Popular Woodworking December 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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Active Interest Media
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6 Números

en este número

2 min.
a traveling woodworker

I get a lot of satisfaction from making things. There’s really not much that compares to starting with raw materials and ending up with a finished product. Helping someone else make something, though, doubles down on that ( just ask Jacob Nelson, page 51). While I’m most comfortable working in my own shop where I know where everything is, going to visit a friend’s shop (or garage or remodeling project) is just as fun. Often, passion for woodworking gets its roots in taking care of a home. Maybe it’s replacing a piece of damaged trim, or installing a new door or refinishing a piece of furniture. That first taste of a project, feeling that sense of tired fulfillment, is something that never gets old. Making improvements to your living space is…

1 min.

Do I need sanding sealer? If one uses shellac as a bare wood undercoat is it necessary to use a sanding sealer, as in the case of the application of a lacquer finish? Jay Linthicum Post Falls, Idaho No, there’s no necessity to use a sanding sealer over the shellac and before you apply lacquer. There’s so much confusion about sealing the wood. The first coat of any finish does this. You could use the lacquer itself if you wanted to, but lacquer tends to gum up sandpaper. Manufacturers supply a lacquer sanding sealer which powders when sanded so it’s easier and quicker to sand to create a level surface for the following coats. It solves the problem of the difficulty of sanding lacquer. Shellac also solves problems. It’s good for blocking oil, especially silicone…

1 min.
now @ shopwoodworking.com

I CAN DO THAT! FURNITURE PROJECTS By Chad Stanton Working with only a basic tool kit, the absolute beginner (or the woodworker in a hurry) can quickly create 20 quality furniture projects using only wood and hardware found at their local box store. THE HANDY SHOP REFERENCE By Tom Begnal From calculating odd joint angles to choosing the right hardware, finish or adhesive for your project, this quick-reference compendium puts the answers at your fingertips. It’s one of the hardest working little shop helpers you could hope to have!…

2 min.
workshop tips

Precision Edge-Trimming Jig Above: Make perfectly flush joints on large pieces of edged plywood with this portable jig. Glue on your edging so it’s anywhere from 1/16" to 1/8" proud of the plywood. (You don’t have to be fussy because a router will cut through the excess in no time.) You can use any size straight bit with this jig, but to cut wide edging in one pass go with a mortising or dado bit. They’re designed to make extremely smooth surfaces. To set up the jig, lower the router bit until it’s flush with the bottom. Then turn the jig over, turn on the router and run the fence along the edging. The long arm of the jig acts as a counterweight to balance the router. There’s a catch: if…

3 min.
new tools

Auto-Adjust Dog Clamp Perhaps the red finally caught my eye, but it seems like I’m seeing Armor Tools everywhere now. My local Woodcraft has a great display of Armor Tools gear, and I finally took the plunge with their dog clamps. The clamps feature auto-adjust technology that allows you to set the general amount of clamping pressure you’d like to use and it self adjusts for variances in material thickness (to a degree.) I found the technology worked well. Under the clamping lever there’s a small, knurled screw that adjusts the pressure you’d like to apply. If you don’t describe your fingers as nimble, you may find this adjustment a little difficult to manipulate, but once it’s dialed in you don’t need to touch it again. The fit and finish were impressive, the…

5 min.
designing in multiples

Tony was the first journeyman to take me under his wing when I started my apprenticeship. It was a large machine shop and Tony was the expert at final fitting and any work that required finesse with a hand file. An ex-boxer, his hands reminded me of sledgehammers but he had the touch of a surgeon. I spent weeks with him learning to shape steel with a file and a hacksaw. At first I made a hash of everything I touched and he’d come alongside me and salvage my mess with just a few deliberate strokes of a file. He was always cheerful and would say to me, “You’ll get this kid, you just need to get about a hundred of these under your belt and you’ll get a feel for…