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Woodsmith February/March 2020

Every project featured in Woodsmith contains detailed, step-by-step illustrations and clearly written instructions to guide you through each stage of construction — whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned woodworker. Plus, you’ll get practical, hands-on information covering woodworking techniques, tools, and tips.

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United States
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English
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Active Interest Media
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Bimonthly
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sawdust

A few months ago, I received a visit from Ted Kralicek, the retired creative director for Woodsmith. For over 35 years, Ted designed and built many of the projects that have appeared in Woodsmith. After retiring, he moved to Bentonsport, a historic river town in southeast Iowa. Ted has recently set up a woodworking shop in an old building, where he teaches and does demonstrations of 19th-century woodworking. As part of these demonstrations, Ted designed and built his own shavehorse. (That’s Ted in period costume with his shavehorse in the photo above.) If you’re not familiar with the shavehorse (sometimes called a shaving horse) it’s a traditional work-holding device used by chairmakers and other green wood furniture makers to hold stock while shaping it with a drawknife or spokeshave. Although there…

2 min.
feedback

More Uses for Lignum Vitae I worked for Allis-Chalmers Turbine Division, formerly S. Morgan Smith, and we supplied many lignum vitae bearings for hydroelectric power plants. The pattern shop for the company stocked lignum vitae logs to produce these bearings. The shafts ran on the end grain of the wood, which proved to be the longest-lasting way to make these bearings. (The pattern-makers also made “night sticks” for the local police officers who walked the beat.) The bearings were shipped to the plants in wet sawdust or coated completely in paraffin wax to keep the wood from checking. At the powerhouses, the bearings were stored in mesh bags and kept submerged in water until installed in the units. Just thought you might be interested in the bearing side of this wondrous material. Tom…

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reader’s tips

Small Sled Hold-Down During a recent project, I needed to cut the ends of some small workpieces. I built a small crosscut sled, however I didn’t have a safe way to hold the workpieces down as I made the cuts. That’s when I came up with the idea that you see here. SIMPLE MACHINE. My solution involves taking advantage of a lever to apply pressure to my workpiece as I make a cut. The lever is made from plywood and pivots on a screw that attaches it to my sled back. The foot of the lever is rounded and has adhesive-backed sandpaper attached to give a little bit of extra grip on the surface of the workpiece. To make a cut, I just slide my workpiece in place. Pulling up on the lever…

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submit a tip to win

GO ONLINE If you have an original shop tip, we would like to hear from you and consider publishing your tip in one or more of our publications. So jump online and go to: SubmitWoodsmithTips.com You’ll be able to tell us all about your tip and upload your photos and drawings. You can also mail your tips to “Woodsmith Tips” at the editorial address shown on page 3. We will pay up to $200 if we publish your tip. THE WINNER! Congratulations to William Aulick, the winner of a $100 Lee Valley gift card.…

1 min.
quick tips

Chamfering Edges. Jared Huber of Appleton, WI, found a new use for his card scraper sharpener guide. Jared realized that the 45° fence on the guide was the perfect tool to chamfer the edges of thin parts. The file leaves a smooth surface and the fence on the guide creates a consistent chamfer. Wrap Your Clamp. Beth Reik of Godley, TX, got tired of cleaning dried glue off her pipe clamps. After trying a few options, Beth found that cling wrap was the perfect protection for her clamps. The cling wrap is easy to apply and when it gets glue on it, it’s quick to remove. Now, Beth always has clean pipe clamps for her projects. Push Pop Beeswax. Keven Bell of Jasper, MO, uses beeswax in a lot of different ways.…

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nails in the shop

Many woodworkers turn up their noses when it comes to using nails. But there are times and circumstances when nails are called for and even perform on par with traditional joinery. As you can see in the photo above, (and when you walk down the aisle of a hardware store) the challenge is that there’s an overwhelming selection of nails to choose from. HISTORY. In general, nails evolved along with the means of making them. As you see in the photo to the left, this breaks down into three broad categories. Roman (wrought) nails, cut nails, and wire nails. Roman nails are handmade and by far the most expensive option of all. Next came cut nails. These were literally cut from sheets of metal. This advancement helped lower the price, but nails were…