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Woodsmith October/November 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 past summer, I had the opportunity to visit the shop of a fellow woodworker by the name of Arlin Eastman. (That’s Arlin sitting at his lathe in the photo below.) I first “met” Arlin several years ago on WoodNet (Woodsmith’s online woodworking forum). At that time, he was just getting into woodworking (specifically, woodturning) and was looking for advice on how to get started and what tools to buy. But what makes Arlin’s story unique is the way in which he became involved in woodworking. Arlin was serving in the military and deployed in Iraq when he was wounded in 2008. His injuries left him with physical disabilities as well as brain trauma and short-term memory loss. When he returned home, he suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). His doctor suggested…

3 min
reader feedback

Yes on the CNC Router I have to take exception to Ray Weimer’s comment in issue No. 244. Your article on the CNC router was one of the best I have ever seen in your magazine. I have almost completed the build and will send photos when done. Maybe I am alone here, but I found the CNC article created an awful lot more enthusiasm in my shop then another cutting board or cute box. It’s nice to see a balance of easy weekend projects along with others that take a couple of months to build. Bruce Macdonald Dunrobin, Ontario Contrary to another reader’s comment in the feedback section of Woodsmith No. 244, I was thrilled when I saw the CNC project in your magazine. In fact I am about two-thirds of the way…

3 min
reader’s tips

Shop-Made Toggle Clamp I often enjoy building my own shop-made items. When I needed a couple of toggle clamps for a project, I knew that I wanted to design and build my own. WOOD CONSTRUCTION. As you can see in the photo, the toggle clamp I came up with uses almost all hardwood parts. They’re small, but easy to cut out at the band saw. I used aluminum rods for all of the pivot points, and a bolt with a couple of nuts for the finger. Using the toggle clamp is easy. It works exactly like a commercial toggle clamp. The top lever releases the arm and lifts it up. When you slide a workpiece in, you can pull the lever to latch it in place. To accommodate different thicknesses of workpieces, you…

1 min
submit a tip to win

GO 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. So 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. THE WINNER! Congratulations to Angelo Varisco, the winner of this Forrest Woodworker II.…

1 min
quick tips

Disposable Epoxy Mixer. When Crayola England of Des Moines, IA had some epoxy to mix up, she decided to get a little creative. She used a section from an old set of mini blinds. The plastic strip is sturdy enough to mix the epoxy and is the perfect spreader. Resaw Push Stick. Scott Kirk of Solon, IA often uses his band saw to resaw stock. When resawing thin stock, James likes to use a thin push stick. By attaching a magnet to the end, James can hang the push stick from his band saw cover so it’s readily available when he needs it. Chalk Remover. Dan Martin of Galena, OH found that white chalk can be difficult to remove from open grain woods like walnut or oak. To easily remove the chalk,…

3 min
lignum vitae

One aspect of woodworking that I particularly enjoy is the opportunity to work with different species of woods. And when it comes down to interesting woods, lignum vitae has to rank near the top of my list. Lignum vitae is a tropical hardwood that grows primarily on the islands of the Caribbean, such as Haiti and Bermuda. However, it can be found as far north as the southern tip of Florida and as far south as the coastal regions of Central and South America. The trees are generally small and slow-growing, with tiny purple or blue blossoms. Typically, the trees only grow to a height of 10 to 50 feet. The name lignum vitae is Latin for “tree of life.” It’s so named because the resin extracted from the tree has been…