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Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal February 2013

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
Rockler Press, Inc
6 Issues

in this issue

7 min.

Introducing Our “Small Shop Journal” HERE NOW: SMALL SPACE WOODWORKING! The only thing that remains constant is change. For example, some of our readers tell us they have decided that it is time to downsize their home situation. Less house to clean and keep up, lower utilities, lower taxes, more affordable mortgages ... it’s all good. Except when it comes to our workshops. There, smaller is just a challenge. But the fact is that many woodworkers are figuring out how to work with less. (Truly, small shops have always been a fact of life for many of us.) That’s why I decided to introduce a new regular feature called Small Shop Journal (page 68). Over the coming months, I hope to demonstrate some great woodworking done with modest tools in a small…

3 min.
tricks of the trade

Expanded Uses for Common Shop Tools Safety First Learning how to operate power and hand tools is essential for developing safe woodworking practices. For purposes of clarity, necessary guards have been removed from equipment shown in our magazine. We in no way recommend using this equipment without safety guards and urge readers to strictly follow manufacturers’ instructions and safety precautions. Soft Grips for Wrenches Stamped-steel router wrenches can be uncomfortable to squeeze when loosening a tight collet because of their sharp edges. And, they can nick the plunge rods on a router if the collet suddenly breaks loose. Here’s a way to improve their design: I cover the handles with short pieces of clear vinyl tubing you can buy at a home center. Just warm it up in a microwave or with a heat…

5 min.
questions & answers

More Moving Parts ... THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTS Ernie Conover is the woodturning columnist for Woodworker’s Journal and author of The Lathe Book. A.J. Hamler is a woodworking author, former editor of Woodshop News, and the author of Civil War Woodworking. Chris Marshall is a senior editor of Woodworker’s Journal and author of several books on woodworking. 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 have a Midi Delta lathe that has the reverse feature. Does it help to sand in both directions, e.g., 80-grit forward spinning/80-grit reverse spinning, then 100-grit forward/100 reverse and so on? Should it give a…

2 min.

Easy I.D. for Luthiers What’s This? Len Urban of Rancho Mirage, California, says this thing works. Do you know what it is and what it’s used for? If you do, 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 the mystery tool belonging to the late father of Ed Moss of Statesboro, Georgia, appeared in the October 2012 Stumpers, Michael Shaw, Jr. of Philadelphia wrote, “I know this, I know this! Finally, one that I know what it is, for sure!” (He did.) Jerry Bowman of Ringgold, Georgia, meanwhile, thought, “Ed Moss has a one-of-a-kind device, made by a machinist using the ‘stuff’ that was in the shop.” Of course, the statement from Gary Glaze of Elyria,…

4 min.
shop talk

A New Woodworking Superhero Boom! Pow! Tool Saves Superheroes Users of Craftsman Tools now have their very own superhero. Literally. In partnership with DC Entertainment, Craftsman developed a comic book featuring their own new character, “The Technician,” who serves as handyman to the Justice League DC Comics characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and The Flash. Attendees of the fall 2012 New York Comic Con convention received hard copies of the comic book, while the full digital comic is available, for free, either at CraftsmanComic.com or via the DC Comics app. The storyline is a promotion for Craftsman’s new Bolt-On tool system. The base kit for the system is a tool base, 20-volt lithium-ion battery, drill/driver attachment and QuickBoost® battery charger; the kit price is $119.99. Tool base attachments that let you use the system…

6 min.

Four-Jaw Scroll Chucks A chuck is anything that holds work in the lathe, so a drive center, a live center or a faceplate are all chucks — and most lathes come with this useful trio. Simple spindle turning needs only the aforementioned drive and live center; however, they are insufficient for hollowing in spindle orientation. While it is possible to turn a bowl by just screwing a piece of wood to a faceplate, turning the outside of the bowl is awkward, and much depth in the finished vessel is lost to the screws. A glue block can overcome this problem. Still, a self-closing chuck is alluring because it offers no-hassle, vice-like grabbing of anything you want to turn. At least, that is the advertising claim. This is all to say that what…