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Woodcraft Magazine December 2019/January 2020 (92)

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1 min
share your ideas

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5 min
circle sanding jig

Myriad methods abound for cutting circles. (See page 44 for a router trammel or the last issue for a bandsaw jig.) But whichever approach you take, it’s likely to require some clean-up sanding afterward. As with cutting, there’s more than one way to sand your circles—typically involving a jig attached to a disk or belt sander. But this jig is different; it attaches to an oscillating spindle sander and allows for incrementally advancing the work into the spindle without introducing divots. In operation, your workpiece pivots on a pin at the inner end of a sliding bar while you rotate the disk against the sanding drum. At the outer end of the bar, a knurled knob allows fine adjustment for incremental sanding, having locked in the coarse-adjustment slide underneath the jig.…

6 min
maker’s mark

The tradition of signing your work goes back to the very beginnings of man-made objects. Three hundred years ago, a Colonial craftsmen might use chalk or pencil to sign the underside of a chair or the bottom of a drawer. More established furniture makers sometimes glued paper labels to finished pieces, listing the company name and location. Today, the reasons for signing your work haven’t changed. A maker’s mark is a reliable way for professional woodworkers to generate future business. A signature can preserve an artisan’s legacy, add something special to a family heirloom, and inspire future generations of woodworkers. What has changed today are the options we have to create maker’s marks on completed work. As the chart below suggests, there are a surprising number of details that can be…

1 min
a jig with a few new moves

Kreg’s new 300-series pocket-hole jigs will please beginners and experienced woodworkers alike. As with earlier models, this new jig works perfectly well in its standard, two-hole configuration. What’s new is that the parts can separate and be used independently. The modular design allows you to slip a fully functional jig into a tool belt, or sneak a pocket screw into a tight space for an on-site repair. For larger projects, users can join multiple guides and spacers (sold separately) together to create custom multi-hole drilling jigs. The 320 kit includes two drill guides, each with a material-thickness stop and anti-slip base, a hex wrench with a built-in thickness gauge, and a universal clamp adapter. My favorite improvement is the easy-set drill bit and stop collar. The stepped bit now has standard…

1 min

Scott Grove has been working wood for 30 years, but he’s also a talented sculptor, author, and tool designer. His work can be found in books, magazines, museums, and galleries. In addition to teaching at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana, The Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont, and the Chippendale International School of Furniture in Scotland, Scott shares woodworking tips and business advice on ImagineGrove.com. See Scott’s snowflake ornament on page 26. Ralph Lee Anderson began his photography career at age 13 on the school yearbook staff. Since then, he has shot everything from fashion to food. Ralph recently retired from product photography at a major publishing company and now enjoys gardening, scale model building, and freelance photo assignments (see p. 35). Ralph and his wife, Sally, live in…

1 min
expert answers

Woodworker and founder sharpeningsupplies.com Q: I bought a coarse diamond sharpening stone to flatten the water stones that I rely on for sharpening chisels and plane blades. But the diamond stone seems to have lost its effectiveness. Am I better off using a different flattening method? Cameron Osborne San Jose, California A: A coarse or (better yet) extra coarse diamond stone will flatten any water stone. But you can expect the diamond stone to wear more quickly than it would if you’re just sharpening steel. The best type of diamond stone to use for flattening water stones is a diamond lapping plate designed for this single purpose. The DMT Dia-Flat® lapping plates rely on a proprietary hardcoat treatment that fuses diamond particles more solidly to the plate’s metal base to avoid premature wear.…