June 2006

Out of the Woodwork: Woodworking Can be a Blast

Black powder fits the bill to split large urban logs. By Sam Sherrill Page: 96 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now For the past decade, I have been getting all the lumber I need for my projects from downed urban trees in my area that would have otherwise been dumped...

Flexner on Finishing: Understanding Stains

Don’t let the dizzying array of choices get you discombobulated. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-93 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Go to any home center and you will probably be offered a choice of four types of stain: oil, varnish, water-based and gel (though the shelf arrangement and labeling...

Great Woodshops: Craftsmanship Done Safely

Kelly Mehler’s school refuses to sacrifice proper guarding when teaching proper woodworking. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 84-87 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Woodworking teacher Kelly Mehler got his start in the schooling business in an unusual way. His first teaching job was to instruct patients at a rehabilitation center...

At the Lathe: From Wood Chunk to Chuck

The best way to process logs into blanks and avert future headaches. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 81-83 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Ideally, your turning wood comes to you in one of two ways: as fresh, sound green wood, in reasonably sized sections that you quickly rough-turn into bowls...

Trim Routers

Born out of the laminate industry, these routers are great tools for all kinds of woodworking projects. By David Thiel Pages: 76-80 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now I’ve been using these small trim routers for decades, having first used them in the industry they were developed for: laminate work....

Rustic Garden Bench

A slab from green wood, some sturdy legs and a sylvan setting are all you need. By John Wilson Pages: 70-75 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now “A slab like that can make up into a garden bench. Being white oak, they last.” The sawyer was making conversation while cutting...

Entertaining Designs

New TVs change the rules for designing cabinets. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-69 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now A few years ago, I called a contractor I was working for to confirm the size of his customer’s television set. It would be going in some expensive custom cabinetry,...

Side Sharpening

You can sharpen freehand with quality results if you remember that wider is better. By Harrelson Stanley Pages: 62-65 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now I like to equate sharpening to a golf swing. Through practice, you memorize the motion  that will improve your game. You can always get better,...

Pleasant Hill Shaker Cupboard

Common wood from a common source creates an uncommon beauty. By Kerry Pierce Pages: 56-61 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now I began my study of the Shaker furniture at Pleasant Hill, Ky., with a quick survey of the contents of the enormous Centre Family Dwelling, sticking my head in...