Woodworker's Journal3 min de lecture
Grow Against Poverty
Last March, Woodworker’s Journal’s online “Weekly” asked for project submissions to share what we’ve been working on during the pandemic stay-at-home (see “Pandemic Productiveness,” page 8). I submitted photos of a few of the hundreds of items that I
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Apron-maker Shifts to PPE Amid COVID Crisis
Under normal circumstances, I spend most of my time hand-making leather work apr a variety of other leather goods under the Calavera To works brand, which I founded some five years ago. But early last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic shook me from the c
Woodworker's Journal5 min de lecture
Tips for Buying a Used Full-Size Lathe
Used full-size lathes come on the market because of cross-country moves, downsizing for retirement or an estate sale, and scoring one of these can offer a significant savings over buying it new. Older machines that have seen some use can go for as li
Woodworker's Journal17 min de lecture
Miter Saw Station
Amiter saw station I built for our June 2010 issue (see page 6) became our most popular shop project in Woodworker’s Journal’s history. But 10 years of regular use have provided a “punch list” of improvements I’ve been itching to incorporate into an
Woodworker's Journal4 min de lecture
Adjustable Mobile Desk
In an effort to keep people healthy and safe last spring, most of us were spending more time at home. This was definitely true at my house, and one of the side effects was that between my wife and I working and our kids doing school from home, we fou
Woodworker's Journal6 min de lecture
Carved Dough Bowls
Time and time again in countless antique stores all around the United States, I have been drawn to various styles of dough bowls. Bread-rising bowls are long sections of wood, scooped out to form a trough, often with rounded ends. As you can imagine,
Woodworker's Journal9 min de lecture
Bamboo Fly Rod
I’ve been a woodworker and a fly fisherman for years, so it was probably inevitable that sooner or later I would build a bamboo fly rod. Inevitable, perhaps, but not necessarily a walk in the park. It cost me a fishing season. I broke rods long befor
Woodworker's Journal9 min de lecture
Hand Planes: A Plain-talk Overview
We know nothing of who first came up with the idea of a hand plane; all we do know is that it was a long, long time ago. The oldest woodworking plane on record is nearly 2000 years old. Found in Pompeii, it dates from around 79 A.D., but woodworkers
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
For Everything Turn, Turn, Turn
Maybe you haven’t noticed, but sometimes magazines repeat themselves. If you’re one of our long-time subscribers, you know that we’ve published multiple dining room table designs, many versions of router tables, bookcases by the dozen, dressers and b
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Rockler Portable Drill Guide and Self-Centering Drill Vise
Two new accessories from Rockler can add portable precision to your drilling operations. The first words that came to mind when I got my hands on the new Portable Drill Guide (item 52885; $149.99) were “substantial” and “smooth.” From the center bear
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
What the Future Holds
In the regular course of events, I don't have any trouble imagining what woodworkers might be doing when our magazine is delivered to your house. In my current circumstances, that is just not so. In what I hope will be a dim memory, you may recall th
Woodworker's Journal3 min de lecture
Thick Epoxy Option, Faster-setting Titebond
Rockler’s Dust Right® Flexiport Dust Canister provides a passive form of dust collection for handheld sanders and other small power tools. Four flexible couplers with inside diameters of 3/4", 1", 1¼" and 1½" connect the canister to a variety of powe
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
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ROB JOHNSTONE Publisher ALYSSA TAUER Associate Publisher CHRIS MARSHALL Senior Editor JEFF JACOBSON Senior Art Director DAN CARY Senior Content Strategist COLLEEN CAREY Video Production Assistant MATTHEW HOCKING Internet Production Coordinator ANN RO
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Natural (Clear) Finish on Softwoods
Softwoods are often overlooked in the world of furniture makers. And that is a bit of a shame when you consider the range of softwoods and how beautiful they are. Clear pine and Douglas fir are lovely to work with and are durable when used properly.
Woodworker's Journal3 min de lecture
Reader Projects
Early last spring, as many states issued shelter-in-place mandates to help quarantine the public against the COVID-19 virus, many of you hunkered down in your workshops and got busy on to-do lists of projects. In a March editorial for Woodworker’s Jo
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Yellow Poplar: Liriodendron tulipifera
Yellow poplar, also called tuliptree and tulip poplar due to its tulip-like bloom, is a member of the magnolia family but is in a different genus than the common magnolias. Curiously, it is not a true poplar. The poplars include the cottonwood specie
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Survey
Dadoes and grooves, as well as mortises and tenons, make up a significant part of woodworking joinery. How those joints get formed is up to the woodworker. Here is a breakdown of your favorite methods. What is your preferred method for making dadoes
Woodworker's Journal3 min de lecture
Tool’s Purpose Seals the Deal
While a couple of you Stumper sleuths could only venture a guess at R.K. Motheral’s threaded mystery tool in the April issue, more than 100 readers knew what it was beyond all shadow of a doubt — and many of you still own one. “Having been in the plu
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
Demise of the American Chestnut Tree
“The chestnut blight was accidentally introduced to North America around 1904 when Cryphonectria parasitica was introduced into the United States from Japanese nursery stock. It was first found in the chestnut trees on the grounds of the New York Zoo
Woodworker's Journal3 min de lecture
Tips that Unstick Bits, Magnets, Wood Plugs
When it’s time to clean a saw blade, I insert a 1/2" threaded bolt through its 5/8" arbor hole. The bolt’s head keeps the blade from suctioning to the bottom of the bucket I use for the cleaning solution, and the threaded shaft provides a safety hand
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
Survey
Hand planes are iconic, traditional woodworking tools. They are a marvel of engineering and perform a multitude of woodworking tasks. Still, many woodworkers don’t use them regularly. We wanted to learn why: Do you regularly use hand planes? Yes: 24%
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
Welcome a New Breed
While there’s no argument that impact drivers can be loud, in recent years a new type of impact driver promises quieter operation, with a bit less vibration to boot. Hydraulic or “oil-pulse” impact drivers work on the same principle as standard drive
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
Reader Projects
I was in search of a new writing desk with no luck, so I decided to make one. I’ve always loved post-and-beam construction, and I took my inspiration for my desk’s design from barn trusses. I drew up plans with three different versions and asked my s
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Laguna REVO 15|24 Lathe
Many of today’s full-size lathes sell for well over $2,000, which can be a hard price to swallow for their increased capacity. And while buying a mini lathe doesn’t break the bank, its bowl- and spindle-turning capacities can eventually become limiti
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Stumpers
Ernest Mitchell’s mystery tool from our February issue garnered only five guesses from you Stumpers sleuths. Despite the unusually light response, your speculations nevertheless lead us in two distinct directions. Keith Walton of Salem, Oregon, belie
Woodworker's Journal3 min de lecture
Accessible Lathe, Mountable Dust Couplers
Three sizes of Rockler’s Dust Right® Mountable Dust Couplers enable you to connect stationary or benchtop power tools to a shop vacuum or dust collector using a connection point convenient to you — be it a wall, table, workbench or cabinet. The durab
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
What’s This?
Dennis Jakubisin of North Royalton, Ohio, found this tool at a garage sale. He has no idea what it is exactly, but given its serrated, curved cutting surface on the inside component, he wonders if it might be useful for putting a chamfer on the end o
Woodworker's Journal3 min de lecture
Frame-and-Panel Doors
• Stiles and rails joined with a modified bridal joint• Stiles run the length of the door• Full raised panel with edges beveled to engage grooves inside the frame As the saying goes, there are three unavoidable things in life: death, taxes and wood m
Woodworker's Journal1 min de lecture
Trivia
Higgins boat landing craft used during World War II were made of 1"-thick, nine-ply Honduras mahogany. In 1942, A. J. Higgins bought the entire global supply of Honduras mahogany lumber to build these boats.Bob Albers via Internet
Woodworker's Journal2 min de lecture
Wipe-on Finishes for Close-grained Woods
If applying a finish well generally feels like your greatest foible as a woodworker, there’s no easier or more fool-proof option than “wipe-on” finishes. Whether it’s Watco® Danish Oil or one of many other premixed products advertised as wipeon or “o
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