Kudos, Advice and Comments

Free Plans 

We’re guessing that the negative comment about our free plans in the last issue was what inspired this writer to share his view. – Editor

“I just wanted to say that I appreciate the free plans in the free edition of the eZine. I can’t imagine why anyone would object to a legitimate free offer. If a plan doesn’t suit you, you’re not forced to download it. I download most of them, even though I might not have an immediate need for them. There’s no telling when a need might come up. We’ve had some financial setbacks and the free eZine is the only woodworking magazine I subscribe to anymore, but it’s always been my favorite. I don’t get to do a lot of woodworking anymore, but it’s fun to read about it. Thanks for several years of enjoyment!” – Bill Nelson

You’re very welcome, Bill. We’re glad we could be of service. – Editor

Free Advice 

“I have a suggestion that might help keep everyone’s interest. Looking at a great number of antique furniture pieces has led me to wonder how they did it back then. What finishes did they use, how did they sand before sandpaper, and how did they make such clean and perfect inlays? Some of these things have lasted centuries through the test of time.” – Wm. M Klepper

We agree that those things certainly are fascinating. Often you will find one or another of those topics showing up in Today’s Woodworker segments when the person being showcased is involved in that sort of work. Some of our past issues have covered experts in inlay and antique restoration, and we’re sure others will show up in the future. – Editor

Laminated Stair Treads

After our Q&A experts suggested that laminated flooring might not be the best choice for stair treads, this writer added his own suggestion, based on what he did. – Editor 

“Our home is 115 years old, and the original pine stairs were in poor shape, worn and cracked. I capped them with half-inch thick red oak, attached with construction adhesive. I nosed them with a vertical strip and a horizontal strip, covering the old stairs. After more than 20 years, they have reached the point of needing a sanding and refinish.” – Joe Nachman

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