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Woodworker's JournalWoodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Winter 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.

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

IN THIS ISSUE

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what’s new in routing products

It’s always akin to a “kid in a candy store” experience for us to share the latest tool news with you, especially in the category of routers and routing products. They’re so much a part of modern woodworking for both hobbyists and pros alike.During the past few years, however, router manufacturers haven’t released many new models for us to drool over ... there are ebbs and flows to everything in life, right? But, in the absence of new machines, the routing products industry has been quite busy recently. A variety of new bits and other gadgets have come to market, and they could help make your routing time safer, cleaner and more effective — or save you a little cash. Here’s a brief overview of the latest “freshman class” of…

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building an art deco cabinet

I’ve always loved the Art Deco style, whether it’s used in architecture, jewelry, tool design or furniture. So when it came time for me to build a new bedside cabinet last winter, I decided to create a piece in that style. The design I came up with, shown in the photos and Drawings, has the geometric lines and simple elegance of a classic Deco piece, yet employs modern functionality: instead of having a drawer or door, the cabinet features the kind of sliding pullout often used in modern kitchen cabinets. The pullout’s double-decker arrangement offers easy access to both a shallow top tray as well as a deeper lower cubby.To create the cabinet’s curved sides, I came up with a construction technique that uses half-round slats connected together with tongue-and-groove…

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ready2rout computerized fence

The first machine I ever saw that featured built-in electronics was a Sears Craftsman radial arm saw that came out a little over 20 years ago. It had a small LCD digital readout prominently situated on the end of the arm that displayed the saw’s miter and bevel angles, blade elevation and carriage position (for ripping). Although Sears hyped its “electronic measurement” capabilities, the readout ultimately wasn’t dependably accurate or terrifically useful.Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since then, as demonstrated by the Ready2Rout computerized router fence shown at left. Made by the same folks who produce the CNC Shark line of computer-numerically controlled routers, Ready2Rout bolts atop a regular router table and features a motorized aluminum fence that moves back and forth in very precise increments — as accurate…

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more “smart” woodworking machines

The Ready2Rout is not the only brainy tool headed for the woodshop. We’re on the brink of a new era of “smart” machines and devices that will be revolutionary to the modern woodworker.The New Zealand company Teknatool, known for their NOVA line of woodturning products, revealed a prototype drill press at a recent major trade show. Teknatool’s DVR (digital variable reluctance) drill press features both advanced electronics and a very different kind of motor (now used on some lathes). The machine is powered by a “switch reluctance” variable speed brushless motor which is compact, quiet, easy to maintain, powerful and produces high torque even at slower speeds. The motor drives the press’s spindle directly, and is controlled by a built-in computer which not only determines speed and direction, but also…

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a super fast, simple dresser

Sometimes building furniture is not about making a museum quality piece, but rather it’s about pure function and saving time and money. My wife and I needed a dresser to tide us over until I could build our “real” dresser, so off to the furniture store we went, only to find very expensive junk — basically made of cardboard — and nothing for less than $200.I’m thinking, no way am I putting money into anything like that when I can build one for half the price that will function 100 times better. Hence the piece you see here. It really fits the bill … and when I complete our official dresser, it will find a new life somewhere else in our home!The construction is simple: just cut, rout, biscuit, drill,…

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full-size mirror

If, like me, you have teenage girls, you know the value of a mirror. Full-length? Bonus! But it’s equally handy for everyone in the family, too.While you could pay to have your mirror glass specially cut at a glass shop, you could also purchase an inexpensive full-length mirror at a department store: use the mirror glass, discard the frame. I happened to have an old wall mirror in need of a better frame. Whatever your source of mirror glass, be sure to adjust the Material List dimensions for the mirror frame rails and stiles, as well as the length of the stretcher, if your glass differs in size from the 14” x 54” mirror (piece 1) we specify here.Building the Mirror FrameSince the mirror frame rails and stiles (pieces 2…

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