November/December 2020 Issue Preview
‘Tis the season to build gifts, and in this new issue you’ll have plenty of easy-to-build options! Good sense should dictate getting a head start on them as soon as possible, but we’ve got you covered — even if the holidays are already in full swing.
Cartographer’s Coffee Table: While this hasn’t been the best year to travel, we take the style of a vintage map-maker’s cabinet and give it fresh purpose with a thick top, stylish hardware and practical drawer storage. Call it our 2020 homage to wanderlust.
Cordless Charging Table: If you sometimes put off cell phone charging because of the hassle of plug-in cords, this veneered side table provides a hidden wireless solution that can top up your phone while you sleep.
Two Wall Clock Plans: Even in the digital age, analog wall clocks can still make practical and fun-to-make gifts. Here are two versions you can build with a CNC machine or a handheld router and Rockler’s number templates.
Four Simple Holiday Gifts: Gift-giving doesn’t have to be expensive if you’re a clever woodworker. These quick, easy projects can be made from scrap-bin cutoffs or careful culling from the firewood pile at next to no cost.
Woodturning: Wooden spatulas and spoons are ideal for today’s coated cast-iron cookware. Ernie Conover demonstrates the process of making both options.
Tool Tutorial: Sharpening tool edges doesn’t have to be tedious or time-consuming if you add some voltage to the process. Here’s a survey of several powered sharpening systems to consider.
Tool Preview: RIKON’s new VSR 70-3040 full-size lathe solves the problem of limited swing and spindle capacity with a stacked bed that grows at the twist of a knob.
Hardworking Woods: Red oak has been a mainstay in woodworking and cabinetry for a long time. Learn more about this practical and plentiful North American species.
Six Simple Finishes: Blotching can be a bugaboo when staining close-grained hardwoods like maple, birch or cherry. Here’s a simple finishing regimen to help avoid the problem.
What’s in Store: If Santa could use a few ideas for you under the tree, here’s a sampling of new products worthy of wrapping paper and a bow.
Learn how to attach wood veneer to a plywood substrate. Rob Johnstone explains the process in this woodworking video.
Take a closer look at the items in the November/December 2020 issue, including offerings from Rockler and a new woodworking book by Matt Kenney.
Chris Marshall takes a closer look at the expanding bed feature of the RIKON 70-3040 VSR Full-Size Lathe.
Download the pattern that Ernie Conover used to create the heads of his turned serving spatula and spoon project.
Download the template drawing of our coffee clip with attached scoop. The template will help you locate the project’s scooping hole and slot locations.
In this video, Rob Johnstone demonstrates the process of using a CNC Shark SD100 to create a Modern-style clock with a neat epoxy inlay.
Making your own kitchen utensils is relatively simple and can be a good way of building your turning skills. Ernie Conover shows you how in this video.
Milk paint has been around for a very long time, but there has been a recent upswing in its usage in woodworking. Chris Marshall explores this classic product and its newer innovations in this video.
Six examples of simple finishes that anyone can use to enhance their next project.