February/March 2022

Every project featured in Woodsmith contains detailed, step-by-step illustrations and clearly written instructions to guide you through each stage of construction — whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned woodworker. Plus, you’ll get practical, hands-on information covering woodworking techniques, tools, and tips.

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from the editor sawdust

It’s easy to get carried away in my workshop. I’ve been known to sneak out for a few minutes to work on something only to come back in an hour (or more) later. Turns out that a lot of woodworkers around Woodsmith are like that, too. For example, John Doyle was tasked with designing a “simple wall shelf.” It’s the kind of thing we feature as a Weekend Project. Instead, he got a little carried away. His version is shown on page 54. It’s inspired by modular Mid-Century Modern wall systems. To be fair, each of the elements in the design are simple projects on their own. And an appealing part of these wall systems is how you can make the final project as large or as small as you…

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reader’s tips

Cord Reel This easy weekend project is a great way to keep your extension cords (up to 100') untangled and ready for use, as well as reel them back up at record speed. While the loose end of the cord plugs into the wall, the reel itself can be moved around the shop to where you’re working. When it comes time to pack the cord up, all you need to do is clamp the reel down, tighten a hand drill chuck over the threaded rod, and run it until it’s all reeled up. Following the drawing and detail below, the cord reel can easily be made from ¾ " plywood, some hardware, and a little time in the shop. Gene Adams Frisco, Texas Panel Cart Workstation I made a grid-based workstation for sheet goods out of…

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submit a tip to win

GO ONLINE If you have an original shop tip, we would like to hear from you and consider publishing your tip in one or more of our publications. So jump online and go to: SubmitWoodsmithTips.com You’ll be able to tell us all about your tip and upload your photos and drawings. You can also mail your tips to “Woodsmith Tips” at the editorial address shown on page 2. We will pay up to $200 if we publish your tip. Back-Saving Benchtop Normal workbench heights are fine for most work, but for many people, fine detail work at that height will have them hunching for hours. This “back-saving” benchtop is amazingly rigid and solid when clamped to the top front of your workbench. Your workpiece is then clamped up at a comfortable height, whether you’re cutting…

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mixed-media inlay

The Harvey Ellis organizer on page 30 makes great use of the art of inlay in the door of the project. Most of the time inlay is thinly sliced wood (or metal) that is recessed into the surface of a larger board. Here, the larger board is the center panel of the door. The inlay is made from a combination of materials. Maple, padauk, walnut, and cherry, with some colored epoxy thrown in for good measure. PANEL PROFILE FIRST. I used a spray adhesive to attach the pattern of the inlay profile to the panel. There’s a full-size pattern online at Woodsmith.com/259. Or you can scale and print the one on page 15. Either way the pattern is designed to go to the edges of the panel (Figure 1). Next, use a plunge…

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panel profile & floral parts

The Perfect Pattern. First, cut the panel of the door to final size. Then, use spray adhesive to attach the pattern to the panel. Use a sharp knife to remove the center of the pattern. Rout the Panel. A plunge router and various sizes of straight bits will remove most of the waste. Don’t try and trim to the final line, you’ll do that in the next step. Trim the Profile. To make a perfect floral profile use a variety of chisels and carving tools. Nibble and slice away at the profile while holding the tools square to the panel. Scroll Saw Work. Your scroll saw is the ideal tool for roughing out all the parts of the flower inlay. Be sure to stay to the waste side of each piece as you…

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bringing it all together

Place the Flower. The decorative corners are what you use to position the flower in the inlay. The paper spacers provide the proper gap. Mix the Epoxy. Mix the epoxy and the colorant in a small cup (detail ‘a’). To prevent the epoxy from accelerating, pour it in a wide shallow pan. Patience is a Virtue. A wooden stick (a popsicle stick, or a chop stick works nicely) is an ideal tool for transferring the epoxy to the inlay opening. Sanding Flush. The final step is to sand the inlay flush along with any irregularities in the surface. Be careful not to round the edges of the panel.…