Reader Questions

When readers ask us a question that we think others would like to read, we post it here, along with our answer.

What is Not a Tool Mark?

Question: I often see dovetail layout lines left showing on the exterior of pieces. As I’m in final cleanup up of a blanket chest (yes, the Union Village chest from your article) the layout lines are still visible after I’ve got the piece smooth.  However, the lines do not uniformly show on all edges....

Those People Had Knives

Milford Brown writes: Since you are interested in the older hand-powered woodworking, I wonder what, if anything, you know about the history of marking knife use? I recently had occasion to dismantle an old pine blanket chest (because of extensive powderpost beetle damage in the sapwood edges of its top and bottom boards) that...

Poll: Should we Flag Glossary Terms in Each Issue?

Reader David Raeside writes: As always, I have found the Winter 2008 issue of Woodworking Magazine to be a fine piece of work. One of the features of the magazine that I particularly enjoy is the Glossary. I have a suggestion for improving the connection of the Glossary with the texts of the articles...

The Best Uncle in the World?

Reader James Carpenter is trying to put together a list of tools to purchase as a gift for his 6-year-old nephew. Man I wish I’d had an uncle like him. The best present I got from an uncle was a “Men at Work” LP. In any case, James has been doing a lot of...

Get a Flat Frog Sandwich

Reader Tim Williams writes: I have a number of old Stanley planes that I’ve spent a lot of hours cleaning and refurbishing. I’ve read multiple places about how when tuning up a plane, it’s a good idea to flatten the mating surfaces of the frog so the iron beds well, with lots of contact,...

Bevel-out or Bevel-in? Good Question

If you haven’t surmised it yet, one of the themes running through the Spring 2008 issue is the fact that accurate sawing has a lot more to do with accurate chisel work than anything else. When you cut a tenon shoulder, it’s the chisel that cuts the part of the joint that shows ,...

What to do With an Antique Bench

Reader Michael Holcomb writes: I’m writing to ask your advice about an old Pennsylvania cabinet maker’s workbench I was lucky enough to buy a couple of years ago. It came from the shop of a Berks County, Penn., cabinet maker and has many of the features of the line drawing in Eric Sloane’s book...

Do L-Brackets and a Leg Vise Mix?

Mark L. Wells writes: I’ve read your book and the extra chapterr.  Both are great. You provide so much more detail than anything else I’ve read, and I almost feel guilty for not having to work it out myself.  Anyway, I am going to rebuild my bench soon and I plan to put a...

Pumpkin Pine, Like Ted Turner Would Love

Reader Greg Peel writes: I’m glad to see that the latest issue of Woodworking Magazine is a great one like the others. I was wondering if there is color picture of the pumpkin pine samples that you did for the issue? It looks very intriguing to me. I’ve always used some version of golden...