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Woodsmith Dec/Jan 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.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
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sawdust

I think a lot of us are drawn to woodworking because of the nature of wood itself. There’s a certain warmth and character to it that you just don’t find in other materials. And if you’ve been woodworking for a while, you’ve probably developed a sense of how wood reacts to cutting and milling, and the best ways to work with it. So the idea of adding a different material to a project may seem foreign, or even intimidating, to some woodworkers. But in this issue, we have a couple of projects that use some non-wood materials. One is an occasional table with a marble top, and the other is a chair with a leather seat. In the case of the table, it’s simply a matter of finding a local source…

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tips & techniques

Air Filter Remote Holder I recently installed a new air filter in my shop. The new system includes a remote to control the fan. However, I knew that something small like that could easily get lost in my workshop while I worked, so I came up with the remote holder you see here. THREE-PIECE CONSTRUCTION. The holder consists of three parts — a plywood spacer that’s sandwiched between two layers of hardboard. The plywood spacer has a cutout to cradle the remote, and the front hardboard acts as a lip to keep it in place. The crown in the back piece of hardboard provides a place to attach it to the wall. I also added a finger notch to make it easier to remove the remote from the holder. This was routed with…

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quick tips

Sanding Strips. Henry Wittmer of Runnels, IA, likes to cut strips of sandpaper for sanding turned workpieces and curves. To help strengthen the sandpaper and keep it from breaking or ripping, he backs the sandpaper with heavy-duty tape before cutting it into strips. Dust Shield. Leslie Nason of Waterford, WI, was recently installing hardware overhead and the dust from the drilling was falling into his face. To fix this, Leslie drilled through a plastic bottle cap and left it on the drill bit. The cap catches the sawdust and keeps the debris off his face. Standard to Metric. Tom Moss of Bradenton, FL, found that trying to eyeball a conversion between metric and standard on his steel rule was tricky. To convert between the two, Tom folds an index card and slips…

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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.…

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quick tips

Sticky Plugs. Max Doyle of Hazelton, IA, didn’t like how plugs would roll off his band saw table as he cut them free. To solve this problem, Max uses a piece of painter’s tape over the plug faces. Then, after he is done cutting the plugs, he peels the tape back and pulls the plugs off as he needs them. Saving Fence Adjustment. William Aulick of Cincinnati, OH, was changing bits in his router table and needed to keep the same fence setting. To solve this, he registers the fence location with two clamps. With the bit changed, he can slide the fence back to the clamps and the same position.…

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pva wood glue

We all use wood glue in our projects and we take it for granted that it’s going to hold joints together. Gaining a better understanding of how glue works can actually improve your results, however. CHEMISTRY AT WORK. PVA (polyvinyl acetate) wood glue is the most common type of adhesive for the woodworking shop. It’s the white or yellow wood glue you can find almost anywhere tools and supplies are sold. But what is “PVA” and what does it mean for the woodworker? To answer this question, I contacted Bob Behnke, chemist and technical services manager at Franklin International, makers of Titebond wood glues. Bob explained that PVA wood glues are basically a mixture of microscopic polyvinyl acetate polymer particles and polyvinyl alcohol that is suspended in water. Glue manufacturers use other additives…

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