I Need That
Last night I ran into a reader of the magazine. It was a chance meeting: he did not recognize me right away … but then I looked familiar. (This is not a common occurrence; it has happened maybe four or five times in 20 years.) It was really fun to talk woodworking with him and hear about what he was doing. (His current project is building an electric guitar.)
I told him I was moving and the challenges it was causing with my woodworking. As a result, he asked me a question that took me a minute to answer: What tool would I not give up in my workshop? I finally answered with my table saw, but I went around in my head: band saw, combo square, planer/jointer, beermeister (OK, I don’t really have one of those)?
Which made me wonder what you all would answer. So that is what I want to know. What tool would you never give up? Or, perhaps another way to think of it is — if you had to start your shop all over again, which is the first tool you would buy?
Let me know and we will share as many of your answers as we can.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
April Wilkerson’s need and desire to fix up her home has led to a blog and YouTube channel with tutorials for woodworking and other projects.
Here’s a quick tool for sanding inside corners and other unreachable areas: apply a piece of sticky-backed (PSA) sandpaper to the blade of a putty knife.
Instead of turning my cans of spray finish and paint upside down and spraying the gas to clear the nozzle, I pull off the nozzles and drop them into a jar of mineral spirits and give it a few shakes.
Enlarged resawing and ripping capacity, more motor options, expand your choices.
My dado set with two-blade chippers works great, but would I be better off stepping up to four-blade chippers?
Occasionally, we get sent reader’s projects with only one or two pictures, and we’d still like to share these projects on the eZine. Here is a collection of some of our favorites.
eZine readers share their stories of how they have tried to pass on woodworking skills and interest to the next generations.