WOOD Magazine

WOOD Magazine June - July 2015

Every issue includes clear, fully illustrated plans for all types of projects from gifts to furniture, skill-building tips and techniques, and hard-hitting tool reviews. Get WOOD Magazine digital subscription today for helpful videos that bring the pages to life for woodworkers of all skill levels.

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in this issue

2 min.
filling the void

For as long as I can remember, most days began with me asking my wife, Annette, “What’s on the schedule for tonight?” Invariably, her response included a practice or performance by one or both of our kids, or a church or school committee meeting. Precious were the nights and weekends when I could grab some quality shop time. Now the kids are grown and gone. And the schedule has slowed. It felt odd at first, coming home from work and simply not... having... anything... scheduled. With our newfound free time, it was tempting to just plop down in front of the TV and watch those can’t-miss shows friends raved about. Instead, I’ve been trying to get out into the shop every night, pitching over-the-hill finishes and glue bottles and gotta-have gadgets that…

3 min.
it takes one to carve one

Husqvarna asked me to carve a chainsaw sculpture of a chainsaw, and I thought WOOD® magazine readers would really dig the results! It was created in my studio in Medway, Massachusetts, and unveiled at the GIE+ (green industry and equipment) Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. It then went on tour around the country, and is now bound for Husqvarna’s corporate offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. —“The Machine” Jesse Green, Medway, Mass. Official chainsaw sculptor of Husqvarna USA and personality on National Geographic Channel’s “American Chainsaw” Is the TV frame too hot? Although the TV frame in issue 231 (March 2015) looks nice, I didn’t notice any vents in the frame box—it appears it will seal the TV to the wall. I’d strongly recommend adding some ventilation at the top and bottom of the box/frame.…

1 min.
the circle of sharpening

What we use Veritas Mk II honing guide: #05M09.01, $68.50, Lee Valley, 800-871-8158, leevalley.com Extra fine/coarse DMT DuoSharp diamond bench stone; 6,000-grit Shapton GlassStone ceramic water stone: woodmagazine.com/sharpenstones As woodworkers, we’d much rather be working with tools than working on them, so we tend to put off sharpening until we absolutely have to. The tools get too dull to make clean cuts, and the drudgery begins. But with this simple, easy-to-remember technique, you can put your chisels and plane irons back to work with scalpel-sharp cutters in mere minutes. Here’s how. FLATTEN THE BACK ONCE A chisel or plane iron must have a dead-flat back to cut properly. Spritz the coarse side of a 325-grit diamond stone with water and rub the back of the tool side-to-side until you get an even scratch pattern. Repeat the…

1 min.
stand-up tool storage

Great Ideas For Your Shop Save benchtop space by storing long, narrow tools in this organizer. After building the box, cut lengths of PVC pipe to fill it, stairstepping the lengths to steady long tools at the rear and allow better access to shorter tools down front. Make it easier to drop tools into the pipe by cutting a 20° bevel on the top of each. Spread a thin layer of construction adhesive in the bottom of the box, and then stand the holders upright inside. Project design: Wes Bowling Herriman, Utah More Resources For more shop storage plans, visit woodmagazine.com/shopstorage.…

2 min.
cure ailing drawers

Fixing Workshop Goofs Whether it’s a project fresh from your shop or one of Grandma’s treasured antiques, drawer problems are common occurrences. Fortunately, most drawer ailments can be easily corrected. First, determine the cause of the problem. Drawers too tight or too loose can be traced to changes in humidity levels. (High humidity causes drawers and surrounding cabinet-frame parts to swell and bind; dry conditions cause them to shrink.) They can also result from wear over time, or a construction mishap. And, drawers that were simply built too tight or too loose in their frames to begin with will never get better without a small dose of corrective action. To get started, examine the drawer for loose, damaged, or worn parts. Inspect the joints. If the glue bonds have broken, carefully remove the…

3 min.
getting back to basics

lessordinary.net I had an epiphany a few years ago while watching a television interview of a local athlete. When asked how his team would bounce back from a tough loss, he said, “We just need to work hard, get back to basics, and improve our fundamentals.” Okay, he regurgitated a cliché that he found in the back of his league-issued handbook for media relations, but his response still had merit when applied to woodworking. I realized that the gadgety tools that I loved in my early woodworking years were holding me back, so I decided to also go back to basics and refocus my efforts around a core set of tools to develop the fundamental skills. Here are three key strategies that will help you create a similar tool kit. Stay away…