Popular Woodworking June 2018

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.
the joy of woodworking

Earlier this year, I took the reigns of Popular Woodworking. To be perfectly honest, it’s been a little nuts. How did I get here? The short story is that I’ve been a writer and editor in the DIY/woodworking/craft magazine world for the last decade. When the opportunity arose to help shape the future of a publication I’ve long admired, I jumped at it. I caught the woodworking bug in college and got my first post-journalism school job at American Woodworker. It was there that it really struck me: Making stuff is how I want to spend my time. I’ve built furniture, made speaker cabinets, tried my hand at welding, hacked together stuff out of leather and geeked out over more handmade work than I care to admit. And I’ve loved every minute…

7 min.
refinishing a weathered door

After I read the letter in the October issue, “Weather Protection for Doors”, I would like to ask you about refinishing our front door in our summer home in Maine. I believe it is constructed of maple and has over the years (50+) accumulated black spots in the wood. The door was sanded and a coat of polyurethane added several years ago but it seems that not enough was done to take care of the black areas. What do you suggest for refinishing this door to bring it back to its original condition? Attached is a photo that illustrates what I am talking about. John Neiman, Savannah, Georgia John, To get rid of the black stains you’ll need to strip the finish off the door. Most strippers available in Maine should work OK…

4 min.
tricks of the trade

THE WINNER: PEX Drawknife Sharpening Guide Sharpening the bevel of a draw-knife can be a challenge. Lap the flat side then use this method to do the bevel side. Using/8" or 1/2" or 3/4" PEX pipe with different drawknives will give you different sharpening angles. Find one you like for your drawknife and go for it. PEX pipe will eventually wear out but is just pennies to replace. The key to making this system work is getting a straight cut along the length of the PEX. The best method I’ve found is to clamp a utility blade in my bench vise and slide the PEX through the knife, using the groove of the jaws to keep it straight. Chuck Nuesmeyer, Bluffdale, Utah Pre-Finishing Test Tenon I often prefer to complete some or all of my project…

3 min.
arbortech ball gouge

The Arbortech ball gouge is one of the most fun tools I’ve used in recent memory. It turns an angle grinder – a relatively crude woodworking tool – into a more precise instrument that can still hog away lots of material quickly. The first thing I did was thread this somewhat odd-looking attachment on to my angle grinder, don some safety apparel and see what kind of damage I could do to a piece of firewood. I was expecting to have to deal with some kind of kickback or employ a good bit of muscle to make it do what I wanted. But that wasn’t the case at all. It simply cut nice, rounded divots with a good deal of precision. The attachment itself consists of a 1/16" diameter ball-shaped head with…

1 min.
bosch 1250devs random orbital sander

My wife and I purchased our first home just over a year ago – a spectacular farmhouse that has been cared for by generations of responsible owners. We were not particularly excited, however, about 30-year-old carpet, and the moment we got the keys to the house we started to tear it out. Enter the Bosch 1250DEVS. I buried the cost of this sander in the many bills that came in the first month (a fact that I have not revealed until this very moment...sorry, hon!) Ahead of me was touching up 1,500 square feet of painted pine flooring (before we painted them again), stair treads that needed attention, decking that needed taming, plaster walls that had developed cracks, and I even used it for some drywall work. I put this sander…

1 min.
ryobi cordless pin nailer

In my shop, my most used pneumatic tool by a wide margin is a 23-gauge pin nailer. So when I tripped over my compressor’s hose and the nailer hit the ground for the umpteenth time and finally gave up the ghost, I headed off to find a replacement. I thought I’d just get the new version of the model I’d used previously, but then I started thinking about how I actually use my nailer. I use it to drive a dozen nails at a go, to hold parts in place while glue dries or to knock together a quick jig. It turns out, a cordless pin nailer made a lot of sense, and this Ryobi cordless pin nailer was added to my cart. The nailer drives 1/2" to 1 3/8" pin nails, includes…