May/June 2022 Issue Preview
We woodworkers tend to spend a lot of time building square forms — drawer boxes, cabinet carcasses, door frames…you get the drift. That’s why every so often, it’s fun to break the routine. Two of our June projects — a Tansu-inspired Chest and a Mid-century Kidney Table — will give you a chance to do just that. You’ll find lots of other engaging content too, to help you make the most of your shop time this summer.
Tansu-inspired Chest: Tune up your box joint jig and get ready to rout or saw lots of pins and slots with this unique step-shaped storage chest.
Mid-century Kidney Table: Our publisher combines three shades of epoxy to pour the top for a curvy, retro classic coffee table. It stands on new Mid-century styled table legs from Rockler.
Lathe Tool Sharpening Station: Roll a full collection of tools and your sharpening system right next to your lathe for the utmost in convenience with this practical shop project.
Three-tier Outdoor Planter: Char Miller-King shares a simple and attractive way to display your favorite outdoor plants to help beautify an outdoor living space.
Shop Talk: California luthier Josh Stotler builds a pair of stunning, commemorative guitars to honor the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo Space Program.
Woodturning: Ernie Conover shows how to set up an 8-in. grinder with ONEWAY’s Wolverine Grinding Jig for quick, efficient lathe tool sharpening.
Skill Builder: Rabbets, dadoes and grooves are the focus of our third installment of a six-part joinery series. Learn how these workaday joints contribute to many project applications.
Power Tool Fundamentals: Jointers and planers deliver the one-two punch of lumber surfacing. This article explains why you can’t have one without the other.
Tool Preview: Triton unveils a new 3.25 hp fixed-base router. Its powerplant has a time-tested pedigree you may recognize.
Hardworking Hardware: Rockler’s popular Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge Lid Supports are easy to install on a chest and provide helpful safety features for heavy lids. Learn how to install them here.
Print our drawings to make the circle templates that we used to make our Mid-Century Modern Kidntey table.
Rob Johnstone takes 1970s design sensibility to the max with this kidney-shaped table, combining the look of a Mid-Century Modern table with 21st Century techniques.
This diagram will show how to set up a Wolverine jig on a standard 8″ bench grinder for the best possible sharpening technique.
Take a closer look at the tools featured in the May/June 2022 issue, including offerings from Rockler, Microjig and Festool.
Rob Johnstone explains four distortions common in lumber and how the Laguna PX|12 Benchtop Planer and Laguna JX|8 Jointer deal with them.
Rob Johnstone takes a look at how to make rough cut lumber more workable with the Laguna PX12 planer and JX8 Jointer.
What is the difference between dadoes, grooves and rabbets? Rob Johnstone provides an overview of these joinery cuts and how they are produced.
Ernie Conover explains and demonstrates how a little time polishing your woodturning gouges will help keep them sharper for longer.
Chris Marshall demonstrates the installation process for lid-support hinges which are perfect for chests, boxes, storage units and more!