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Woodsmith

February/March 2019

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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sawdust

This issue of Woodsmith marks our 40th anniversary. Obviously a lot has changed since the magazine started in 1979. The first issue of Woodsmith (shown above) was only eight pages long and printed in black and white. Since that time, we’ve added color photography, expanded the page count several times (currently at 68 pages), and have gone through at least three major redesigns. But a magazine is about more than just words and images on a page.I know this sounds cheesy, but one of the things that makes Woodsmith special is our readers. It’s always gratifying to hear from readers who have been with us for a long time. (Although I always find it interesting that people tend to tell us the issue number that they…

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win this forrest blade

Simply send us your favorite shop tips. If your tip or technique is selected as the featured reader’s tip, you’ll win a Forrest Woodworker II blade. To submit your tip or technique, go to SubmitWoodsmithTips.com. There you can upload your tips and photos for consideration. ■…

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tips & techniques

Bench Standoffs Breaking down sheet goods is something that I see a lot of tips on. I used to cut sheet goods on a piece of foam insulation. And it worked well. However, I was tired of having to store the large sheet of foam. That’s when I decided to find my own solution using my workbench. The idea I came up with is the standoffs shown here. A piece of screen spline held in a groove in the cleats keeps the standoffs from moving. NOTE: All parts made from 3/4" plywood NOTE: Groove for screen spline is 1/8"-deep. All other grooves and dadoes are 1/4"-deep SNUG FIT. The standoffs are designed to fit…

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quick tips

Glueup Mat. Hermie Tolerba of Sugarland, TX, discovered that inexpensive plastic drawer liners from discount stores make perfect gluing mats. The slick surface doesn’t allow glue to stick to it, and they can be rolled up for storage anywhere in the shop. Blade Cover. William Aulick of Cincinnati, OH, was tired of his forearms getting scratched up by the teeth of the table saw blade when changing it. To protect his arm, he now wraps a cord organizer tube over the teeth of the blade before reaching inside to loosen the nut. Push Stick Scabbard. Lou LaFrate of Vail, AZ, was tired of searching for his push sticks. To keep them organized and close at hand, Lou added a scabbard made…

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digital woodsmith

SUBMIT TIPS ONLINEIf 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. 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. RECEIVE FREE ETIPS BY EMAILNow you can have the best time-saving secrets, solutions, and techniques sent directly to your email inbox. Just go to: Woodsmith.com and click on, “Woodsmith eTips”You’ll receive one of our favorite tips by email each and every week.…

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workshop respiratory safety

If you haven’t been woodworking for very long, then you may not be aware of one of the biggest dangers present in your shop. And I’m not talking about the obvious stuff, like sharp, spinning blades and errant hammer strikes. While these pose hazards of their own, there’s one menace that can cause problems long after the machines are turned off and the tools are put away — fine wood dust particles. FLOATING DANGERS. If left unchecked, wood dust particles created from cutting and sanding operations can float around in the shop for extended periods — sometimes for as long as 20 to 30 minutes. If you fail to take the proper precautions, some of this dust can end up in your lungs, potentially causing health issues. …

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