Build projects with both modern and classic styling; increase your productivity and upgrade your shop skills with a framing jig and instructions on using a steady rest; easily create a curved laminate; and check out the choices for the best 10” sliding compound miter saw. You’ll find all this and more in the March/April 2015 issue of Woodworker’s Journal.
Coffee Table with LED Lighting: Sandor Nagyszalanczy adds an additional element of fun to a mid-century modern styled coffee table with the installation of color-changing LED lights beneath the glass top.
Tool Review: Chris Marshall examines the current crop of 10” sliding compound miter saws. His tests of hundreds of crosscuts and compound cuts through hard maple help answer the question “which saw is right for you?”
L.& J.G. Stickley-Inspired Settle: Simple construction techniques like mortise-and-tenon, grooves and corbels underlie the minimalist design of this Arts and Crafts style project inspired by some of the Stickley brothers.
Bowfront Hall Table: A curved laminate front apron is the key detail to this table. Creating it takes patience and precision, but doesn’t require rocket science.
Framing Jig: Making frames? This jig will give you fast, accurate clamping and easy glue-up.
Carving Linenfold Panels: Fool the eye with a wood panel that looks like folded cloth — a great project for beginning carvers.
Woodturning: Learn how to successfully turn long, slender items with advice from Ernie Conover (and a steady rest).
Chris Marshall explains the fuming process he used on his plant stand, goes over the benefits of using fuming as a finishing step and gives a few warnings about the potential hazards of using ammonia in your shop.
Ernie Conniver teaches you how to carve a linenfold panel – a carving pattern that has the appearance of hanging fabric or tapestry.
Chris Marshall offers some of his best tips for dust collection when using a miter saw, and then tests the effectiveness of the dust collection on 10-in. sliding miter saws from Ridgid, DeWalt, Makita, Bosch, Ryobi, Kobalt, and Craftsman.
Sandor Nagyszalanczy teaches you how to install LED lighting into a coffee table project. You can also install LED lights in other projects, such as cabinets.
Ernie Conover demonstrates how to use a steady rest as a support when turning long spindles.
Larry Okrend shows you how to make curved project parts by gluing and clamping thin strips of wood in a form. Laminating thin strips is a great way to make curved pieces.
Michael Crow show you how to make a furniture leg that shows the same grain pattern on all four sides – in this case quartersawn oak. He builds a quadrilinear leg using locking miters which are cut on a router table.