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Woodsmith Jun/Jul 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
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sawdust

If you watch any home improvement shows, you probably already know how popular barn-style doors have become in interior design. They’re showing up everywhere, from closets to dining rooms and even office buildings. Of course, not everyone has the space for adding such a large feature to a room. So we decided to create a project that included a scaled-down version of barn doors. Coming up with a design for the project was the easy part. Finding the hardware proved to be the real challenge. There were actually two issues at hand here. First, most of the commercially available hardware is designed for large doors. And second, it tends to be pretty expensive.Instead of using commercial hardware, John Doyle, one of our project designers, spent some…

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tips & techniques

Dust-Proof Charging Station One day, while blowing the sawdust off my cordless tool chargers, I decided I needed to come up with a charging station that would organize the chargers as well as keep the dust off of them. My solution is a simple box that mounts to the underside of any shelf or cabinet. The back of the case is hinged to allow the box to drop down (photo at right). HANGING BOX. The charging station parts are joined together with a series of rabbets. A continuous hinge connects the back to the bottom and the back closes into rabbets on the sides. The back of the case is fastened to the underside of a cabinet with pocket screws. A hook and eye latch holds the charging…

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quick tips

Laminate Spacer. Bill Ding of Birmingham, AL, uses laminate chip samples to prevent vise racking. The samples, available for free from home improvement stores, are held together with a bolt and nut. Bill can then swing them out to the same thickness as his workpiece. Check Misfires. Rob Mahan of Chelsea, MI, uses a simple trick for checking brad holes after his nailer misfires or runs out of brads. By holding a small magnet over the holes, Rob can confirm where nails have been driven and those locations where the nailer has misfired.…

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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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quick tips

Locating the Off Switch. Jason Adler of Richland, WA, found himself searching for the power switch on his table saw, particularly when cutting large workpieces. To help quickly find the switch, he marks its location with a piece of bright tape on top of his fence rail. Sawdust Collection. William Aulick of Cincinnati, OH, makes his own wood filler using sawdust mixed with glue. To collect sawdust, William uses his lathe to turn a scrap of wood. With coarse grit sandpaper and a sheet of paper to catch the dust, WIlliam can quickly collect all he needs. Painter Glue Points. John Doyle of Ankeny, IA, uses old glue bottle caps as painters points. By using the caps, he can easily lift…

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adding color with aniline dyes

Both powdered dye and liquid dye concentrates can be dissolved in water. Dyes are available in a variety of shades, ranging from wood tones to vibrant colors. As woodworkers, I believe each of us has an affinity for the natural beauty of wood. Sure, it’s occasionally nice to have a project that you can breeze through because it’s going to be painted. But for me at least, those tend to be few and far between. My go-to finish for years has been a wipe-on varnish that lets the wood shine. However, when I want to add a hint of color to a project without hiding the grain or figure with a stain, that’s when I reach for an aniline dye. COLORFUL & CLEAR. Before talking about the uses of…

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