August 2007 #163

Popular Woodworking August 2007 issueTons of helpful information pack the pages of the August 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking.

What do Europeans know about table saws that Americans don’t. Kelly Mehler gives us 9 reasons why these unfamiliar saws are safer and more efficient.

Our cover project is an authentic reproduction of a Shaker tall clock.

Our Woodworking Essentials series on setting up shop concludes with dust collection basics.

We visit the most incredible tool collection ever seen and the California school founded by James Krenov.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue are found in their respective articles.


What You Don’t Know About European Saws

Because of their unfamiliar features, unusual appearance and higher price tag, many Americans don’t even consider buying a European saw. Here’s why they should. By Kelly Mehler Pages: 49-55 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now Perhaps when you think of table saws, the names that first come to mind are...


Woodworking Essentials: Setting Up Shop – Dust Collection

By Scott Gibson Pages: 41-48 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now It’s tempting to think of sawdust as little more than a nuisance, a housekeeping problem like mud tracked across a clean kitchen floor. Sawdust is more ominous than that. It does seem to get in every nook and cranny...


Authentic Shaker Clock

Erastus Rude was the craftsman of this clock in 1811. It still strikes a bell with us today. By Robert Casey & Glen D. Huey Pages: 32-40 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now The Online Extras that went with this article are in this story on our website, click here....


I Can Do That: Canted Wall Box

Adapted from a 19th-century example, this wall-hung shelf is perfect for displaying your treasures. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 30-31 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now? Adapted from an 1840s piece, this canted wall box is scaled up from the one you’ll find in John A. & Joyce C. Nelson’s “The...


Tool Test: Machine Sharpening – Maybe It’s Not Scary

By Glen D. Huey Page: 28 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now Many of us are not hand-tool aficionados but we still need sharp tools. Nonetheless, we delay sharpening and continue to work with dull tools. That increases the chances of injuries. Or, we turn to machines to get the...


Tool Test: Sight and Sound Protection as One

By Glen D. Huey Page: 28 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now I’ve never been able to wear sound protection and safety glasses at the same time in the woodshop. The problem is, if you’re wearing glasses and then add earmuffs, you get pinched at your temples from the pressure...


Tool Test: Grizzly Band Saw Extremely Well Done

By Robert W. Lang Page: 27 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now This new version of the popular 14″ band saw is more old than new, but in a good way. Its mass and power make it feel more like an older American-made machine than a new imported model. Much...


Tool Test: Hitachi Nailer – More Than Premium Features

By Glen D. Huey Page: 27 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now If you think a 15-gauge finish nailer is a bit more tool than you’ll need in your workshop, think again. Every woodworking shop should have this size finish nailer in its arsenal of air-powered tools. A 15-gauge nailer...


Tool Test: Bridge City’s Variable-pitch Plane

A unique tool that allows you to plane at high or low angles, with a bit of a steep learning curve. By Christopher Schwarz Page 26 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now Say what you will about a handplane that costs $1,500, the variable-pitch plane from Bridge City Tool Works...