December 2005 #152

Popular Woodworking December 2005We put tons of tools to the test in the December 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking in order to pick the best new tools of 2005.

Find the best price on the best drill as we put 14.4v cordless drills through real-world tests.

We take 10 common joints, drop an anvil on each one and learn some surprising lessons about joint strength and modern glue.

Our endurance test features what may be the best marking gauge ever.

We test holdfasts that really work, the Lap-Sharp Sharpening System and a cordless tool that acts as if it had a power cord.

Learn the untold story behind Shaker construction methods as Kerry Pierce visits the Pleasant Hill, KY Shaker community.

Bob Flexner shows you how to keep your spray gun operating like new.

Adam Cherubini reveals the mysteries of his last year’s Hand Tool Arts & Mysteries column.

Our Woodworking Essentials supplement continues with Casework Construction: Case Joinery.

Lonnie Bird takes you step-by-step through the process of constructing lipped drawers.

All this plus your letters, answers to your woodworking questions and more.

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

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Out of the Woodwork: A Whiff of the Past

The scents of our work can evoke a sense of reverie. By Ben Knebel Page: 104 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now If anything can plunge you into a nostalgic reverie, it’s a scent. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m getting older or because my father is getting older,...

Flexner on Finishing: Spray Gun Maintenance

Avoid problems and lengthen the life of your tool with two simple acts. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 As with any tool, a properly working spray gun is a joy to use. On the other hand, one that isn’t working well can go unused or even end up in the trash if you don’t...

At the Lathe: Two Holiday Turning Projects

Turn spindle and hollow-globe ornaments using a waste block mount. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-95 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now For woodturners, the nip of autumn in the air usually triggers thoughts of holiday projects. Here are two ornaments you may enjoy making. A simple spindle or “icicle” ornament...

Endurance Test: Tite-Mark Gauge

Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s also possibly the finest cutting gauge ever made for woodworking. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 87 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now The Tite-Mark cutting gauge showed up on my desk in 2001 wrapped in plastic and shrouded in questions about its true value as a...

Tool Test: Kreg’s Band Saw Fence for the Picky Woodworker

By David Thiel Page: 86 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now For many woodworkers, a board clamped across the table makes a fine band saw fence. If you’re feeling ambitious you might even make it L-shaped for extra support and added height for resawing. So why spend more than $100...

Tool Test: The VersaClamp Offers Quick Vise-like Clamping

By David Thiel Page: 85 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Sometimes the vise on your bench is not where the work is. For work occasions away from your bench (or on a utility bench) there is the VersaClamp. This fairly inexpensive tool has two mounting brackets that screw to...

Tool Test: Holdfasts that Really Work

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 85 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Holdfasts are something of an obsession of mine. They’re an almost-vanished tool that does an amazing job of quickly securing your work with just a mallet tap. Sadly, the only ones that really work these days are those made...

Tool Test: Lap-Sharp Sharpening System – Quality at a Price

By Robert W. Lang Page: 84 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Getting the hang of sharpening is not an easy task for the amateur woodworker. The Lap-Sharp addresses this by offering a simple powered system that will take you from grinding to polishing. The machine is extremely well made,...