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Woodworker's JournalWoodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal April 2015

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.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rockler Press, Inc
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woodworkersjournal.com

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to visit the new woodworkersjournal.com and provide your valuable feedback. Based on your responses, we’re on the right track and we will continue to add new features and content to make it your best online woodworking resource. For example, we heard your enthusiastic responses to last issue’s “Greene and Greene-Inspired Bed,” so we’ve put together a collection of seven more Greene and Greene-inspired plans. You can find them now at woodworkersjournal.com/greene-and-greene. One final tip for our most avid readers. I’m betting you’re the first woodworker on your block to hear the latest tool updates and tips, which means you’re probably already among the more than 210,000 woodworkers who subscribe to the Woodworker’s Journal eZine newsletter. But, in case you’re…

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new faces in small shop

I am a lucky man — shopwise. I not only have a dedicated workshop, but I have over 1,000 square feet of working area. As such, I am more the exception than the rule. Many woodworkers’ cars look longingly at a garage that could protect them from the elements, if only it was not full of woodworking stuff — which is why we started our Small Shop Journal articles a few years ago. The goal was to demonstrate how to do really good woodworking in a small space and with a limited selection of tools. We’ve heard that this concept really resonates with a lot of you. This year, we‘ve asked two new woodworkers to fill the pages of the SSJ. They represent the diversity of woodworkers in almost every way.…

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clever tricks at your fingertips

Quick Caps for Clamps If the adjustable jaws of your F-style or C-clamps don’t have a protective cover on their heads, I’ve found that the caps of soft drinks or bottled water can fit quite well. They’ll prevent the metal clamp head from marring the wood, and they’re actually quite durable for this application. Depending on your clamp size, they might even fit over the head with just friction pressure, as with the clamp shown here. Or, if they’re slightly oversized, a little silicone caulk or a drop of epoxy will help to hold them fast. Len Urban Rancho Mirage, California Magnetic Task Light If you have a magnetic base for a dial indicator, you have the makings for a handy task light on any steel or cast-iron machine surface. I attached a little mending…

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how to pour from center spouts

THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTS Michael Dresdner is a nationally known finishing expert and the author of The New Wood Finishing Book. Sandor Nagyszalanczy is a writer/photographer of several woodworking books and a frequent contributor to Woodworker’s Journal. Kathy Hoelscher is director of research and development at Gorilla Glue. Contact us by writing to “Q&A,” Woodworker’s Journal, 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, MN 55340, by faxing us at (763) 478-8396 or by emailing us at: QandA@woodworkersjournal.com Please include your home address, phone number and email address (if you have one) with your question. Q Your suggestions for pouring “glug-free” in the December 2014 Finishing Thoughts are great. As a somewhat handicapped woodworker, I must admit that I’ve been doing as suggested for years. But, since manufacturers have started placing the cap in the center of their quart containers, there…

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you got it down cold

What’s This? Rick Kerns of St. Joseph, Missouri, found this thing in a box of hand tools. When he pulls out the pin, it hinges open about half an inch. Do you know what it is? Send your answer to stumpers@woodworkersjournal.com or write to “Stumpers,” Woodworker’s Journal, 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, MN 55340 for a chance to win a prize! After looking at the mystery tool that Le Volberding of Dayton, Nevada, submitted, James Stolz of Springdale, Arkansas, was one of those who told us the December 2014 tool “is an ice scraper.” “It is pushed across a block of ice, and the tines dig up small pieces of ice,” explained Lonny Moore of Denver, Colorado. Mike Bishop of Bakersfield, California, said, “The guides on the sides help gauge the chip size,” while Ron…

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civil war-era mill still going strong

Oval Frames a Specialty In 1864, German immigrant brothers Charles and Frederick Schwamb bought a spice mill in Arlington, Massachusetts, which they converted into a woodworking factory where they began making oval picture frames. Now, 150 years later, it is still making oval wooden frames — using the original templates and machines, including four unique, pulley-driven elliptical faceplate lathes. Oval picture frames were in fashion in the 1860s, and the combination of the Civil War and the development of photography created a demand for family images of loved ones who were leaving for the war, perhaps never to return. The Schwamb brothers may have gained some experience with this type of frame while working in a piano manufacturing company with five out of six of their brothers, who had also immigrated to…

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