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Woodworker's Journal February 2018

Woodworker’s Journal is the magazine for people who love to work with wood. Woodworkers of any skill level will find top-tier plans to build great projects, expert reviews of woodworking tools, and a ton of woodworking tips and techniques. Get Woodworker's Journal digital magazine subscription today and get inspired and motivated.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rockler Press, Inc
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6 Issues

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woodworkersjournal.com

Woodworkers are an interesting bunch. On the one hand, they often like to be alone in the shop to focus on their work. On the other hand, they often love talking to other woodworkers and sharing each other’s work. The sharing part is exactly what’s happening on the Woodworker’s Journal social media channels right now. Visit our channels, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest, and you’ll find tons of great woodworking videos, tips, articles and projects every day. Thousands of your fellow woodworkers are already there participating in the conversation. So, if you think social media isn’t for you, we encourage you to give the Woodworker’s Journal channels a try. We think you’ll “Like” what you find. Who knows? You might even find yourself compelled to share pictures of your latest…

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a new year and more

2018: THE MORE THINGS CHANGE ... Happy New Year! With your first issue of 2018, you might notice a couple of new things. We’ve decided to add on to our Letters department with a gallery of projects that you’ve built. We’ve always featured our readers’ work, but we’ve decided to highlight it just a bit more. So, please send us photos of all your woodworking projects — great or small! Send them to Gallery@woodworkersjournal.com to get them in the magazine and in our newly redesigned Woodworker’s Journal Weekly, our free online newsletter (formerly Woodworker’s Journal eZine). And speaking of changes, you may have noticed that we spruced up our cover a bit with a new logo treatment. I know it is a little crazy, but we thought after 20 years, we needed…

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reader projects

Taking an Idea ... I have been reading your magazine for over 10 years and enjoy the articles very much. Recently, the one showing how to make a bar cart took my eye [“Graceful Bar Cart,” June 2017] and I used that, with modifications, to make a changing table/bar cart for my granddaughter. Everyone was pleased with the result, especially my granddaughter. Marvin G. Regenauer Franklin, Wisconsin Special Slab Lumber I’ve recently read a couple of articles [“Slab Top Dining Table,” October 2017; “Slab Top Table,” October 2015] about slab and/or live edge projects and thought I would share mine with you. This did not start out to be a table or anything. I recently purchased a Granberg Alaskan Mill MK IV for one of my chainsaws, in order to deal with some drought- and…

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april wilkerson, frank howarth and matt cremona

Online woodworking can take you from the divine to head-scratching in a heartbeat, but the Internet innovators featured here will not lead you astray in any way. These folks are great examples of the heart of good woodworking: practicality, quality and innovation. Check them out and let us know what you think. Our bet is that you learn something and have fun at the same time. MattCremona.com Matt Cremona is an active member of the online woodworking community. He not only makes videos about making fine furniture and woodworking tips, he also appears on different podcasts and attends many woodworking events. Besides his interest in fine furniture making, Matt is known for his love of milling logs and working with large slabs. He even built his own large band saw sawmill. He…

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clever ideas for … routine cleaning

Sponsored By Smoking-hot Glue Holder I’m always looking for a good reusable container to hold a small amount of glue when I need to brush it onto joint parts, dowels and so forth. Here’s the best solution I’ve found so far: old ashtrays. You can often find them at Goodwill or Salvation Army stores, at yard sales or even from ex-smokers. The notches around the rim for holding cigarettes or cigars works great for propping a glue brush in between uses, and they’re easy to wipe clean for re-use. I’ve found that even dried glue is easy to peel off of glass ashtrays after it has dried. Doug Thalacker Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin Taping Before Scraping Prevents Damage After applying some hardwood edge banding to a worktop covered with plastic laminate, I needed a way to…

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is “old” shellac still good?

Q My neighbor has offered me some unopened cans of shellac that belonged to her late husband. I’m not sure when he purchased them or how long they’ve been stored — or in what conditions. I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but just how long is shellac good for, and how do I know if it’s OK to use? Liam Moriarty Harrisburg, Pennsylvania A There is no absolute number that says how long shellac is good for, but several factors affect its aging. First is the cut. The thicker the shellac is, the slower esterification takes place. Esterification is the degradation process in which the shellac resins convert to shellac esters. The more esters are created, the slower the shellac dries, and the softer the final film…

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