Popular Woodworking October 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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3 min.
farewell, old friend

Would that there were an SUV made specifically for woodworkers – something just better than 4' wide on the interior and 10' (or longer) from the windshield to the back hatch (with a roll-down rear window to fit long stuff). I’d also like tool storage built into the sidewalls, a Thule roof rack designed to hold lumber and a sticker price that is less than $30,000. You’re thinking, “pickup truck.” Nice in theory, but not in my reality. I’d love to have one for the rare times I need to haul stock longer than 10', but I don’t want to drive a truck every day. First, there’s the less-than-stellar gas mileage. Second, I’d have to help people move stuff. Third, I’m too short to easily climb in and out of a truck.…

6 min.
cambering a plane iron on flat stones

Christopher Schwarz is a proponent of sharpening his planes with a radius on the blade. But I always seem to have an issue getting a fair and consistent curve when using a flat stone. Has anyone ever tried to make a stone with a concave surface, which might mean a diamond stone in a radius to true the stone? Or is this just anal-retentive on my part, and I need to refine my radius sharpening? Morgan Holt, Phoenix, Arizona Morgan, I use the same method as Chris. For the desired gentle camber on a smooth plane, I achieve that on flat stones with just finger pressure. I secure the blade in a side-clamp honing jig, then start on a #1,000-grit stone, then move up to #4,000 and finish on #8,000 grit, following the same process on…

5 min.
the winner: sander circle jig

I find myself needing a lot of small circles for use on wooden toys. When I cut those disks out with a circle-cutting jig on the band saw, the edge is a little too rough, so I’ve made a fixture for the disk sander that makes quick work of sanding the wheels perfectly round and smooth. A ledger strip on the bottom plate of the fixture fits into the sander’s miter slot to hold it in place. Atop that is a moveable arm, secured in place loosely enough so that it can freely pivot. At the working end, I cut off an 1/8" drill bit that fits through the holes in the center of the rough disks; it’s epoxied in place to the swing arm. In front of the arm is…

3 min.
oneida dust-free router hood

While I appreciate the versatility and power of a handheld router, I often turn to other tools for its typical tasks, in large part because of the dust and noise a router creates. While it doesn’t mitigate the noise issue (of course), the new Oneida “Universal Dust-Free Router Hood” does indeed effectively divert virtually all router dust and chips to the vacuum. I was, in short, astounded by how well it works – and it costs only $30. I tested the Router Hood on our trusty Bosch 2.3-horsepower MRC23EVSK router kit, using both the plunge and fixed bases, hooked up to a Bosch 14-gallon dust extractor. The 7"-diameter two-part clear polycarbonate base plate has multiple mounting holes and patterns, allowing it to mate with the sub-base of most mid-size modern plunge and…

1 min.
kreg accu-cut turns any circ saw into a track saw

In my shop, the track saw doubles as a second table saw – and if you’d like a low-priced alternative to a track saw, consider Kreg’s newest offering: the Accu-Cut Circular Saw Guide System. This jig uses set screws to attach a sled to the top of just about any non-worm-drive circular saw shoe (left- or right-hand blade) to allow it to perform like a track saw. The kit includes two 24" tracks that provide a 48" rip capability when coupled. A “starting block” provides a steady platform for your saw before the cut begins. There is, however, no option to extend the track length to 96" – for that, Kreg’s Rip-Cut jig, is a convenient option because they share the same sled. The Accu-Cut’s “guide strip” forms a zero-clearance fit with…

1 min.
corradi rasps leave a surprisingly fine surface

Conventional wisdom says that hand-stitched rasps leave a cleaner, more refined surface than machine-made rasps, but the “Model Maker’s Rasps” and the “Gold Precision Rasps” from Corradi are anything but conventional. Corradi manufactures a dizzying array of rasps and files. I chose to test two that I think are a good entry point for most woodworkers: a 10" model maker’s cabinet rasp (5 cut) for stock removal and a 10" precision cabinet rasp (8 cut ) for finer work. I was impressed by both. The coarse rasp removed material efficiently and left cleaner surfaces than I anticipated given the size of the teeth. Corradi credits this smooth ride to the uniform density and innovative “random” pattern of the teeth, which are designed to present a continuous working surface (think sandpaper) to…