Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal September-October 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.
which is the right side of the saw?

THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTS Sandor Nagyszalanczy is a writer/photographer of several woodworking books and a frequent contributor to Woodworker’s Journal. Richard Schubert is a reader from Walnut Creek, Ohio. Ernie Conover is the woodturning columnist for Woodworker’s Journal and author of The Lathe Book. Q I have a benchtop table saw and have always cut on the right side of the fence (i.e., the opposite side of how I see other users depicted in photos, etc.). I am right-handed, so it seems natural to cut this way, and I theorize it is safer should the cutoff or the workpiece itself be thrown back at me as less of my body is “in the line of fire.” Am I missing something? David Long Lexington, Kentucky A Far be it from me to talk anyone out of working in a…

2 мин.
fine for splines

What’s This? Steve Hodge of Indiahoma, Oklahoma, found this 13"-long tool in a barn. The blade is “butter knife sharp.” 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! Regarding the mystery tool submitted by Brian Humbel of Frederick, Maryland, for our June issue, several readers, including Richard Gaudreau of Sanford, Maine, noted that it “has a striking resemblance to a pizza cutter.” Dennis DiRienzo of East Liverpool, Ohio, however, took this reasoning further: “Since your magazine is the Woodworker’s Journal and not the Food Eater’s Journal, I doubt that it is a pizza cutter.” Indeed, Steve Montgomery of Puyallup, Washington, noted, “It looks like a spline tool to me.” (Steve also…

3 мин.
tricks of the trade

Feathering and Centering Socket-assisted Speed Clamping Tightening clamps doesn’t have to cause hand strain anymore. Just drill and tap the ends of your wood-handled bar clamps for 5/16" machine bolts and nuts. By adding a nut beneath the bolt head, you can increase the surface area, giving you better purchase with a socket. Now, you can clamp or unclamp with the aid of a drill/driver, socket adapter and socket. I suggest using #5 hardened nuts and bolts for longer life and some thread locker to hold them in alignment. Epoxy the hardware into the tapped holes, and you’re all set for quicker clamping that’s easier on your hands. Lou Kern Oakland, California Plug Fits Tape Side Up Here’s an annoyance about polarized tool plugs: it seems like about half the time I try to stick the…

6 мин.

The Way to Woodwork MY PROJECT IS FINALLY DONE! OOPS ... NOW I HAVE TO PUT A FINISH ON IT. Woodworkers ask us more questions about finishing than any other topic, bar none. It’s clearly a subject that needs to be covered from start to, well ... finish. And the good news is that help is on the way —in the form of the latest offering in our The Way to Woodwork DVD series, which is called (appropriately enough) “Step-by-Step to a Perfect Finish.” This time out, we have teamed up with the nation’s foremost finishing expert, Michael Dresdner, and television’s favorite home-improvement expert, JoAnne Liebeler, to create a DVD that will ask and answer all of your most significant finishing questions —AND demonstrate how to get great results every time. Without…

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onboard sharpening with the nova comet ii

Turning and sharpening go hand in hand. For most turners, that means frequent round trips from the lathe to the bench grinder and back again to touch up those ever-dulling edges —at least until recently. A little over a year ago, Teknatool turned the midi-lathe world on its ear when it unveiled the NOVA™ Comet II Midi. It’s the first small lathe with a spindle that accepts a grinder attachment. Their reason was simple: put sharpening convenience closer than ever before, right where the action is —on the lathe. Brilliant! In case you’re unfamiliar with this newish model (retail price of about $529.99), it comes well-equipped. The Comet II sports a cast-iron headstock, bed and tailstock for rugged durability and vibration dampening. It offers enough capacity over bed for turning 12" bowls…

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balusters for table legs?

A first reaction to using stairway balusters as furniture legs is probably surprise, but there’s really nothing incorrect about doing so if you’re concerned about being true to 19th-century designs. Lathe-turned table legs and stairway balusters are, except for length, nearly identical in most cases. But what about style? Well, as long as you don’t use balusters in a style that’s obviously more modern - like Mission or Contemporary ¨C it’s not an issue. The manufacturer calls the style of the balusters I chose for this project “Biltmore,” but after speaking with them I learned the name has nothing to do with the famous Biltmore Estate in North Carolina (built in 1895), nor is the baluster a re-creation of anything from the estate. (Find purchasing information below.) If these legs resemble any…