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Woodsmith Aug/Sept 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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Active Interest Media
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No doubt you’ve heard the term “bucket list” before. I think a lot of woodworkers also tend to have woodworking bucket lists — projects or techniques that we’d like to try at least once, so that we can say we’ve done them. Well, this issue of Woodsmith contains not just one, but two projects that have techniques that happen to be on my woodworking bucket list.The first is a chisel case that features a sliding tambour lid. My fascination with tambours goes all the way back to my childhood. Growing up, we had a roll-top desk in our house. I used to love playing with that desk, opening and closing the top (until my mother would tell me to stop). As a result, I’ve always been…

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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. The Winner! Congratulations to Dave Brooks, the winner of this Forrest Woodworker II. To find out how you can win this blade, check out the information at left. ■…

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tips & techniques

The platform threads onto the bolt installed in the base. Changing rotation each coat prevents it from backing off. Spray Turntable Recently, after building a bunch of gifts from a Woodsmith plan, I was looking for a way to quickly and efficiently finish them. That’s when I came up with the idea for the simple finishing turntable you see here. ROUND AND ROUND. The turntable is made up of a base and a platform, both made from two layers of plywood. A carriage bolt passes through a counterbored hole in the base and is held in place with a hex nut and a washer. The smaller platform rotates on a T-nut installed in the bottom face. I drove long screws through the platform to act as painter’s points…

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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

Spare Change Spacers. Roger Page of Columbia, MO, was resawing stock on his band saw and noticed the kerf was starting to pinch close on the blade. Since he didn’t have a thin scrap, he reached in his pocket and found that a nickel was the perfect size for his band saw blade kerf. By inserting a couple coins into the kerf, it keeps his blade free to keep cutting. Edge Clamps. Dennis Volz of Denver, CO recently needed some edge clamps for the edging he was applying on a shelf. Instead of buying specialized clamps, Dennis cut strips from a bicycle inner tube and slipped them over spring clamps. The tube holds the edging tight when the clamps are in place. …

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choosing & using waxes

Paraffin is a soft and oily wax. Beeswax is harder and can be tacky. Carnauba is the hardest of all and is brittle. Wax isn’t a new concept in the shop, in fact, it’s one of the oldest wood finishes known. But that doesn’t mean that it’s out of date. With the number of waxes available, it can be daunting choosing the right one. Not to worry, however. In this article, I’ll guide you through the most common waxes, and the uses of raw (photo, below) and blended waxes in your shop. PARAFFIN. One of the most common types of raw wax is paraffin wax. Paraffin is derived from petroleum. This means that it’s oil based and most finishes can be applied over it. Paraffin wax is also an…