The key to building and outfitting a well-organized, functional workshop is planning and patience. Just ask Bill Sands. After 10 years of planning and four years of outfitting, his Parkersburg, West Virginia, shop is on the verge of completion. “I have one more lathe cabinet to build,” says Bill, a 65-year-old retired research technician. “The shop has evolved to the point where I have what I like.” That means an abundance of cabinets and drawers—some fixed and some mobile—that provide Bill with ready-access to hand tools and accessories whether he’s at the workbench, sanding station, or table saw.
Of the world’s several walnut species, it’s the American black walnut (Juglans nigra) that claims the title of most beautiful. Because of its continuing demand as a classic furniture wood (as well as for its exquisitely figured veneer), black walnut reigns as the nation’s most valuable furniture and cabinet species, even though it represents less than two percent of all commercially available U.S. hardwoods.
Common among the traditional furniture styles stemming from the classical revival, turned wood finials serve as a crowning ornament for such pieces as our Colonial-style bookcase. Here, we focus on a turned vase and flame design and walk you through the essential steps from beginning to end.
I had almost finished work on my new chopsaw station. As I bolted the saw down and checked its alignment to the infeed and outfeed tables, I discovered that my saw was a hair low. Needing to make some thin shims to elevate the base, I decided to use my belt/disc sander to thickness a few small scraps.
While assembling some doors for my new shop cabinets, I found myself working faster than the slow-setting glue and my humble collection of clamps would allow. Not ready to call it quits for the day, I came up with this no-clamp setup that enabled me to finish the job in less time, and for less money, than it would have taken to buy more clamps. This tip can be applied to any ¾"-thick piece of scrap plywood, hardwood, or Melamine, but I liked it so much that I outfitted my assembly table with a similar set of clamping guides.
(October 2008) For a fifth year, the Woodcraft stores from Boston to Honolulu are inviting the general public to participate in a pen turn-a-thon event during Veterans Day – Saturday, November 8, 2008 – to craft wooden, high quality pens for American servicemen and women actively deployed overseas as a reminder that people back home remember and appreciate their efforts, company officials announced.
Headless nails, or pins, are handy for light-duty joinery tasks when you want to tack a part in place but don’t want to wrestle with clamps. Headed brads are used when you need more holding strength. To do both jobs, most shops needed to arm themselves with two guns, until now. The EZ-Fasten Nailer shoots both.