Answers to the Short Cuts questions from issue 155
A. The auger (1), chisel (2), knife (3), adze (4), and ax (5) were all there at the dawn of woodworking. Unfortunately for those early craftsmen, it wasn't until thousands of years later that WOOD® magazine arrived on the scene.
A. Woodburning. More precisely, the term pyrography derives from the Greek words pur (meaning fire), and graphos (meaning writing). Regardless of the name, the artistic process dates back to 17th-century Europe when small woodenware items, and later furniture, were decorated with fire-heated iron tips.
A. If you lost your bandsaw owner's manual and don't have a blade to measure from, or if you've added riser blocks, put this simple math formula to work to determine your tool's blade length: Blade length = (2xA) + (3.14xB)
Key: A=distance in inches between bandsaw wheel centers when the upper wheel is midway in its adjustment range B=bandsaw wheel diameter