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Woodcraft Magazine covers the Projects, Techniques, and Products of woodworking like no one else! Each issue is packed with stories from our expert project designers, builders, writers and...

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Woodcraft Magazine covers the Projects, Techniques, and Products of woodworking like no one else! Each issue is packed with stories from our expert project designers, builders, writers and consultants to help you work wood successfully and add to your woodworking skills and knowledge. Besides Projects, Techniques and Projects, you’ll visit a unique woodshop, collect new shop tips and patterns, and learn more about the wood used to build an issue project.

Build a “Coopered Leg Table” designed by Tommy MacDonald, host of public television’s Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac, and learn how to make the curved legs using techniques distilled from barrel-making. Or make a handsome, fully-functional “Front End Loader” toy for the young builder in the family. The front wheel pivots for easy steering, while the bucket raises and lowers for scooping up gravel, dirt and more. Wanting to make compliments to your outdoor furniture? Check out our “Adirondack Table and Footstool”. Does sanding at the lathe put head in the dust clouds? Customize this plywood and PVC pipe “Lathe Dust Collector” to your machine, and hook it up to your shop vac or dust collector to clear the air. Wondering what to do with that scrapwood you’ve been collecting? Make four pairs of “Exotic Chopsticks” and rests from contrasting pieces of scrapwood.Techniques in this issue: “Butterfly Basics” Learn Tommy MacDonald’s simple six-step strategy for stopping cracks and saving slabs using wooden splines. “Smoothing Curves” A pro offers straight talk on smoothing, fairing, and finessing curvy work using everything from spokeshaves and spindle sanders to a tricked-out belt sander and custom-made sanding blocks. “The ABC’s of ZCI’s” Nip tablesaw tear-out in the bud by swapping out your saw’s stock throat plate for a zero-clearance insert. Outfit the ZCI with a shop-made splitter to make cuts cleanly and safely.Tool features include: “Problem Solving Product: Noden Inlay Razor” A simple way to create custom inlay banding from shop scraps.

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In this issue of Woodcraft Magazine,  Tommy MacDonald of Rough Cut becomes a cooper, building this coopered leg table.  A cooper is someone who makes wooden staved vessels.  A woodstave is a narrow length of wood with a slightly beveled edge to form the sides of barrels, tanks, pipelines, and in this feature, legs for a beautifully built table made from Ambrosia Maple.  Everything a cooper produces is referred to as cooperage.  Tommy recreates this methodology in this issue and in this video from Season 3 of Rough Cut.

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Just like every other product at Woodcraft, we test each one to make sure it meets the high quality standards for our customers.  These grilling products are no different!  Okay, maybe we just like to grill out and eat!  In our previous grilling episode, It’s Wood Grillin Time, we introduced you to the new grilling products, giving you some ideas while using your own scrap wood and pre-seasoned planks that are available on The Japan Woodworker.  We took those same products and treated our employees here at Woodcraft to a wood grillin’ lunch!

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