By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now As a devoted band saw user, I’ve always resisted the bowsaw, which was used by early American and English woodworkers to cut curves. My problem with the modern manufactured bowsaws was that they were difficult to steer, they cut slowly … Read more
By Robert W. Lang Page: 32 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Traditionally, a shop-made featherboard is used to hold a small or narrow workpiece firmly against a fence or machine table. The common form has been around since the inception of the table saw, and when I first saw the … Read more
After a couple years in the shop, it’s still the router we’d choose. By David Thiel Page: 30 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now When routers with a single motor that fit into either a plunge or fixed base first hit the tool market, they made significant waves. Suddenly, it was … Read more
Methods that allow wood to move with the seasons. By Bill Hylton Pages: 26-28 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now About a decade ago, I made a drop-leaf table for a book of projects. When it came time to mount the top, I just drilled pilot holes and drove cut nails … Read more
By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Many woodworkers talk about the craft as if there are rifts between two camps of builders – the hand-tool people v. the power-tool people. The quick-and-easy joinery cabal v. the dovetail-everything-or-else crowd. I don’t see things that way. Those perspectives … Read more
Many commercial gauges are missing excellent features found on traditional versions.