I have let all my magazine subscriptions run out, find i get more from here than them and i have a pile collecting dust that i have yet to get done with all that i want to do in them.
But today my last arrived and it was the Annual Tools & Shops from Fine Woodworking.
Its interesting how these guys seem to hit a sweet spot everynow and then with their articles. I thought i would do a little coverage of the magazine because of the several newcomers to our site and the topics that have come up recently and are covered so well in this edition.
For people looking at shops and how to kit them out there is a detailed write up of a guys conversion of his garage to a shop.
Cover the door issueThen for those that dont have that kind of space to consider and have limited space there is an article on a guy in Cyprus that has used a 5x5 storage area for his whole shop to fold into. He designed it on Sketchup and well executed. I think he even beats Stus dungeon. Also of importance here is the tools he has. He dont have space for big power tools but mounted all his power hand tools. Well worth a read for those on limited budgets and small space.
Covers the floor issue
Covers the insulation
Covers the electrics
covers the storage
Then the subject has risen its head on our forum more than once and that is the good old plane refurbishment of a Stanley Bailey. This copy probably has the best article i have seen on how to refurbish an old boy. All the tips and tricks to tune it and excellent photography to show you if you a visual learner. To me its a reference piece of work that could be printed as a stand alone leaflet. Even includes sources for parts.
Then we have had much debate and discussion on routers and the lifts etc. But not too much on the table side and dust collection from them.
I have always had in mind to mount my router in my table saw to remove one more stand alone work station and save shop space.
Well this issue has the ultimate table saw insert design for a router. It does fall a little short in that they use a Triton and attach to its dust collector on a stand alone plate where i prefer to use a lift now and have an enclosure beneath the router to connect a dust collection port to. This is a reall great starter article and it was just the inspiration i needed to see my own view much clearer. BTW this approach makes it possible to connect the router dust extraction to the table saw duct so you get a 2 for 1.
There are loads of little tips that are relevant to some discussion here on workbenches like the aspect of adding a portable leg to support boards rather than having a permanently mounted deadman.
There is also a write up on the woodworkers version of the Delta drill press and a drill press table from Rockler but one you could make yourself. More though on its use as an accessory and its shown mounted on a bench top unit.
Then there is an article on shop safety first aid items like which bandages to use for what, how to use Krazy glue, it includes names of new bandages i aint heard of and covers you can stick on cuts to prevent garbage getting into it so you can continue to work. Really good article considering what we saw in the one i posted a link to recently.
And finally something i have been considering for myself and that is the all in one tool storage cabinet for hand tools and a picture showing a fine chest on the back page. This alone was worthwhile to me.
Seems it must be mental telepathy that they have these articles in it when we were all only just discussing these the last couple of weeks.
Its seldom i have seen such a well loaded excellent magazine. Dont ask for my copy this one is a keeper.
Here is a picture for those that need it to recognise it at the store.
This link shows the cabinet that is on the back cover and boy is it ever a beauty. The inside of the cover shows a kind of pencil type exploded view of the same cabinet so you can see how its constructed.
BTW this is not the only tool chest this magazine contains.
It may seem like they paid me to say these things but i can assure you nothing of the kind. I am just giving credit where its due.