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Woodworker's JournalWoodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Spring 2014

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.

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

IN THIS ISSUE

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new stationary and benchtop tools

Molding MachineWilliams & Hussey has added the new 154CE molding machine to their line which, like the model 206 and 209 molders, is made in New Hampshire. It also can mill straight, round top and elliptical moldings. The unit has a new chip extractor that improves waste flow. Its 2hp, 230-volt motor produces moldings at a rate of 11 feet per minute. The 154CE comes with a compact steel stand and costs $2,195.Router TablesRockler Woodworking and Hardware’s newly redesigned Router Tables include bright white tables to reflect more light and maximize visibility, built-in dual T-tracks and miter tracks to expand setup possibilities with additional jigs, a 21/2" dust port and a translucent bit guard for added safety and visibility. They come with adjustable fence faces and a CNCmachined aluminum plate…

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stepping up to a stationary planer

How many times have you had a board or panel that was wider than the capacity of your 12" or 13" benchtop planer? If this is a regular occurrence, you might be ready to upgrade to a larger stationary planer in the 15" to 20" range.It’s true, these cast-iron behemoths are heavier and harder to move, take up more room and are more expensive than even the largest, priciest portable models. And stepping up into the big leagues isn’t cheap: A basic 15" model can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000, and a mammoth 20" or 22" planer can set you back $4,000 to $5,000 or more. That’s quite a big step up from the $300 to $600 you’d spend on a benchtop unit. But what you gain in return…

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powermatic launches drill press “just for woodworkers”

From the perspective of this graying woodworking editor, new stationary power tool offerings have seemed a bit like a threatened species for the last few years: hard to find in the first place and even harder to get your hands on one of them when you do. That’s one of the reasons that I was motivated to travel to LaVergne, Tennessee, recently, to get a grip on this new drill press from Powermatic — literally and figuratively. The Powermatic folks were kind enough to let me check out their one and only sample at the time, but by the time you read this it will be widely available. If you haven’t seen it yet, this PM2800B drill press deserves a closer look!When you step back and think about it, the…

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bench grinders: covering the basics

A bench grinder is, in essence, a double-ended motor with a grinding wheel mounted on each of the protruding shafts. As well, the motor has a base and guards surrounding the grinding wheels and eye shields to protect you from sparks and debris. Topend grinders have even more features. You can pay anywhere from well south of a hundred bucks to several thousand dollars for a grinder. Obviously, you get something for your money, so let’s take a look at features.Wheel SizeSize: Grinders are sold in 6", 7", 8" and 10" sizing, which refers to the diameter of the grinding wheels the machine accepts. Unless you’re on a limited budget, avoid the 6" and 7" machines. They generally lack enough power to grind tools quickly. My preference is for 10"…

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portable 10-inch table saw test: from exceptional to mediocre

About three paces from where I tested these portable table saws sits my late-model cabinet saw. As a serious woodworker and magazine editor, I can’t imagine not having it. Its powerful 3hp motor, spacious cast-iron tabletop and almost hair-splitting precision makes most other saw options pale by comparison. But all this said, a cabinet saw isn’t everything. The thought of moving that behemoth down the steps to a basement shop sends chills up my spine. I sure can’t toss it into a car trunk to help a friend down the road. My saw takes up a huge footprint of shop floor, and it cost a small fortune. I don’t know of any stationary table saw that sells for less than $700 new these days, and that can drain a modest…

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portable sawmills: lumber from local trees

Nowadays, more and more woodworkers, builders and DIYers are buying and using wood that comes from local trees sawn into lumber at a local sawmill. When you think sawmill, you’re likely imagining an old rustic building and a huge circular saw powered by an engine as big as a ’56 Buick chewing through giant logs like they were toothpicks. But the fact is that a lot of the lumber cut locally is produced by smaller portable sawmills. They’re a popular choice for a wide range of users, including: landowners who want to turn trees on their property into sellable lumber or studs, beams and planks for building barns, sheds and fences; woodworkers looking to use locally scavenged logs for their furniture and cabinets; or anyone who wants to start a…

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