Articles from Woodworker's Journal
Chair Making is the Challenge for the Wharton Esherick Woodworking Competition
The “Challenge of the Chair” was the theme for the 15th annual woodworking competition at the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Why chairs? To do something special for the 15th juried show, said curator Paul Eisenhower: “They’re probably the hardest things for furniture makers to make.” From 68 entries of side chairs made mainly [...]
Should Your New Turning Tools Be Smoothly Sharpened When You Open Them?
Q: I recently received a detail gouge as a gift and was wondering why the grind looks and feels rough. Do I have to run it through a light grind to smooth it before I start turning? I thought I could just grab a new tool and start turning. A: Turning tools do not [...]
How to Use Free Napkins As Shop Towels and Help the Environment
How many times have you gone through a fast food drive-through and been given a bigger wad of napkins than you need? I would use two or three and throw the rest away. Not anymore. Now, I collect the extras and bring them into the shop to use for glue-ups instead of expensive paper towels. [...]
How to Get the Best Caster Measurements Easily With the Help of Your Bench Vise
I build my shop carts and tool stands the same height as my workbench and stationary tools, and I put them on casters to keep everything mobile. Measuring the true height of casters used to be a head scratcher until I came up with this simple method: all you do is clamp the caster in [...]
Get Rid of Static Charge on Your Face Shield With the Help of a Laundry Dryer Sheet
My face shield is a regular companion in the shop, but the plastic builds a static charge that attracts dust. Here’s an easy way I’ve found to clean it and reduce the static cling. Wipe the shield with a fabric softener sheet. You can use them over and over again, then grab a fresh one [...]
Use Your Rockler Clamp It Assembly Square as a Drill Press Fence To Drill Holes
Recently I needed to drill centered holes through some wood blocks, and my Rockler Clamp-It™ Assembly Square found new purpose as a handy drill press fence. It offered full contact surfaces on two sides of the blocks for solid support during drilling. I could reach the blocks from all around, which made it easy to [...]
Great Tip for Drying Out Swollen Plate Jointer Biscuits Quickly
Like most woodworkers, I buy my plate-jointer biscuits in large quantities. Regardless of how I’ve tried to keep them dry, they still seem to absorb moisture in my damp shop until they don’t fit in biscuit slots. I’ve got a solution that drives out the moisture and shrinks them back to the compressed size. Just [...]
Dovetail Jigs Make Several Types of Dovetails – But What’s the Difference?
Q: I’m confused: what’s the difference between “half-blind,” “through” and “rabbeted” dovetails? A: The names of these three dovetails give you a hint as to how they work: On a half-blind dovetail, the end of the tail board is imbedded in the pin board, so the joint is only visible on the side. From [...]
Style-Line’s Soft-Sanders Polyethylene Sanding Blocks for Curved Surface Finishing
Style-Line’s Soft-Sanders polyethylene sanding blocks offers several densities and shapes to improve your curved surface sanding production.
JET JWL-1220VS Variable Speed Wood Lathe with Worklight for Accurate Turning
JET’s JWL-1220VS wood lathe offers 24-position indexing, continuous variable speed control and a solid motor that makes for solid workshop turning.