Australian Woodsmith

Australian Woodsmith

Issue 164

Australian Woodsmith is packed with all the tips and tricks from experts with years of experience. We include templates, plans and projects that will keep you busy in the workshop for hours, or at least until the next issue hits the newsstands. Australian Woodsmith is a woodworking magazine that brings exploded illustrations, step-by-step instructions and techniques to the dedicated timber hobbyist.

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from the editor sawdust

Recently I visited The Wood Room factory in Sydney and spent the morning enjoying the creative vibe and productive industry on show in the vast Brookvale workshop. The Wood Room employs 12 cabinetmakers and apprentices who craft fabulous contemporary furniture from solid wood. Most of the tables and chairs they make are crafted from American white oak. The blonde tones of this hard and easily machined species match the present interior design mood of the Northern Beaches. What was interesting was appreciating how the American white oak is allowed to rest in the workshop for a couple of weeks before it is processed into furniture. The company buys their stock from several importers, the slings arrive wrapped in plastic and seasoned to a US standard of 10% moisture content. The equilibrium…

tips &techniques

STRAIGHT-UP SANDING If you’ve ever tried to sand a straight line with a sanding drum, you know it’s easy to go past the line. Recently, I came up with a simple solution for this problem. FENCE. As you can see in the photo, I added a fence behind my sanding drum. I position the fence so that it only allows the drum to sand up to the line. The key is making sure the fence is long enough for the workpiece feet to contact the fence the entire way. Alex Whitten SPRAY PAINT STORAGE Storing spray cans in my workshop has always been a headache. While I’ve seen a lot of different storage ideas, a recent mission to use up some of the small scraps in my workshop led me to the can holder you…

quick tips

DULL EDGES Larry Hilton was having a problem remembering which edges of his carbide turning tools he had used. To leave himself a reminder, Larry now colours the dull edge of the carbide tool before he rotates it. That way, when he needs a fresh, sharp edge, he knows which edges he’s already used. POWER STRIP MOUNTING Sarah Vallient found it frustrating to get screws correctly spaced for the slots on the back of power boards. As a simple solution, Sarah discovered that she could cover the strip with a piece of masking tape and use a marker to mark the slot locations. Then, she can peel the tape off and put it on the mounting surface. The marks on the tape make it easy to drill and drive the screws in the…

a third hand

In the last issue of Australian Woodsmith the WINBAG was reviewed as a clever tool that could help when swinging doors. I was in the process of renovating the bathroom and needed to remove the door so I could paint the jamb. In the past I have used wedges to hold doors in place. The WINBAG did a much better job. Pumping the bulb with my foot allowed me to use one hand to steady the door and the other to remove the hinge screws. Putting the door back in place was just as easy. The clever air bag allowed me to pump the door to height (with my foot acting as a third hand) so I could pop the hinges back in place. Chris Listle…

next issue of australian woodsmith on sale 5th august 2021 - issue 165

In our next issue we review flexible abrasives in the workshop, we profile beading bits and show you how to use them in the construction of a handsome waterfall bookcase. We also show you how to replace the handles on old chef’s knives with cutler’s rivets. The weekend project is a series of clever bandsaw boxes, while the workshop project is an all-in-one workstation that incorporates a table saw, an inverted router and a thicknesser. Just right for a small workshop. The turning project is a couple of wooden ladles. As usual we feature clever tips and techniques from our generous readers.…

boys’ toys, books & gear

BEAVERCRAFT COMFORT BIRD CARVING KIT This new carving kit introduces the novice to the art of whittling. The comfort part of the kit is the fact that carving wood can be a relaxing exercise. It takes your mind off any stress that you might otherwise be feeling and allows you to focus on the challenge at hand. The end result is a tactile wooden bird, sanded smooth and waxed to bring out the grain. Fondling the bird relaxes the hands and releases the aroma of the bee’s wax and pine turpentine finish. What you get in the kit is a razor-sharp whittling knife, a leather strop and the honing compound to charge it. As you can see, the kit also comes with two 43 x 43 x 120mm blocks of cherry and a…