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BHGWood Oct 87

October 1987 Issue No. 19... $2.00 - USA ONLY

This issue's cover wood grain: Knotty pine

WOOD PROFILE
WESTERN RED CEDAR: THE DURABLE, DECAY-RESISTANT TREE OF LIFE
A great wood outdoors for long-lived fences, decks, and shingles; perfect indoors, too, for wall treatments, cabinets, and moldings.
TOOL BUYMANSHIP
DOVETAIL JIGS FOR YOUR ROUTER
3 I Whether you make one or 100 dovetail joints with a jig you can make every one perfect shop-tested eight jigs, and here's what we learned about them in the process.
CRAFTSMAN CLOSE-UP
PRESENTING THE GUARANTEED-FOR-A-LIFETIME TEXAS-SIZE ROCKER
Down Texas way, things seem to come big naturally. Appropriately, Hugh and Jennie Vaughn work to build their dream business around another Texas-size specialty — a smooth-rockin' ash chair they perfected.
NOW YOU CAN BUILD IT
WOODWORKERS' TOOL CHEST
In days gone by, apprenticing craftsmen built a tool chest to show their mentors that they'd acquired the skills of the trade. Build this oak chest to show off your woodworking skills to others, and protect your tools in the bargain.
SHOP-TESTED TECHNIQUES
HOW TO MAKE PICTURE-PERFECT JOINTS WITH YOUR DOVETAIL JIG
Dovetail jigs look complicated and can be frustrating to use. But once you figure them out, it will be clear sailing to perfect joints. We show you how to set up a jig properly, step by step.
WE JUST HAD TO ASK:
DO REAL WOODWORKERS BUILD FROM KITS?
It's unlikely we'll all agree whether or not kit builders deserve to boast "I built it myself." So, we tracked down five build-from-a-box devotee to find out why they like building from furniture kits, and if there maybe a kit project or two in your future, too.
TIMBER!
An Oregon craftsman harvests his own hardwood timber to get just the kind of wood he wants for his projects. Watch as he shows the safe way to fell a tree.
EDITORS' CHOICE PROJECT
QUALITY-CRAFTED PENDULUM CRADLE
What better way to welcome that special newborn than with this handsome heirloom cradle. Made of warm, beautiful ash, it's destined to be passed on from generation to generation.
NOTEWORTHY NOTEPAD HOLDER
Stay organized with this easy-to-make, handy notepad holder. We've designed it to hold two sizes of readily available sticky notepads.
ROTARY POWER CARVERS
They're versatile power tools, and arc revolutionizing carving. Here's a rundown on what's available.
MADE IN AMANA
Visit a shop where fine furniture continues to be made the old-fashioned, handerafted way.
THE TRADITIONAL AMANA FINISH
Learn how artisans apply the durable Amana varnish finish. Then, do it successfully yourself, by following the 12 easy steps.
BE A HARDWOOD SUPERSLEUTH
When you can't positively identify a hardwood, do like the pros — take a closer look.
QUICK AND EASY PROJECTS
FARMERS' SEED COMPANY BIRD FEEDER
DINOSAUR MIRROR
TURNED TEAK TIMEPIECE
SHOWCASE VASE
SHORT-SUBJECT FEATURES
* Talking Back * Shop Tips * Products that Perform * Project Showcase *
* Yesterday's Tools *Ask WOOD * Old Hand Ways * Bulletin Board *




August 1988

August 1988 Issue No. 24... $2.00 - USA ONLY

This issue's cover wood grain: Sassafras

WOOD PROFILE
PADAUK: THE WOOD OF KINGS, RAILROAD TRAINS, AND MANY NAMES
From the chalices of emperors to Empire-style furniture and Pullman cars, padauk has won worldwide fame under assorted names.
SHOP-TESTED TECHNIQUES
WAYS TO TURN YOUR DRILL PRESS INTO A SHOP HERO
Dust off your drill press and explore some new ways to expand the versatility of a valued workshop friend. We also show you how to build four helpful jigs to make your drill press even more effective.
HEAVY HAULIN'LOWBOY AND DUMP TRUCK
Our fleet of heavy-duty toy trucks continues to grow! The newest additions, a lowboy and dump truck, share the same sturdy, simple tractor design.
DEVELOP YOUR SHOP SKILLS THE PERFECT HINGE MORTISE
Learn how the pros give their hinged projects that "cabinet-quality look." We show you step-by-step how to cut hinge mortises.
CRAFTSMAN CLOSE-UP SHE PAINTS WITH WOOD
Feast your eyes on some remarkable wood mosaics crafted by Texas artist Judy Gale Roberts.
And don't miss the exclusive pattern Judy created for WOOD magazine readers.
MAKE YOUR BEST PROJECTS PICTURE-PERFECT
Even though you've rubbed on that final coat of wax, your project isn't "finished" yet!
Learn how to make stunning pictures of your best handiwork.
A TERRIFIC TRIO
SUNBURST SINK BOARD
Laminate maple and walnut strips to create the cheeriest board this side of sunrise.
ART-DECO CHEESE BOARD
Step back into the past with our handsome board reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s.
TEXAS TOAST CUTTING BOARD
Take a small bite out of an evening and whip up our sandwich board for your next gathering.
TOOL BUYMANSHIP
THE HOLE STORY ABOUT TODAY'S DRILL PRESSES
Even though one Taiwanese plant produces most of the drill presses on the U.S. market, there are differences you should consider before buying. We tested 10 popular benchtop and floor models priced under $800.
TRIPLE-CROWN SAWHORSE
This sawhorse wins on all counts—it's sturdy, attractive, and adjustable. Build our design from a 2x4, a little maple, and less than a 4x8' sheet of plywood.
KEEP SAFETY IN SIGHT
If comfort and appearance have kept you from wearing safety glasses, you've run out of excuses. See what's offered in your price range.
PLANTERS APLENTY
Readily available, durable cedar fencing makes our trio of planters a handsome set for any patio. They're affordable, too—for about $90, you can knock out this set in no time at all.
SHORT-SUBJECT FEATURES
* Editor's Angle * Talking Back * Tips From Your * Shop (And Ours) * Products That Perform *
* Project Showcase * Drill Press * Grinding Jig * Carving Pattern * Finishing Touches *




August 1988

June 1991 Issue No. 43... $2.00 - USA ONLY

This issue's cover wood grain: light avodire

Cover photo: Hopkins Associates
CRAFTSMAN CLOSE-UP
Mr. Music Box
A maker of superb music boxes, Richard Gard deserves to wear a good guy's white hat. That's because in Casey, Illinois, his donated projects lift spirits and help worthy causes.
Northwest coast Indian carvings
Take in a showcase of mysterious carved masks, bowls, and boats that marks the artistic peak of a unique North American culture.
Central dust collection
Need an affordable, effective way to rid dust from your shop? Then check out our complete, do-it yourself system that relies on common PVC pipe and fittings.
Down-to-business dust collector
This homemade louvered box installs behind a radial-arm saw anj connects to your collection system for instant local pickup.
The dust stops here
With our easy-to-make hood attachment, you can siphon the shaving from your portable planer and send them to your collection system.
High-flying balloon mobile
Turn and hang our wooden balloons, three in all, and then watch the: gently bob up and down in a nifty mobile configuration. We varie the look of each balloon by mixing light and dark woods in laminate blocks prior to turning. To suspend the balloons, we strung each wit fishing line, and then we attached them to a pair of birch dowel rod.
Cumulative index for issues 33-41
Find the projects, tool comparisons, techniques, and feature stories for 9 recent issues of WOOD® magazine in this easy-to-use reference.
Duck under glass
ScrolLsawed pieces sandwiched between panes of glass and forming a wildlife scene make this a must-do project for sportsmen.
Revelation in the rings
Learn how reading tree rings helps a special breed of scientists reconstruct the climatic events of the past.
Casual classics II
Last issue, you received our mahogany outdoor chair plans; here, you'll find the complete design for the striking complementary table.
TURNING
Construct-a-chuck
Woodturners, you can shape goblets and small boxes with this adaptable lathe chuck. It's made from a wood blank and a hose clamp.
Lathe-laid eggs
Fill a basket with hollow wooden eggs using our novel lathe chuck.
THE CRAFT SHOP
One whale of a cutting board.
Barnvard favorites
Ladies' cosmetic mirror
DEVELOP YOUR SHOP SKILLS
How to resaw safely and simply
SHORT-SUBJECT FEATURES
* Editor's Angle * Talking Back * Four novel napkin rings * 12 Tips from Your Shop *
* Great Ideas for Your Shop * Products That Perform * Rain Forest Update * Jelly bean machine *
* Ask WOOD * Finishing Touches *




BHG WOOD January 1995

January 1995 Issue No. 76... $2.00 - USA ONLY

This issue's cover wood grain: Red Elm

CONTENTS
Western red cedar
From shakes to totem poles, this wood beats all.
Matchstick models
See why Ripley's buys this craftsman's marvels.
Pocket-hole joinery
Build strong, long-lasting joints using screws.
Magnificent modular wall mirror
Add spice to a space with this decorating touch.
Workshop wish list
Find 12 new products for better woodworking.
Notable door decor
This project sounds every bit as good as it looks.
Classic columns
Capture antiquity's beauty with these bookends.
Portable planer thicknessing center
Make a mobile home for your benchtop planer.
Easy-does-it tool mover
Relocate tools with ease using this back saver.
Old-look thread caddy
Turn a tidy holder for spools and a pin cushion.
Rip-roarin' race cars
Step on it and craft a few of these kid pleasers.
Home workshops that work
Check out four hardworking reader shops inside.
SHORT-SUBJECT FEATURES
* The Editor's Angle * Yesterday's Tools * Hardwood Plywood * Ask WOOD *
* Tips From Your Shop (And Ours) * Talking Back * Wood Anecdote * Finishing Touches *
WOOD Patterns™ Bonus: Sweethearts' Spoon Project



August 1988

February 1995 Issue No. 77... $2.00 - USA ONLY

This issue's cover wood grain: Walnut

CONTENTS
Birds of a feather
Meet a Virginian who crafts marshland birds.
Wet-wheel grinders
Sharpen tools and blades the safe and easy way.
Turned knitting needles
Use our jig and templates to make fancy spindles.
Shoreline sojourner
Learn to carve and paint a stylized shorebird.
Rules to live by
Follow our five tips for measuring and marking.
Stellar table and chairs
Try our full-sized patterns for this furniture set.
Fanciful furniture
Add shelves to the table and chairs.
This finish does it all
Give your painted projects a body-shop finish.
Plant stand with panache
Combine wood and Corian in this lovely design.
Shoreline silhouette
Scrollsaw and carve a pleasing pendant.
Towering timepiece
Cut out a skyscraper clock in your spare time.
Mission addition
Build a prized oak buffet for your dining area.
For the birds
Here, find the plans for four types of birdhouses.
SHORT-SUBJECT FEATURES
* The Editor's Angle * Ask WOOD * Talking Back * Power-Carving Bits *
* Tips From Your Shop (And Ours) * Great Ideas For Your Shop *
* Wood Anecdote * Finishing Touches *




August 1988

November 1998 Issue No. 109... $2.00 - USA ONLY
This issue's cover wood grain: Cottonwood

CONTENTS
Precision resawing
Try our shop-tested methods for cutting thin stock on a bandsaw and tablesaw.
49 Mission on a mountaintop
See how one successful Arkansas furniture maker has turned his business into a family affair.
Project showcase
Marvel at this turning display from Oklahoma.
Belt/disc sanders under $600
Check out the results of our tool test on five 6x48" combination sanders.
Wood look-alikes
Looking for inexpensive substitutes for oak, walnut, and maple? Here's help.
Arts and Crafts finish
Learn to apply an authenic-looking fumed finish without the hazards of fuming.
Woodworking projects
Music-box manger
Make this scrollsawn Christmas project, then see the turntable rotate while a melody plays.
Victorian-style bird feeder
Treat your fine-feathered friends to a free lunch with our cedar-shingled eatery.
The ultimate rainy day project
You need not work in cubits when making this charming shelftop Noah's Ark.
Fairgrounds prancer
Capture the excitement of carnival time by carving this spirited tabletop steed.
Tilt-top router table
The lift-up top of this full-featured shop project makes changing bits a breeze.
Penguins on parade
Dress up your holiday decor with this handsome trio of fun-loving Sightless birds.
SHORT-SUBJECT FEATURES
* The Editor's Angle * Talking Back * Great Ideas For Your Shop: Tool Crib *
* Where Safety Begins: Mitersaw Cutting * Router Bit Review: Rabbit-Bit Bearings *
* Tool Industry Insider: Ridgid Tools * Tips From Your Shop (And Ours) * Wood Anecdote: Sassafras *
* Ask WOOD * Products That Perform * Finishing Touches *




BHG WOOD November 2003

November 2003 Issue No. 152... $2.00 - USA ONLY

PROJECTS
dual-purpose sanding center
Gain floor space by teaming up two benchtop power tools with these mobile cabinets.
traditional oak dining table
lighted showcase
3-drawer mobile utility cabinet
slice & serve bread knife
super-flexible shop storage
Build any or all of the pieces of this simple wall system for holding tools, hardware, and more.
TECHNIQUES
quick-and-easy mitered half laps
Make strong, seamless joints in eight steps.
kerf bending
Learn to curve solid-wood project parts using a form and special cutting process.
time-saving pocket-hole joinery
Try this speedy, clamp-free way of joining wood. You may become hooked.
tune your tablesaw to perfection
Improve the quality of your cuts with fine adjustments that make a big difference.
13 tips for flawless plywood cuts
Whether using a tablesaw or circ saw, try these tricks to trim plywood cleanly.
surefire lathe tool sharpening 96 how to fill open-grain wood
Create smooth finished surfaces with a shop-made slurry or store-bought paste.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
wise buys: tablesaw tenoning jigs
shop-tested pocket-hole jigs
Choose one that fits your budget and needs from 18 models in four price ranges.
sanding-discs compared
5 shop-proven products
FEATURES
Greene & Greene's modern master
See how one top-notch professional crafts furniture in this beloved style.
DEPARTMENTS
*editor's angle * sounding board * wood words * shop tips * short cuts * ask WOOD *
what's ahead in our next issue




August 1988

June/July 2004 Issue No. 156... $2.00 - USA ONLY
PROJECTS
Portable glue/paper towel center
Heirloom tall clock
Feature-packed drill-press table
Letter opener
Build-in-a-weekend garden bench
Wind chimes
Classic turned mallet
TECHNIQUES
Epoxy: a pro's tips
How to show off quartersawn oak
Discover the tricks for playing up eye-grabbing ray-fleck figure in project parts.
Building chairs with Sam Maloof
See how a renowned master craftsman designs and assembles his signature furniture pieces.
How to deal with wood moisture
Master the mortise-and-tenon joint
From low-tech to dedicated machines, get to know three ways for making snug-fitting parts.
Get a grip on four-jaw chucks
Learn the advantages and use of this problem-solving lathe accessory.
Brush on a flawless varnish finish
TOOLS & MATERIALS
Wise buys: Japanese pull saws
BONUS POSTER:
guide to woodworking glues
Shop-tested benchtop mortisers
Seven moderately priced models compete to earn our prestigious "top tool" rating.
2004 tool storage contest winners
Check out 13 of the best shop projects from around the nation.
Hollow mortise chisels
Get maximum performance from your cutters with these pointers on use and care.
Rated: three shop-proven products

DEPARTMENTS

* editor's angle * sounding board * sanding-drum dust collector * short cuts *
* ask WOOD * wood words * shop tips * curious craftsman * what's ahead *

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