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Woodworker's Journal October 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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6 Issues


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Imagine a space the size of several football fields covered with every woodworking tool and accessory you can imagine. It’s real, and we want to share it with you! I’m talking about the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) Fair, the biannual woodworking trade show that was held in Las Vegas this past July. It’s the one time each year we get to see all the latest woodworking tools under one roof (it’s a very large roof).We know most of you didn’t make the pilgrimage to AWFS, so we’ve done our best to bring the show experience to you. We walked every aisle and shot nearly 20 videos featuring the latest innovations at the show. You can watch all of the videos right now at though you couldn’t…

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15 internet years!

The most recent design version of our free Woodworker’s Journal eZine. It is emailed every week.Most of you have probably heard of the concept of “dog years,” the idea that for every year a pooch graces your home, it is equivalent to seven human years. While I can’t verify how accurate that ratio is, I can tell you that Internet years are probably more like 100 years for every calendar year. And our Woodworker’s Journal eZine has been around since the year 2000 — so that means it is something like 1,500 Internet years old! Pretty amazing, don’t you think? (I mean, 1,500 years ago, King Arthur was supposedly running around the British Isles catching a sword tossed to him by some aquatic tart.) So, we are celebrating the success…

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solving problems and saving money

Our reader invents a safe and easy way to cut discs from dowels, as with the 13⁄8-diameter dowel shown here.Slicing Dowels into Discs CleanlyHere’s an easy way to make splinter-free discs from dowels. Drill a hole in the end of a scrap block that matches the dowel’s diameter, and slide the dowel into it. Cut the protruding dowel flush. Now you can slice the discs off, one after the next, at your miter saw or table saw by crosscutting the scrap. The scrap supports the dowel all around to ensure clean cuts without ragged edges.Ken Crea Roseville, MinnesotaSave Those ScrapsThe unused sandpaper that hides under the clamped ends of a rubber sanding block can be quite useful for touch-up sanding and sanding in other tight spots. I used to toss…

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how to fix up weatherworn furniture

THIS ISSUE’S EXPERTSRob Johnstone is the publisher of Woodworker’s Journal.Mark Johnstone is the lumber buyer for Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. (Mark and Rob are not related)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.How would you spruce up some seriously weathered furniture?Q My cousin recently bought a house in New Jersey and asked me what he could do to refinish the outdoor furniture the previous owner left him. The wood seems to be oak, but it could be teak. The furniture is about 20 years old. The carvings are unique. The four chairs and table are very…

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tool for testing

What’s This?This mystery tool is from John Wahlmeier of San Manuel, Arizona. It was found in a hotel storage room by the new owner. 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.“I have been a machinist for over 30 years and have had occasion to use this tool,” said Alan Eddy of Weston, Missouri, in regard to the June mystery tool submitted by Ken Christensen of Jacksonville, Florida.As identified by Bill Needham of Morris, Illinois, and others, it is a “L.S. Starrett Universal Test Indicator #64.”Paul Kerst of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, continued the…

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woodworking and swiss travels

You’ll find carved statues on the promenade along Lake Brienz, in a Swiss region with a strong woodcarving heritage.Carving in BrienzIf your vacations often have a woodworking angle, have you ever been to Switzerland? The city of Brienz, in the central Interlaken region, has a strong history of woodcarving — and modern ties to this craft.When European travelers began arriving in the 1700s to see the Alps and their waterfalls, the farm families who rowed them across the water spent the winter carving small wooden trinkets as keepsakes. They proved popular enough to sell, and as René Reusser said, “became really trendy.”The Swiss government, happy to see impoverished farmers find another source of income, began sending Brienz woodcarvers to French woodcarving academies and international exhibitions in the 1800s.At its peak,…