Issue 212, July 2012

Issue 212, July 2012
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PROJECTS
Easy Swingin’ Arbor
With only two posts to set and nothing to rip, you’ll be relaxing in your new swing in no time.

Super-Simple Seating Bench
Though it features elegant curves and a broad, solid oak seat, you’ll be surprised at the simplicity of this bench’s construction.

Morris Chair & Ottoman
Our version of this Arts & Crafts classic features straightforward construction with wide rails between the front and rear legs instead of numerous spindles, minimizing he amount of mortising.

Bud Vase Holder for Three
Sort through those precious scraps you have squirreled away and find just the right pieces to create this simple cradle for three cylindrical glass vases.

SKILL BUILDERS
How to Fix Droopy Drawers
Overfilling drawers can cause their bottoms to sag or even pop loose, especially when the panel is a thin material, such as ¼ inch plywood. Fortunately, you don’t need to rebuild the drawer—just make a quick fix.  Here are two quick repairs for lasting results.

Build Big Furniture Legs on a Budget
Making 2-1/4 inch-square legs with straight grain on each face, such as those on the Morris chair, traditionally requires thick and expensive riftsawn lumber. You can save money and get the same appearance by bevel-ripping plainsawn ¾ inch stock and gluing up a leg.

Dovetail a Box in 12 Minutes!
Dovetail joints bear the hallmark of quality craftsmanship and add loads of visual appeal to most any project. Now, by using a basic dovetail jig on a router table—rather than with a handheld router—you can turn out four perfect-fitting joints in about 12 minutes. It’s easy!

Give Your Projects a Natural Edge
Let Mother Nature be your co-designer as you build dazzling projects with wavy edges, bristly burrs, bark inclusions, and other “flaws” that give wood a look of unrefined beauty.

The 5 Stickiest Wood Glue Questions With Expert Answers
After 36 years as a chemist and customer service representative for Franklin International, Dale Zimmerman has heard just about every question relating to wood glue. These are the five most common ones, and his simple answer to each.

Maximize Your Wood by Resawing
Ripping boards into thinner slabs is a snap with a bandsaw and five easy-to-follow techniques.  Resawing means ripping a board standing on its edge and relies on a finely tuned bandsaw.

TOOLS & MATERIALS
True Up Your Jointer Tables
If, despite your best efforts, your jointed edges and faces aren’t truly flat or joints in panel glue-ups show gaps, it’s time to check the alignment of your jointer tables. Here’s how to diagnose the problem and then correct it.

All About Computerized (CNC) Routers
Prices on computer-controlled routers are falling like Cretaceous-era asteroids. Is a CNC machine right for your shop?  These machines cut, shape, and carve with amazing precision.

Mahogany: Wood of Kings
Mahogany has been synonymous with luxury since English furnituremakers Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton made it their wood of choice in the late 1700s.

Shop-Proven Products
Lathe hollowing tool, dual marking gauge, and more.

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