Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal July-August 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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10 мин.
"today’s shop" portable sawmills: lumber from local trees

I was walking around my property the other day, admiring the majestic redwood trees that grow there in abundance. Although I’ve never seriously considered cutting any of them down, I couldn’t help but imagine how much lumber each of those big trees (many are well over 150 ft. tall and 31/2 ft. in diameter at the base) would yield if they were sawn. Even one or two trees could yield enough lumber for a new deck, a large shed and maybe even a kitchen’s worth of cabinets (hmm…I don’t suppose I’d miss just one tree…). Evidently I’m not the only one thinking about getting lumber from local trees. Nowadays, more and more woodworkers, builders and DIYers are buying and using wood that comes from local trees sawn into lumber at a…

10 мин.
small shop journal silverware chest

This Small Shop... SHOP SIZE: 9’ X 18’ PRIMARY TOOLS: Band Saw Miter Saw Router Table Drill Press Handheld Router Disc Sander Hand Plane Drill/Driver ACCESSORIES USED: Routing Jigs (shop made) Quick Grip Clamps Bench Chisels There are so many choices to make when it comes to starting a woodworking project. What sort of wood should I use, how will I join it, what sort of hardware should I employ (if any)? Of course, the whole thing starts by asking what problem you are solving with this project. (In this case, we needed a storage container for silverware.) And after you’ve got all that decided, you need to figure out how to make it, and do it with the tools that you have on hand (which is at the heart of these Small Shop Journal articles: working with limited space and limited tools). Once the basic design…

2 мин.
shop talk

Built Quick vs. Built to Last Build a Bar, Boys In 8 Hours or Less Kansas City, Missouri, woodworker Kirk Brown had the chance to participate in a cool project last year: in this era of reality television, the George Dickel whiskey company decided to film a “Raising the Bar” bar-building contest at Kansas City’s American Royal World Series of BBQ. Kirk, who normally builds high-end furniture destined for a New York-based clientele, had eight hours to build an impressive bar with his team while competing with other teams. “All of my projects take a lot longer than eight hours, exponentially longer. You can’t make anything really well, really fast — just like you can’t make whiskey real fast.” As part of the whiskey company’s publicity stunt, the teams building the bars were filmed for…

12 мин.
butler tray and stand

If the tray portion of this project looks familiar, you might recall that it started out as an online project completed by Rob Johnstone on a CNC Shark machine. But, I don’t have that technology, so Rob asked me to build the same tray and a folding stand to go with it using standard woodworking machines. And, as you’ll see, that is quite easily done with several templates and a router table. The matching aspects, hinge mortises and many curves of this project are much easier to manage with guided router bits than lots of exacting band sawing and drum sanding. So, gather up some nice clear mahogany, and let’s get started. Making Wing Templates There are two approaches to creating full-size templates for the butler tray’s short and long wings: you…

6 мин.

Getting the right geometry and a keen edge will make all the difference in the world for your turning output. Last issue, we looked in great detail at bench grinders. This time we will look at an aftermarket jig which, used in combination with your grinder, helps make grinding much more assured. We’ll finish this two-part series focusing on buffers, which are the quickest way to bring spindle turning tools to a keen edge. Although everyone calls them jigs, grinding aids are actually fixtures, but as this boat has left the dock, I won’t try to row upstream in this article. (See explanation at left.) One of the most widely used systems of jigs for sharpening turning tools — and frankly the one I prefer — is made by Oneway Manufacturing in…

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"letters" calling all band sawyers

DUBIOUS DOVETAILS A funny thing happened when I tried to cut delicate dovetails on my band saw — I made some really awful dovetails. This would not have been a big problem, except we had already designed a dovetailed silverware box for our Small Shop Journal project (page 64) in this issue — and I had appointed myself as the builder. My “small shop” features a band saw, so that was to be my approach. It’s not that I struggle making dovetails. I’ve just never, in 30-plus years as a shop rat, tried cutting them on a band saw. Early attempts (at left — please don’t share this with anyone!) left me less than confident and, with a deadline fast approaching, I wondered how keyed dovetails might look ... and ended…