A few months ago I had an internet conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. In Googling the woodworking activities in the area, I came across a club, the North Carolina Woodworker, which is mostly an online woodworking organization. I flew in a day early and got together with three club members to learn more. Read Douglas Robinson’s explanation Read more
After spending the last two months building nearly 40 holiday gifts for family and friends, I’m really looking forward to spending the winter building a furniture piece or two. To build these presents, I needed a very accurate jig for crosscutting stock on my tablesaw, with a minimum of tear-out. To do that, I built the crosscut sled shown below. The sled measures 24×24”. The front and rear fence are 1” thick (two pieces of ½” plywood laminated face to face) and 3” high. The fences are glued to the top of the ½”-thick plywood base. The back fence (closest to the operator) has a ¾” wide groove ¼” deep running its length.
The 6” long stop has a mating cleat on its back side that slides smoothly in the groove. Read more
The list is made and I’ve got three-dozen gifts to make in the next month. One of the gifts my son Carter and I have been working on is turned cheese planes. Shown below is a very basic PIP for this project. Craft Supplies did have some very rudimentary instructions on their site, but I cannot find the download now. The key is the correct size of rabbeted tenon for the metal ferrule. I used scrap figured maple for the handles. Read more
In honor of WOOD Magazine’s 25th Anniversary the fall of 2009, we posted 25 Interesting Facts about each of the folks who put out your favorite woodworking magazine. I update the list periodically.
1. We have four children. Sasha is working on her PHD in electrical engineering at Iowa State University. Chelsy is finishing her second year of med school at Iowa. Slade is a senior at Iowa, and Carter is a freshman in Waukee. Read more