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Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal June 2019

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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Language:
English
Publisher:
Rockler Press, Inc
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1 min.
woodworkersjournal.com

When is the last time you checked out the Premium Video series on woodworkersjournal.com? We recently added all three volumes of Ian Kirby’s The Way to Woodwork series. That’s 40 episodes of woodworking instruction, covering everything from designing projects to hand-cutting dovetails and using a hand plane. This series is sold as a DVD set for $ 79.99, but it’s available to our subscribers for FREE. You will find these videos, along with several more Premium Video series, by clicking on the Premium Videos button located under the Premium Content tab on our website navigation bar.…

1 min.
woodworkers journal

ROCKLER PRESS THE VOICE OF THE WOODWORKING COMMUNITY JUNE 2019 Volume 43, Number 3 ROB JOHNSTONE Publisher ALYSSA TAUER Associate Publisher JOANNA WERCH TAKES Editor CHRIS MARSHALL Senior Editor JEFF JACOBSON Senior Art Director DAN CARY Senior Content Strategist MATTHEW HOCKING Internet Production Coordinator MARY TZIMOKAS Circulation Director LAURA WHITE Fulfillment Manager Founder and Chairman ANN ROCKLER JACKSON Contributing Editors NORTON ROCKLER ERNIE CONOVER Advertising Sales MARK HAGEN National Sales Representative mhagen@woodworkersjournal.com (312) 286-4926 Fax (763) 478-8396 ROB JOHNSTONE Custom Video Contact rjohnstone@woodworkersjournal.com (763) 478-8255 Editorial Inquiries JOANNA WERCH TAKES jtakes@woodworkersjournal.com…

5 min.
letters

Treats for Tricks WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY, NO KIDDING! Our Tricks of the Trade department continues to be some of the most popular pages in our magazine. “Tricks” has been our number one read department for all of my 20-plus years here at the Journal — and I confess it is a favorite of mine. I am impressed and surprised by the inventiveness of our readers (yup, that means you). And, because I share what we might, with kindness, call a “thrifty” nature, I can get a bit excited by them as well. Some of the ideas are not quite as good as others. The reader who would screw his worn-out tennis shoes to the wall to use as a holster for his drill drivers did not get published. But I…

3 min.
tricks of the trade

Clever Tips for Sticky Situations Free Bundling Aids from the Biffy Rather than throwing away empty toilet paper tubes, consider reusing them to organize bunches of dowels or garden stakes. Slip one tube over each end of what you’re bundling. You can even write the contents on the cardboard if you like. Tracee Imai Wexford, Pennsylvania Glue Brushes Double as Nozzle Cleaners A small tube of silicone sealant is handy for many woodworking and home improvement jobs, but the brand I use doesn’t include a cap for covering the tip of the nozzle when I’m through. Still, I’ve found an easy way of cleaning out the nozzle before the sealant cures inside. I use the tapered, ribbed end of Rockler’s Silicone Mini Glue Brush (item 45495). Pushing the tapered end of the brush up into the…

4 min.
how to make perfect miters?

Q I have an old table saw. I’ve added a Vega rip fence and an Incra miter gauge to it. I’m very happy with the saw and both the fence and miter gauge. However, I frequently cut miters for frames, boxes, etc., and I want the miters to be perfect. I want the 45° mark to be 45 exactly. I have tried to adjust the “0” on the miter gauge numerous times, but I find that when I make an entire frame (all four corners), it’s just not quite perfect. I’ve tried squaring the miter gauge fence with the saw blade. I’ve been careful to make sure the square is not resting on the teeth. I’ve rotated the blade to various positions to recheck the square. I’ve even clamped the…

2 min.
the link’s missing

As predicted by Larry Crum of Appleton, Wisconsin, we got “a lot of correct replies” to the February mystery tool belonging to the son of Robin Porter from Jackson, Michigan. Delton Denzer of Winona, Minnesota, even “helped make them for many years.” Delton called it a “lever lock,” but Leonard Stanski of Plains, Pennsylvania, and others called it “a tire chain hook,” clasp or latch. “The round hook on the top is affixed to the main end of the tire chain,” said Michael Auer of Whitewood, South Dakota. “The lower part slips through a chain link on the other end and swings around counterclockwise,” said George W. Ames of Winthrop, Maine; in the process, noted Rick Leamy of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, you’re “putting tension on the chain.” “The little hook shown towards the bottom…