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  • The Top 10 Grouses of Woodworker Spouses

    The Top 10 Grouses of Woodworker Spouses Woodworkers aren’t perfect housemates. We make lots of dust and noise and occupy a large amount of space. Actions that seem perfectly reasonable to us may be considered annoying habits by our companions. When we asked woodworker spouses to air their frustrations, the response was overwhelming; our ears
    Posted to Woodworking Techniques (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 05-05-2011
  • Turned Rolling Pin

    Turned Rolling Pin Only 6 steps and you'll be rolling in dough. By Alan Lacer Once you get the hang of it, these rolling pins take only a couple of hours to make. The beauty of this project is that only a few tools are required and it offers several challenges, especially turning a true cylinder and drilling and aligning all the parts on the same
    Posted to Woodworking Projects (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 05-05-2011
  • A Woodworker's Royal Wedding Gift

    A Woodworker's Royal Wedding Gift! A Gift Fit of a Future King—and Queen For many, Friday April 29th is a special holiday; a day off work with street parties and other festivities to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the future King and Queen of England. But for Ian Hawthorne, it means making a mark in history
    Posted to Woodworking Projects (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 04-28-2011
  • Bar Rail Molding Pattern

    "Make Your Own Bar Rail Molding" appears in the Feb/Mar 2011 issue of American Woodworker. Download a printable full size version of this bar rail pattern.
    Posted to Resources (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 12-15-2010
  • Working with Melamine

    Working with Melamine It's dirt cheap, it's practical, and best of all, there's no sanding and finishing! by Dave Munkittrick Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker’s best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable interior that requires no sanding (yes!) and no finishing (oh, yeah!). Pros often build whole
    Posted to Woodworking Shop (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 03-03-2009
  • Big Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

    Model 22124, $950 • 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade. • Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table. • 4-in. miter gauge fence extension. • Beisemeyer rip fence. Craftsman started from the ground up when redesigning its 10-in. tablesaws. Sears' designers did their homework on these
    Posted to Woodworking Tools (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 03-03-2009
  • Rail and Stile Set with Adjustable Slot

    Have you ever slid a piece of 1/4-in. plywood into a 1/4-in. groove? It ain't pretty. It's a fact of life that plywood is undersized in thickness and this results in ugly gaps in doors with plywood panels. So here's the skinny—skinny bit, that is. With Amana Tools' new In-Stile and Rail System router bit set for $155, you can match
    Posted to Woodworking Shop (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 03-03-2009
  • Using Wet Wood

    Q. I'm building outdoor furniture from rough cedar. When I cut the wood, it's soaking wet on the inside. Should I use polyurethane glue since it's a moisture-cure glue? A. Not when the wood is that wet. Polyurethane glue uses moisture to cure, but too much moisture will cause the glue to cure before it gets a chance to soak into the wood
    Posted to Woodworking Shop (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 02-25-2009
  • Thick-Skinned varnish

    One thing you can count on when you save a half-used can of varnish is that the contents will be skinned-over the next time you open the can. When this happens, don't gnash your teeth; the varnish underneath the skin should be just fine. Before you use it though, be sure to do two things: First, strain the varnish through one of those paper funnels
    Posted to Woodworking Shop (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 02-25-2009
  • Choose the Right Grinding Wheel

    Q. I've been told that the gray wheels that came with my grinder will burn my woodworking tools and that white wheels are better. True? A. The stock wheels that come with most grinders are designed for the metalworking trade. They're way too hard for grinding the hardened steel used for chisels and plane irons. It sounds strange, but the harder
    Posted to Woodworking Tools (Weblog) by Tim Johnson on 02-25-2009
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