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Woodworker's Journal Jul/Aug 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.

United States
Rockler Press, Inc
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6 Issues


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I think you’re holding out on us. Many of you have been sharing your favorite projects with us online, but I know there are far more that we haven’t seen yet. Your work inspires both us and your fellow woodworkers, so we’d love to see more of it. We publish and share as many readers’ projects as we can, whether in the Woodworker’s Journal eZine or on our social media channels.Here are the best ways to share the photos of your project:1. Upload to Reader’s Project Gallery at this link: Post in the Visitor Posts section on our Facebook page by going here: Post on Instagram and tag us in the description by including our username, @woodworkersjournalCan’t wait to see what you build next!On another note: this year’s…

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are you feeling the buzz?

Reader Dave Hebert made the carvings on this humidor with a CNC.(Digital image courtesy of Ale-ks/’VE GOT A SWEET OUTDOOR PROJECT.Over the years, we’ve published some really interesting outdoor-focused woodworking projects. A bat house, fishing net, birdhouses, an outdoor shower, fishing lures, canoe paddles ... you get the idea. It has long been my opinion that woodworkers don’t stop woodworking in the summer — they just move outside. Last issue, we featured an Adirondack chair, but this issue we’re using woodworking skills to possibly sweeten up your life and maybe even help save the environment. Working with the folks from BackYard-Hive (, we’re publishing an easy-to-build and easy-to-use beehive — designed for backyards from urban centers to the suburbs and beyond.Bees, and pollinators in general, have been having a rough…

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simple tricks with free sticks

Sponsored ByJust What the Doctor Didn’t OrderRecently my wife was cleaning out a closet and came across a box of tongue depressors she was going to throw away. Instead, I recycled them for shop use. I use them all the time now for mixing and spreading putties and epoxy, and they’re perfect for stirring those little half-pint cans of stain for small projects.Sterling AcheeBiloxi, MississippiCoffee to Go, with Free Glue ApplicatorsTypical glue brushes are too soft for spreading glue onto the walls of mortises, and they can be hard to squeeze into tight spaces. Scrap wood applicators work better, and here’s where you can get them for free. The next time you buy a hot beverage, save the wooden stir stick for glue-ups instead of immediately throwing it away. Wash…

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compressor care

THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTSErnie Conover is the Woodworker’s Journal woodturning columnist. His Hand Plane video series is available in the Premium content section of our website at Shumate is a product manager for SENCO.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: Please include your home address, phone number and email address (if you have one) with your question.Q While cleaning my shop, I happened to look at the tag on my air compressor and its construction date was 1994. I’ve always drained it after use and there are no outward signs of rust, but I’m a little concerned about its age. Are there any rule of thumb type thoughts on when a…

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still a mystery

What’s This?Ben Cowling of Roca, Nebraska, displays this tool in his living room, but that’s not where it was used. Do you know what it is? Send your answer to 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.“Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?” Probably not … but no other good IDs for the tool found in Scotland have come through.It seems Stumpers readers are really slowing down on your game! For the second time in a row, we do not have a positive ID on a mystery tool. Back in the April issue, Bob Frederick…

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the “arts of war”

Rear ViewThis helmet from the North American Northwest Coast was carved from a single block of dense wood. It represents a killer whale and was fitted over a fur liner for comfort.Side ViewThe binding on this painted shield from Papua New Guinea is made with cane. Shields from this region were used both ceremoniously and in war.The painted wooden shield at left is from the coastal people of Papua New Guinea, who had a great variety of shield designs and shapes.Every woodworker knows that each project has its own requirements. Making a rough box for a barn is very different from making an altar for a grand church. Currently an excellent exhibit at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University is exploring design decisions involved in fashioning weapons. There are over…