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Woodworker's Journal Mar/Apr 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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We know our subscribers can never get enough woodworking content, but we’re still going to try. Every subscriber can now get a lot more on! You can access every past issue of Woodworker’s Journal from 1977 up to the most recent — PLUS, view articles, plans and new videos, including a brand-new 14-part video series from Ernie Conover that covers everything you need to know about hand planes. It’s available to you, our print and digital-edition subscribers, right now!Accessing this exclusive content is easy. All you have to do is verify that you’re a current subscriber. The easiest way to do that is to log in to the site with your account number. You can find your account number just above your address on the mailing label that’s stuck…

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tell us what you think

Rex Kinder turned out several Keepsake Boxes.THREE NEW EDITORIAL OFFERINGS ...As this is our second issue in 2016, I thought I would take a moment and ask you what you think of our editorial additions. As you likely noticed, we replaced our recurring Small Shop Journal project article with Weekend Projects. The idea, as the title suggests, is to offer solid woodworking projects that most folks can knock out in a weekend. Nothing fancy, just practical, bread-and-butter projects that are fun to build. The next addition is a twopage Technology and Woodworking department. In it, we will make sure you know about the high-tech offerings that your peers are using, and do our best to demystify the subject. Technology in the shop can be controversial, and while no one I…

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tricks for caps, compressors and cleanup

Sponsored ByBit Splits It EvenlyNeed to scribe a line down the center of a thin piece of stock? If it’s a typical thickness (1/4", 5/16", 3/8", etc.), here’s a simple way. Lay the stock on a flat surface and use a brad-point bit with a diameter that matches the stock as a scribing gauge. Lay the bit next to the wood, and drag the bit’s tip along the edge or end to mark your scribe line. A quality bit will leave a perfectly centered line.Paul GuncheonWahiawa, HawaiiHandy Compressor ToteMy air compressor has become too heavy for me to lift and carry easily, so I made this tote from 2x scrap that fits my two-wheel dolly. It attaches with two U-bolts and wingnuts to the dolly’s upright tubes, so I can…

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where, oh where does the vise go?

Lefty? Righty? Is there a “right” position where you should place the vise when you build a workbench?THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTSChris Marshall is senior editor of Woodworker’s Journal and author of several woodworking books.Mike Gulley is product manager at Mirka USA.Michael Dresdner is a nationally known finishing expert and the 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) 478-8396 or by emailing us at: QandA@woodworkersjournal.comPlease include your home address, phone number and email address (if you have one) with your question.A vise mounted on the left keeps a right-handed woodworker’s arm in line with the wood when hand planing.Q I’m getting ready to build a workbench for my woodworking hobby and was wondering if there…

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gone to the dogs

Donny Pattullo of Newburyport, Massachusetts, uses this tool on his Portugese water dog, Otis (but not on daughter Millie).What’s This?Bob Frederick of Beverly Hills, Florida, found this mystery tool in a 200-yearold mansion in Carrutherstown, Scotland. 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.In response to the December 2015 mystery tool submitted by Henry Dechief of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Christopher Hodgkin of Friday Harbor, Washington, posed the question: “What, none of your staff owns a dog?”Mea culpa.With names like “matting rake” (Gene Fisk, Cedar Rapids, Iowa), “mat splitter” (Angie Ruszel, Waukegan, Illinois), “dematting comb”…

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seasonal celebration:

In the past year, Rockler has opened two new retail locations. This one is in Altamonte Springs, Florida.Getting hands-on with woodworking and products is important to Rockler and its customers.Rockler Stores Recognize National Woodworking MonthThis April, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is among those celebrating National Woodworking Month. As part of the celebration, “make-and-takes” will be offered at all of the company’s retail stores. While the connection to National Woodworking Month is a natural for the woodworking-focused, family-owned company, there is more at work here than simple self-promotion.“It’s our hope that woodworkers around the country will be inspired to use National Woodworking Month as a reason to teach a child or neighbor how to do basic woodworking,” said Scott Ekman, Rockler vice president of marketing.Rockler ExpandsIn the past two years, Rockler…