December 2008 #173

Popular Woodworking December 2008 issueIn this December 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking, we test six 12″ sliding compound miter saws to compare cuts, dust collection, features and prices.

Senior Editor Glen D. Huey shows you how to recreate a Stickley mantle clock from an original design that’s appraised at $4,000.

Mario Rodriguez helps you build a wooden jack plane.

John Wilson uses the iconic form of the Shaker box top to build an elegant set of Shaker nesting trays.

Michael Dunbar reveals modern uses of drawknives and spokeshaves.

Plus, our staff reveals 2008’s Best New Tools.

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

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Online Extras: December 2008 Issue

Online Extras for the December 2008 issue include a PDF of the clock face pattern for the Stickley Mantel Clock, an article about the Stickley Mantel Clock's fumed finish, a SketchUp model of the Stickley Mantel Clock project from the Google 3D Warehouse, and a behind-the-scenes video about testing miter saws.

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Out of the Woodwork: Sharpeners’ Anonymous

A 12-step program for regrowing forearm hair. By Jeff Skiver Page: 88 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now I head through the main doors, down the stairs to the basement, arriving at the third door on the right. Like everyone else, I grab a cup of coffee before finding a...

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Flexner on Finishing: How to Brush a Finish

Putting some sense back into a simple task. By Bob Flexner Pages: 82-84 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now For most people, the first experience brushing comes with oil or latex paint, or with alkyd or polyurethane varnish. Each of these coatings is relatively easy to brush. Brushing is very...

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Jig Journal: Shop-made Mortise Jig

You don’t need fancy tools or a special machine to create a traditional joint. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 78-79 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Reproduction furniture is my main focus in woodworking, so I think one of the most important construction joints is a mortise-and-tenon joint – and...

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Drawknives & Spokeshaves

These once-standard tools have a place in the modern shop. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 72-76 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now When the last grains of sand run through my hourglass, I know how I want to check out. I want to drop on the shop floor in the middle...

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Shaker Nesting Trays

While not traditional, this form echoes the look of iconic Shaker box tops. By John Wilson Pages: 66-71 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now I have never seen an oval tray at a Shaker village, but these examples are certainly in the Shaker style. Trays are an extension of a...

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Build a Wooden Jack Plane

Making your own tool helps you understand how and why it works, and what to do if it doesn’t. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 60-65 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Making a plane is a unique woodworking experience that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a way to develop a deep knowledge...

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Best New Tools: 2008

By the Popular Woodworking Editorial Staff Pages: 55-59 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Before I started working at this magazine, I saw tools as things that came in boxes. But during the last 12 years, my view has changed. I now see tools as triumphs of marketing, engineering or...

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Stickley Mantel Clock

Attention to detail pushes this Stickley design, and the builder, to another level. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 48-54 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now A few years prior to his brothers taking over the furniture business, Gustav Stickley, the grandfather of the Arts & Crafts movement, produced what might...