August 2006 #156

Popular Woodworking August 2006 issueThis August 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking features a close look at tools from three different perspectives.

Master Cabinetmaker Frank Klausz gives you a look at his must-have hand tools and shows you how to build a chest to store and transport them.

Editor Christopher Schwarz takes 10 exotic infill handplanes for a test drive.

Senior Editor Robert Lang surveys woodworkers and finds inexpensive tools that can change the way you work with wood.

Our I Can Do That series continues with a handsome set of shelves, and Troy Sexton builds a Colonial style flip-top table.

Lonnie Bird shows you the easy way to make ogee bracket feet and our ribbon table looks impossible but is really simple to build.

All of this and our regular features: Casework Construction, Bob Flexner on Finishing, Bill Hylton with Power Tool Joinery and Judy Ditmer at the lathe.

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

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Make Drift a Myth

By Carl Bilderback Pages: 66-67 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The subject most often written about in woodworking magazines is probably cutting dovetails. In second place – and not far behind – is likely resawing with a 14″ band saw. To be sure, there is disagreement from one article...

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Out of the Woodwork: Common Ground

My dad was a cabinetmaker for most of his working life. Unfortunately, he plied this trade in a small, working-class town in Northwestern Ohio, a town with more farmers than investment bankers, with more machinists than venture capitalists. So there weren’t many local residents with the financial resources to hire my dad to build...

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Ingenious Jigs: Swingin’ Outfeed Table

Get extra outfeed space without sacrificing precious floor space. By Eric Hedberg Pages: 84-85 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now Who says that table saws aren’t “hip?” This version of an outfeed table puts a little swing in one of the most useful but problematic tools in my shop, and...

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Flexner on Finishing: Rub to Create a Great Finish

Achieving a glass-flat surface is a lot easier than you might think. By Bob Flexner Pages: 79-83 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now After spending countless hours building a project, you naturally want the finish to be perfect. To achieve that you need to understand the one thing that separates...

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Ribbon Table

Impossible? No. Impossibly easy. By John Hutchinson Pages: 74-78 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now If architect and furniture designer Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976) is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern design, then Eileen Gray (Ireland, 1878-1976), who shared his profession and time on Earth, must...

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the Libella

This classic tool built civilizations. Now you can build one for yourself. By Samuel L. Peterson Pages: 72-73 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now Perhaps you have seen some of these in high-end tool catalogs, and have wondered what they are. The plumb level – also called a libella –...

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‘Best $20 I Ever Spent’

Woodworking magazines present a distorted view of reality. We show ourselves working on projects using the latest and greatest tools, and it’s easy to start thinking you really need this stuff to do good work.

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Country Settle Table

This convertible project serves as a nice breakfast table, a handy small chest and a surprisingly comfortable place to sit. By Troy Sexton Pages: 60-65 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now When furniture was more precious to its owners, it was common for a piece to have more than one...

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Test-driving Exotic Infill Handplanes

We spend three days with the world’s most expensive planes. Are they just jewelry? Or do they work better than your plane? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 52-59 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now There are times when I wish I could find my first handplane. It was, by most standards,...