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Woodworker's JournalWoodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal February 2014

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rockler Press, Inc
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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letters

It’s Another New Year ...AND WOODWORKING IS ALIVE AND WELL! It’s mid-October as I write this, but you’re laying eyes on it as 2014 begins to unfold (Happy New Year!). Every year at about this time I hear a similar theory from the tea leaf readers and palmists among us: “Woodworking,” they caution, “is a dying craft.” And every year I look up from the sawdust in my shop, spend some time reading the praises and criticisms in our Letters column, the great questions in our Q&A department and the clever theories in our Stumpers column and wonder ... who in the world can believe this is anything other than a vibrant, active hobby full of fun-loving folks who keep their minds and tools sharp with a little help from…

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tricks of the trade

Finishing and Finicky FastenersKitchen Accessory Makesfor a Quick Finish MixerAfter my wife’s kitchen mixer ran its course and was too expensive to repair, I saved one of the beaters. Now I use it chucked in my drill to mix all of my gel stains, plus water-and oil-based paints. It really saves me lots of time and effort over mixing them by hand with a stir stick — just make sure you don’t remove the mixer while the motor is still running!Ernest Guerra, Jr. San Antonio, TexasThicker Tip with Electrical TapeRecently, my beloved 51¨M2" bench plane fell off the bench, and the handle cracked off at the top so it needed to be replaced. But you have to be careful when removing the soft brass screw that attaches the handle to…

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questions & answers

Upgrades for Tools and Your ShopQ My NiCad batteries, and I have several of them, tend to last for a couple of years. I always treat them right and charge them the way that is dictated in the directions — following all the time and frequency suggestions.What I’d like to know is this: Can I switch over to Li-ion batteries for my drills, etc.? Can Li-ion batteries be used in place of NiCads and if yes, what must be done to accomplish the change?Any positive or negative information would be greatly appreciated so that I can put the thought out of my mind once and for all.John P. Cich Apple Valley, CaliforniaA This is a frequently asked question we hear at Bosch, as NiCad batteries were the industry standard for…

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stumpers

We Got Stumped!This tool, unfortunately, continues to be a mysteryWhen Jim Davis of Reston, Virginia, wrote in about the mystery tool from our October 2013 issue, he was honest about his mercenary approach to guessing its identity (and we appreciate that, Jim): “I have no idea what it is, but put my name in the hat anyway!”Trouble is, no one else had any good ideas about what it was, either. To clarify: there were plenty of ideas about the tool belonging to Steve Hodges of Indiahoma, Oklahoma, but none that we could confirm.For instance, Howard Atamian of Fresno, California, indicated, “My guess for the Stumpers tool is either a parting tool or a tool to clean out the ring grooves in a piston.” Whereas Ron Duecker of Wooster, Ohio, thought…

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shop talk

The World of a Fine Woodwind MakerTim Cranmore makes his living in a small workshop in Worcestershire, England, where he makes wooden recorders for musicians playing Baroque and Renaissance music in pre-18th century style.He studied the instrument to orchestral standards and, 35 years ago, discovered there was a market for making precise replicas. Instead of taking a formal course, Tim, as he put it, “sat in a corner and figured it out for myself.” After examining instruments in museums and a period of trial and error he succeeded, and today he sells instruments worldwide.His workshop is compact and basic. Most tools are handmade or adapted. He has a couple of aged lathes; some heavy-duty drill bits for the bore; small chisels, scalpels and customized knives; scrapers and graded handmade reamers…

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woodturning

Turning a bowl from kiln-dried wood is problematic due to the sparse availability of 4" or thicker planks needed for a decent bowl. And if you do find some, expect to pay $14 or more a board foot. That’s why most turners turn green wood from blanks they chainsaw from freshly fallen logs. Historically, this was the way bowls were turned, so I don’t think our ancestors thought anything of a bowl being oval. That was the way it was supposed to look!Many turners, myself included, keep the tradition alive by turning green wood bowls to final dimension and allowing them to warp oval. If this bothers you, it is only slightly more work to leave your bowl a bit thicker initially and allow it to dry for about three…

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