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NO. 23 NOTES FROM THE SHOP $2.50 “Woodsmith LATHE TURNING: STEP-BY-STEP TO TURNING GOBLETS BENCH PLANES: HOW TO USE THEM TO PLANE A TABLE TOP MICROWAVE CART: A VERSATILE SERVING CART Woodsmith. Sawdust Number 23. ‘September, 1982 ator Donaié 8. Peschke Design Director ‘Ted Kralleek An Dieter Jon Snyder ‘Acsiatant Eater ‘Steve Krohmer Giachic Desires David Kreyling| Marcia Simmons ‘Subscripton Maragar ‘Sandy J. Baum: ‘Subscrgtion Assistants ‘Chrietel Miner \Vieky Robinson Kim Malton Jackie Stroud ‘Shirley Renz ‘Computer Operations ‘Ken Miner ‘Adminisvatve Assistant ‘Chery! Seott ISSN: o164-an84 Company ai hes Rosen Subecrptions: One yer (6 su2s) $10, Two years (12 issues) $18. Single copy price, $2.50. (Canada and Foreign: add 82 por yor) ‘Ghenge Or Adres: lee be reo kde bo your 0 and row sctece tr change ch tena aio Woosemin, 1912 rand Ave, Bes Mores, wa 5000. Second dans pote pal of Des Nees, Postmaster: Send change of eduress noice, Form 3578, to Woods Pubishing Co, 1912 Grand Ave, Des Moines, lowa 50303, [BACK ISSUES ‘Ast of he contants ofa back issues appears fn the wrapper ofthis issue. the wrapper is missing, you can sand fora bocket cescribing the contonts and prices of al back ieuce SAMPLE COPIES Myouhave tend who would ke to se a copy ‘of Woadsmith just send name anc address. ‘and we'l send a sane (aro cos). ABOUT THIS ISSUE. Whenever we got visitors here at Woodemith, one question that always seoms to come up is, “How do you decido what projects to build for each iseue?” What we usually do is try to decide on a technique before we ever get to the projects, For this isu, we thought it was time todo an article on sing bench planes, ‘That naturally led to using a plane to stnootha tabletop. Which in turned tothe ’At least. tha's the story 1 ke to tel ‘What really happened is that everybody kept teasing me about the original design ofthe Trost Table shown nthe rst seu fof Woodamith. 'Wadmt that fest table is ‘ot the pretest design inthe world, A it Jha come sonstruction fault (which s why we're no longer offering Issue No. 1 with the other Back Issues) ‘But 1 finally got tired of all this harass- rent and said Okay, if Ted can design a tev one, well bull it and use it a lunch table here at work, ‘Now the pressure was on, Fist, we had to desig a table to meet the sppnoval of everyone in this ery buneh. (Ted sai, “No problem”) And ifwewore going to sit at Us table fr lunch everyday, 1 also ‘meant thatthe top had to be fawtees. ould’ lve with another four years of harassment.) Necdloce to say, spent a tle extra time getting the’ planes adjusted and sShrpened, It pai off, The tale tops flat and smooth, And it was all dane by hand, Now everstime T walk by this table and runny fingers aeronsit, Tiel entitled to a Thue grin of accomplishment. ‘Yet dnt always fel this way about using hand planes. tn fact, my inital reae- Lento shand plane was, “Howinthe world 6 you got ths thing to work” ‘My first plane was an inexpensive (cheap) smocth plane, a Christmas gin, gaiven to me (I was sure) to test my pa- ence and drive mo up the wall ‘Of course, when {Erst tookit out of the | box, Tas delighted, There were instant | viskons of an old-time woodworking shop «.-- paper-thin shavings scattered over the Moor, hand-planing exotic hardwoods to reveal beautiful grain; and the peaceful solitude of woodworking done the old- fahioned way. Bit as soan as {tried touseit, my dream. was shattered. T quiekly came to realize that a panei just an expeniv plese of iron that doesn't work. The dumb thing hops and chatters all over the wood, it tears out sections that have to be sanded smooth later, it's impossible to adjust, and | rans good wood. In general causes | Seen ee ee TT took some time, but T eventaaly learned how taconqut this tol Now, on cfmy favre pastimes sto head tet ihe i Goa ae iin shavings I first dreamed of. PTereare tues ofcourse, when Tint ctf once of these recanicfngs. Tres Set cietre eee eierite Trentle Table: Then that oncesioased fad plane becomes an invahsble un Whar int of plane woaid you Yesm= non for emeone jut wating ou” Teton etext plan athe on hat ot | the mont tras En eur oop that meats 2 Record 05 joe pane wth a coragated | ‘tom. Ths on pie hag soothe ee area tle top at te ord deren Weourneh (tre pe | We rvagrecrya cing te | te ith the ewe price) Gare Wade, cataiog $3,161, Avenue of the ‘eica, New York, NY W00Ia) Although the Record jack plane is a real | workhorse one afimy favor plas to | ork with a Pons Retame Type | Tooth plane. ‘This te wonton bode | plane that fecls good in your hands, and fase of the best depth-agjuting| ystems ofany ple ma Uso Sle tom Gatort Wade for 300) se faces aly sce the Tn ert s Wemep reringweyies, Tm trying to lower the unemployment | Tate. Shirey Renz assigned on (0 be fre nem austen lc | Sie Shiley i the “new kd on the | tock everyone ere agree tha there Ere any problems nhatsocer with ay order, it must be Shirley's fault. Just kid- ding shes tong atest fn Tea ov, AvorS30 AM on ibe day Tim senting ths, Stove (ar asustan etn) ds wife Janet Pave jt added no face of thao Baby Key (nome Yo) Kishner, 7m, Loe Congratulations Steve fared the tre gabeta shown in bie ee Ge atl toes Weeeectord ‘ays It wot he ng before hth Steve sd Ted start dreaming pallor of las and projects for children's furniture. (Ted tae Ss baby gel Rate, fn tok her fit sepetlay, Shel be one year young on Thanksgiving day.) HE SCMEDCLE. Wearestiltryingto get. peeeres breve ate aie Serger of Woodemith, We're making | Progress, bit th next iste CNamer 2 Filet be alte lato. We hope tohave't | tho mal uring the Geet week tx Desenber 2 WoopsMiTH Tips & Techniques ‘OUCHLESS KNOBS Jn your article on router do- ‘eiail fixtures (Woodsmith No.22), you tetioned that the knoke onthe Ses isture gave you sore fingers. I eliminated ‘that problem on my Sears dovetail fixture along time ago. ALT did wastoreplace the Iinabs with a shop-bult hand wheel. First, I use @ holesaw to drill a 2° diameter (really any size will work) “plug” fut of a plese of 4" poplar. Although this produces a perfect cree, the outside edge JB oo rough to be used ae @ handwheo ‘To amooth the outside diametor of the lag’, insert a ¥-29 bolt through the hele left by the bolesaw, and attache mut to geste i onthe bik Then ch the “pla” in adil press (a lathe ot even an clectric drill will also work), and round the ‘edges so that they're smooth. Fially, Tenlarge the hole to 4, and insert 4" Inside diameter tee-nut Simply bestre the tee-nutisonthe outside face of the hanxwhee! so that the tighter you tur the handwhee!, the tighter the {ee-nat seats ise. Jules Fritts Easton, Pennayloania DUPLICATE CUTTINGS {ve always had trouble cutting duplicate parts on the band saw until I came across this easy solution. I sandwich a high qual- lity double-aced tape between the dupti- ‘eae parts being eut. The tape firmly holds the pieces together throughout the eatting process. It can also be lef in place while Sanding the pieces to ensure exact Auplicates. always keep the tape within the pat- tern to provont it from being smeared into the edges as the parts are being sanded. ‘Before the pieces are finished, bo sure! ‘sand off any ofthe glue residue lef€ on the surface by the tape. Carl R. Mascia Greensburg, Pennsulvania BENCH HOLD-DOWN Thave a suggestion for wood:-butehers like myself that need a hold-down jg for large ‘or amkyward-sized boards. T purchase a sheet of sandpaper that's ‘used for sanding hardwood floors, and glue it on the surface of my workbench 1 ‘usually use a piece of S0-grit sandpaper that’s" wide <22"long. The rough surface gil movpapes OH eld sear ag workpiece steady while dadong oF planing. Thomas M. Olsen Pflugeraile, Tezas ‘90° BEVELS ON THE TABLE SAW ‘Whenever I'm setting the saw blade at 90" ‘on the table saw, I've found that it's more accurate to use’the arbor Mange rather than the saw blade as the reference point, First, Cremove the saw blade from the arbor. Then T use a straight-elge held “against the arbor fange, extending about Grabovethe saw tablesurface, tocheck the vertical alignment against a6" try-square. Even the slightest variation from 90° vill show up when using the full length of the try-equare for reference. Richard Barron Jackson, Miseissipp ‘THE ABRASIVE MITER In Woodsmith No. 21 the article on eut- ‘nw miters mentioned that the wood tends {to creep as it’s being cut. ‘What T do ta overenme this isto glue a rece of medium sandpaper tothe plywood ‘ence on the miter gauge ar eu off jig: The sandpaper grips the plece heing cut just ‘enough to Keep it fram being pulled into ‘the blade, “Adiueting the potion of the | (againet the sandpaper) takes « little get- ting used to, but otherwise, it works well. Don Klett Portland, Oregon | ‘STARTING A DOVETAIL ‘After readi about hand-cut dovetails in Weodemith No. 19, I thought I'd share a tip thet I use when starting a dovetal cut. [ve fourd that when I try to start a saw ‘at, it's helpful to cut a small channel next to the scribed line. The channel keeps t Sam ay wenden ih Hc Elon | own kerf. T use a small chisel to cut the channel, | keeping all but the very edge on the waste Side of the seribed line. ‘Stan Spence Monrovia, California REPAIRING ROUND TENONS {Tm in the furniture ropair business, and hhave come across a little idea I'd lke to ‘pass on to your readers, ‘On chaits that have been repaired re- peatedly, the round tenons have usually bbeenleaned upsomany times that they're ssmaller than they were originally. To build up their diameters again, T take a curled shaving from a hand plane and glue it ‘around the ndersized tenon. Hold the shaving in place with masking tape until the give eares, then rasp the tenon down to a carreet fit ‘The shaving works well bocause it has 2 natural curl that wrape-around the round tenons. This works far bettor for me than trying to use a veneer for shimming. Robert G. Peterson Knorvilie, Hlinois ‘Ryeud keto char a wihoter vai iene outa WoopsMiTH