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Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal December 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.

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

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1 min.
woodworkersjournal.com

Yikes, it’s already November! For many of us, that means it’s time to decide if we will be making any gifts. (Okay, of course we are …) Nothing beats the feeling of giving someone you care about a gift that you made. But making those gifts can be a big time commitment. We can’t make your gifts for you, but we have included several great project ideas in this issue that won’t take long to build. You can find many more by going to www.woodworkersjournal.com/category/gift-project-plans/ to browse through more than 50 of our favorite plans. So get busy. And if you have time, take a photo or two of what you have decided to build and send them in. I can’t wait to see what you build next!…

6 min.
letters

AND GIFT BUILDING IS IN FULL SWING! When I say that the heat is on, I’m speaking in a literal sense. My new woodworking space now has a heater. Here in Minnesota, if you don’t have a heated woodworking space, you likely are not doing much woodworking during the approximately eight winter months of the frozen North. Which means for a world-class procrastinator like myself, holiday gift building could be a real conundrum if my workshop was not warm. But thankfully that problem is now a thing of the past. So my gift-making efforts are in full swing. This year, I am focusing on turning doodads and making chopsticks (not a typo), as after 40 years or so of making Christmas presents, I have really run out the string of ideas. But…

3 min.
tricks of the trade

Simple Trammel from Scrap A trammel is invaluable for drawing big circles, but you don’t need to buy one. I made mine from a long scrap piece with a screw drilled through one end to serve as a pivot point. A small scrap block, shown above, holds the pencil. Just drill a hole through the block to fit your pencil diameter, and locate this hole so it extends about 1/16" off the edge of the block. This way, when the pencil is installed and the block is clamped to the trammel arm, friction holds the pencil in place. Richard Rigling West Chester, Ohio Vinegar as a Glue Rejuvenator and More White vinegar isn’t just good for marinades and salads. It has a couple of handy shop uses, too! Add a few drops to a…

5 min.
questions & answers

Q After reading the August Tool Tutorial article on benchtop sanders, I’m wondering if there’s any task a disc sander can do (or does significantly better) that a belt sander can’t? Like many, I have a small shop and shop budget. I have been eyeing the spindle/belt sander combo sander for awhile because I believe it will give me everything I need. But, will I then still want to buy a disc sander later because the belt sander is lacking in a certain area? Sean Johnson Imperial Beach, California A In terms of workpiece control, a disc sander slightly tips the scales for me over a spindle/belt sander. Since the disc rotates down into the table, you’re never working against the rotational force of the spinning abrasive like you often must do…

2 min.
lopping the loaf

Plenty of guesses to our August Stumpers tool nipped in, but they did leave us in a bit of a pinch. Matthew Reid of Needham, Massachusetts, offered, “The item in the August issue is a set of sugar nippers. Sugar used to come in cones or ‘loafs’ (hence sugarloaf mountain). These would allow you to remove what you needed from the hard mass.” Having no idea that sugar needed to be nipped, we were also impressed by a completely different possibility posited by Clarence V. Wolf of Sterling, Illinois: “This is a device used to lead a bull by the nose. The top curved pieces would go on either side of the septum. When the small hinged yoke on the bottom arms is clamped together, it locks the top curved arms…

1 min.
shop talk

Under a “Wizard of Oz” theme, more than 300 California woodworkers competed for accolades and prize honors in the 38th annual Design in Wood show, held this past summer at the San Diego County Fair. Hosted by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association (SDFWA), the event offered awards in 26 classes, with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and Honorable Mentions awarded in each class. Woodworker’s Journal donated the Excellence in Design Award, which went to Luis Guerra of Topanga, California, for the “Director’s Chair” shown at left. In addition to the display of fine woodworking, SDFWA also provided five demonstration booths and built more than 50 chairs with hand tools that were donated to various non-profits around southern California. Entry information for the 2020 show will be posted soon under the…