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Popular Woodworking

Popular Woodworking

August 2020

Whether it's a solo or group project, a home-improvement undertaking or a simple piece of art, Popular Woodworking lets you into the world of woodworking crafts. Each issue of Popular Woodworking features numerous projects for the expert craftsperson and the interested beginner.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a bit of art

The past few months have made me thankful for a lot of things. A partner who loves to cook and bake and keep me fed, even when I’m not always upholding my end of the bargain. A partner who knows that even though we love each other, that sometimes we need to make sure we have some alone time. Family and friends who do their best to stay connected even though we aren’t seeing each other in person right now. Bosses and co-workers who are helping us navigate how to keep a publishing business running while the whole company works remotely. Not to mention all of those who are still out there in the working world, making sure shelves are stocked, feeding us takeout when we aren’t cooking at home…

3 min.
workshop tips

Tail Vise Clamp After years of wishing my old workbench had a tail vise, I realized I could make one of my new Jorgensen Cabinet Master bar clamps do the job. All I had to do was reverse the sliding lower jaw (it’s removable) and mount the bar and fixed jaw under the benchtop. I drilled and chiseled out an elongated hole in the leg so the sliding jaw would extend only ⅝" above the benchtop. Then I lag-screwed a notched block and cap at the opposite end to act as a bearing surface for the fixed jaw. To finish my tail vise, I drilled a row of 1⅛" diameter holes in line with the sliding jaw and fashioned a bench dog to fit. When I need to use the clamp elsewhere, I…

5 min.
new tools

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to use a variety of router tables, ranging from shop-made versions to high-end tables from top manufacturers. When Infinity announced they were releasing a new professional router table, I wanted to get a hold of it and put it through its paces. And I’m glad I did because I might have a new favorite router table. But I’ll talk more about why that is that in a bit. The router table arrived in six different boxes, and unboxing it was an adventure. Everything was well packed, and I discovered that the instructions on the Infinity website were much better than the ones included with the shipment. Overall, it took a couple of hours to assemble. The base is made from heavy-duty steel that’s powder-coated…

3 min.
shop made arts & crafts knobs

You’ll only need two machines to make these Arts & Crafts-style knobs: a bandsaw and a router table. Although the saw cuts can be done on a tablesaw; the bandsaw keeps the operation saw and simple. The router table work requires two bits: a ⅝" round nose bit and a straight bit. Shop-made knobs may not save you a lot of money, but they offer a wealth of advantages over the store bought variety. For starters, the knobs will better match the project, because the wood comes from the project’s scrap and you can customize the knob’s size to fit the scale of the piece. Plus, making your own knobs is a satisfying project by itself. Start by ripping 1½" strips of wood from 1¼" thick quartersawn stock. The blanks can be…

7 min.
flocking

Flocking is a two-step process that involves spraying tiny fibrous particles onto an adhesive-coated surface. Imagine spray-on velvet. This is a great medium for sprucing-up the inside of jewelry boxes, decorations or signage. Types of Flock The brand of flock that I use personally is called Flock-It (formerly known as DonJer Products). This company provides a few options for flock, but the one most will want to use is the Suede-Tex flock with rayon fibers. The undercoat adhesive is color matched to the flocking fibers, so ensure that the colors you are purchasing match. I recommend purchasing the Mini-Flocker Kit, which comes with the fibers, the undercoat adhesive, and the flocking applicator. Flock-It also sells nylon fibers for outdoor projects and has a line called Soft Flock for smaller craft projects. The Soft…

7 min.
block plane basics

As a “professional woodworker” I often get asked what’s the best bang-for-the-buck tool by people getting into this craft. My response is always to ask if they have a good quality block plane. I know, it’s not the big, awesome aircraft carrier-like jointer plane. Nor is it the smoothing plane that makes sexy, fluffy shavings. But when it comes down to it, I feel like you get the most mileage out of a block plane, so that’s where I suggest you start. Basic Design Before we get into why I feel like a block plane is the most versatile plane in your shop, let’s talk about the physical traits of a block plane. In general terms, a block plane is a small plane (less than 7" long) that has a low blade…