Showing posts with label woodworking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label woodworking. Show all posts

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Frame And Panel Doors

So continuing with woodworking magazine firsts, here is an excellent article from the premier issue of "Woodwork" first published in 1989. The article "Making Frame & Panel Doors" by Peter Good, is an excellent tutorial on making a popular style of door that finds use in house elements as well as furniture pieces.

 From "Woodwork" # 1 - 1989







Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Capotosto's Woodworking Wisdom"

So in the previous post I featured a tenoning jig by Rosario Capotosto, this jig was also included in one of my favorite books by Mr. Capotosto. Throughout the last 30 years of the last century Mr. Capotosto was a huge asset for many of the woodworking related magazines. Possibly 100's of his articles and plans were published in many magazines, Popular Science and Popular Mechanics being the big standouts. In addition Mr. Capotosto published many good books on the subject.

"Capotosto's Woodworking Wisdom" is probably my favorite of his books. It was published in 1983 by Popular Science Books and Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. This book is full of useful tips and jigs for the workshop, lots of plans to make your shop safer and more productive. In addition there is a nice collection of projects for around the house and yard.

So in addition to the tenoning jig in the previous post here are a couple of more jigs, you will find in this book. I purchased mine new when it went into publication, nowadays the used market is your most likely source, I have never come across it online but people with better online skills than I have, may find a source.





Edit: Want to make a nice jig even better? Here is my suggestion, rout a recess in the base to fit a hard drive magnate and epoxy in place. Everyone has at least one dead hard drive kicking around, ha ha. The magnate will give a solid attachment to the table saw top for consistently accurate adjustments from a small lite jig like this.




Boy it's a good thing I live on a highly porous sand moraine,otherwise I would be sitting in the middle of a swamp right now, lol. It has been heavy, steady rain for two days now and it's not supposed to stop till tomorrow.

American Woodworker # 1 - Tenoning Jig

The year after "WOOD" published it's first issue, "American Woodworker" came out with it's first issue. This was 1985 and in addition to "Woodsmith" in 1979, the publishing industry was just getting started.

American Woodworker started out with a similar format as Fine Woodworking, large oversize format with black and white gray scale, cover to cover. I have always liked that format but with the advancements in computerized digitization they soon started experimenting with different sizes and full brilliant color. I think all that color benefits mostly the huge amounts of advertising necessary to keep these publications alive, although "Woodsmith" and "Shop Notes" seem to be doing quite well without it, (the advertising I mean), they make up for some of it with tool reviews.

So from the premier issue of "American Woodworker" I have selected an article for a tenoning jig, an indispensable jig for the table saw, if you do joinery work. The article is by Rosario Capotosto, a huge asset for many magazines in the last 30 years of the last century. Check out the next post for more on Mr. Capotosto.









Wednesday, September 26, 2018

4-Way Workbench

So in a interview this morning on the radio about his new book "Buseyisms", Gary Busey recounted a story from the 80's when he went over the handle bars of his Harley and split his scull open from his brow to the top of his head. He says he died on the operating table and entered the after life as a small 1/4" thick floating soul. He was surrounded by luminescent floating orbs with spears of light jabbing out from their centers, He was given the choice to stay or come back to the living. Ha ha ha ha ha lol. Sometimes he can rise above the cheap laughs and actually be funny, his head hit the pavement, he was still seeing stars ha ha ha.

Don't go away yet, here is an excellent plan for a turners workbench with limited shop space. I like my rural setting and with a lot of hard work, have all the shop space I want. Most people are not, nor have any desire, to be in that position but would still like to pursue a craft, in a small space.

"The Complete Book Of Home Workshops" has a couple of nice plans for workbenches to suit these needs. Today I will upload the plan for a wood turners bench. This 4 in 1 bench with a 14" band saw and a drill press would be all the larger machines a woodturner would need to produce some nice work. It would fit in a small space, and the bench does multiple functions including mounting and storing of a very substantial lathe. In this case a full size iron bed lathe that looks like a Rockwell.





Sunday, September 23, 2018

Case Construction

So as promised here are a couple more woodworking articles from Popular Sciences 1988 Yearbook. The first one today is an article on case construction by the editor of this yearbook Nick Engler. The second one, in the next post, is the design and construction of a beautifully done chest of drawers by Tom Stender.

But first if you liked the child's train plan last week, here is a train whistle plan to complete the child's enjoyment of the train.


So here is a great article on the development, and methods, of frame and panel, case construction. This method of construction is pretty much the standard today, in various degrees of quality, depending on how much you want to pay. I was surprised to learn it has only been around since the end of the Renaissance period. Previous to that furniture tended to be heavy and clumsy and didn't last, due to a poor understanding of the need for proper drying of wood and construction methods that aloud the wood to breath.

When starting out many of us are still finding these things out the hard way. Early in my woodworking explorations I built a nice A frame rocking cradle for the baby room. I made the classic mistake of supporting the bottom with a batten, glued and screwed to the bottom edge of the cradle end pieces, that were not evenly dry. The bottom of one end piece unable to "breath" developed a crack extending 4" up the end piece. The top of the end piece was not restrained and could breath so the crack did not extend any higher. The cradle lived longer than the child had need for it, but that crack was always there, to remind me that wood has to be properly dried and aloud to breath.


So for a well written and illustrated  article on case construction read on.