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Woodworker's JournalWoodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal February 2017

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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hey, what’s up?

YOUR OPINION IS VALUABLE. JUST ASK US!One thing I really like about our online newsletter (www.woodworkersjournal.com/ezine) is that when I ask a question of our readers, I get responses right away. (And I do mean “right away”!) It is pretty awesome. When it comes to this print magazine, we love to hear from you as well. Clearly, as evidenced by the letters below, we think your opinions are important to your fellow readers, too. But there are a few places in the magazine where we really put our money (or maybe some tools or other woodworking products) where our mouth is. Our Trivia department, Tricks of the Trade, Questions & Answers and Stumpers all have tool giveaway opportunities for those who take the time to send in their thoughts. How…

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sharp tips: cutting, squaring, clamping

Foamboard Pencil CorralI used to lose my pencils around the shop constantly, and I could never seem to find a sharp one. That all changed when I glued together a couple of small pieces of rigid foam insulation board left over from another project and stabbed my pencils into it. I’ve got this “corral” stuck to my workbench with carpet tape. Now, I always know where my pencils are, because I’m putting them back in just one place. And the foam protects the sharp tips.Father ChrysanthosEtna, CaliforniaGrocery Bag Helps Keep Finish FreshI hate it when finish dries out in the can, so here’s a way you can keep it from happening. First, clean wet or dried finish out of the rim of the can, then take a disposable plastic grocery…

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get professional results with precision tools and jigs

Use Deluxe Doweling Jig Kit by General Tools for Professional ResultsGeneral Tools is the recognized leader in the design and development of precision specialty tools, committed to innovation and dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service.We’re proud to provide Professional Tradesmen, Craftsmen and DIYers a broad range of affordable, specific-purpose mechani - cal hand tools and precision measuring and inspection tools.In addition to our standard payment (below), Erwin Nistler of Maple Plain, Minnesota, will also receive a General Tools ToolSmart Moisture Meter, Digital Angle Finder and Laser Distance Measurer for being selected as the “Pick of the Tricks” winner. We pay from $100 to $200 for all tricks used. To join in the fun, send us your original, unpublished trick. Please include a photo or drawing if necessary. For your chance…

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left loose? saw handles’ history

THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTSErnie Conover is the Woodworker’s Journal woodturning columnist. He is the author of The Lathe Book and The Frugal Woodturner.Jim Frey is a product training specialist for Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.Michael Dresdner is a nationally known finishing expert and author of The New Wood Finishing Book.Contact usby writing to “Q&A,” Woodworker’s Journal, 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, MN 55340, by faxing us at (763) 478-8396or by emailing us at:QandA@woodworkersjournal.comPlease include your home address, phone number and email address (if you have one) with your question.QWhen handsaws came with wooden handles, they were sold in the store with the handles able to move in relation to the saw blade, even when the fasteners were tight. I always thought this was to help relieve or lessen wrist fatigue. But now, having…

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curled up

What’s This?Doug Clyde of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has an annual tradition of finding unique gifts for his brother. This one is so unique, he can’t figure out what it is. Do you know? 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.This mystery tool turned out to be a home beauty aid, rather than something you’d find in the woodshop.In our October 2016 issue, Travis Glassner of Berlin, Pennsylvania, wondered if anyone could identify an object he found in a drawer of his parents’ home.Phil Brinkley of Clark, Colorado, noted that, “This device appears to be used to wrap something…

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rhode island furniture and its impact

Yale Art PhotoYale Art PhotoAn almost identical piece to this Chippendale desk and bookcase sold for over $12 million at auction. Both are attributed to Daniel Spencer of Providence. RIF3601This past fall, I attended a symposium that kicked off an exciting exhibit at Yale University’s Art Gallery: Art and Industry in Early America, Rhode Island Furniture 1650 to 1830.The question that I am sure you’re asking is: Why is Rhode Island furniture from the 1600s relevant today?One reason is economic: In 1989, a Chippendale desk and bookcase with an attribution indicating it was built by Daniel Spencer of Providence sold at Christie’s Auction House for $12.1 million. This had further repercussions: the Kindel Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, makes a line of reproduction furniture, including a similar desk and…

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