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Woodworker's Journal December 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.

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

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woodworkersjournal.com

I have exciting news! As a subscriber to Woodworker’s Journal, in addition to the magazine, you’ll soon have free access to every past issue of the magazine. It’s true! As a special new benefit for you and your fellow subscribers, we’re giving you exclusive access to every plan and article printed from 1977 up to the most recent — plus new subscriber-only videos, articles and plans! It will all be available to you on www.woodworkersjournal.com!Starting in January, all you’ll have to do to open your exclusive premium content is identify yourself as a current Woodworker’s Journal subscriber. The easiest way to do that will be with your account number. You can find your account number just above your address on the mailing label that’s stuck to the cover of every…

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it’s more for you

We are giving you all the stories!Perhaps you’ve heard of this amazing new thing ... it’s called the Internet. And, while I am not an expert, I have it on good authority that it is pretty cool and it’s here to stay.All kidding aside, the Woodworker’s Journal has been an industry leader on the Internet for many years now with our award-winning eZine and our newly revamped and mobile-responsive website. But one thing I can tell you about the web is that it is always changing, and to stay relevant you need to embrace that change and move forward with the times.With that as our motivation, I am happy to announce a new benefit just for our print magazine subscribers. Starting in January 2016, print subscribers will have exclusive access…

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solutions for filling holes and gaps

Foam Backer Rod Keeps Holes Finish-freeOften it makes sense to prefinish parts before assembly, but how do you keep wet finish out of dowel or shelf-pin holes? Here’s what I do. I cut short pieces of foam backer rod that’s sold at hardware stores for filling gaps behind caulk. Its form-filling resiliency plugs the holes nicely. Use a rod diameter slightly larger than the holes you’re covering. Apply finish, then remove the plugs before it dries.John Cusimano Lansdale, PennsylvaniaQuick Shop Vac SwitchIf you get tired of walking back and forth between your saw or other stationary tools to turn the shop vac on and off for dust collection, try this: clamp a power strip within easy reach of the tool you’re using. Then plug your shop vac into it, and…

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looking for direction

Does it matter which direction you install your sanding belt? Short answer: sometimes yes, sometimes no.THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTSDave Mansfield is marketing manager at Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America, manufacturers of Norton Abrasives.Chris Marshall is senior editor of Woodworker’s Journal and author of several books on woodworking.Joanna Werch Takes is editor of Woodworker’s Journal.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 I’ve had three different sanders over the years, with the belts labeled with an arrow indicating direction of rotation, and I’ve not had any problems with the belts. Usually they will wear out. But lately the…

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a few mop up

What’s This?Henry Dechief of Chilliwack, British Columbia, bought this mystery at a garage sale. 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!Woodworker’s Journal editor Joanna Werch Takes compiles each issue’s Stumpers responses — and reads every one.Some thought the August mystery tool submitted by Mark Patrick of Ionia, Michigan, sparked memories, like this from Geno Beniek of Rice, Minnesota: “I recognize the gear configuration from the hours I spent as a kid turning the crank on a sausage stuffer.” Or, from Louis C. Luersen of Granbury, Texas: “My grandmother used hers to knead bread.”Some had other ideas. “I believe the item is for making rope,” said Tim Bowen…

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on with the show

Dale Smith (shown in the inset photo above) won Best of Show for his “Google Locomotive.” His “Solid Football” was another entry in the show.Adventures in Wood at Indianapolis Rockler StoreThe crowd at this year’s Adventures in Wood Contest at the Rockler Woodworking and Hardware store in Indianapolis, Indiana, was pretty typical of woodworking folks! I say this as a very good thing. Everyone was friendly, interested in what other people made and a little competitive, too.The projects ranged in style, as did the competitive categories. There were 30 participants (up from 19 from last year) competing for seven awards. The projects were divided into three categories: furniture, turning/miscellaneous and boxes. For each of those categories one could win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Plus, one lucky winner was awarded…

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