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Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Dec-12

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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English
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Rockler Press, Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
folding chair fan club!

SOMETIMES I COULD BE LESS WRONG ... It happens to all of us: we find out that we are not as clever or as smart as we think we are. For some of us, like yours truly, more than for others. (As I said to my wife from time to time, “I could have been ‘more right’ about that ...”) I bring this up regarding my opinion of the Civil War Officer’s Chair project that we featured in the August 2012 issue. To be frank, I did not have a particularly high opinion of the project when it was first proposed. In fact, A.J. Hamler pitched it to me at least a couple of times (more?) ... and I was just not enthusiastic. But A.J. is persistent and, finally, I relented,…

3 min.
repurposed items have new shop uses

Golf Tee Inlet Plugs In your “Nail Gun Cabinet” project (June 2012), I noticed that the nail guns pictured didn’t have caps to cover the air inlet holes. Those little rubber or plastic caps that come with the guns are easy to lose, so I thought I’d offer my economical solution. For years, I’ve used golf tees to plug the inlets of my nailers. It keeps dust out of the airway and prolongs the life of the inner seals. Just push them in until the tapered head seats in the hole. Will Foster Washington Island, Wisconsin Roller Turns Featherboard into Ripping Jig If you have a wood featherboard that locks in a miter slot, you can easily turn it into a handy jig for ripping thin strips to equal size. All it takes is a…

6 min.
how many horses?

Q Recently, I purchased a new 3hp router. It works great and I have been truly pleased with it. Then the other day, I saw a quote from your editor in chief, saying that it’s impossible to get a motor that delivers a true 3hp on 120-volt household current. Did I get cheated on my router (is it not really 3hp), or is your editor in chief off base? Bobby Joe Fayne Gadsden, Alabama A Oh, boy … horsepower in electric motors, always a fun topic. The first thing to determine is that we are talking about two different types of motors. Your router is powered by what is known as a universal electric motor. They are commonly used in routers, cordless drills, Dremel-type rotary tools, etc., and they can generate really high…

2 min.
mystery solved

In our August issue, we showed you a mystery tool that Larry Hartford of Bonner Springs, Kansas, had picked up at an estate sale. “I’m betting that the estate sale was a farm?” asked Neil Brallier of Arvada, Colorado. In fact, said Lyle Little of Galva, Illinois, “If you look through any old barn, you will find a set of these hanging somewhere.” So, what is it? Despite the flippant response from Les Hastings of Wichita, Kansas, that it’s an “antique wall anchor,” we’re going with someone with a bit more credibility. “I am a veterinarian,” said Mark Hughes of Grand Island, Nebraska, “and this appears to be a small dehorning tool.” “From its size,” guessed Ed Ledford of LaFayette, Georgia, “I would think it would be used for goats.” Jack Ukele…

2 min.
"ridiculously difficult” creations

Showstoppers Learn by “Making Stuff” When Jeremy Grubb starts a woodworking project, “I’m normally just trying to push out a showstopper,” he said. One recent example is a wall-mounted camellia flower. Jeremy’s client saw the idea elsewhere but told him, “I know you could do something better.” Jeremy’s building process was to transfer his drawing of the flower to white mahogany wood, take a piece to the band saw, and cut it to shape. Then he would put a piece on the floor, block it off with plywood, stand on it, “and take an adze to it and start chopping off” (he noted: “I still have all my toes”). The substrate of the flower sculpture is “like a layer cake of Baltic birch, with every petal doweled into it, and set with hide glue,”…

3 min.
freud tool’s amazing carbide plant

This past spring, I visited Martignacco, Italy — and the carbide manufacturing plant belonging to Freud Tools, a leading manufacturer of carbide saw blades, router bits and shaper cutters. Few tool companies actually make their own carbide: it’s a process which requires state-of-the art metallurgical science and specialized (and expensive!) machinery. I learned from the technical plant manager that the process starts with the combination of raw metallic powders — carbide, cobalt, tungsten, titanium, etc. Specific mixtures are formulated for each of the 16 grades of carbide that Freud makes. Each mixture is designed to give the carbide a particular balance of hardness and toughness (also impact and wear resistance) that suits a particular type of machining application: a saw blade to rip hardwoods or composite materials; a router bit…