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General Woodworking

Cutting mitres for the Flag Box

She Works Wood - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 7:40pm
I love using my Miller Falls mitre box along with my Tico Shooting Board.  Both make cutting miters fairly straight forward.  I milled down my curly maple to 1/2 inch and the interior poplar to 1/4″, then cut mitres all around. Hope my mom likes the box when its all done.  
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Chevy Saw Frame

McGlynn On Making - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 2:00pm

I got the joinery done on the saw frame for the Chevalet this morning.  I was worried about getting the giant finger joint to fit and be straight — it turned out to be pretty straightforward.  It’s not perfect — the shoulders could be a little tighter in a couple of spots — but it lays absolutely flat on the bench and the joint is nice and tight.

I need to do the rest of the details on it after lunch, the mortises for the brackets on the back, the mortises for the blade clamps and the shaping/tapering.

I started by laying out the joinery, and marking the waste.  I sawed the faces on the bandsaw with a fence.  It tried to be careful to account for the kerf and just remove the scribed line (from the correct side!).  Then it was chiseling out the waste and some tune up here and there.  I want to be able to do this with a hand saw, but this wasn’t the project to experiment on.

Joinery laid out

Joinery laid out

After sawing on the band saw, chopping out the waste and general clean up it all fits pretty well.

After sawing on the band saw, chopping out the waste and general clean up it all fits pretty well.

This is where I’m headed.  I need to do all of the details and glue the saw up next, that should feel pretty good.

The saw frame -- I rendered the CAD model using different materials for the arms and the back to show the joinery more clearly

The saw frame — I rendered the CAD model using different materials for the arms and the back to show the joinery more clearly


Categories: General Woodworking

Elipse P100 Respirator: First Impressions

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 9:18am

I’ve been in the shop for about two hours this morning and the first task I faced was clearing out a jammed dust-collection pipe above the jointer. A dirty, dusty job, but it had to be done. So it was a good test of the Elipse P100 Respirator I recently bought from Highland Woodworking ($30 plus shipping). Then, I had some 3/4″ plywood to cut up for one last kitchen […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Visit La Belle Note

Toolmaking Art - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:10am

Christophe Mineau is a kindred soul and an amazing craftsman who is nine years younger than I am and a hundred years ahead of me in craftsmanship!   His musical instruments are a delight, his tools a wonder and his methods are solid and clever.   His website is in French and English, so you can enjoy his work in two languages.    There is really no point in my going on and on here, although there is a lot to go on and on about.  Go to his site and enjoy!

Bob

The Junior Armory–Again

The Literary Workshop Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 7:52pm

This evening I finished a small commission for a very good friend of mine:

Swords for GR 2-14

His three children will be getting wooden swords for Christmas.

These are made from osage orange and walnut, and the two pieces are joined with a lap-joint.  The handles were cut out with a coping saw and rounded over with a file, while the blades were shaped with a drawknife and spokeshave.  The osage orange takes a beating without breaking (just ask my own kids!), and the walnut provides a nice color contrast and is easy to carve.  I did carve the initials of each recipient into the handle.

Despite being somewhat ornate (as toys go, anyway), these swords are pretty quick to make.  Once the stock is dimensioned, I can have one sword shaped and glued up in about half an hour.  The carving on the handle takes only a few minutes more.

The hardest part?  Getting the point to look sharp enough to satisfy a child’s demand for realism but blunt enough to satisfy mom’s demand for safety.  I think I have it right now.


Tagged: wood sword, wooden sword

Less Messy

McGlynn On Making - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 7:21pm

My shop has been getting a little messy lately.  That tends to happen when I’m in the middle of a project, but also I’ve been accumulating the detritus from several completed projects.  The kicker was gluing up the blanks for the Chevalet, so I decided to get serious about improving the situation.

First I bribed my 14 year old with a new video game to do a super good dusting/sweeping.  Shameless, check.

Second I decided to make some racks for my clamps.  That took a little more doing, but not much.  Leftover scraps of plywood, metal L-brackets, and presto — no more booby traps on the floor or in the corners.  This should also make is easier to clean up.

Before.  This makes it tough to sweep up.

Before. This makes it tough to sweep up.

After

After

After

After

After

After


Categories: General Woodworking

Resawing the Flag Box

She Works Wood - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 7:11pm
Categories: General Woodworking

Woodworking In America 2015 – Kansas City

The Kilted Woodworker - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:23am
Seems like it was just two months ago we were all cavorting about in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at Woodworking In America 2014, doesn’t it? What? You didn’t see me there? Ah, that’s because Winston-Salem was just too much of a drive for me. Sorry. But WIA 2015 is going to be in Kansas City, Missouri! […]
Categories: General Woodworking

Keeping a keen edge.

The Slightly Confused Woodworker - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:36am

I have something of a love/hate relationship with old tools. Old tools can be a great, less-expensive option if you are willing to put some time and effort into cleaning and restoring them. They can be also be at times your only option, as there are times when there isn’t a new option, or if there is then it may not be the best option. Old tools can also be a frustrating exercise in futility. Case in point would be my moving fillister plane.

I purchased the moving fillister specifically to use for its intended purpose: making fillisters. The tool, a 100+ year old plane, is in remarkably good shape. It did need a good cleaning, but that part was easy. The part that really needed attention was/is the iron. I did manage to get an edge on it, but it took way too much work. So I decided to regrind the angle and start from scratch. On paper this was a good idea. A few hours later I had an edge, but I’m still not happy with the result. The problem is that there is only so much regrinding you can accomplish by hand with water stones, which brings me to a dilemma…

I am opposed to power grinding woodworking tool irons. Many woodworkers swear by power grinding, and if I know anything, the previous owner of my fillister plane was likely a huge fan. The problem is that he didn’t do a very good job of it. So I came to the decision that in order to get the fillister’s iron back in shape, I would need to power grind away his mistakes, basically fighting fire with fire.

I do own a power grinder. It is not a great tool, but it did the job I asked of it. The only reason I purchased it was for my former job, where I used it to grind bolts and nuts, sheet metal, or any other small parts from my press that I needed to make fit. Nearly ten years ago, when my company sold its assets and closed its doors, that grinder has since done little more than collect dust, and I can count the number of times I’ve used it from then to now on one hand. The coarse grit wheel that is on there is useless for woodworking tools, but I do have a buffing wheel. So in order to convert the grinder to a woodworking tool I ordered a Norton “white wheel” from Lee Valley, along with a basic set of water and slipstones for sharpening carving tools. As usual, my order arrived quickly. So this coming weekend I hope to get the face frame for my Enfield cupboard made and the case glued up, and while the glue dries I’m going to do a little experimenting with sharpening.

My one concern is cooling the iron. Whenever I used to grind down parts, I would dip them in basic motor oil to keep them cool. I’m not sure if motor oil is the way to go here. At the same time, I definitely do not agree with using water. I’m considering using vegetable oil as a coolant, the reason being that it will cool the iron a bit less quickly and more evenly yet not harm the temper. I have no basis for that assessment, only the reasoning that it seems logical. Either way I have nothing to lose. If this doesn’t work I would need to purchase a new iron blank and regrind the shape anyway, as I don’t think many of these irons are just floating around flea markets or cyberspace waiting to be discovered. The truth is that I have a few other tools that could use a grinding as well, so this new white wheel could open up a few doors for me. It’s a brave new world
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Categories: General Woodworking

Kansas City, Here We Come

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 6:51am

As many of you correctly guessed, Woodworking in America 2015 will be in downtown Kansas City, Mo., Sept 25-27. The main venue is the Crown Center. Stay tuned for more! –Megan Fitzpatrick  

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The Shenandoah Tool Works Crab Mallet

The Furniture Record - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:18pm

My wife saw that a local fish monger had a sale on crab legs. We knew these wouldn’t be the finest crab legs but the price was right and it was something different.

She was almost done cooking dinner she realized we don’t own any crab mallets or crackers. Although she was born and bred in Baltimore, she had never had the need to purchase crab utensils.

Being male, I headed to the shop to look for alternatives. After rummaging around for a bit, I came up with what I believed were workable alternatives. I found  Shenandoah Tool Works, 1 lb. 9.75 oz. mallet and a pair of Craftsman WF B S 45381, slip joint crab crackers.

Off label uses of shop tools.

Off label uses of shop tools.

They worked. We ate. Life is good.

I did degrease, clean and sanitize them before using them in the kitchen And before returning them to the shop…


Ten Famous Numbers

Highland Woodworking - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 7:00am

I was riding around with a contractor one time and we saw a sign advertising “Ten Famous Nails”.  I immediately wondered who would celebrate 8d, 10d, 10d brite finish, double head form nails and all the rest.  I could think of many more than ten nails and had a vision of bins full of nails like the candy bins in the M&M store we found in Las Vegas one time.

Course it really wasn’t those kinds of nails, but it reminds me of lists like that which I have always liked.  Try this carpentry list and see how many of these numbers you can identify without looking them up:
16″.  19.2”.  1.618.  73.  3.141593.  1.414.  16.97.

 

How did you do?  Ok, there’s one trick one in there, but all the rest are good ones.   Here you go:

a.  16 inches.  Easy one.  Standard spacing for wall studs in residential construction.  Noted by little red blocks on your carpentry tape.

b.  19.2 inches.  Still pretty easy but much more uncommon.  That is the little black diamond on your tape measure and is the spacing for floor trusses in particular.  Designed to save material when framing and is known as “five bays in eight feet”.  If you set floor trusses on 19.2” spacing then five times 19.2 equals 96 inches or eight feet.  Your sheets of flooring will fit.

c.  1.618.  A ratio, known as the golden mean and called phi.    Mathematically it is (a +b)/a = a/b.   In rectangles, it is the ratio of longer side to the shorter side and we   perceive that as beautiful.  Works on beautiful faces, buildings, drawers in desks, and in the  Fibonacci number series where every number is the sum of the previous two numbers.

d.  73.  From Sheldon on  “The Big Bang Theory”

Sheldon: What is the best number? By the way, there’s only one correct answer.

Raj: 5,318,008?

Sheldon: Wrong! The best number is 73. [Short silence] You’re probably wondering why.

Leonard & Howard: No no, we’re good.

Sheldon: 73, is the 21st prime number, its mirror 37 is the 12th and its mirror 21 is the product of multiplying, hang on to your hats, 7 and 3. Did I lie?

Leonard: We did it! 73 is the Chuck Norris of numbers!

Sheldon: Chuck Norris wishes! In binary, 73 is a palindrome, 1001001, which backwards is 1001001, exactly the same. All Chuck Norris gets you backwards is Sirron Kcuhc!

Sorry ‘bout that.

 

e.  Pi.  Redneck joke.  Pi are square?  Everybody knows pi are round.  Cornbread are square.

f.  1.414.  If you have an equilateral triangle then the hypotenuse is 1.414 times each leg.

g.  16.97.  When you lay out rafters on a house, you use a run of 12 inches and whatever pitch you have.  When you lay out the hip rafter, you use a run of 16.97 inches with the same pitch since the hip runs at 45 degrees from the corners of the building and the diagonal of a 12” square is 16.97 inches.

 

Guess that is not ten famous numbers, but hey it’s close.  If you insist, we can add c, e and i, but you will have to Google those (hey, that’s another one!).   And if you really want to get technical, remember the old Indian Chief SOH-CAH-TOA for your trig functions.  After all these years as an engineer, I still use him.

 

Got any more?

 

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Categories: General Woodworking

Take 360 WoodWorking for an Extended Test Drive

Bob Lang's ReadWatchDo - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:30pm
One month ago, Glen Huey, Chuck Bender and I left our jobs to start a grand experiment in woodworking media. Earlier today, we pumped the gas pedal, turned the key and launched 360woodworking.com. There is still a lot of work … Continue reading
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The Saw Frame

McGlynn On Making - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:45pm

So here is the little bit of joy that is next on my hit list: the saw frame for the Chevalet.

The saw frame -- I rendered the CAD model using different materials for the arms and the back to show the joinery more clearly

The saw frame — I rendered the CAD model using different materials for the arms and the back to show the joinery more clearly

It’s not really a tough piece, but I’m worried about getting the fit of the finger joints just right.  If they are too loose it won’t be strong enough, if they aren’t straight the arm will be crooked — and useless.  Or, as we say around here, “kindling”.

I’ve updated my working copy of the plans, you’re welcome to download and follow along.  I’m just making plans to sort out the details in my head, based on the materials I have on hand.  On the saw arm, I haven’t resolved the gimbal attachment mechanism.  In the plans it’s not shown clearly, although my understanding is that it’s a weird wedged mortise and tenon construction.  I’m not sold on the idea of cutting mortises into the back of the frame, so I’m still noodling on that detail.  And of course the seat assembly and front clamp are still to be done (virtually and actually).

(incomplete) Chevalet Plans

(incomplete) Chevalet Plans


Categories: General Woodworking

Making my own Smoothing Plane with Scott Meek

Highland Woodworking - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:26pm

As a woodworker, I’ve found we are often defined as either a “Hand tool” woodworker or a “Power tool” woodworker. There are others, like myself, who straddle the line between the two. These “Hybrid” woodworkers tend to mix the flavors of hand and power tool work for efficient shop time as well as other considerations. Since I’ve started incorporating more hand tools in my work, I’ve been building out my tool chest, incorporating various tools that enhance my work. One of the cornerstones of hand tool work are the hand planes, and some of the best wooden bodied hand planes on the market today are made by Scott Meek.

meek smooth plane classOn Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th Scott will be at Highland Woodworking offering a class on How to make your own Smoothing plane. In the two day class, you will spend time learning the fundamentals of putting together a wooden hand plane and you’ll leave the class with your very own wooden smoothing plane. After this class you can head back to your shop with your own completed tool and you can use it in your everyday shop life. But not only will you gain a new tool, you will gain new skills. With those skills you can build other planes, bringing more tools into your shop and hopefully, a sense of accomplishment as you make your own tools.

I first met Scott at the Woodworking in America show this past September. We stood and talked for a bit and I was able to use some of his fine hand planes. With a wooden plane you get far more tactile feedback from the wood you are planing. Since there is no metal body to absorb the vibrations and the sensations from the surface, you are really connected to the wood you are working with. Between your hands and your work is a solid piece of wood that lets you feel the surface you are creating far better than metal bodied planes do. A few weeks ago I got to meet Scott again at the Highland Woodworking open house, where I got to test drive his planes some more as well as talk to him some about their construction and the evolution of their design. I also got to watch as woodworking legend Frank Klausz worked with Scott’s planes. His verdict was the same as mine, that Scott makes exceptional tools.

On Saturday I am looking forward to learning how to make exceptional tools like Scott’s hand planes. I personally have my eye on taking the skills I learn in that class back to my shop and crafting a jointer plane of my own. I like the idea of crafting my own tools; of taking the skills I have as a woodworker and using those to create something with both form and function. I hope, if you are able, that you look to join me at the class over at Highland Woodworking. I think it will be a phenomenal opportunity and teach a set of skills that will only grow after you return to your shop.

Matthew York has been a woodturner since 2004 and has been interested in woodworking since he was a teenager. He currently lives in downtown Atlanta and has a small shop in his basement. He is an avid woodworker and is always available to talk about the craft. He can be contacted at fracturedturnings@gmail.com or visit his website at fracturedturnings.com. You can also follow him on twitter at @raen425

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‘In the Shop with Roy’ (And a Close Look at Some Cool Stuff)

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:25pm

We’ve just put together a 10-hour collection of 17 of Roy Underhill’s shop projects from “The Woodwright’s Shop.” (“In the Shop with Roy: Workbenches, Tools, Storage & More” is available now to order on DVD; the download option will be up shortly). With this collection, you’ll get the following episodes: #402 A Spring Pole Lathe; #604 A Folding Lathe; #1402 The Carpenter’s Tool Box; #1412 The Williamsburg Blacksmiths; #1501 Sharpening […]

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360 WoodWorking is Open!

360 WoodWorking - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 9:37am

3heads500px_7816You heard that right. After weeks (or is that months?) of preparation, the website is finally open for you to look around. The sample presentation, video and course are done (you can find the presentation here, the video here and the course here). We’ve got our first podcast up and ready for you and the place is mostly polished up. If you run into anything that doesn’t work (or just isn’t right) email our webmaster at webmaster@360woodworking.com and we’ll get it cleaned up ASAP.

The primary thing we want you, the woodworker, to keep in mind is what 360 WoodWorking offers that no other source can; knowledge based on centuries worth of real, hands-on experience. 360 Woodworking is truly your trusted resource when it comes to all things woodworking. You’re benefitting from each content producer’s decades of full-time experience testing and honing their craft. We know which methods work and why. We also know where the pitfalls are because we’ve stumbled through a few ourselves, and we can help you avoid them (or we can at least point them out and help you through them should you stumble into them too).

In the coming weeks you’ll find fresh woodworking content being added frequently. You’ll see blog posts and podcasts regularly and even full presentations being published as we add to our content library. The best part is, through December 31, it’s all free. That includes all the presentations that constitute our first “issue” of what you’ll find on the members side of the site come January, 2015.

And, while timing of the release of the presentations will be different in January, the content will be similar to what you’ll find in “issue” #1 when it is released on December 15th. There are multiple presentations that are technique, or interest, based that are smaller in size but still packed with tons of great information. There are also several complete project builds that will be part of the December 15 release – all designed to help you improve your woodworking skills while providing you with a project you’ll be proud to show off in your home (or give as a gift).

In January the weekly release of presentations for members begins, but that doesn’t mean the free content ends. There will still be regular blog posts, podcasts, presentations, videos and courses available to everyone.

Behind the membership wall you can expect weekly presentations, blog posts, videos and/or courses that will help you grow as a woodworker. Some will be small projects that introduce new skills or are just plain fun to build. Others will be skill-building exercises to help you hone your craft, while others will be in-depth looks at the workshops and practices of some of the best craftsmen in the country. We’ll also have behind the scenes looks at museums, exhibits and points of interest. And all of it will be served up in our cross-media presentation style – large, readable text with clear photos that are big enough for you to see the details and video right where it’s needed to clarify things.

We’re happy you’re here. So, welcome! Make yourself at home and take a look around, but come back often because this site will be growing daily.

— Chuck Bender, woodworker and content producer

 

Check out this video to find out what 360 WoodWorking is all about! 

And if you like what you see and want to climb on board, you can subscribe below!

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Flag Box for my mom

She Works Wood - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:00pm
I really need to have a day of sharpening before I start my next project, but I got my hands on some beautiful curly maple and couldn’t wait to start working on the flag box for my mom’s memorial flag.  So I pulled out my kerfing plane and started resawing.  Here’s a sneak peak.
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thinking about Connecticut

Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:55pm

half carved

 

A while back I mentioned that I had 2 visits to Connecticut recently. One was at the Yale University Art Gallery Furniture Study, which was a great time. I wrote about that visit here; http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/yale-university-art-gallery-furniture-study/  and included some oak furniture made in Connecticut in the 17th century. The other was a 3-day class at Bob Van Dyke’s Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I’ve been working with Bob there for a few years now, this time we did a frame-and-panel – carved of course. So some joinery, plow planes; beveling the panel – all after carving the panel and in some cases, the frame too. http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/

laid out Thomas Dennis pattern

shaving of the week

 

test fit

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For both of these trips I had been thinking about Connecticut examples, there’s lots of them in captivity – one of my favorites has always been this one that I recently did as a frame-and-panel offering in my October-stuff-for-sale page. http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/spoons-and-more-oct-2014/

sunflower panel & frame AUG

Some of the other patterns I know pretty well from Connecticut are these coastal chests; like what I showed from the YUAG Furniture Study – maybe Guilford, maybe New Haven – it really doesn’t matter to me – I just want to carve them.

guilford out front

 

I had made some examples for teaching that were partially carved, partially left as layout. (top photo)

Today I went to the shop to work on the carved box with drawer – it was sliding DTs day you might recall. Except I forgot my glasses. Not wanting to tackle a joint I rarely make with diminished eyesight – I opted instead to do some carving. I have a (Massachusetts) box to make for a customer up next, so I carved the front of that – room left for initials; needed to double-check my notes before taking that plunge. 

box begun

 

then had a little time left over, so finished two other partially-carved box fronts. Then it was 1 pm, time to go home for lunch…so one full, two half-box fronts, w photos. One is a whacky design that I think relates to the cupboard I did for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; also copied from Massachusetts work..

middlesex box front

But I finished this one, is derived from the Guilford or New Haven, Connecticut work –

done

 

I’ve seen boxes from this group – they are noted for their use of dovetails, a rarity among New England boxes of the 17th century. I did one once, long time ago. 

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all this Connecticut stuff must have been in the air – because then I heard from Bob Van Dyke. He & I are working on plans to have a joined, carved chest-with-drawer class at his school in 2015 – it will be a “one-weekend-a-month” for X# of months. Maybe 5. The notion is that we work together for a weekend, you go home & do homework, come back a month later – and so on. Stay tuned. this will have riven oak, carving, joinery, a side=hung drawer, some moldings, a till – this one will be something! It will be based on a Windsor, Connecticut chest w drawers now at the Connecticut Historical Society. 

The crash course in sycamore this morning got me out to the back yard to photograph the neighbor’s tree – note at the edge of the photo, the river just in view. American sycamores like wet ground. This one is a beautiful tree. 

american sycamore 2

sycamore leaf

 

 


The November 2014 issue of Wood News Online

Highland Woodworking - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 1:19pm

novemberwnThe holidays are just around the corner and in our November 2014 issue of Wood News Online, we’ve already got some great holiday projects, gift ideas, and safety tips to help insure this holiday will be a great one!

Our holiday-themed articles and specials include:

Project Idea: Advent Calendar- Forrest Bonner walks us through the steps of his creation of a holiday advent calendar, complete with little boxes that children and adults of all ages can open during each day of December and find a special surprise!

Book Review- Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker- Roy Underhill has just come out with this hilarious piece of fiction full of Roy’s well-known humor. And whether you’re a woodworker or you just want a fun read, this is a great gift for anybody this holiday season!

Fox Chapel Holiday Book Specials- This month we have not 2, but 4 Fox Chapel books specials this month, just in time for holiday woodworking. We’ve got something for every woodworker with carving, toy builds, woodturning, and scroll saw projects.

As always, we’ve got our Show Us series including:

Show Us Your Shop- Eric Commarato’s garage stall shop in Jackson, MS.

Show Us Your Woodworking- Ira Penn’s wide variety of furniture projects that he has created to furnish the homes of his two sons.

Show Us Your Carving- Bruce Kinney’s beautifully detailed carvings that he has created while on tour all around the world with the US Navy and FEMA.

Our monthly woodworking tip columns include:

The Down to Earth Woodworker- After having had his SawStop PCS for awhile now, Steve goes over a few things he has noticed with it and how it has been a great improvement to his woodworking shop. He also tells the tale of Andrei and Luk’yan, two remodelers in Chicago who are quite the Festool afficionados. Lastly, he gives some tips on how to multi-task in the shop in order to keep your day-to-day shop routine from getting boring.

Sticks in the Mud-  Jim has tips on creating his own bungee version of a Festool Boom Arm, and using a discarded carpet underlayment as a non-slip router pad.

Alan Noel Finishing Tip- Alan has a series of tips on making sure you sand between each coat of finish in order to promote good adhesion. We’re also excited to share the recent WoodShop News article that featured Alan and his woodworking/finishing businesses.

Monthly Safety Tip- This month’s contributor, Mark Collins, has a safety tip on making sure you turn off the bandsaw before adjusting its height.

We’ve also got the continuations of Lee Laird’s Electric Bass Guitar Build and Scott Stahl’s Sawbo Bench Build, as well as a great Tool Review on the Starrett Combination Squares.

All of this and more in this month’s issue of Wood News Online.

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