Don’t let the effects of a cold and dreary winter dampen your woodworking spirit. If you could use some inspiration, our new February issue is chock-full of project ideas, plus a couple of new technique departments to give your ambitions a lift. So put on that warm hat, dust off some lumber you’ve got stashed away and let’s get down to work this weekend!
Skee Bag Game: Bag-toss games are enormously popular during the temperate months. Why not bring that fun indoors this winter by building a fun-to-play, scaled-down version? The whole family will appreciate the effort!
Shaker-inspired Cabinet: Here’s a multipurpose cabinet plan that’s as easy to make as it is attractive. General Finishes milk paint and some clear-finished cherry give it pizzazz.
Chevron Table: This eye-catching accent table’s colorful top is bound to start conversation, and the lumber supplies you’ll need to build it may be as close as your offcut bin.
Ultimate Sanding Station: Our art director pulled out all the stops when designing this all-in-one shop helper. It’s got space for benchtop sanders, a downdraft table and large-scale hand-sanding, plus an impressive ducting system for efficient dust collection.
Shop Talk: A Rockler store associate shares the five stages of his woodturning addiction that turned a pastime into extra pocket cash and some rewarding teaching opportunities.
Modern Shop Hand Tools: Master woodworker Ernie Conover covers the basics of using and sharpening backsaws, in this new-for-2023 focus on practical hand tools.
Simplifying Bit Setups: Learn how to set up and use rail-and-style router bits. It’s the first in a new six-part series intended to help build your confidence with some of our craft’s trickier router bit options.
Advanced Power Tool Techniques: A.J. Hamler will help you raise your bar of skills at the table saw, in this primer about cutting tapers and coves, plus various non-through cuts. It’s another six-part series we’re happy to announce for the new year!
Tool Preview: Imagine owning a 12-in. jointer! Now visualize it piggybacking a 12-in. planer and taking up about half the space of two separate stationary tools. That’s what JET has to offer in the JPJ-12BHH Planer/Jointer combination machine. Here’s a closer look at this impressive machine.
Hardworking Hardware: T-nuts and threaded inserts can be just the knock-down solution your shop fixtures and furniture projects need. Our publisher explains how to choose and install them wisely.