The Woodworker & Woodturner (October 2015)

The Woodworker is a hands-on, we exhibit you ways, journal geared toward the house woodworker. Its 108 yr background makes it the authoritative voice at the topic. Edited and written via lovers there's a actual believe for, and knowing of, the topic. The journal offers initiatives and technical recommendation on all features of woodworking, plus information, stories and assessments of the hot and preferred woodworking instruments and gear to be had at the present time.

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With a decent-quality 6tpi blade in the bandsaw, photo 2, you can quickly slice up all the odd-sized pieces into the sizes you require for the project. Cut out a bit more than you think you’ll need, as a few spare pieces are always handy for trial cuts when you’re setting the machines to the critical dimensions required for joint making and panel raising later, photo 3. Also, particularly with softwood, there are often lots of large, dead knots which will seriously weaken the timber, so you need enough spare material to be able to work around them.

I should have listened to those niggling doubts! Learning curve Before I got to the setting-up stage though, I was determined this time to give myself a decent start and joined my local club, Trent Valley Woodturners, who run regular beginners’ courses open to the public. I highly recommend this approach, and a Setting up Lathes of this type obviously take more setting up than the unitary models, but it wasn’t a difficult task, especially with the aid of the free DVD on which Alan Holtham demonstrates the process as well as some basic turning techniques.

Screws or pins may be needed for extra reinforcement. When marking joints, it’s best to use a marking knife as it provides a sharper and more accurate guide for the saw blade. I’ve used a pencil here only because it’s easier to see the lines in the photographs. The Woodworker October 2015 45 I WOODWORK Halving joints THE CROSS HALVING JOINT Again the name gives a clue to the way this joint works. It’s used where two identical components cross at a right angle, with half the width of each component notched out to create a physical interlock that gives the joint additional strength.

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