Digital Reading, Safe Toys and Angles

Digital Reading, Safe Toys and Angles

“The eZine is something that I find very refreshing. There’s not too much that I would change at present. I look forward to the day when this will be the means of receiving any magazine and not having to wait on mail or run to the local bookstore.” – Ron Zabinski

As far as the print version of Woodworker’s Journal is concerned, you need wait no more. Our print magazine is available in a digital edition as well.  – Editor

Safety Upgrade for Free Plans 

“One of the free plans in issue 223 is a Toy Wagon Project #19777EZ. I built this wagon two years ago as a Christmas present for my grandchildren. When pulling each other around the house in it, they would hold onto the bottom of the wagon for support. The space between the wheels and the bottom of the wagon is too small and little fingers were getting pinched. I removed the front and back axles (parts D and E) and made them three quarters of an inch bigger to allow more space between the wheels and the bottom of the wagon. Just thought I should write in case anyone is planning to make this project and they wanted to take this into consideration. Thank you for all the great advice in each eZine; keep up the great work.” – Kaare G Numme Jr.

And thank you for an excellent safety warning. – Editor

Same Angle, Different View

“In the Q&A portion of eZine 223, the discussion on cutting angles for octagonal segments is technically correct, but may be misleading. A comment was made that since the square cut position of a table saw blade is 90 degrees to the table, the blade should be set at 67.5 degrees to cut the joint angle. That is true, and is the proper angle if an adjustable protractor is used to measure the blade angle relative to the table top. But since a table saw’s index shows the vertical position of the blade as a 0 degree tilt angle, the blade tilt should read 22.5 degrees on the table saw’s blade tilt gauge. Likewise, a miter gauge should be set to 22.5 degrees to make the proper miter cut through the width of a board.” – Tom Veatch

That’s excellent advice for the table saw crowd, Tom. Since the original question gave no clue as to whether the person was or was not using power tools, we offered an answer that would cover even those cutting with hand tools. – Editor

“From where are the questions and answers taken for the Q&A section of the eZine? I’d really like to get some feedback on the angles for a tapered octagonal lighthouse.” – Ken Adams

The questions come from folks like you who write in. The responses come from a group of expert woodworkers who donate their time to answer your questions. To send a question, simply click on the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page under Customer Service. – Editor

“The majority of lighthouses are cone shaped. To achieve a cone shape on a lighthouse, a compound cut is needed. In that case, both cuts are 22.5 degrees off 90.” – Carl Bublak

Typo Corner

Here’s where minor word glitches create amusing results. – Editor

“I want to darken my kitchen cabinets. Is there a stain that can be used without staining the cabinets?”

Virtual stain, perhaps? That sounds like something we’d put in our April Fool’s Day issue. – Editor

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