Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Fall 2013

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.
turning green wood

Turning green wood is a wet and wild adventure, but there are pitfalls to be avoided when working with or acquiring it. In this article, I will provide background information about preparing, storing and working with freshly cut wood so that you will have better success with nature’s bounty. Green wood is wood that has not yet been dried. It’s actually not green in color, but rather not yet seasoned by either kiln-drying or air-drying. It can range in wetness from dripping wet (cut in springtime) to only slightly wet (cut in fall or winter). This “free” wood can come your way throughout the year, so it’s best to understand how to effectively deal with what ends up littering your driveway or overtaking your shop. Air-dried wood is much nicer to work…

5 мин.
zestful turnings

Like recipes, turning projects have an organic quality to them. Most are best presented as ideas so each turner can make changes to suit a project to his or her own tastes. Our salt and pepper set is a good example. If you enjoy contemporary tableware, these shapes will blend right in with that look. You can follow the Full-size Drawings on page 56 to make exact duplicates, or take off with your own ideas to create a unique style. The construction of the salt shaker includes a useful ring joint that you may want to try out on other sectional designs like candlestick holders, vases or vessels that are made with separate pieces of wood. Making the Pepper Mill The first thing you should take care of before starting this project is…

7 мин.
an expert’s guide to choosing a lathe

For those of you who don’t yet own a lathe, this guide will help to answer questions you may not even know you have. The main point to remember is to go ahead and buy a lathe. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge: your first lathe will train you. Besides, most of us will own more than one lathe in our lifetimes. The first lathe is often a “starter” lathe; the second is the one you won’t want to share with others! Counting the Cost Lathes are priced from a few hundred dollars to more than seven thousand dollars. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. More expensive lathes are heavier, they run true, and they are machined so that the parts work and move easily. They are equipped with…

7 мин.
mastering turned eggs

Turned eggs are a terrific project to hone your skills at woodturning and for using up small pieces of wood. Here’s how you can finally make something special out of that chunk of highly figured hardwood that’s been gathering dust in the far corner of your shop. A turned egg appears rather simple to make, but getting the curves and shape right can be a challenge. It’s a fun challenge, however, and once you get the hang of it, you will discover that other turning projects are much easier. Shape of an Egg The most important thing to know when turning an egg is that there are no flat areas. Eggs are continuously curved. They may be round — some owl eggs are. Guinea hen eggs are nicely round on one end and…

4 мин.
make your own longworth bowl chuck

This is my second holiday season as a woodturner, and I’ve “graduated” from making gifts of pens and bottle openers to bowls. And, like many woodturners, I’ve been searching for a good way to clean up, sand and finish the bottoms of my bowls. Jam chucks, Cole Jaw sets and the strapping tape/faceplate method may be generally accepted practices, but once I ran across this bowl chuck (also referred to as a Longworth Chuck, after its inventor), I knew it was just the ticket. It is similar in concept to a set of Cole Jaws: rubber bumpers provide outside or inside force to the walls of a bowl, exposing its bottom and holding it secure on the lathe for light cutting, sanding and finishing. Instead of using a scroll chuck’s expansion…

6 мин.
turning fishing lures

Prior to World War II, most fishing plugs were made of wood, and even today most consider the wooden Rapala the world’s most effective lure. But can an average woodworker make wooden lures and thus combine two hobbies? The answer is yes! With minimal turning skills and an eye on design, you can make your own topwater, floating and sinking plugs at pennies on the dollar and in sizes from 1/2" fly rod plugs and poppers up to 10" surf and saltwater or even muskie plugs. Add to those advantages that your finely crafted plugs can be hand-tuned and tested to maximize your catch. Shape and Design Factors Check your local tackle shops for one of the two massive volumes of “Fishing Lure Collectibles” by Beany and Dudley Murphy, and you’ll see…