April 2008 #168

Popular Woodworking April 2008 issueIn the April 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking, turn your band saw into a precise machine with David Charlesworth’s setup procedures and unusual blade selection.

Jig Journal presents the ideal band saw fence.

Eighteen-volt and Lithium-ion batteries are the latest thing in cordless drills. We test seven contenders for fit, feel and performance in our exclusive Drill Test to help you decide if this is a trend worth following.

Mark Adams continues his Workshop Essentials series on a better way to work with a close look at miter saws.

David Mathias builds a Greene & Greene inspired storage chest.

Michael Dunbar presents a primer on using hand planes.

We take a road trip to visit a company that makes the best tool boxes ever in our Great Workshops feature.

Contributing editor Troy Sexton builds an elegant cabinet that goes anywhere.

Adam Cherubini explains why you need to have ancient tools in your modern shop.

Bob Flexner tells what to do when your finish just won’t dry.

The I Can Do That project is a pegged shoe rack.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads) for this issue are found inside their respective articles.

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The Precision Band Saw

With a few thoughtful tune-ups, your band saw can be a precise cutting tool. By David Charlesworth Pages: 57-61 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now I wonder how many of us are friends with our band saw and consider it one of the most useful and versatile machines in the...


Woodworking Essentials: Miter Saws

A Better Way to Work: Part 4 By Marc Adams Pages: 47-54 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Power miter saws, for the most part, are saws of our generation. They were first introduced to the hobbyist market in the mid-1970s but really took off in the 1980s. They have...


American Cabinet

Satisfy a need for household storage without sacrificing valuable shop time. By Troy Sexton Pages: 42-46 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Besides a table and chairs, no piece fits the dining room better than this quintessentially American country-style cabinet with storage behind doors and a flat surface for serving...


Tool Test: Japanese Super Stones Don’t Need Soaking

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 34 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now The only thing better than a Japanese waterstone is a Japanese waterstone that doesn’t require 10 minutes of soaking before you begin sharpening. A new line of “Super Stones,” made by Naniwa Abrasives, are priced so that the next...


Tool Test: Not Your Grandfather’s Circular Saw

By Glen D. Huey Page: 34 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now I can only imagine the grin on Grandad’s face if he were to use the Festool TS55EQ. It’s not the ordinary circular saw with which he toiled. This is a plunge-cut saw. The blade plunges into the work...


Greene & Greene-inspired Storage Chest

Classic design elements combine to create a new design. By David Mathias Pages: 36-41 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Seven years ago I made my first piece of Greene & Greene-style furniture, a coffee table of my own design. It contained several elements the Greenes commonly used: cloudlifts and...


Tool Test: Bridge City HP-6v2 Multi-plane

Cut ready-to-finish profiles and joinery with this modern multi-plane. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now When the electric router took control of the modern workshop, legend has it that cabinetmakers burned their defunct moulding planes in their shop stoves for heat. Routers made it simple...