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Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal

August 2021

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
$7.79(Incl. tax)
$15.53(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
reader projects

“Weekly” Readers Share Their Latest Projects To help celebrate “National Woodworking Month” last April, Rob Johnstone asked Woodworker’s Journal’s Weekly online newsletter readers to share photos of their recent projects. Nearly 70 of them did. In case you missed the fun, pages 9 through 11 of this issue showcase a sampling of our favorites from that contest. Space doesn’t allow for use to share every entry in print, unfortunately, but you can see them by visiting woodworkersjournal.com and doing a search for “National Woodworking Month projects.” You’ll find a wide range of furniture, cabinetry, miniatures, knickknacks, turned offerings and much more. Thanks to all who shared their fine projects and descriptions! We enjoyed seeing them all.…

1 min
building a framed lampshade

This six-paneled, maple and rice paper lampshade project will test your precision and patience. After experimenting with many different angle combinations for cutting the wooden parts, I was able to put together a list of measurements and a couple of assembly jigs to help improve your success in making a framed shade like mine. Note that the overall height of my shade is intended to complement the size of the box elder lamp Rob made on page 38. Cutting Panel Sides, Bottoms and Tops I started by ripping a piece of 1/2"-thick maple stock, measuring 5" x 24", into six long strips that would become the 12 side pieces for the shade’s six panels. To do that, I tilted my table saw blade carefully to 29 degrees using a Wixey Digital Angle…

2 min
how can i make new pine look old?

Tim Inman is a professional woodworker and finishing expert and the author of The Art of Classical Furniture Finishing. Q How can I make my new, very white pine match the rich, amber-orange color of our old pine walls? A Both the wood and finish tend to color with age. I’d apply a very diluted wash coat of a yellow aniline dye to match the aged effect of the wood itself, then I’d go for a little orange shellac to match the vintage finish color. — Tim Inman Q I have heard about “wet sanding” in the finishing process. Can you please describe what this is, when to use it and on what wood? A A lot of terminology gets tossed around among different hobbies and specialties. I believe “wet sanding” is a crossover term…

2 min
mesquite: prosopis glandulosa

I have to admit that, previous to building the chest project shown here — it graced our pages back in 2008 — my most intimate experience with mesquite was pulling its nasty little spikes out of various and sundry sections of my anatomy while bird hunting in Texas. Beyond that, it was most familiar to me as a complement to the barbecue briquettes over which I prepared the fruits of my outdoor labor. But mesquite, as I was to learn, can be quite impressive lumber! When finished with a clear topcoat, it has a warm brown-orange and red hue with amber flecking. The figure can be downright stunning, too. Mesquite commonly has many black knot and limb-wood incursions. To some degree, these incursion flaws and waney edges are impossible to avoid in…

7 min
slatted cherry shelf

Floating shelves hung on hidden supports are really popular these days, particularly those made of thick slabs of natural edge lumber. My wife and I thought they’d be a good solution for our family room, but we wanted a lighter look than chunky slabs. I’ve seen bench seats made of interlocking slats and crosspieces before, so I mimicked that same concept here. The thin, evenly spaced slats shed weight and add some interesting geometry! Building this shelf will definitely give your dado blade a workout, with lots of repetitive cutting. But ganging the parts together, and using Rockler’s Cross Lap Jig (item 56372), will help to speed the process along and ensure accuracy. Machining the Front Slat Let’s get this project started by making blanks for all the parts you see in…

4 min
what’s in store

While most of us do our best to prevent it, encounters between router bits or blades and hold-down clamps is always possible, especially when running programs on a CNC machine. Rockler’s Bit-Saver Hold Down Clamps can help minimize the damage to blades and bits, should an accident like that occur. The glass-filled ABS clamp arms have aluminum threads inside, and this combination of materials makes them less likely to damage carbide cutters. The clamps come with 5/16"-18 x 3" T-bolts that are also made of aluminum rather than steel, in case a cutter should happen to make contact with them, too. Easy-to-grip 1" knobs with aluminum inserts lock these 3¼"-long clamps securely to standard T-tracks. The clamps can reach material up to 2½" thick. Sold in pairs, these Bit-Saver Hold…