Woodcraft Magazine

October/November 2021 (103)

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3 min.
sending our work into the world

As both of my daughters pack for college, preparing to empty the nest, I’ve been busy preparing for my next project. As I take measurements, lay out parts, and cut joints, it strikes me how much building projects in our shops is akin to raising children in our homes.As we do with our children, we can’t help but imbue our projects with a certain amount of ourselves. We strive to incorporate beauty, integrity, strength, and stability into our tables and chairs and cabinetry. Wielding the tools we have, we make the best decisions we can, some based on experience, others driven by gut instinct. Along the way, of course, things don’t always go smoothly. Wood often misbehaves, requiring patience and finesse on our parts to make things come together (since…

2 min.
news & views

Woodworking online The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, has launched a free online library of best practices in woodworking, available on its website, www.woodschool.org/videolibrary. “Welcome to Woodschool” is a series of 50 instructional videos presented by Tim Rousseau. Topics range from tool sharpening to hand-cut dovetails. Meanwhile, Gary Rogowski has closed the actual doors to The Northwest Woodworking Studio, his school in Portland, Oregon, but its virtual doors remain open. Students will learn traditional woodworking techniques in live-streamed, build-along classes called the Online Mastery Program. Nuts about squirrels The Oven Squirrel (Aug/Sept 21) has been used in our house for many years. My father-in-law gifted us a couple 30 years ago. Having made some myself, I find them easier to cut on a scroll saw than a band saw. Anyway, thanks for the…

2 min.
reader showcase

BUD BROOK, KENNESAW, GA Fit for a queen. Even though he’s only been building furniture for a few years, Georgia woodworker Bud Brook pulled off this beautiful Queen Anne-style dressing table. The project marked a few firsts for him, including making cabriole legs, half-blind lipped drawers, and a turned finial. Designed and built for his girlfriend, the lowboy measures 39" wide, 18" deep, and stands 65" tall. The matching upholstered seat measures 20 × 14 × 18". Brook built both of African mahogany, using pine and poplar as secondary woods. JIM SMOLLER, PITTSBURGH, PA More horsepower. Jim Smoller enjoys building toys for his grandchildren. He followed up his ride-on Ford woody (Dec/Jan 21) with this oak equine. Smoller’s take on the kid-friendly classic features leather ears and a saddle he upholstered. The yarn…

2 min.
a new defense against dust

Air filtration units are essential to a safe shop; no dust collection system is complete without one. They pull particles from the air that would otherwise make their way to our lungs—a serious health risk. Rather than whole-shop filtration, the BenchTop DC from Oneida Air Systems captures these hazardous particles at the source. Here’s what I found after testing this personal dust collector in my shop for a few weeks. The $600 machine is ready to go with virtually no assembly, only a detachable 110V power cord to plug in and a trio of airflow-directing vanes to install. Its carry handle and 20-lb weight make it easy to tote around the shop. The rocker switch triggers the 0.3 HP motor for up to 535 CFM of airflow. A simple analog dial…

1 min.
drilling on the level

Whenever I have to drill a hole in a cabinet wall or other vertical surface, it’s often important to make sure the hole is square to the surface. When maneuvering the drill for this, it’s pretty easy to sight square side-to-side. However, sighting for up-and-down is awkward at best. To help, I attach a small spirit level vial, often sold as a bullet, torpedo, or line level to the top of my drill using hot-melt glue or double-faced tape. Just make sure to locate the vial so that it reads level when the bit is level. Share a Slick Tip. Win Cash or a Prize! The winner of next issue’s Top Tip award will receive a Woodcraft Gift Card worth $250. All others will receive $125 for a published illustrated tip, or…

1 min.
multi-purpose clamping

I find that quick-grip clamps have lots of other uses besides holding workpieces together. The strong, deep jaws and long bar on such a clamp makes it a great levered wrench of a sort for loosening everything from jar lids to blanks stuck on the lathe. These clamps are just as useful in the same fashion around the home and garage for wrenching plumbing fittings, oil filters, and many other stubborn parts of different sizes and shapes. To top it all off, I recently discovered that clamping one to an exposed wall stud makes a great paper towel holder!…