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Photo Tips: Composition

Photo Tips: Composition

By Jon Deck Creating a well-lit, properly focused photograph at the right resolution doesn’t mean much if the scene you’ve shot is unclear to the viewer. A photograph that is too far away, lost in a cluttered background, or features huge hands or tools but no action isn’t useful. The composition of your […]

by November 21, 2016 Shop Tips
Photo Tips: Lighting

Photo Tips: Lighting

PHOTOTIPS Lighting Temperature This does not refer to the heat created by a bulb, but the hue or color of the light produced from a light source. The most common problem I find in a series of photos is that the color will shift dramatically from shot to shot. The […]

by July 18, 2016 Shop Tips
Wood Toxicity

Wood Toxicity

Most woodworkers realize that over time, wood dust can cause many of the same lung problems as asbestos. But some woods have developed their own protection against insects, microbes, fungus, and even other competing plants. These defences, usually in the form of an irritant or toxin, carry over to the […]

by September 30, 2015 Shop Tips
Shop-made Push Sticks

Shop-made Push Sticks

Keep your fingers away from sharp blades with these simple designs In Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Summer 2014 (Issue 55), Dennis Simmons offered an Adirondack chair pattern sized for dolls. Since some of the pieces were small, he also created these push sticks to hold the pieces while you cut […]

by April 19, 2014 Shop Tips
Outdoor Finishes and Glues

Outdoor Finishes and Glues

Use the right products to ensure your outdoor projects last In Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Summer 2014 (Issue 55), Technical Editor Bob Duncan presented an introduction to durable outdoor glues and finishes. Download the whole article or share it with a friend. Foolproof Wood Finishing | No Fuss Wood Finishing […]

by April 18, 2014 Shop Tips
Circle Cutting Jig

Circle Cutting Jig

Simple jig allows you to cut perfect circles with a band saw In the Great Book of Woodworking, the Editors of Skills Institue Press demonstrated how to make a Shaker-style Candle Table. The project required you to cut a perfect circle. While there are commercial jigs to cut perfect circles […]

by December 4, 2013 Shop Tips, Techniques
Circle Cutting Jig

Circle Cutting Jig

Simple jig allows you to cut perfect circles with a band saw In the Great Book of Woodworking, the Editors of Skills Institue Press demonstrated how to make a Shaker-style Candle Table. The project required you to cut a perfect circle. While there are commercial jigs to cut perfect circles with […]

by December 4, 2013 Shop Tips, Techniques
Electronic Cutters: Not Useful For Veneer, But…

Electronic Cutters: Not Useful For Veneer, But…

As I mentioned in my editor’s note in the Fall 2013 issue (Issue 52), I had high hopes that I might be able to cut veneer with an electronic cutting machine like the Cricut or Silhouette, which are sold in craft stores. These relatively inexensive machines are very much like […]

by June 26, 2013 Shop Tips

Never Fail Blade Chart

A quick chart to determine which blade to use for common projects In Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Spring 2013 (Issue 50), Bob Duncan provided an article on how to choose the best blade for a given project. Attached below is a quick reference chart to print out and keep near […]

by April 19, 2013 Shop Tips
Easy Mini-Chuck Use

Easy Mini-Chuck Use

Mount a 1/4″-diameter socket to the side of your workbench to make changing bits quicker. I purchased a mini chuck that features a 1/4″-diameter hex shank to hold small drill bits securely. The instructions suggest clamping the shank of the chuck in a vise while you hand-tighten the bits in […]

by January 5, 2012 Shop Tips