Fed up with the metal particles and wheel grit strewn all over my sharpening station, I decided to house my bench grinder in a simple plywood box. The box corrals the detritus and provides a mounting place for a task light overhead for good grinding visibility. An “undercounter” fluorescent light (available at home supply stores) was easy to attach and serves the job well.
If spring’s in the air, but the ground is solidly in winter’s grip, you can still get an early jump on the season by building one or more of these attractive outdoor luminaries to add a warm glow in the garden, porch, or patio. Their size and styling make them equally well suited for use as an interior accent.
In one very significant way, little difference exists between the furniture that Louis Lovas makes and his shop in Hollis, New Hampshire. His philosophy is “Never design as you go,” a lesson he learned after 25 years as a program designer in the computer industry. “My professional work requires a tremendous amount of planning and forethought,” Louis says. “I find both processes rewarding. In fact, they serve me well in all I do, woodworking included.”
Box projects are perennial favorites with woodworkers. They’re a fun way to hone your skills, and there’s always a need for additional storage. While extra storage is appreciated, the treasures within are usually unseen. This good-looking tabletop showcase is different. Sporting a glass top and four interchangeable drawers, this case serves as a mini-museum. It offers up an ever-changing display that makes collections easy to see while keeping them secure.
General International has devised an affordable solution for my square-mindedness: a duplicator specifically designed for use with any mini lathe with cast bedways. Once installed, woodworkers can easily and consistently shape legs, pulls, posts, and spindles (up to 17⅞" long and 7" in diameter) from either an existing turning or pattern.