woodcraft Magazine December 2018/January 2019 (86)

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This issue marks Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk’s (Get a Grip!, page 32 and Router Table Basics, page 36) 12th-year at Woodcraft, and the 25-year mark writing and editing all aspects of DIY. After earning his first editorial stripes at American Woodworker, Joe headed to NYC where he worked with the gang at This Old House, and once enjoyed holiday margaritas with Martha Stewart. Prior to working at Woodcraft, he wrote Furniture You can Build for Taunton Press. Now living in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Kristine, Joe splits his free time between chasing rust in his workshop and baking the perfect boule. Follow his latest adventures on Instagram @sawdust_sandwich. Motivated by the lack of quality instruction on YouTube a few years ago, woodturner Carl Jacobson began creating his own videos to fill the…

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what do you love about woodworking?

Someone asked me recently what I love about woodworking. I admit that I had to stop and think about it. There’s a lot. For one thing, this craft offers an escape from the hypnotism of my smartphone, which provides no real satisfaction in its shimmery glow. I love the focused, productive pursuit of a task that demands concentration in an era where multitasking is the demand of the day. For me, working wood is contemplative and meditative, and I savor the solitude. Woodworking also sets before me worthy goals that I can reach. I like problem-solving and learning new skills. There’s a gratifying sense of accomplishment in taking a project from start to finish, and it’s really no small wonder to transform rough lumber into a piece of furniture. My hands…

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eric gorges

Eric Gorges grew up in a woodworking family in Detroit, Michigan; his grandfather was a professional cabinetmaker and his dad was a serious hobbyist. But Eric’s career path led him to a lucrative corporate job. In his twenties, he began suffering panic attacks, but the road to recovery was found by working with his hands. Eric took up metalwork, then started a custom motorcycle shop that became very successful. These days, he hosts A Craftsmen’s Legacy, a TV show that shines a light on all kinds of craftspeople and the work they do. Read on for more of Eric’s story. WM: How did you start working with your hands? EG: In my 20s, I was working in IT at the Xerox Corporation, and I loved it. But I got sick, and during…

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news & views

The Final Gift Your wonderful article, “The Final Gift” in the Oct/Nov 2018 issue, revived old memories for me. Twenty years ago, I had just finished my first woodworking class and learned how to make a box with flush-corner dado and rabbet joints. It was an ugly small poplar box, but my first real joinery. Shortly after, my mother died. I held her paper-wrapped ashes in my hands and knew what I had to do. With my only tools: a radial arm saw, a circular saw, a hammer and a screwdriver, I proceeded with great effort to make a box from cherry, my first hardwood purchase. Tears of grief streamed down my face as I built mom’s box. I now have my own shop and have learned to design and build tables,…

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affordable, multi-function hvlp

I started using HomeRight’s Finish Max HVLP (high volume, low pressure) sprayer about a year ago and am happy to report that the little gun is still getting the job done. Thanks to my shop time with it, I got hooked on the speed and quality of HVLP. However, I found myself wanting a more powerful sprayer to deliver paint more quickly. HomeRight must be tapping my phone, because their new “Super” version is just what I was looking for, and for only $30 more than the smaller gun. The two sprayers look similar, but there are some key differences. The Super sports a larger motor (450 watt vs. 400 watt), a larger cup (40 oz. vs. 27 oz.), plus six needle/tip sets to accommodate different types of finish. (The Finish…

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a fresh spin on power carving

Angle grinders are great for quickly removing wood or metal, but the process typically involves a cloud of sawdust or sparks, and the results are often fairly rough. Arbortech’s newest grinder accessory provides a new way to carve quickly and cleanly. The Ball Gouge makes fast work of hollowing out spoons, small bowls, and shaping medium-sized carvings. The cutter’s peeling action leaves a scalloped surface reminiscent of a gouge, and the tool’s unique geometry enables you to tackle undercuts and hollowing chores that typically require an arsenal of specialty gouges. This ball gouge is surprisingly easy to control, partially because the ballshaped head prevents the blade from digging in too deeply. (Arbortech calls this “Anti-Grab Technology.”) If you apply too much pressure, the tool simply starts to bounce off the workpiece.…