Issue 74: December / January 2017
Dynamo Men Lamp
Who knew a simple table lamp could be so much fun? Flip the switch and marvel at this tireless crew of two, who seem to be spinning the gears of a dynamo to power the light. We provide patterns for guys and gears, plus instructions for making and assembling all the parts. A wiring diagram is also included.
Compact Lathe Stand
Eliminate the expense of a factory-made stand by building this sturdy, mobile version. Sized to support a typical mini lathe, this capable cart includes space for concrete block ballast, adjustable shelves, tool holders, and a large drawer to hold more tools and accessories.
Flat Pack Christmas Tree
Here’s a holiday centerpiece that any woodworker can be proud to build and display. The tree has four sections that radiate from a slender trunk, with screws and keyhole slots used for quick and easy assembly. You’ll have fun decorating, because the boughs are built to hold ornaments and lighting.
What better way to practice your dovetailing technique than to build a beautiful box like this? Rob Spiece demonstrates how to cut tails with a special bandsaw jig, then complete pin board joinery by combining power and hand-tool work. The sliding, 2-part top is a unique variation on a classic design.
GO for the Game
It’s an ancient but ever-popular board game you can build as a gift that will keep on giving. The sleek design is inspired by the game’s Oriental origin and includes an attractive base with built-in drawers for holding game pieces.
Tricky Tenoning Jig
Designed to ride in the table saw’s miter gauge slot, this sled-type jig adjusts to cut different-size tenons with excellent precision. Adjustable flip stops enable you to make duplicate joints without recalibrating.
Tools & Techniques
Get A Smart Start In Woodturning
Take advantage of this expert advice to acquire the essential tools and accessories for revolutionary woodworking.
A Cut-Above Cutting Boards
Woodworkers love to make these practical platforms as gifts and craft sale items. But boards don’t need to be boring. You can significantly increase your cutting board capabilities by putting these 5 tips into play. Have more fun, and produce cutting boards that are a cut above.
Make A Locking Drawer Joint
Learn how to make a strong, attractive corner joint, using your table saw and the two outer blades of your stack dado.