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Woodsmith Apr/May 2018

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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Language:
English
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Active Interest Media
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sawdust

Every now and then, I come across a project that really grabs my attention as something that I’d like to build. But often, there’s an element to the design that makes me stop and question whether or not it’s beyond my abilities. The heirloom project in this issue — the linen press on page 42 — is just such an example. This cabinet is a reproduction of a piece that was originally built in the early 20th century at the Byrdcliffe artist colony in Woodstock, New York. From a woodworking standpoint, there’s nothing terribly demanding about it. It’s built with frame and panel construction, along with a few dadoes and grooves — nothing that you probably haven’t tackled before. But the part of the linen press that is the most visually…

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tips & techniques

Quick Corner Chamfers I find myself using corner chamfers on many projects. To help speed up this sometimes lengthy process and get consistent results, I built the jig that’s shown here. ADJUSTABLE. The jig is attached to my disc sander and is adjustable through a pair of stop blocks. The stop blocks hold a workpiece at a consistent 45°. One stop block is fixed in place, while a narrow slot in the other allows for adjustability. Loosening a knob lets you to move the stop block to produce different sized chamfers. CONSTRUCTION. To build the jig, start by cutting the base out of plywood. A groove houses a set of hardwood runners that are attached to the bottom of the stop blocks. The right stop block and runner are glued in place. A…

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quick tips

Fixed Marking Gauge. Philip Braizer of Bristol, England uses a scrap piece of hardwood to make a fixed marking gauge. Rabbets along each edge at different depths (#/8", !/2", #/4" and 1") provide quick, easy references for commonly used measurements. Sharp Cheddar. Dana Myers from Des Moines, IA like to use an empty grated cheese container to discard his razors and blades. After using all of the contents and washing it out, the container finds a home in Dana’s shop. The lid makes it easy to open and dispose of sharp items. When the container is full, he can simply toss it in the trash without worrying about somebody getting cut.…

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digital woodsmith

SUBMIT TIPS 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. 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 EMAIL Now 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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quick tips

Tape Depth Stop. Charles Mak of Calgary, Alberta uses a trick to ensure that all of his hand-cut dovetails are cut to the same depth. He simply marks the depth of cut with a piece of tape on his saw blade. This way he knows to stop sawing when the tape kisses the workpiece. Pencil Holder. Robert Patterson of Wisconsin Rapids, WI came up with an innovative solution to store pencils at his machines. He came across some adhesive cable holders at a local hardware store and thought they would make great pencil holders for around the shop. By cutting a small section, he can stick them wherever he needs to have a pencil close at hand.…

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versatile basswood

Carving — that’s the first word that comes to mind when woodworkers talk about basswood. And rightly so, basswood leads the pack of woods that are considered good for carving. This is due to the nature of how the tree grows. It has very straight, even, stable grain with hardly any knots. The structure of the thin-walled grain (the grain that’s so wonderful to carve), allows the wood’s high moisture content to dry quickly. And once it’s dry, basswood is very stable wood. As you can see in both photos on this page, basswood is pale white to light brown. This color transformation happens as it passes from sapwood to heartwood. Quartersawn basswood has a delicate fleck pattern. The sapwood that’s been air dried is the most prized among carvers in…

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