WOOD Magazine October 2021

Every issue includes clear, fully illustrated plans for all types of projects from gifts to furniture, skill-building tips and techniques, and hard-hitting tool reviews. Get WOOD Magazine digital subscription today for helpful videos that bring the pages to life for woodworkers of all skill levels.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Operations Corporation
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ru4 cnc?

When these high-tech tools first came on the scene, they were unfamiliar, huge, and noisy, and only the pros could afford one. But they brought to the table speed, power, and repeatable accuracy, which made them the darlings of people who made their living in a woodshop. Meanwhile, hobby woodworkers derided the technology, snorting, “That’s not real woodworking.” More than 30 years later, the machines finally became accepted in, and affordable enough for, home shops. These days, if you don’t own one, some would question whether you are a “real woodworker.” Which high-tech tool am I talking about? The handheld, motorized router, patented more than 100 years ago. I hear the same arguments against CNC routers: “too big,” “too expensive,” “not real woodworking.” Manufacturers hear those arguments, too, and—like the router makers in…

p001-WDM1021-cnc
1 min
woodmagazine.com

WOODWORKING PAST VS WOODWORKING FUTURE The Past: Math, Measurement, Mechanisms Fibonacci Gauge: woodmagazine.com/fibonacci Measuring and Marking Accuracy: woodmagazine.com/accuracy Must-have Router Jigs: woodmagazine.com/routerjigs The Future: Robots The Robots Are Coming: woodmagazine.com/robots CNC Routers Can Do All That?: woodmagazine.com/allthatCNC Intro to CNC: woodmagazine.com/CNC101 The Past: Cordless Five Problem-solving Hand Tools: woodmagazine.com/5handtools Prep Stock by Hand: woodmagazine.com/handprep Three Essential Hand Planes: woodmagazine.com/3planes The Future: Also Cordless Cordless Circ Saws Compared: woodmagazine.com/cordlesssaw The Mostly Cordless Workshop: woodmagazine.com/cordlessworkshop Cordless Jigsaws Reviewed: woodmagazine.com/cordlessjigsaws The Past: Deep Roots Walnut: woodmagazine.com/walnut Bald Cypress: woodmagazine.com/cypress Hickory: woodmagazine.com/hickory The Future: the Final Frontier Lunar Lumber: woodmagazine.com/moonwood Telescoping Router Table: woodmagazine.com/telescope Spalting. Aliens, Probably: woodmagazine.com/aliens…

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8 min
sounding board

Life-size Figures Honor Larger-than-life Heroes My brother is a 20-year Air Force veteran who spent 6 years overseas, and I have been a woodworker for as long as I can remember. Our vocations collided when I was invited to the 10-year reunion of his first tour. There, one of his comrades told the harrowing story of a mission where their unit was ambushed and fought with everything they had for more than 13 hours, yet every member made it back, exhausted, but safe. Amazed, I asked how that was possible, and at his reply—“Because of our training, it almost becomes mechanical”—I instantly pictured a soldier standing out, ready-built, in mechanical form. That conversation inspired me to build this series of life-size wood figures I call Some Give All. As I built the first…

kaminski_90_060
2 min
your questions

Q Which route to take for mitered profiles? When routing a profile on mitered or beveled workpieces, is it better to rout the profile first and then cut the pieces, or vice versa? —George Wu, Newton, Mass. A Like so many questions in life, George, the answer is: It depends. The size of the pieces, shape of the profile, and overall design of the project all factor into the decision. In most cases, you get more consistency by first routing the profile on long blanks at the router table, then mitering and attaching each piece individually, making any adjustments to the fit as you go. For small, delicate workpieces, such as narrow moldings, rout the profile on a wider blank first, then rip the molding from the edge of the blank [Photo A] and miter…

wd310807
3 min
work faster, smarter, safer

TOP SHOP TIP Smart Support Stymies Stock Slip-through After dropping a workpiece through the opening in my bench vise for the umpteenth time, I made a support board that rests on the guide rails. It covers the greasy vise screw, and prevents a workpiece from slipping through. Guide blocks glued to the bottom keep it in place. The support board slides under the slightly raised wood jaws and I cut it narrow enough to allow the vise to completely close. That way I can just leave it in place. — Gene Heimerman, Perry, Iowa Holey Solution for Organized Drawer Storage Using pegboard for drawer bottoms makes it a cinch to add dividers for easier organization of the drawer contents. Secure hardwood dividers to the pegboard from below with #8 flathead woodscrews, which perfectly fit the…

visesupport
3 min
midcentury headboard

Note: This three-piece suite works beautifully in a main or guest bedroom. Find plans for the nightstand on page 26 and the dresser in the previous issue (276, September 2021).Note: If mounting the headboard to a wall with baseboard trim, notch the leg sides (A) to fit around the trim.Clamps too short? Try this tip: woodmagazine.com/extendclampreach Adding a headboard to a bed frame poses some challenges if the hardware doesn’t line up correctly. Not so with this version that mounts directly to the wall instead. Faux legs provide a traditional appearance. Adjust the leg length to accommodate a thicker mattress or box spring. We sized our headboard for a queen-size mattress, but adjust the length and kerf spacing as needed to suit a different mattress size. For more pieces in the same…

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