Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal December 2014

Woodworker’s Journal is the magazine for people who love to work with wood. Woodworkers of any skill level will find top-tier plans to build great projects, expert reviews of woodworking tools, and a ton of woodworking tips and techniques. Get Woodworker's Journal digital magazine subscription today and get inspired and motivated.

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5 мин.
shiny and new

— Rob Johnstone Sometimes it’s easy to think of the end of the year as an ending or time of completion. And while that is true, it can also be a time of creativity and renewal. And so it is here at Woodworker’s Journal. Our new website is up and running — it is easier to use, with a ton of great woodworking articles and tips, with more video and much better graphics. Behind-the-scenes stuff like search functionality and navigation are much better as well. Check it out and let me know what you think. Our Way to Woodwork DVD series is expanding, too. Our latest effort, Mastering the Table Saw, will be helpful whether you are a beginning woodworker or an old hand. And I don’t just say that because I am…

3 мин.
simple fixes for sticky situations

Removing Sanding Discs with Hot Air Bob Mohalski may have luck using baby powder to remove adhesivebacked discs on his stationary sander (Tricks, February 2014), but I think my method is even easier. I just warm the old disc with a blow dryer and it peels right off. This way, there’s no powder residue to deal with, and I can install the new disc immediately. James R. Potter Jr. Brown City, Michigan Blade Cleaning Easy as Pie Cleaning blades is a necessary, but messy, chore. To keep things neat, I use a plastic pie keeper as a blade bathtub. The sides keep liquid blade cleaner from splashing out, and the container’s plastic construction is gentle on carbide teeth. When I’m done, all of my blade cleaning supplies fit inside for convenient storage. You can…

4 мин.
why can’t wood shrinkage be precise?

Q I am a metal machinist of 40-plus years, now trying to do some woodturning. In metalworking, I had to use close tolerance and understand the process of material changes. Please advise me on the process of warpage on cured hardwood, especially on thin-walled bowls. Before I get the thickness right, due to warpage, I cut through in places and ruin the project. Willy Howell Livingston, Texas A I was first trained as a machinist starting at age 12 and well understand your consternation. While metal expands and contracts with changes in temperature, the change is uniform in the x, y and z axes. Not so with wood! Wood also changes with temperature, but it mostly changes as a result of moisture content. If we harvest a wet log and let it dry,…

2 мин.
a tender moment?

Tricksy tool fools many. What’s This? Le Volberding of Dayton, Nevada, bought the tool above at a garage sale. Do you know what it is? Send your answer to stumpers@woodworkersjournal.com or write to “Stumpers,” Woodworker’s Journal, 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, MN 55340 for a chance to win a prize! Woodworker’s Journal editor Joanna Werch Takes compiles each issue’s Stumpers responses — and reads every one. The mystery tool from our August issue had been donated to the historic Harriton House in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Jack Richardson of Wayne, Pennsylvania, is familiar with the location: “Harriton House is a great place to learn about tools. Took turning and blacksmithing classes there,” he said. Jack also guessed an identification of the tool: “How about a box joint corner marker and placement tool?” That was also the thought of…

8 мин.
shop talk

The museum exhibition “Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works” is on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington, until February 1, 2015. For more information, visit www.bellevuearts.org or call 425-519-0770. What does a woodworker do when he can no longer do woodworking? In the case of John Economaki, you make tools. John, the founder of Bridge City Tool Works, developed a severe allergy to wood dust, likely triggered by rosewood, in the early 1980s. At the time, he was a high-end furniture designer; his “Nutcracker” piece was part of a juried exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and later became part of its permanent collection. “My heart is in furniture design. The next best thing is living vicariously through the work of others,” John…

6 мин.

This month our project is spinning toys, which are easy and popular in the turning community. Let’s make both a top and a yo-yo, which are fun for all ages. We’ll start with a yo-yo — which is just a subspecies of top — then we’ll make a top (see page 26). For either a top or a yo-yo, you need a hard, durable piece of wood with equally spaced growth rings, for if they are wider on one side of the billet than the other, the weight will not be uniform. That is because summer growth is lighter than winter growth, making the density on one side less than the other. By the same token, tight growth rings are better than widely spaced ones. Maple, birch, dogwood and cherry are…