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Woodsmith Oct/Nov 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.

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

IN THIS ISSUE

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sawdust

Way back in Woodsmith No. 65, we featured a child’s rocking horse as our main project. (It’s the one you see in the photo above). That rocking horse turned out to be one of our more popular projects, and we still get requests for the plans and patterns for it nearly 30 years later. I think a lot of woodworkers enjoyed building it for their children or grandchildren. Despite its popularity, I’ve always felt that particular rocking horse design seemed a bit “wooden.” The legs are straight and stiff, and there’s not much life or animation to the horse. So when we decided to do another rocking horse in this issue of Woodsmith, Chris Fitch, our creative director, wanted to develop something with a little more motion to it. As you…

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tips & techniques

Sandpaper Alignment Jig I’m one of those woodworkers cursed with having to wear bifocals. So it’s really tough for me to get the holes in the sanding disks lined up with the dust collection ports on a random-orbit sander and to get them back in the container they came in. The simple jig shown here solved both problems. A JIG FOR LOADING & STORAGE. The jig is built using a couple of small parts of hardboard, along with some dowels. Using a sanding disk, I marked the location of the dust collection holes on both the pieces of hardboard. One will become the top and the other will be the base. After drilling holes in each, I installed dowels into the base holes. To aid sliding disks on, I rounded over the…

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quick tips

Junk Mail Spreader. Dennis Volz of Denver, CO, saves old gift cards and promotional cards out of his junk mail to use as glue spreaders. To dress up the edge for even glue spreading, he uses a pair of pinking shears to cut a serrated edge on the cards. Rack Helper. Dana Meyers of Des Moines, IA, uses a large hose clamp to tighten up the rack on his drill press. By attaching the clamp in the middle of the rack, it tightens down the distorted rack and keeps it from spinning or slipping when he moves his table. Don’t Lose Drivers. Lou LaFrate of Vail, AZ, was frustrated when he had to keep searching for the correct driver every time he picked up a box of fasteners. Now, Lou has started…

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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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exotic wood accents

A surefire way to increase the “Wow!” factor of a project is to use unusual woods that draw your attention. The grain pattern or a small feature like a knob or inlay can make all the difference. One easy way to do this is with a unique, exotic species of wood. While these woods can be expensive in large quantities, using a small piece as a focal point in your project means you won’t have to break the bank. I want to take a look at a few of the exotic wood species you can use. You’ll often find these in small quantities at online retailers or your local woodworking store. Exotic wood species are also available as pen blanks and are perfect for making small, decorative accents. WENGE For predominantly light or…

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routing with trammels

Straight and square — these are the normal boundaries of the woodworking world. It’s a standard that provides order and structure. But we all love shaking things up a bit. Throwing a curve (or a circle) into the mix is one sure way to add spice and variety to a project. Combining a trammel with your router opens the gate to making smooth curves and circles of any size. And it does this in a safe and controlled manner at the same time. As you know, a router is a tool that spins a cutting bit at high speed. It’s important to always keep control of the tool. Using a trammel is a hybrid of the two classic ways you operate a router. It’s fixed in place, like being attached to an…

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