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Woodworker's JournalWoodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal June 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.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rockler Press, Inc
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6 Issues

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woodworkersjournal.com

It’s cool to see how many subscribers take advantage of the Premium Content section of WoodworkersJournal.com. If you haven’t been there yet, then you should check it out now. We just added two full-length DVDs, Step-by-Step to a Perfect Finish and Getting Started in Woodturning, to the Premium Video library. Each DVD normally costs $29.99 in stores, but you can view them both online for FREE, just for being a subscriber! To view these videos, click on the Premium Videos tab located in the drop down menu under the Video heading. You’ll also need to log in to verify that you’re a current subscriber. Use your account number to log in — you can find it just above your address on the mailing label that’s stuck to the cover of every issue.…

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from the ground up

I WILL BE BUILDING A NEW SHOP SOON ... The bad news is that I am currently without a dedicated shop space, something that has not been true for a very long time. The good news is that I will get the chance to design and construct a woodshop from scratch over the next year. Now, I have a lot of ideas as to what I want to do with this new space ... some are must-haves and some depend on whether I win the lottery or not. Even so, I thought it would be a good idea to solicit advice from folks who have been through this experience — namely, some of you who are reading this right now. If you’ve built your own shop, what worked and what didn’t? For…

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tips for saving shop dollars

Sponsored By GENERAL Two-bearing Flush Trimming While making a cutting board with a router template, I intended to use a bearing-guided flush trim bit. The amount of wood I had to remove from the workpiece next to the template was excessive for one pass. So, I exchanged the bit’s original bearing with a larger diameter bearing. This allowed me to “rough cut” with the first pass to remove a more reasonable amount of material. Then I switched back to the bearing that matched the bit’s diameter and trimmed the board flush to the template with a second pass. Mel Johansen Glendale, Arizona Old Tubes, New Wraps I cut up old inner tubes into cross sections that make handy, stretchable wraps for power tool cords and lengths of rope. Both bicycle and motorcycle inner tubes of various…

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circ saw motor placement: taking sides

Q I have finally set up my workshop, now that I am retired, and have recently purchased some batteryoperated power tools. One thing that I have noticed, and don’t understand, concerns circular saws. With corded circular saws I’ve noticed that the motor seems to be on the left hand side of the saw, and (being right-handed) I have to lean over the saw to see where the cut is going to be. I could learn to use my left hand to move the saw along, and I’ve tried, but I have made a lot of kindling that way. After I received my battery-operated circular saw, I noticed that the motor was on the right-hand side of the saw, which allowed me to view the cut safely. Do the manufacturers have a…

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get set for this tool

What’s This? Bill Nedelka of Wilmington, New York, found this item at a garage sale. 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! The mystery tool from our February issue was submitted by Doug Clyde of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who was following a tradition of gifting his brother with unique items — in this case, so unique that he couldn’t figure out what it was. That wasn’t a problem for other Stumpers readers. It is a Gillmore Apparatus. “It is used in the cement industry’s laboratories when testing Portland cement, masonry cement, hydraulic hydrated lime and certain mortars,” said Rich Baker of Jackson, Missouri, who has worked at a cement plant for…

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an 18th century focus

Jeffrey S. Roberts Receives 2017 Award for 18th Century Furniture It is perhaps not surprising that Jeffrey S. Roberts (jsrobertsfurniture.com) received the 2017 Cartouche award from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (www.sapfm.org), an annual award given to recognize excellence in period furniture making. According to Jeff, “I really think the 18th century furniture makers were at a point where furniture designs were really evolved. They got the lines and proportions just right. “There’s some awesome new stuff, but the traditional stuff can’t be beat. I don’t think we ever really match what they did back then.” Complex Pieces You can see that influence, including his particular fondness for the Newport style of furniture created by 18th century craftsmen like John Goddard and the Townsends, in his own work. He doesn’t shy away from larger,…

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