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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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...

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12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saws

Testing the ultimate crosscut saws. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 42-47 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Thirty years ago, there weren’t many options for making wide crosscuts. The machine to use was a radial-arm saw. Expensive, fussy to set up, hardly portable and touted as a “do-it-all” device, the...

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Tool Test: Triton TC36LS 3.6 Volt Lithium-ion Screwdriver

By Megan Fitzpatrick Page 40 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Tiny Lithium-ion cordless screwdrivers are breeding like feral cats in the Popular Woodworking shop these days. This little hex-drive Triton, at just 3.6 volts and less than 1 pound, is the runt of the litter (most of the small...

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Tool Test: Woodpeckers Saw Gauge

By Glen D. Huey Page: 40 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now If you notice a substantial amount of burning as you rip or crosscut with your table saw, you have a problem. Problems with table saws generally fall into two categories: problems with the saw blade or problems with...

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Tool Test: Amana In-Tech Router Bits

By Glen D. Huey Page: 38 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Insert tooling has long been used on the industrial side of woodworking and is now making its way to home-based and small professional woodworkers. One example is Amana Tool’s In-Tech Series router bits. Amana has placed tungsten carbide...

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Tool Test: Titebond Instant Bond CA Glue

By Glen D. Huey Page: 38 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now If you’re a serious woodworker, or a woodworker who sometimes needs to correct small errors somewhere in your shop, you should have a bottle or two of cyanoacrylate (CA) glue. (You may know it as Super Glue.) I...