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Woodworker's Journal June 2015

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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I’m sure you’ve noticed that just about every project and many of our other articles includes our More on the Web icon. It’s our way of saying that you can learn a lot more about that project or story on — and it’s often in the form of a video!If you haven’t checked out the video gallery at, then you are missing out. Our video gallery page includes videos featuring tips, skills, product previews and interviews. Even if you’re not planning to build the project, the More on the Web video associated with that project will likely teach you a skill you can use on other projects.So do yourself a favor and take a look at our video gallery page. To get there, just click the “Videos” tab…

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projects from many paths

WOODWORKING ON THE EDGESIn my opinion, woodworking is the most versatile of crafts. Consider the projects in this issue, for example. We’ve employed woodworking skills to create a gorgeous bathroom vanity from a waney-edged slab of solid redwood (harvested sustainably from an old stump) and bendable plywood. I suppose you could call it home improvement, but you’ll see it is some sweet woodworking from start to finish. We also teach you how to make a canoe paddle from scratch — a perfect summer project, and one that I intend to do in my shop. (Think of it as your hobby, helping out your other hobby.) And, towards the end of the magazine in our Small Shop Journal article, Kimberly McNeelan shows how to build a sturdy, yet stylish, bar stool…

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tricks to help do more with less

Grinding Compound Loosens Tough ThreadsHere’s a trick for loosening up hard-to-turn or rusty threads on your tools. Apply a small amount of valve grinding compound, available at auto parts stores, to the threads. Cycle the threads back and forth through their travel until they operate smoothly, then remove the abrasive grit with solvent. Coat the threads with dry lubricant or wax to keep them working properly.John CrawfordWest Fork, ArkansasTape-and-cut for Same-length PartsWhen I was building your Small Shop Journal “Stickley-inspired Bookcase” (February 2013) recently, the plan called for six accent stiles to be cut to the same length. I didn’t have a stop block setup long enough to do it, so here was my solution. I cut the stiles overly long and taped them together tightly. Then, I trimmed one…

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where can you send your saw blade?

THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTSJoanna Werch Takes is editor of Woodworker’s Journal.Ian Kirby is the host of the Way to Woodwork DVD series, available through the store at Marshall is senior editor of Woodworker’s Journal and author of several books on woodworking.Contact usby 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.(Digital image courtesy of smikeymikey1/ your furniture live in fear of the dry rot fungus? Our expert shines a light on that question. (Digital image courtesy of smslphotography/ I have tried four or five different table saw blades before I settled on a general purpose Freud Fusion Blade for…

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a tool to transfer

What’s This?This mystery tool comes from Ron Christensen of Jacksonville, Florida. 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.Marv Thompson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, didn’t know what the mystery tool from William Rosevear of Spokane, Washington, in our February issue was, but he could see possibilities: “I am going to make one. It would be perfect for finding the centers of the faceplate on a router.”Mark Morris of Coupeville, Washington, didn’t know what it was called, “but I saw my dad use one when I was a youngster. He used it to draw…

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international contest

The sculptures completed by Betty Scarpino and others will remain in a museum in Dongyang, China.Betty used a chainsaw for initial shaping and an angle grinder with a Saburr Tooth disc to add details to her sculpture. (Photo Courtesy of Martin Bill)Carving in ChinaI had just three months to get in shape for eight days of intense woodcarving in China. I was out of shape and practice because I had primarly been editing American Woodturner for the last six years instead of working in my shop. I accepted the challenge in July and jumped full swing into biking, weightlifting and yard work to build strength and carving on a large sculpture to reestablish woodworking skills. As my plane lifted off in October, I felt strong and ready for the upcoming…