Issue 687

Issue 687

Stress Reliever

I hear and read a lot these days about dealing with the stresses of the world, and there are many: COVID, politics, climate change, social unrest…to name just a few. And while I am not a hermit, I confess to not feeling stressed — hardly at all!

Does that make me an unfeeling person? Am I deluded and out of touch? Is there something wrong with me? Even though some may disagree, that is not the case. I try to stay very informed about the world. But with advancing years comes experience and a bit of wisdom. Having lived through difficult times before and made it through them has provided perspective.

And then there is woodworking. It’s a surefire stress reliever for me. (That is, unless I am making hidden dovetail joints…) Even if there is a challenge in my project, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune — the annoying stuff — becomes less important. A friend of mine calls his shop time “therapy.” So here’s to all of us getting into the shop. We do it for our mental health!

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

Turning a Tray

Ernie Conover explains the unique challenges of turning a tray as opposed to a bowl, then demonstrates the process that he uses to make an attractive, long-lasting tray.

Holder for Mitered Workpieces

Clamping workpiece to scrap wood rail

Need help securing a workpiece when cutting biscuit slots? This reader has a simple trick that will give you an extra hand.

From Our Sponsor

Free Shipping on Orders of $39 or More from Rockler

Builder Michael Alm details the design and construction of a handy workshop storage cabinet with shelves in today’s Skill Builder. Watch it come together and keep ideas for your own shop in mind!

Michael Alm's workshop cabinet

Click here for Free Plans!