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Woodworker's Journal February 2016

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

IN THIS ISSUE

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woodworkersjournal.com

NOT AGAIN! Woodworkersjournal.com is changing again? It’s only been a year since we updated to a new design that ever yone really likes. Why would we change something that’s working? Maybe change is the wrong word — we’re adding — adding a lot more to the site for our magazine subscribers. What do I mean by “a lot more”? I mean every past issue of the magazine. Every issue! Every plan, technique, tip and article printed from 1977 up to the most recent. Plus, more new videos, articles and plans! Everything that’s on the site now will still be available for anyone to view, but there will be “a lot more” for you, the magazine subscribers. Wait a minute; in this case, change is good! Keep an eye on our site. Premium…

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you’re a tough crowd!

If you can remember back to our September/October 2015 issue, you might recall that I built a slab topped table and proposed three different leg options to complete the table. Then, we gave you an option of going online and voting for which style of legs you thought best suited the top ... aesthetically, practically — whatever you decided. So now that the votes have been totaled and the results registered with a top 5 accounting company, which style of legs did you prefer? Um, none of them, really. It seems that you were totally underwhelmed with the suggestions I created. And while several of you wrote to explain what sort of legs you thought would have been better (see the letters that follow this editorial), we did get a…

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tricks for stuck nozzles and drips

Sponsored By Quick Way to Pop the Top I used to reach for a screwdriver to pry up the nozzle of my glue bottle when it would get stuck — but there’s an easier way to do it. On Titebond® bottles, a 9/16" wrench fits under the nozzle’s flared edges perfectly. Then lever the wrench down to pop up the top. Works great! John Crouse Wolcott, New York Zero-clearance Insert for Plywood Cutting Sheet goods are too bulky to lift onto my table saw, so I prefer to use my cordless circular saw. Trouble was, the tearout was awful. I installed a $6 plywood cutting blade (100-tooth), then stuck a hardboard sub-base to the underside of the saw’s base with carpet tape. With the saw immobilized, I plunge-cut down through the hardboard to create a zero-clerarance…

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how dry should slab lumber be?

THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTS Rob Johnstone is the publisher of Woodworker’s Journal. Michael Dresdner is a nationally known finishing expert and author of The New Wood Finishing Book. 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 My husband and I enjoy your magazine. About a month ago, we were lucky to secure three large slabs from a very large sequoia. We have them drying in our garage. We had planned to make them into tabletops and were pleased to read your “Slab Top Table” article in the October 2015 issue. Question not addressed in your…

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laying it on the line

What’s This? Joe Mollo of Brackney, Pennsylvania, found this tool in his father-in-law’s garage after his passing. Neither Joe nor the oldest woodworker he knows can identify it. 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. Several readers could identify the mystery tool from October 2015, submitted by John Wahlmeier of San Manuel, Arizona — including Donald Dingman of Wheatland, Wyoming, who said, “I worked as a lineman 60 years ago for the R.E.A. in Minnesota.” That’s the Rural Electrification Administration. Another former lineman (out of many who responded), Herbert Hageman of Decorah, Iowa, identified the…

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a chair grows in england

Furniture Forest British furniture designer Gavin Munro has studied the process of controlled tree growth and the behavior of groves of pruned trees (“coppices” in British English), and has taken it all several steps further. In a 2½-acre field in Derbyshire, England, he planted around 3,000 young trees. After eight years working on guided growth, he plans a harvest in 2016 of ready-grown furniture. You might call it “creative arboriculture” or maybe “living sculpture.” The art involves guiding young tree development using cables or frameworks and using precise techniques of pruning and grafting. What could be seen as eccentric is, in fact, detailed and documented experimentation. Gavin is supported by the European Union’s Climate KIC, which subsidizes new sustainable businesses that could reduce carbon emissions in manufacturing. This green aspect is one of…

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