Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Winter 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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A WOODWORKER’S BEST FRIEND Sorry Rover, but when it comes to a loyal companion in the shop, I think a router is actually a woodworker’s best friend. Whether you’re doing something simple like knocking off a sharp edge or milling a decorative profile, all the way up to complex half-blind dovetails or dozens of other types of joints, our routers and a slew of bits get these jobs done. That’s why we’ve combed our archives in this special issue for eight great router-based projects you can make. Whether you’re looking for a quick gift idea (see our Trivets or Tambour Box projects), a handsome heirloom piece like the Cherry Sideboard on page 46, or just some whiz-bang fun that will also elevate your routing skills — Ralph Bagnall’s Rolling Pin Jig…

12 мин.
multi-sleeve rolling pin

Back before you could buy one of those fancy and expensive pasta machines for your home, cooks used a simple set of specialty rolling pins for the same purpose. A traditional smooth-bodied roller was used for rolling out the dough, then rollers with various sized grooves were rolled through the flattened dough, cutting it into strips that became pasta. For this project, I decided to create a roller core that can share three or more sleeves. One is for rolling, and the rest are for forming the various sized strips of pasta. Then, just as I got “rolling” on this project, my lathe decided to go on strike! Most of us would agree that woodworking is a proving ground of the old saying, “necessity is the mother of invention.” That is…

7 мин.
cherry sideboard

Relatively few folks can afford to spring for a complete dining room suite. Newly settled into their first house, my son Jeremy and his wife Tara bought several Thomas Moser Windsor-style chairs, intending to buy a matching table and sideboard at some future time. Well, that sure threw down the gauntlet in a family sort of way, not to mention a woodworking gauntlet for me! Undaunted, I forged ahead, and while Jeremy and Tara may have to wait a spell for their table, the sideboard you see here puts them one big step closer to that complete suite. My design doesn’t copy any Moser piece that I’m aware of, but it does harmonize with the chairs. I think it’s spare and elegant, like the Shaker furniture that inspires many furniture makers.…

9 мин.
horizontal tilt-top router table

Sure, a regular router table that mounts a portable router vertically is great for all kinds of shaping jobs. But a router table that mounts the router horizontally is even better for tasks such as panel raising, joinery cutting and other shaping jobs where you’d rather have the work flat on a table than run it vertically against a fence. But this horizontal table has a versatile twist: its table tilts, allowing you to do a variety of work that’s difficult or impossible on a regular flat router table. For example, you can shape angled tenons on the ends of aprons or stretchers that join the splayed legs of a stool or chair. You can also use the tilted table to rout slots for splines that join beveled parts —…

7 мин.
10 trim router techniques

It’s a sweet thing indeed when you get more than what you bargained for in a tool. Trim routers are a good example. They’re lightweight, surprisingly powerful and small enough to go places other bulky routers can’t. If you only use yours for trimming plastic laminate, think again. Here are 10 ways to get that half-pint router out of the cobwebs and into the action much more often. Trimming Shelf Lipping One of my favorite uses for a laminate trimmer is shaving solid-wood lipping flush on plywood shelving (top photo, right). The Festool MFK router shown here has an optional base that lets you flush-trim using a straight bit with the router resting on the shelf face for maximum stability. You can do the same thing with an ordinary laminate trimmer and…

4 мин.
trammel-jig trivets

If it’s time to purge the scrap bin or you’re just looking for a way to turn your router into Santa’s mechanical elf, here’s a clever little project to try next holiday season. You may have seen “waffle” style trivets before, but we’re giving ours a twist by milling them with a router mounted on a pivoting trammel jig. Stopping the swooping cuts short of the edges of the trivets creates a “captured” one-piece design, or you can rout right through the edges of the blanks and wrap a frame around the routed core as seen above. I used a 1/2"-diameter spiral bit and 3/4"-wide spacers to form this pattern, but you could certainly experiment with other bits and spacer sizes to produce other unique styles. The only requirement is…