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Issue #185 June 2006


This Schoolhouse installment features a foot secured to the bottom of every sixth baluster. There are two ways to do this. The traditional way is to fit the foot plate into the horizontal bar and secure the baluster to the plate and bar with a tenon. The other way is to plug weld the baluster to the a plate mortised into the horizontal bar. The later technique will be used for this project, but instructions for making both of them appear in issue 185

Blacksmiths depend on photography to catalog and sell their work and it is an important tool for them to use, but it can be tricky. A lot has changed about photography in the past ten years. Issie 185 explores techniques to enhance your digital pictures.

Tim Johnson from Springfield Missouri came up with this idea for holding the stock in place while forming stock on a scroll. jig.

This boot scraper features a blade held in a slot cut in square stock. The blade is driven in with the bar hot. As it cools, the slot tightens around the blade. Also included in this feature are four variations on the theme.