Issue 125

Issue 125

Good To Meet You

Rob-Portrait351Last weekend the Woodworker’s Journal participated in the Minnesota Woodworking Show. It was a great time. I got to meet many of the eZine (and print magazine) readers, who were very kind in their comments. Several were baffled by my appearance (I thought you were shorter, younger … you gotta update that photo on the eZine, etc.), but most said that they really enjoyed the eZine … for those comments, I’d like to say thank you.

We gave away a bunch of stuff at our booth, the most significant of which were three table saws. The drawings drew quite a crowd. One winner, after I had helped him put the saw in the back of his SUV, stood back for a moment and said, “My wife will never believe that I didn’t buy this!” I offered to write a note confirming the win, but he declined.

The very best part of the weekend for me was spending time talking with woodworkers. It is a community that has much to say for itself. Woodworkers are often generous, outgoing, good sports and folks that are fun to hang out with. I think I would like to do something like that every weekend … but maybe not during fishing season!

Sincerely,

— Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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Q & A

  • Going Rate for Woodworking

    I am about to embark on my own cottage industry building birdhouses, butterfly houses, ladybug houses etc. The only thing I don’t know is how much to charge per hour. What is the going rate?

  • How Long Will a Blank Stay Green?

    How long will a bowl blank stay “green” if it has been coated in Anchorseal? I was under the impression that these blanks would not split, but I was wrong, as two of them have split so far.

  • Is Sumac Good for Woodworking?

    Is this wood of any value for woodworking or should I make it into firewood, and how should I handle it? I have a sawmill so I could process it myself.

  • RPM for a Forstner Bit

    I purchased a good quality Forstner bit, but the bit should only be run at 350 rpm. My drill press won’t go slower than 620 rpm. Do you know of anything I can do?

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  • Whose Tool Is It?

    Is this true, readers? I know I say “the table saw” instead of “my table saw,” but now I’m curious. Perhaps more of you are like Norm.

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