Woodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal November-December 2013

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

in this issue

7 min.
make the perfect gift

NO ... NOT A CUTTING BOARD There is no use trying to hide the fact: I am a changed man. Years ago, as the holiday gift-giving season approached, my countenance fell and my attitude soured. With a meager bank account and a long list of family and friends, gift building often seemed like a tedious harbinger of fall and winter. And, while it would be untruthful to say that I resented the situation, there were definite Scrooge-like moments while burning the midnight oil. But some time in the last 30 years or so, a shift occurred, and now the time that I spend building gifts for those I care about is something I treasure. Which is not to say that paradise is untroubled. Because, when you stop and think about it,…

3 min.
tricks of the trade

Flattening Dowels at the Router Table Lately I’ve wanted to use dowels with a flat edge on them for handles and pulls or as decorative moldings on my projects. But how would I mill that flat edge safely? Here’s one way: at the router table using a parallel bar clamp. Position the dowel inside the clamp so its bottom edge and the bottom faces of the clamp are flush against the router table top. Tighten the dowel in the clamp. Then, use the clamp as a carrier to slide the dowel along the router table fence. Make the cut with a straight bit extending just beyond the fence faces. The dowel must be several inches longer than necessary: you need to leave a round portion on the infeed and outfeed ends…

4 min.
questions & answers

Q: I’ve been reading articles on router tables and routers for a while now. But nowhere did I find whether it is possible (and practical) to mount one of the smaller routers in a table. DeWALT has a compact router that comes with a fixed and a plunge base that I think would be perfect for making bonsai display stands. Or am I beating a dead horse? Wally Glasgow Flowery Branch, Georgia A: Go for it. Not only is it possible to invert DeWALT’s DWP611 Compact Router for use in a router table, but Rockler has already done it with their Trim Router Table (item 43550). The round acrylic insert plate that comes with it is already pre-drilled to accept DeWALT’s fixed baseplate, or mount it to other small routers by marking…

2 min.
up in the air?

Dennis Beadles of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, worked on aircraft in the Marines back in the 1960s, and was one of many readers who could I.D. the mystery tool submitted by Louis Dupree of Homer, Alaska in our August issue. “In the aircraft industry, we refer to this tool as a Cleco clamp,” said Jeremiah Williams of Ladson, South Carolina. Gerald Gagnon of Lake Zurich, Illinois, said his father “was a line troubleshooter at the Willow Run B-24 production plant during WWII. His job called for on-the-spot repairs, so he carried a supply in his coveralls and my mom used to find them in the wash. By war’s end, there was a coffee can full.” What are they for? Former Navy mechanic Jose M. Alvarez of La Mesa, California, says, “It is used…

2 min.

Prizewinners Showcase on the San Diego Show “Game On” was the theme of the 2013 32nd Annual Design in Wood competition. The show is a project of the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association and regularly displays woodworking of the highest quality at each summer’s San Diego County Fair. Woodworker’s Journal is one of the award sponsors, offering two-year subscriptions to the winners. To find out details on entering or attending the 2014 show, visit www.sdfwa.org or call 619-422-7338. Helmet Saved His Life When most woodworkers call their tools “lifesaving,” they don’t mean it as literally as Iowa farmer Arick Baker. Arick’s family had given him a Trend Airshield Pro, an air-circulating face shield, to assist with his asthma. Luckily, Arick was wearing the face shield when the corn beneath him collapsed as he cleared…

4 min.

I have been exposed to spinning, weaving, knitting and needlework all my life, for my wife is a talented fiber artist. I say “all my life,” for fiber art was my mother’s passion as well. In many years of teaching woodworking and woodturning classes, I have found a lot of my students have spouses who engage in some form of fiber art. Therefore, a knitting bowl seemed a good project. It is a simple bowl that will hold one or several balls of yarn and has a scroll-shaped cutout and holes to dispense yarn without allowing it to tangle. The holes also allow storing of a pair of knitting needles. You skewer the yarn ball with the needles and pass them through the holes. It is a practical, attractive and fun…