Woodcraft magazine editor-in-chief Jim Harrold is hanging it up. He’s one of the most experienced editors in the industry having been in the business since 1984 and was instrumental in forming and running rival Wood Magazine for years before coming over to Woodcraft Magazine. He’ll hand his duties over to Tim Snyder, who worked with Norm Abram and coauthored The New Yankee Workshop books, and was the editor of American Woodworker. I, for one, am going to miss Jim Harrold- mostly because we share something very intimate. That’s right, we have the same name. I was born Jim Harold Hamilton, named after both my grandfathers- true story. Just because he’s leaving doesn’t mean it’s over between us, though. I still plan on sneaking into his house and assuming his identity sometime this summer. I hope his toothbrush doesn’t make my gums bleed like mine does.
Carl Swensson is an experimental woodworker who has worked in many styles from Japanese temple building to Swiss milking bucket making. He says he’s constantly seeking out new challenges, and he’s certainly found them over 35 years working out of his Baltimore basement. His story is an amazing one, and it’s told through a short audio slideshow, which I’ve linked to in the show notes.
This just in- Stumpy Nubs (that’s me) has released eight new homemade woodworking machine plans! These long anticipated projects have been teased over the last several weeks, and the plan was to release them one at a time as we finished making videos for each project. But we’re giving in to the demand for a faster release and posting all eight of the project plans on our website, homemadeworkshop.com. The projects include a shop vac cyclone, a 24” band saw that fits on a workbench, a downdraft table that includes t-tracks for work holding applications, a crosscut sled with multiple joinery attachments, a homemade table saw fence, a European sliding table that attaches to your current table saw, and a giant workstation that includes an entire shop full of woodworking tools in a small 4X8 space. Each plan includes step by step instructions, cut lists, photographs and more to make building any of the projects easy. And the proceeds support future tool development and woodworking goodness here and on our website.
Around the Web 2
Linn at the Darbin Orvar channel has been building a lot of hand tools lately. She started out with a mallet and in the last couple of weeks has moved on to making an awl and a compass
Alex Harris of This Woodwork has been building a few tools himself. His latest it a router spiral cutting jig:
Manhattan based woodworker and teacher, Yoav Liberman is writing a series of blogs on the marking knife. The first edition is online now and discusses how he uses them for all sorts of important tasks. Marking knives are an essential tool for both hand and power tool woodworkers, and learning to properly use one can really up your game. You’ll want to check out this blog at the link below, and keep an eye out for future additions.
Graham Haydon has written a two part series on cheap saws that seeks to justify using disposable hand saws in a world where a premium saw can set you back nearly 300 big ones. He observes that many woodworkers have no problem using a cordless power drill for a year or two and throwing it away because the battery is worn out, yet they complain of the waste that comes with a non-resharpenable saw. The hardened teeth on these saws that make it impossible to sharpen them, also keep them sharp far longer than a traditional saw. Choosing the right one is important, Graham favors a Danish made Irwin model. He also shares a lot more about the pros and cons of cheap saws, and he just may persuade you to buy a bargain.
The April/May issue of Woodcraft magazine had this tip for a miter saw flip-stop. It’s made from two blocks of wood and a shutter style hinge. You clamp it to your saw when you need it. Flip it down to register the position of your stock, then flip it up and out of the way before making your cut. This is a lot safer than other stopping methods. It was such a good idea that it was awarded top tip in the issue!
New in Tools 1
Recently Woodworker’s Journal did a tool test on Jobsite radios, and as a connoisseur of fine music I was interested to see what they found out. They tested 13 models by 7 different companies including Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Ridgid and Ryobi. The least expensive model was the $30 Ryobi P742 which had a surprising amount of features for the price including Bluetooth, a USB port and a 3 year warranty, but provided poor tuner performance. The most expensive was the $230 Milwaukee M18 which had built in tool storage and a Lithium Ion battery, but was a little too bulky. Their choice for their best bet was the Bosch PB360S which was the only radio with a built in subwoofer and features five outlets for plugging in power tools. If you’re looking to buy a durable jobsite radio, I suggest you grab the June issue of Woodworker’s Journal and check out the full review.
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