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Woodsmith February/March 2019

Every project featured in Woodsmith contains detailed, step-by-step illustrations and clearly written instructions to guide you through each stage of construction — whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned woodworker. Plus, you’ll get practical, hands-on information covering woodworking techniques, tools, and tips.

United States
Active Interest Media
€ 6,45(Incl. btw)
€ 26,78(Incl. btw)
6 Edities

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2 min

This issue of Woodsmith marks our 40th anniversary. Obviously a lot has changed since the magazine started in 1979. The first issue of Woodsmith (shown above) was only eight pages long and printed in black and white. Since that time, we’ve added color photography, expanded the page count several times (currently at 68 pages), and have gone through at least three major redesigns. But a magazine is about more than just words and images on a page. I know this sounds cheesy, but one of the things that makes Woodsmith special is our readers. It’s always gratifying to hear from readers who have been with us for a long time. (Although I always find it interesting that people tend to tell us the issue number that they started subscribing, rather than…

6 min
tips & techniques

Bench Standoffs Breaking down sheet goods is something that I see a lot of tips on. I used to cut sheet goods on a piece of foam insulation. And it worked well. However, I was tired of having to store the large sheet of foam. That’s when I decided to find my own solution using my workbench. The idea I came up with is the standoffs shown here. SNUG FIT. The standoffs are designed to fit snugly over my workbench. They hold any sheet goods up off the surface of my workbench and allow me to break them down without cutting into my benchtop. I also sized a few of these to use with a folding table for when my workbench is in use. The construction starts with a base made of plywood.…

1 min
quick tips

Glueup Mat. Hermie Tolerba of Sugarland, TX, discovered that inexpensive plastic drawer liners from discount stores make perfect gluing mats. The slick surface doesn’t allow glue to stick to it, and they can be rolled up for storage anywhere in the shop. Blade Cover. William Aulick of Cincinnati, OH, was tired of his forearms getting scratched up by the teeth of the table saw blade when changing it. To protect his arm, he now wraps a cord organizer tube over the teeth of the blade before reaching inside to loosen the nut. Push Stick Scabbard. Lou LaFrate of Vail, AZ, was tired of searching for his push sticks. To keep them organized and close at hand, Lou added a scabbard made out of a cardboard tube to the side of his table…

1 min
digital woodsmith

SUBMIT TIPS ONLINE If you have an original shop tip, we would like to hear from you and consider publishing your tip in one or more of our publications. Jump online and go to: SubmitWoodsmithTips.com You’ll be able to tell us all about your tip and upload your photos and drawings. You can also mail your tips to “Woodsmith Tips” at the editorial address shown on page 2. We will pay up to $200 if we publish your tip. RECEIVE FREE ETIPS BY EMAIL Now you can have the best time-saving secrets, solutions, and techniques sent directly to your email inbox. Just go to: Woodsmith.com and click on, “Woodsmith eTips” You’ll receive one of our favorite tips by email each and every week.…

5 min
workshop respiratory safety

If you haven’t been woodworking for very long, then you may not be aware of one of the biggest dangers present in your shop. And I’m not talking about the obvious stuff, like sharp, spinning blades and errant hammer strikes. While these pose hazards of their own, there’s one menace that can cause problems long after the machines are turned off and the tools are put away — fine wood dust particles. FLOATING DANGERS. If left unchecked, wood dust particles created from cutting and sanding operations can float around in the shop for extended periods — sometimes for as long as 20 to 30 minutes. If you fail to take the proper precautions, some of this dust can end up in your lungs, potentially causing health issues. That’s why every time you…

1 min
simple solution: box fan air filter

If your budget doesn’t allow for a pricey air filtration unit, try out this shop-made setup that won’t break the bank. It works great filtering the air for task-specific operations, like sanding at the workbench, as shown here. All that’s required is a simple box fan and a furnace filter sized to match the fan. Be sure to strap the filter to the intake side of the fan. Now, when you place it close for dusty tasks, the fan pulls the dust from the air and captures it in the filter.…