Don’t Be Afraid to Ask!

Woodworking is anything but a simple craft. Every technique, finish option, tool choice or species of wood has innumerable issues related to it. “Can I cut a rabbet with a spiral bit?” “Should I try waterbased poly over rosewood?” “What’s the best size of air compressor for both fastening and spraying finish? “How do I keep end grain on a walnut blank from tearing out when I turn it?

You get the picture. Start a project or try something new and the questions surface, no matter what.

But here’s the upside: you are by no means alone as you stand there at the bench, pondering a situation. No woodworker is an island. We here at the Journal are happy to help answer your questions — both in the print magazine and in our Q & A section of the eZine. And our community of readers is a congenial bunch; a fellow woodworker who reads your question may have traveled down that same brain-frazzling path before and found the perfect fix. Why not let that experience work for you, too?

So here’s a request: What woodworking questions are bogging you and your projects down these days? We’d love to hear from you … and we’ll definitely give your questions consideration for upcoming print issues of the magazine or our bi-weekly Q&A section of the eZine.

Don’t be shy. Post your questions right here on the blog, and you can be sure they’ll get seen both by our staff here at the magazine and everyone who reads this post. A reader might be able to provide an answer in a quick reply post. You can also email your questions in to, fax them to us at 763/478-8396 or mail them to Q&A, Woodworker’s Journal, 4365 Willow Drive, Medina, MN 55340.

Why not give it a try? You may get an answer faster than you think.

We hope to hear from you!

Chris Marshall, Field Editor

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