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Woodsmith April/May 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

When Chris Fitch, our creative director, first approached me with the idea of building a CNC router in Woodsmith, I had my doubts. It seemed like an incredibly ambitious project. But there’s one thing I’ve learned working with Chris over the years — never underestimate his ability to make even the most challenging tasks achievable. And that’s certainly the case here. Chris suggested that by using a kit containing the necessary motors and electronics, along with some readily available hardware, he could build a decent-sized CNC router for substantially less than the cost of purchasing one. Because I still wasn’t entirely convinced, he built a prototype any way and used it in his own shop for over four years. Based on the knowledge he gained from that experience, he tweaked the…

4 min
tips & techniques

Glue Gun Holster One tool I often use in the shop is my hot glue gun. It usually surprises people, but I can’t imagine working without it. Storing and moving it around the shop is a pain, however. That is, until I built this glue gun holster. CLEAN & CONVENIENT. As anyone that has used a glue gun knows, as they heat up and sit, they can get a little messy. Some glue always seeps out of the nozzle. In addition, the hot tip can cause burns if the gun falls over or touches your skin. This caddy takes care of both of those problems. A plywood base serves as the foundation for this holder. Attached to this is a plywood holster for the gun. I shaped the top to also act as…

1 min
quick tips

Axis Limits. Shane Burk of Lubbock, TX installs a pencil into the chuck on his CNC head. This way, he can draw axis limits on his CNC bed and pre-draw part locations on his worksurface. By pre-drawing, Shane can maximize his material and make sure his parts fit before he cuts. Cheaper Sweeper. Steve Schroeder of Waukesha, WI discovered that a door sweep makes the perfect cleanup brush. The sweeps are available in long lengths and are inexpensive. By cutting a piece into shorter lengths, Steve now has a brush at each tool. Makeup Dispenser. Bob Zimmerman of Des Moines, IA uses a self-dispensing makeup container to hold solvents that he uses in his shop. The dispenser has a pump top so Bob can grab a towel and push it on the…

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.…

4 min
building for the outdoors

Whenever the subject of outdoor furniture comes up, it conjures an image in my mind that I’m sure you’re familiar with — or can at least picture. It’s that old, weathered piece of furniture that’s seen better days. The finish is nonexistent, the wood is dry and cracked. A few of the joints are probably loose as well. But that doesn’t mean that outdoor projects you build are destined for the same fate. By making careful material selection and taking some preventative measures, you can keep your outdoor projects looking great. THE CULPRITS. Before I talk about the steps to take for protecting your project, let’s identify the forces that take a toll on outdoor furniture. The big three are insects, moisture, and ultra-violet (UV) light damage. While we can’t completely avoid…

3 min
small parts

In many shops, the router table is an indispensible tool for its ability to create custom profiles. Most router tables have a surface large enough to accommodate a substantial-sized workpiece. However, one place where many router tables encounter challenges is routing small workpieces. The problem is that large openings in the tabletop and fence can cause a small part to catch or “dip” below the surface. This can not only spoil the cut, but it’s also unsafe. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up on routing small parts. Making cuts safely and accurately requires a different strategy and some simple, shop-built helpers. THE PROPER MINDSET. It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way { to go about routing small parts is to avoid it whenever possible. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t…