Popular Woodworking April - May 2016

Whether it's a solo or group project, a home-improvement undertaking or a simple piece of art, Popular Woodworking lets you into the world of woodworking crafts. Each issue of Popular Woodworking features numerous projects for the expert craftsperson and the interested beginner.

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6 Números

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2 min.
woodwork by the book

If I could apply in the shop the superabundance of knowledge I’ve gleaned through books, I’d be an excellent craftsperson. My job involves reading about woodworking, as does my freelance editing work. Then for fun, I open a book. I’m a voracious reader. Here are a handful of the many books I find invaluable (specific to my interests and toolset – actual and metaphoric). Design • “Furniture Treasury,” by Wallace Nutting (Macmillan) • “Human Dimension & Interior Space,” by Julius Panero and Martin Zelnik (Watson-Guptill) (this one is new to me, but already a treasure) • “Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware,” by Ejner Handberg (Berkshire House) • “The New Fine Points of Furniture: Early American,” by Albert Sack (Crown) Finishing • “Flexner on Finishing,” by Bob Flexner (Popular Woodworking) • “Understanding Wood Finishing,” by Bob Flexner (Reader’s…

5 min.
sharpening pond’s top attachment

I am building William Ng’s “Sharpening Pond” from the November 2015 issue (#221). How is the top fastened to the base? Bob Wood, via email Bob, I’m sorry I missed that step. I took it for granted that people would use their preferred method for attaching any tabletop (shop-made buttons, metal fasteners or even pocket holes). I use “tabletop fasteners” (available at any woodworking supply store or online). I cut the slots using an 1/8" spiral bit at the router table. The slots are 7/8" in length x 1/4" deep. If the pond base is glued up, there’s enough head space to rout with a fence. I set the fence 1/2" from the top edge. William Ng, contributor Weight of Workbench Parts How much does each component of the November 2015 (issue #221) “Knockdown English Workbench” weigh? Browne Altman,…

5 min.
the winner: dust collection for ports of all sizes

I made this adapter to hook up dust collection to the odd-size fitting (2") on my oscillating sander. Start with a hardwood block that is (in my case) is 3" x 4" x 1 1/4" thick. I required a 2" hole, so I used a 2" hole saw to drill in the middle of the block. The next thing is to drill the holes for the split-block-clamping and block-attachment holes. I drilled a 3/16" clearance hole, 1 5/8" deep. Drill the hole just more than halfway deep – that way, when you split the block, you’ll have a location for drilling the rest of the way through with a 3/32" drill bit for the pilot for the screw. Now drill holes on the face side to attach the 3/4" plywood piece; locate…

3 min.
ets ec125/3 eccentric sander

A well-sanded surface makes a huge difference on a finished piece. Unlike many woodworkers I know, I appreciate the relatively mindless nature of sanding. In addition to recently using the Mirka DEROS for benchmarking purposes, my go-to power sander has been a 10-year-old 6" Ridgid model. It’s heavy, has a high center of gravity and is less than graceful on small parts. So I was excited to take Festool’s new 5" brushless model for a test drive. The tool comes in Festool’s standard “Systainer” hard case, including a separate power cord. The kit included only one sheet of #120-grit sandpaper – considering the cost, it would have been nice for the factory to include a few more sheets. For this test, I used Festool’s #80-, #100-, #120-, #150- and #180-grit sanding…

1 min.
chestnut tools universal sharpener

Sometimes a small advance in technology makes an enormous difference in everything. The Chestnut Tools Universal Sharpener – just $18.50 from Lee Valley Tools – will absolutely change the way you sharpen tools. It looks like a folding pocketknife, but instead of a blade the sharpener has a piece of sub-micron carbide about 1/8" wide and 7/8" long. The carbide has sharp corners, unlike a carbide burnisher. And it’s the combination of the incredibly fine carbide and its shape that makes it a game-changer when sharpening. For starters, it makes short work of marking knives, pocket knives, scissors and a variety of tools that are difficult to sharpen. The carbide works like a scraper. You tilt the tool slightly, rub it with gentle pressure on the steel and it shaves steel away…

1 min.
cmt’s inexpensive moisture meter

If you ever work with wood from unreliable or unusual sources, such as one-person sawmills, it pays to own a moisture meter. I slip mine into my pocket whenever I head to the lumberyard and it has saved my skin several times in the last 20 years. But not everyone can afford an expensive pinless meter with all its features. So I was interested to try the new CMT DMM-001, a pin-activated moisture meter that costs about $40, or about one-fifth of the price of a nice commercial meter. On the plus side, the CMT has a rugged case, is simple to operate and comes with the 9-volt battery that runs it. On the minus side, all pin moisture meters have limitations. You have to drive the pins in fairly deep to activate the…