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  • August/September 2010 Issue

    The August/September 2010 issue of Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement magazine is now available. Check out the exciting and informative articles in this issue. You can buy a copy at your favourite newstand or order the issue by clicking the link provided.

    Instrument Project: Build an Electric Guitar – Without the Fancy Tools (Part I)

    By: Paul Hillacre
    If you’ve ever thought of building an electric guitar but didn’t like the idea of needing a number of specialized tools, we’ve got a surprise for you. This method allows you to make an incredible instrument without any specialized luthier tools. In this article, Paul turns what appears to be a very difficult and specialized project, into a very doable (and enjoyable) project. He covers in detail: Wood Selection; Making Templates; The Body; Glue Up; Routing the Neck Pocket; and Routing the Control Cavity. He also provides fifteen step-by-step full colour photos with captions, and details on creating five unique jigs to make the whole process go smoothly.

    Wood Finishing: Furniture First Aid

    By: Marty Schlosser
    Of all the ways to extend the life of your furniture, caring for its finish is one of the most important. Learn some tricks of the trade to ensure your furniture doesn’t have to be taken out on the gurney well before its time. Furniture first aid is a broad subject, so for this particular article Marty focuses on the most likely “patients” you’ll encounter: Wax Build-up, Scratches, Scuff Marks, Dents and Water Damage.

    Turning Design: Designing a Segmented Turning

    By: Scotty Lewis
    Forget about expensive, complicated computer software; with a bit of practice this simple method will have you laying out a segmented turning in less time than it takes to sharpen your turning gauge. People are always asking Scotty what program he uses to design his bowls. The fact is that he has never used a woodturning design program, or any fancy charts to work out his segment sizes. In fact, he has come up with his own method that makes layout and design very easy. All you need are a few simple drawing tools, all of which you probably already have in your shop. Scotty provides excellent instructions, as well as eight full colour step-by-step photos with detailed explanations. When you see how easy it is to make your own designs, you’ll be designing new and unique segmented bowls every time.

    Home Project: Foot Stool

    By: Jim Sinclair
    The design for this foot stool is patterned after a foot stool that Jim built as a child over forty years ago, and which he still uses today. We present it here as an ideal starter project, regardless of your age. Jim leads you through the steps of: Designing the Piece; Basic Preparation; Preparing the Legs; Preparing the Top; The Center Support; The Sides; Joinery and Assembly; and Finishing. Jim also gives eleven full colour photos, and an detailed materials list. If you are a beginner woodworker, and want to take the next step, this project is sure to give you a ‘leg up’.

    Router Skills: Template Routing

    By: Steve Morris
    Template routing is a valuable skill that is sure to take your routing skills to the next level. Using a template will allow you to create multiple identically shaped parts for a project with minimal effort. An accurate template that safely holds the work piece while routing is critical to successful template routing, so take the time to do it right. Steve gives you ten full colour photos, and excellent step-by-step detailed instructions, covering the making and using the template to produce multiple parts: Start with a Master Template; Produce the Working Template; and Making the Finished Parts from the Working Template.

    Strength Test: How Strong is a Dowel Joint?

    By: Steve Morris
    Dowel joints are fast, easy and flexible to make, but how strong are they? In this informative article, Steve Morris put the popular dowel joint through some tests to determine if it is as good as it seems. Find out how the dowel joint compares to both the mortise and tenon, and the biscuit joint. You might be surprised!

    Turning Jig: Preparing a Blank for Segmented Turning

    By: Scotty Lewis
    At first thought, accurately making segments for a turned segmented bowl seems like a tedious and painful task. However, that’s not necessarily the case, because a special mitre sled simplifies cutting the parts, while some standard supplies and a simple approach are all you need to get the bowl blank assembled and ready for turning. Scotty has tried just about every method to create segments using mitre saws and disc sanders. Now that he’s figured out how to create a proper mitre sled for his table saw, he won’t fiddle with any of that stuff anymore. It can’t be done any faster, safer or more accurately than with one of these sleds. Oh, and with less waste. What more could you want?

    Hand Tool Skills: Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon

    By: Tom Fidgen
    The mortise and tenon has been a cornerstone of furniture joinery for generations. Learn how to lay this traditional joint out properly and cut it with nothing but hand tools. In this straight-forward and practical article, Tom includes five full colour photos, and a detailed illustration showing the essential ‘Rule of Thirds’. If you are not familiar with that rule, it is one that will make (or break) the strength of your joints. Tom also covers: the Haunched Mortise and Tenon; and the Sloped-Haunch Mortise and Tenon.

    Tool Review: Trim Routers

    By: Ryan Shervill
    Here’s everything you need to know when you’re shopping for one of the handiest small power tools around – the Trim Router. The price range on these handy tools range from $45-$665 so make sure you know what you are paying for.

    Shop Tested: Trend Mortise and Tenon Jig

    By: Rob Brown
    See what Rob has to say after trying out Trend’s new mortise and tenon jig.

    Product News: King 5” Double Cut Saw

    By: Rob Brown
    If you’re looking for a power tool that will cut through wood, soft metals, PVC, iron and plastic with ease and precision, this is the tool for you. Find out all the details.

    Wood Chuckle: Learning to Woodwork – The Lathe

    By: Don Wilkinson
    Don continues to amuse, as he ponders his initial days of turning.

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