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Australian Woodsmith Issue 162

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Australian Woodsmith is packed with all the tips and tricks from experts with years of experience. We include templates, plans and projects that will keep you busy in the workshop for hours, or at least until the next issue hits the newsstands. Australian Woodsmith is a woodworking magazine that brings exploded illustrations, step-by-step instructions and techniques to the dedicated timber hobbyist.

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in this issue

2 min.

Last year my wife and I celebrated a significant birthday in Hobart. We stayed in the luxurious MACq 01 and thoroughly enjoyed the curated objects that were on exhibition in the main corridor. The Jimmy Possum chair above took my breath away: it is far from a primitive chair. The geometry of its design is deeply thought out, the chair itself is minimalist in design, light and surprisingly comfortable. Jimmy Possum was a chairmaker who crafted his chairs by hand from local Tasmanian hardwoods. He crafted his chairs like a bodger in the local forests and sold them to an appreciative clientele during the late 1800s. Unlike a true bodger, Jimmy used drawknives instead of a pole lathe to round his legs, spindles and rests. On page 46 we take you step-by-step…

4 min.
tips & techniques

FLAG SMALL PARTS I discovered an easy way to keep track of small parts while I'm cutting them. By wrapping the part with a small flag of painter’s tape, it’s easy to keep track of that small brass pin or dowel when it rolls off onto the floor and under the workbench. Charles Vogan QUICK TIP RATCHET SLEEVES I discovered a quick tip that keeps my ratchet straps organised for whenever I need them. The rolled straps fit perfectly inside of a beer can sleeve. It keeps them tangle free and organised for my next trip to the lumber yard. Becky Kralicek UPSCALED SCREW CONTAINER One of my favourite brands of screws comes in click-top plastic containers in a couple of different sizes. On a recent trip to the hardware store, I noticed the screw display hanging up…

5 min.
boys’ toys, books & gear

STAR-M COMBINATION AUGER BITS Star-M is a Japanese company that specialises in the design and manufacture of premium drill bits. We reviewed the brad point bit in the centre of the photo in Issue 126. Japanese Tools Australia is now importing the excellent big brother to these clean-cutting wonders. As you can see, the auger bit is designed to fit into a brace or a standard chuck. The instructions that come with the auger bits state that the 19mm-dia bit can run at 3,000rpm, while the 25mm bit has a maximum speed of 1500rpm! I would never run an auger bit at these speeds; however, I can understand the confidence the manufacturer has in their product. The bits are perfectly balanced and beautifully made, the razor-sharp spur slices an exact circle, allowing the…

4 min.
nails in the workshop

Many woodworkers turn up their noses when it comes to using nails. But there are times and circumstances when nails are called for and even perform on par with traditional joinery. As you can see in the photo above, (and when you walk down the aisle of a hardware store) the challenge is that there’s an overwhelming selection of nails to choose from. HISTORY. In general, nails evolved along with the means of making them. As you see in the photo to the left, this breaks down into three broad categories. Roman (wrought) nails, cut nails and wire nails. Roman nails are handmade and by far the most expensive option of all. Local blacksmiths wrought these nails in various sizes over an anvil (some big enough to crucify Jesus). It took time…

4 min.
sturt school of wood twenty twenty

For the nine lucky students who made the cut to attend Sturt, 2020 was a year of creativity, self-discovery and deep learning. Tim Quirk, Lana Kagan, Ned Collins, Jack Hamilton, Tomas Patterson, Denni Maroudas, Nick Grilanc, Darren Naftal and Peter Dreger spent the year bonding over work benches while egging each other on to even more challenging projects. When I dropped in to the Sturt Gallery to check out the Graduating Exhibition I was blown away by the quality of work that was on show. It is no wonder Sturt has become the leading woodwork school in Australia. In Term 1 Phoebe Everill introduced the students to woodworking and set them the challenge of building a stool and a tool cabinet. Colen Clenton introduced them to tool making and got the class to…

6 min.
top router accessories

It’s more or less a given that the router is one of the most useful tools in the workshop. It can be used for everything from joinery to creating decorative profiles. And because of its universal appeal, all sorts of accessories have been invented for the router over the years. Some of these greatly expand the usefulness of this tool, while others are less essential. Here’s a look at some of the router accessories that we feel are on the “must-have” list. SELF-CLAMPING GUIDE If you look at the wide assortment of router bits available in catalogues or online, it’s easy to be enticed by all the fancy profiles and special-purpose bits. But to be honest, I probably use straight bits more than any other type, and by a large margin. A 12mm-dia. solid…