Woodcraft Magazine Oct/Nov 2013 Issue #55

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Oct Nov

Here we are just a few days away from the final quarter of 2013.  Time has flown by and the holidays will soon be upon us.  Are you ready to get creative in your shop for the holiday gift giving season?  Perhaps we can help you (make wood work!) with constructing some cool presents this season with this Woodcraft Magazine Oct/Nov 2013 Issue #55.

Oct Nov

In the October/November issue #55 of Woodcraft Magazine you will find a plan for creating Pen Presentation Boxes.  Although we sell various pen display cases at our stores and online, this article provides a super simple project that will allow you to make your own boxes which reflect that perfect design to go along with the pens you turn.  You will find this project plan on page 64 in this issue.

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Geoffrey Noden, inventor of the Adjust-A-Bench Inlay Razor offers more personalized presents with his Geo Boxes using his scroll and bandsaw techniques for the design.  Geoff will walk you through creating a geographical pattern and blank along with all the details to make these boxes with lids to reflect your mapped heritage.  He also offers some glue alignment tips for assembling these boxes, which he learned from Woodcraft’s product development director, Darin Lawrence.  You’ll have to get this issue to get “fine-tuned” into this tip! 

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To complement the Christmas season, we’ll turn your world inside-out with these mystifyingly hollowed-out ornaments with window sihouette features.  Be fully informed and get ready to answer the age-old question, “How did you make that?”  Learn the answers by turning the inner and outer profiles from this issues examples, and try your hand at your own designs!  You won’t want to stop with this addicting project!

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The cover featured project promises a late 1800′s heirloom styled William Morris chairwith some modern flairs added in by design builder Jeffry Lohr.  The construction offers mortise-and-tenon joint instruction for strength and durability, using the General International 5/8″ Hollow Chisel Mortiser from Woodcraft and turned adjustable wooden pins for pivot and support of the reclining back with the new JET variable speed Mini Lathe.  Some fine details go into this build with broad center side splats with square openings and walnut buttons.  We”ll show you how to build the necessary jigs and offer a side article on custom-making the leather upholstery for added comfort.  To make this chair complete, we’ve added a finishing lesson to put the final touches on this project which comes right out of the Lohr School of Woodworking by Rob Spiece, furnituremaker and teacher.

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 Another project in this issue is perfect for a child’s room, daycare, church nursery or pediatric/orthodontics waiting room.  Designed by Andy Rae and built at our Woodcraft woodshop by Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, this bookshelf project is made from pine, cedar, birch and baltic birch plywood.  Sharpen your lathe skills, turning 2x4 stock into No. 2 life-size Pencil-Posts.  Along with the use of your lathe, you will use a mitersaw or tablesaw with a dado sled, a doweling jig, and rubberized paint for non-slip/non-marring footpads.  Although this bookshelf is simplistic in design and build, you will learn how to lay out a hexagon; turn cones, cylinders, and tenons while adding a few more tips and tricks like using your short-bed lathe to create the long columns.  With a selection of our BioShield Aqua Resin Stain Finish at Woodcraft, your No.2 pencil-posts will come to life after top coating with General Finishes High Performance Semi-Gloss.  Assembly consists of various hardware also available at your local Woodcraft store or online.

 The Hot New Tools section feature Rasps & Files, the new easy-to-adjust MicroJig Tapering Jig, the soon to be released WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 (item #158001) & 5-1/2 (item #158002) Bench Planes (available mid-October 2013), the K5 Pocket-Hole System from Kreg, the all new, almost-instant woodworking Nexabond 2500M Adhesive (item #158792) , and the Not-so-little Laguna 14/12 Bandsaw, which will be available early October 2013 (item #854323).

The Tips & Tricks section covers jointing veneer, a tape rule hanger, a shop-made dowel sizer, and dual-purpose bench stops.  Did you know you can receive cash or prizes for your shop tips?  Help someone become a better woodworker, and get seriously rewarded!  Get this issue and look for the details on page 21.  In addition, our Woodsense spotlight is on Zebrawood

All this and much more packed into the Oct/Nov Issue #55 of Woodcraft Magazine, so get to your shop, and show us what you build!

 auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

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