Popular Woodworking June 2017

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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3 min.
welcome, gentles all

I’m about to break a self-imposed rule about keeping “politics” of any sort out of the magazine. Avert your eyes and turn the page now if that rankles. A recent social media post from Laura Mays, director of the fine woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods (which becomes the Krenov School on July 1), called attention to the lack of representation in woodworking magazines of people other than white men. She is not wrong – in this and the other mass-market woodworking magazines, the majority of the articles are written by white men. I can speak only for myself of course, but I suspect at least most of today’s woodworking editors would agree: We welcome queries from any excellent woodworker – women and men (cisgender, transgender, gay, straight, bi-sexual, asexual) of all…

6 min.
sliding dovetail waste removal

I am building the “Shaker Candle Stand” from December 2016 issue (#229), and am having a problem removing the waste from the sliding dovetails on the base. The bottoms of my sockets are wider than the top, and I’ve busted out some wood on the surface during waste removal. I tried to kerf the center of the waste with a dovetail saw prior to leveraging it out, but still am having the problem. I could use my powered router, however I prefer to use hand tools as Will does. Your insight would be most appreciated. Ches Spencer, Nichols, New York Ches, Saw the sides of the tail as far as you can to begin, and you really do not need a relief cut in the center; in this case it might cause more problems. Then…

4 min.
shop organization for fasteners

Here is a handy, inexpensive way to organize your shop screws and other small bits of hardware. I cut an old section of black PVC pipe lengthwise down the middle, then into sections to fit my workshop drawer width. The/8" kerf from my table saw blade created an exact space for the 1/8" hardboard dividers, which I hot-melt glued in place. One drawer width section is easily lifted out and moved where needed. The curve to the PVC makes it easy to scoop out one or many screws, washers, nails, etc. Mike Garrett, Paradise Valley, Arizona Color-coded Convenience For Grain & Color Match Before milling boards that I plan to rip, I color code the ends so that I can easily group pieces that are ripped from the same boards. That makes it easier to make…

3 min.
axe carbide lathe tools

If you feel like wasting an entire afternoon, just type “carbide vs. high speed steel turning tools” into your favorite internet search engine. If you would rather spend that time making something beautiful and functional on a lathe, then picking up a set of “The Axe” woodturning tools from Carter Products would be a good place to start. These full-sized carbide tools are beautiful and overbuilt in almost every way. The fit, finish and balance of the tools are superior to most turning tools I’ve handled, and the tips come in familiar configurations (if you’ve used other carbide turning tools): square, round and diamond. The square tool ships with a radiused cutter installed, but included in the package is also a true square cutter – nice bonus. Every tool has its limitations…

2 min.
3m convolute deburring wheel

Someone saw this deburring wheel on Instagram and clued me in to it; sold. It’s really a metal-working tool for knocking off sharp edges and small bits of metal. But if, like me, you have rusty old tools sitting around your shop (say inherited chisels that haven’t been used for probably 40 years), it’s a godsend for the first steps in getting them back in working order. This 3M convolute (which means rolled up in a spiral in case like me you didn’t know) 6" wheel has a maximum 6,000 rpm rating, and is comprised of dense layers of nonwoven nylon impregnated with silicon carbide abrasive with a density rating of nine. The wheel resists loading, and breaks down fairly quickly (faster than aluminum oxide) to expose fresh abrasive. It’s intended…

2 min.
buck bros. professional wood chisels

If you’re frugal when it comes to tool purchases, check out the U.S.-made Buck Bros. “Professional Wood Chisels,” available at Home Depot. A set of three ( 1/2", 3/4" and 1") is less than $20. (I bought several sets from three locations for comparison purposes.) While nowhere near the fit and finish of a high-end chisel, these are awfully good for the price – and with a little work can be set up to perform at a high level. Eight of the nine I bought had flat backs, but with significant linish marks. It took about 30 minutes on stones to get the backs polished to an acceptable scratch pattern, and I had to grind the cutting edge straight on a couple of them. But none of that is difficult. (The…