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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Tool Test: Veritas Skew Rabbet Planes

How novel: Rabbet planes that actually work well in hardwoods and in cutting across the grain. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 36 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Rabbet planes have always been a bit of an odd duck. The best vintage ones are either difficult to find or they have...

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The Wood Whisperer: Free-form Sculpting

With a couple simple techniques you’ll augment your design skills and flexibility. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 32-34 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now What woodworker hasn’t dreamed of wielding sharp gouges and chisels, effortlessly transforming a giant, lifeless chunk of wood into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece? Perhaps even creating a life-sized...

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I Can Do That: Coffee Table

Uncomplicated construction and an easy, attractive finish make this table tops. by Glen D. Huey Pages 30-31 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now The construction of this handsome red oak coffee table is uncomplicated. The top and shelf units are made of four individual pieces of lumber. Each leg is...

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Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Chairmaking

Building a Philadelphia Chippendale chair – Part 2 By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-28 From the December 2008 issue #173 Buy this issue now This is part two in my series of what will probably be several articles detailing the construction of a formal Philadelphia Chippendale chair. In the last article, I built up the...

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Out on a Limb: The Power of Candlepower

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the December 2008 issue #173 Buy this issue now I put the candle on the floor and stepped back. My wife, Lucy, eyed me warily. I moved the candle a few feet and shifted myself a few feet away. Lucy crossed her arms, like she was about to...