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Arbortech Contour Random Sander

I I’ve been building a stacked-lamination piece with plenty of concave and convex curves that require a good deal of sanding. Arbortech’s new Contour Random Sander has helped. Out of the bag, the sander includes everything you need – a metal stem containing two independently rotating shafts that produce the “random” action, a flexible...

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Grizzly Track Saw ‘Master Pack’

I’ve long been a fan of the track saw. For me, there’s no faster, safer or more reliable way to break down sheet goods into sizes I can handle. While I can wrestle a 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3⁄4″ plywood onto the cabinet saw if I must, it’s not easy and there’s every...

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The Solution to Finish Problems?

All sorts of damage can occur to a finish. I’ve written about the most common problems and how to fix them many times. Four of the articles I wrote for Popular Woodworking are included in my book, “Flexner on Finishing” (Popular Woodworking). These articles deal with problems such as water rings, rubs and scrapes,...

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End Grain: World’s Best-known Tool Cabinet

The amazing tool cabinet of piano-maker Henry O. Studley has fostered intense admiration and contemplation surrounding its origins and creator for nearly three decades. I’ve heard a lot of this speculation while conducting research for the book “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” (Lost Art Press). About the only thing...

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‘Weekend Pot Rack’ SketchUp Model

This is a model of the I Can Do That “Weekend Pot Rack” from the February 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Download the free SketchUp plan here See all our SketchUp Models here Purchase Sketchup products from Shop Woodworking.

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Ruhlmann Tabouret

Create sultry sophistication with Art Deco details by Mario Rodriguez page 23 Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933) is considered by craftspeople, collectors and designers to be the premier Art Deco furniture maker; he was called “Art Deco’s greatest artist” by The New York Times in 2009. All the fuss is for good reason. This French designer’s...

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Tapered Sliding Dovetails

Hand tools are the way to go for this traditional joint. by Frank Strazza page 30 Tapered sliding dovetails are multipurpose joints traditionally used for drawer dividers, holding legs in place on a pedestal table and attaching tops to case pieces. The primary reason for a tapered joint (instead of a straight joint) is...

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Kumiko Lamp

The road to enlightenment is paved with lots of little strips of wood. by Raney Nelson page 33 I am not by nature organized or detail-oriented. When I was young, I was the guy with the punk rock blaring and the messed-up clothes; the dog often ate my homework. Even as an adult, attention to...

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Charred Finish

Fire and wax together produce a rich black surface. by Seth Gould page 40 Fire might not be the first finishing technique that most woodworkers gravitate toward; then again, I am not most woodworkers. As a blacksmith and toolmaker, I am around fire every day, and when I began burning my hammer handles, I...