Reader Questions

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

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...

Questions on Glue, Nails and Drawbores

Adrian Mariano writes: I just watched your DVD (“Forgotten Hand Tools” from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks) in which you advocate the use of nails and drawbores to overcome the flaws in the glue. And there were a couple things I was wondering about. One is the question of glue longevity. If I glue together a tabletop...

How Do I Sharpen a Rasp?

John Griffin-Wiesner writes: Thanks to your blog posting last week which alerted me to the closing of Auriou, I purchased my only three Auriou rasps. While explaining them to a non-woodworker friend on the phone he asked if rasps ever wear out or need sharpening. Huh. I never thought of sharpening a rasp. But...

If Roubo and Holtzapffel Designed Workbenches

Reader Wendell Wilkerson is designing a workbench and has combined elements of the Roubo-style Workbench from Issue 4 and the Holtzapffel Workbench from Issue 8. I think it looks a lot like the Dominy workbench at Winterthur (if you took off the iron end vise). He has a couple good questions, which are below,...