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Woodcraft Magazine February/March 2018 (81)

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During Minnesota’s infamously long and cold winters, Larry Okrend (“Standing Mirror with Storage,” p. 50) spends his time designing, building, photographing, and writing about woodworking in the Twin Cities. Combining a lifelong interest in photography and woodworking led him to a career in how-to editorial. After over 30 years as an editor for national woodworking and home-improvement magazines, Larry is now semi-retired and is an avid cyclist and kayaker—weather permitting. Check out his new book, Black + Decker: Small Space Workshops. Master woodworker Chris Hedges has developed a liking for challenging projects. The spice box he built for us took two issues to cover (75 & 76). In this issue, he ups the ante with another heirloom-quality piece: the “Shaker Counter” featured on the cover and on p. 36. Not long…

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same crew, new captain

Your magazine has a new chief editor. Chad McClung has settled into the driver’s seat at magazine headquarters in Parkersburg, West Virginia, with his hands firmly on the wheel. This transition in leadership has actually been going on for quite a while. From my first day as the magazine’s chief editor over three years ago, Chad has been an able and enthusiastic partner in making all kinds of changes to improve your magazine. Chad’s first involvement with Woodcraft began over ten years ago, when he took on freelance assignments as a graphic artist. It didn’t take long for him to be offered a full-time spot, with responsibilities ranging from handling quality checks at the printer to laying out articles, hiring photographers, and directing technical artists to produce the drawings that appear…

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john malecki

When he wasn’t blocking charging linemen as an offensive guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers, John Malecki picked up woodworking in the offseason to stay focused and disciplined. Before long, friends started asking him to build stuff. Now he runs his own furnituremaking business and teaches the craft through his blog and website. I caught up with John, and we tackled a few woodworking topics. WM: What did you learn on the field that you apply in the shop? JM: Developing plays and formations and then executing them on the field is like planning a project, drawing it up, and taking it to the shop. I was not the biggest, fastest, or the strongest lineman in the NFL. I had a different set of skills, but I still had to practice a little…

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news & views

Making beautiful music Please thank Dave Boyt for sharing his Mountain Dulcimer (#80, Dec/Jan 2018). As you can see, I took some artistic licenses, but the project turned out great. Now I just have to learn how to play it. —Mike Dunn, Columbus, Ohio Author/builder Dave Boyt replies: That is one nice looking instrument! Adding your own touches to my basic plans was exactly what I hoped builders would do. Learning to play is part of the fun. To get started, I suggest that you pick a simple tune and try strumming the top pair of strings to follow the melody, and let the others strings drone. Once you’ve figured out the tune, try adding some background chords. For more detailed instruction, I suggest treating yourself to Jean Ritchie’s Traditional Mountain Dulcimer book and CD…

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carbide tips for tiny turning

Fans of Easy Wood Tools who enjoy turning miniature work will welcome the company’s latest addition to its popular family of carbide-cutter turning tools. The “micro” tools are a scaled-down version of the company’s larger tools and include a rougher, a finisher, and a detailer cutter. Although diminutive at an overall length of 9", these tools are beautifully made, each sporting a stainless steel shaft, a copper ferrule, a well-designed handle, and downsized carbide cutters. Despite its size, the micro rougher efficiently removes waste from spindle and bowl stock. That said, it certainly is meant for small work; I’d probably limit it to spindle stock with a diameter of less than 21/2", and use it for bowls no wider than about 6" or deeper than about 11/2". The micro finisher is…

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dust-free routing

Routers are among the most versatile tools in a woodworker’s arsenal, but they produce massive amounts of sawdust. Manufacturers have made dust-busting advancements with newer routers, but these improvements don’t mean anything for thousands of older models. Fortunately, the folks at Oneida have developed an effective retrofit to solve this dust collection problem. The clear polycarbonate Universal Router Hood is designed to replace the base on a wide range of routers (it won’t fit trim routers). The integral “dust dome” captures dust above the workpiece, and connects to a round port where you can attach a 1½"-dia. shop vac hose. Use this setup when routing dadoes or doing other interior routing operations and for plunging bits up to 11/4" in dia. For edge work, attach one of two chip covers and catch…