Back in the Groove

With my summer getaway completed (please see the photo below so that I do not need to start bragging in this editorial), I am back and ready to rock. One of the great things about being a woodworking editor is that I get to take on new woodworking challenges and get paid for it! (Okay, I said I didn’t want to brag, but I think I lied.)

For example, in the July/August print issue of Woodworker’s Journal, I got to try my hand at steam bending wood. I had a tiny bit of experience in this sort of thing from when I learned to build guitars. But there the stock was very thin, and I used a combination of soaking, hot-pipe bending and a mold to get the job done.

Rob Johnstone with the fish that he caught on vacation

I have to say I learned a lot of things, very much enjoyed the process and can see myself doing much more of it in the future. If you have an interest in steam bending wood, check out the July/August magazine (and its associated video). Steam bending is hot stuff (pun intended).

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

Cutting Inlays with Shaper Workstation

Rob takes the Shaper Workstation for a test drive. Watch and see what he learned about this accessory to the Shaper Origin.

Rockler: More Lumber, More Variety

View of the variety of lumber available in a Rockler store

Rockler responds to customer demands for lumber by expanding these resources in select stores.

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How do people create utensils with fancy acrylic handles? It has a lot to do with the installation of a threaded insert to attach the handle to the hardware. Learn the details of the “drill and fill” process in the video below.

Installing threaded inserts in acrylic turning blanks

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