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WOOD Magazine September 2018

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.

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Meredith Corporation
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hood and hammer

Last May, our son Colby did something that no one in my family had ever done: He earned his Master’s degree, officially in “postsecondary education: student affairs.” Basically it means that, after spending seven years in college, his career will be spent… well… working at a college. Honestly, Annette and I couldn’t be more proud.Before he graduated, Colby gifted me with this hammer, into which he’d woodburned his gratitude. (Annette received a similarly adorned flower pot with his thanks “for helping me grow.”) The hammer hangs by my office door as a daily reminder that we always need to build—and grow—our skills, regardless of how much we know, or how much we think we know; and regardless of our age.The point was hammered home at our annual Weekend With WOODTM…

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wood-wide web

Are this issue’s five brand-new Shop Tips (page 16) not quite enough to hold you until next issue? Point your browser to woodmagazine.com/shoptips for 1,500 more. Bring snacks; this will take a while.DIY blast gates double your dust collection convenience. woodmagazine.com/doubleDCShort-bed hauler safely secures your sheets. woodmagazine.com/shortsheetSimple, precise mitering add-on for your tablesaw sled woodmagazine.com/miteraddonFan door makes clearing the air a breeze. woodmagazine.com/fandoorWorkshop tunes amplification is in the can. woodmagazine.com/canplification10 seconds to a deadsquare drill-press table woodmagazine.com/90in10 ■…

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your voice

Compact bench a perfect fitThanks for the Compact Workbench plans in issue 252 (March 2018). When I received the issue, I owned just a worktable, and I was searching for an affordable vise, as well. The vise and Wonderpup are good buys!Rather than rip the 2x8 boards down to 5½” wide, I just ripped the rounded edges off, making my bench 6” wider than yours. While it certainly adds some weight, the wider legs also make this bench feel very sturdy.I wanted my bench to have a rustic or reclaimed look, so I only lightly sanded with some low grit and then stained with Minwax Puritan Pine, which turned out just how I had hoped it would.Thanks again!—Tim McFarlinGreensboro, N.C.Peter’s first airborneMy son, Peter, and I had a blast building…

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your projects

In this issue, we’re featuring projects built by attendees of Weekend With WOODTM 2018, our annual educational event for woodworkers. The conference, which is held at WOOD¨ magazine headquarters each May, is open to all skill levels.Using quartersawn oak—and not a lick of glue—Clay Bearden, of Tullahoma, Tenn., built this graceful floating-top table.Among the gifts Bill Mohr, of Albuquerque, N,M., has made for his wife is this keepsake box, crafted of purpleheart and zebrawood.Mike Driver, of Strongsville, Ohio, designed and built this mobile cabinet to support his mini-lathe and store his woodturning accessories.Juliana Shei, of Niskayuna, N.Y., built this Shaker-style occasional table from maple and poplar to enhance the airy atmosphere in her home’s open entryway.Send us a photo of your workWant to see your work showcased in WOOD¨ magazine?…

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your shop

Community ServiceBroomfield, a community of 67,000 near Denver, possesses a unique woodshop. At first glance you might think it could be anyone’s garage or basement setup. But this shop occupies a room in the city’s Community Center and is open for use by anyone in the city.The shop began more than 30 years ago with five local woodworkers who donated their time and tools. Any profits they made from the pieces they built were put right back into the shop in the form of tools and supplies.It wasn’t long before the city recognized the benefits of a community shop. Broomfield includes the shop’s upkeep in the city budget and in return, woodworkers contribute many projects to the local library, board of elections, veteran’s museum, and police headquarters.Volunteers using the shop…

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your questions

Anti-fog products come in several economical forms. You can buy 1 oz. of spray or 100 wipes for about $10. We find the wipes most convenient for small surfaces such as goggle lenses.Medical tape won’t win you any fashion contests, but it does effectively block leakage of warm, moisture-laden breath from the top edge of a paper dust mask.The ultimate in fog-busting eye protection, a powered face mask, such as this Trend Airshield, keeps the view clear and your face cool.Q Clearing the air on foggy eye-safety wearI value my eyesight too much to not wear safety glasses, goggles, or a face shield in the shop. But fogging on the lenses drives me to distraction, especially when wearing a dust mask. Do you have any recommendations for keeping the fog…