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Woodsmith December/January 2020

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

in deze editie

1 min

As the decade draws to a close, there are a couple of new developments here at Woodsmith that I’d like to mention. The first is that earlier this year, Active Interest Media (the company that owns Woodsmith) purchased Popular Woodworking magazine. I’ve always admired Popular Woodworking, so when I first heard this news, my main question was whether we would keep the magazine afloat or combine it with Woodsmith. After much deliberation, the decision was made to keep the two magazines running separately. Popular Woodworking will continue on its path and we (Woodsmith) will continue on ours. I met the editor of Popular Woodworking, Andrew Zoellner, in person a few weeks ago. In addition to being a passionate woodworker, Andrew is a sharp guy with a clear vision of where he…

3 min

Laws of Physics We know that rubbing two objects together produces heat, and we know that the longer we rub, the more heat we produce. In the article on glue line rip blades (Issue 243, page 65) it is stated that feeding the board slower will help prevent burns. How is it that they have been able to change physics? I have good experience showing that the faster I push the board through, the less burn I get. Dwight Kauffman Harrisonburg, VA Contributing Writer Wyatt Myers replies: You are of course correct that feeding a workpiece through the saw too slowly can result in burning. In the article I said, “feed the stock through at a smooth, steady rate, slower than you would with a standard blade.” There are actually two issues at…

3 min
reader’s tips

Renewable Push Block After years of making throw away push blocks for my table saw, I decided I wanted to make a forever push block. It needed to be more stable while in use, and have a replacable base once it gets chewed up. The design I came up with has components that do that and is adjustable for different thicknesses of stock. DOVETAILED INSERTS. The push block has two sacrificial parts, one on the bottom and one on the back. The heel pushes the stock and has a slot cut in it for a studded knob. The knob can be used to adjust the heel for different thicknesses of stock. The base and heel are dovetailed onto the handle and slide off for easy replacement. When I make these parts, I always…

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 Bill O’Sullivan, the winner of a $100 Lee Valley gift card.…

1 min
quick tips

Prevent Splitting. Henry Scotts of San Antonio, TX uses a lot of threaded inserts in the edges of plywood. To avoid splitting the workpiece, Henry waxes the insert and also uses a clamp across the edge of the workpiece. This way, he can install the inserts with no problems. Sizing Peg Hooks. Ryan Maurer of Marion, MA found that when changing pegboard sizes, his old pegboard hooks were a loose fit in the new pegboard. To solve the problem, he uses plastic dip on the hooks. This increases the size and makes them fit in the new pegboard much better. Shooting Plane Grip. Charles Mak of Calgary, Alberta often uses his jack plane as a shooting plane. When doing a lot of shooting, he decided he needed an easier way to hold…

8 min
cnc with the shaper origin

CNC machines are finding their way into more and more home shops. But, what if you want to add one, but you don’t have the room? Enter stage left — the Origin from Shaper Tools. Origin combines a 3-axis router motor and a small computer. This means that Origin looks, and operates, much like a handheld router. But the on-board computer is constantly moving the motor and bit to keep you on a pre-determined tool path. Can’t believe it? Neither could I. That is, until I tried it out. As you can see in the photo at right, the Origin looks similar to a handheld router. There’s a router body that’s held in a movable frame, or gantry, and it’s connected to a base that has two handles and a touch screen.…