Author Archives: Tim Johnson

The Top 10 Grouses of Woodworker Spouses

  The Top 10 Grouses of Woodworker Spouses Woodworkers aren’t perfect housemates. We make lots of dust and noise and occupy a large amount of space. Actions that seem perfectly reasonable to us may be considered annoying habits by our companions. When we asked woodworker spouses to air their frustrations, the...

Turned Rolling Pin

Turned Rolling Pin Only 6 steps and you'll be rolling in dough. By Alan Lacer Once you get the hang of it, these rolling pins take only a couple of hours to make. The beauty of this project is that only a few tools are required and it offers several challenges,...

A Woodworker’s Royal Wedding Gift

A Woodworker’s Royal Wedding Gift! A Gift Fit of a Future King—and Queen For many, Friday April 29th is a special holiday; a day off work with street parties and other festivities to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the future King and Queen of England. But...

Working with Melamine

Working with Melamine It's dirt cheap, it's practical, and best of all, there's no sanding and finishing! by Dave Munkittrick Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker’s best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable interior that requires no sanding (yes!) and no finishing (oh, yeah!). Pros often build...

Big Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

Model 22124, $950 • 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade. • Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table. • 4-in. miter gauge fence extension. • Beisemeyer rip fence.       Craftsman started from the ground up when redesigning its 10-in. tablesaws. Sears' designers did...

Rail and Stile Set with Adjustable Slot

    Have you ever slid a piece of 1/4-in. plywood into a 1/4-in. groove? It ain't pretty. It's a fact of life that plywood is undersized in thickness and this results in ugly gaps in doors with plywood panels. So here's the skinny—skinny bit, that is. With Amana Tools' new...

Using Wet Wood

Q. I’m building outdoor furniture from rough cedar. When I cut the wood, it’s soaking wet on the inside. Should I use polyurethane glue since it’s a moisture-cure glue? A. Not when the wood is that wet. Polyurethane glue uses moisture to cure, but too much moisture will cause the glue...

Thick-Skinned varnish

One thing you can count on when you save a half-used can of varnish is that the contents will be skinned-over the next time you open the can. When this happens, don't gnash your teeth; the varnish underneath the skin should be just fine. Before you use it though, be sure...

Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup

Gauge blocks work great for quick, accurate biscuit joiner fence settings. All you do is pinch the block between the fence blades. This technique will also ensure the fence is set parallel to the blade. Joiners with rack-and-pinion fence adjustments automatically set the fence parallel with the blade. For this type...