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When I hooked my dust collector up to my sander, the built-in dust extraction system hardly worked at all. Is there something wrong with my dust collector, or is the problem in the sander's dust pick-up design?
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Back in February, we received an email from Colorado artist John Boak saying, "This is a note to let you know how helpful your
Wood Slicer blades
were in finishing my cabin." After checking out his website, we became thoroughly intrigued, so we interviewed John about how he came to build such whimsical yet compelling designs, a process which he calls "improvisational carpentry."
with Alan Noel
STAINS AND DYES:
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
In wood finishing, there are about as many methods of obtaining a result as there are folks doing this kind of work. Seems not a week goes by without someone asking me what's the difference between stains and dyes? Just as common is "How can I make this look like that?"
Make a Jam Chuck for a Live Center
By Fred Kachelhofer
Recently while starting a new project, I needed a round disk. This disk needed to be more perfect than just cutting out with a hole saw, and could not have a hole in the center. My first thought was using a circle cutter on the bandsaw. But the diameter of the disk was small and it needed to be a more perfect circle than the bandsaw would cut. The next solution seemed to be turning them on the lathe. But, the big question was how to hold the wood while turning them round?
Safety Update on MDF Faceplates
In the July issue of
Wood News Online
, Fred Kachelhofer shared with us his method for making lathe faceplates out of MDF.
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FWW calls Narex Chisels "Best Value"
The results of Fine Woodworking magazine's bench chisel tool test are in. Among 23 top brands tested, our
earned Author's Choice for "Best Value" western style bench chisel.
Chris Gochnour, a professional woodworker and writer, considered a
number of criteria in determining the top chisels, including tool performance in dovetail, paring, chopping and durability
tests, as well as additional factors including out of the box condition, tool
ergonomics and edge retention properties.
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