Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Summer 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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10 мин.
10 ways to use featherboards

Some safety devices, like shop glasses and hearing protection, are “no brainers.” Noise and flying debris give you good reason to have your head gear in place. But the value of other safety widgets, like featherboards, bears repeating now and again. That’s because at times, it might just seem faster or easier to use your hands to steady a quick cut instead of setting up a featherboard or two. Why bother? Well, deep down we all know the answer: those quick “don’t need to overthink this” operations are exactly where accidents and machining errors happen. Why take chances? That’s the better question, but occasionally we still roll the dice. Maybe you don’t use featherboards for other reasons. Sometimes the typical featherboard thickness gets in the way of the operation you’re trying…

10 мин.
downdraft sanding cart

Sanding is not one of life’s little pleasures. But, it’s unavoidable, which is why this downdraft sanding cart is so useful. That this cart is truly effective is not an accident. Working with the staff at Woodworker’s Journal, we tried many different approaches and gadgets in mock-ups and prototypes before we got to this simple configuration. It’s designed to be connected to a standard 4" dust collector hose. The end wings and back (which, when lowered down, becomes the top) tip up to create barriers that block the dust as it is thrown from the sander. The downdraft table panels — four steel plates with holes and rubber nonslip grommets pre-installed — allow the dust to be sucked down into the vacuum chamber. If you team up this table with…

4 мин.
cylindrical and round object drilling jig

Boring an accurately placed hole into a round piece of wood, either a cylinder or a sphere, can be a tricky feat to accomplish. Cylinders and spheres are hard to clamp securely because they don’t have many (or any) flat surfaces. Thankfully, the solution to the problem is called a V-block. It’s just a thick chunk of wood with a deep V-groove cut into it. The “V” cradles the cylinder, allowing it to be clamped securely in place. But, once made, the block only properly fits cylinders of a set size range. If what you need to drill is too big or too small, it’s time to make another block. And what if you want to drill a round object? The answer is to cut two V-grooves at 90 degrees to…

10 мин.
power planers

The worlds of woodworking and construction are similar but don’t always overlap. Tools used for one aren’t always suitable for the other. But when it comes to performing woodworking tasks away from the confines of the shop — deck building, patio furniture, garage and roof work, or repairing/replacing doors just about anywhere — who’s expected to get that done in your house? You, the woodworker, of course. With that in mind, a wise woodworker should always consider extending equipment from the shop out into the greater world. Few tools are better equipped for that task than power planers. While they may have limited usefulness inside a well-equipped shop, they do have the extraordinary ability to take a number of woodworking chores out of a shop’s confines and do them very well on-site.…

3 мин.
benchtop fixture for the belt sander

Most woodworkers are the frugal sort, always looking to get the most use out of the tools they already have. So am I, which is why I created this simple base fixture that transforms a standard portable belt sander into a small horizontal benchtop sander. The fixture is simple to build and lets you use your sander to accurately shape, trim and smooth small parts safely without holding the machine. To build the fixture shown in the Drawings on the next page, start by cutting out a base plate from 1/2" or 3/4" plywood or MDF that’s 14" wide and 6" to 8" longer than the length of your belt sander. (It’s important to note that we’re providing the actual dimensions of my jig, but you’ll need to adjust them to…

5 мин.
questions & answers

Q I have been building some shop cabinets using MDF. I am partial to drywall and deck screws, but I have noticed a tendency for the MDF to split apart even though I drill pilot holes for the threads and a clearance hole for the screw body. What am I doing wrong? It’s heartbreaking to have parts split apart during the assembly. Please help! James E. Duermeier Lewisburg, Tennessee A Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is a little less dense and strong in its center than at its faces. Hence, screws tend to split or strip out in their hole. But you can successfully screw into an MDF edge, as long as you take certain precautions. You’re on the right track by using dry-wall or deck screws, which have straight shanks; tapered-shank screws (a.k.a.…