December 2009 #180

Popular Woodworking December 2009 issueIn the December 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking, we test six compact 12-volt drill-drivers to see which one bores and screws the best. Will any of them make our list of 2009’s best new tools?

The large, Shaker-inspired bibliophile’s bookcase provides plenty of storage.

Mario Rodriguez shows a clever way to do seamless curved panel glue-ups.

Toolmakers John Economaki and Ron Hock share special tributes to the seminal woodworkers Sam Maloof and James Krenov.

Let your project take flight as you build a boomerang.

Learn how to safely size your small work on well-made shooting boards.

Bob Flexner explains why gel varnish is an (almost) perfect compromise.

Adam Cherubini shows how examining a period spice chest reveals many woodworking lessons.

Our I Can Do That project is a recycling station.

This issue’s Tool Test features the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw.

Marc Spagnulolo shows you how to get the most from your router.

Jig Journal features coping at the router table.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, videos, etc.) for this issue are found within each article.

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Sam Maloof, 1916-2009

Designer and builder of elegant but simple iconic furniture. By John Economaki Pages: 42-43 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Sam Maloof is the reason I became a furniture maker. I used to teach shop in the early 1970s. The Portland (Ore.)Public Schools maintained an audio/video depository for teachers and...

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Compact 12v Drill-Drivers

These small tools pack a punch. What might seem a step down actually has big benefits. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 36-41 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Drill-drivers have moved through different battery voltages like a NASCAR driver moves through gears at Talladega. Many manufacturers pushed through 18 volts...

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Tool Test: Bosch Brad Nailer is Smaller and Lighter

By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 30 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The Bosch BNS200-18 brad nailer is part of the company’s new “Full Force Technology” line of air tools, all of which have a patented air chamber that allows the nailers to use 100 percent of the air from the...

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Tool Test: Lie-Nielsen’s Thin-plate Tenon Saw

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The more I saw by hand, the more I prefer a thin sawplate. Having a thinner wafer of steel makes the saw easier to push – that’s because there’s less weight and the tool has to remove less wood....

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Tool Test: SawStop’s ‘Tweener’ Saw

SawStop introduces its Professional Cabinet Saw to round out your table saw choices. By Glen D. Huey Page: 28 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now When the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw (PCS) arrived at our shop we uncrated the tool to find that the saw is shipped on its side...

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The Wood Whisperer: Get the Most From Your Router

These tips and tricks will take you a long way toward success. By Marc Spagnuola Pages: 26-27 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The router is, simply put, a multi-tasking workhorse in the woodshop. But you would be surprised by how many folks don’t get the most out of their...

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I Can Do That: Recycling Station

Handy and handsome, this piece helps you keep refuse neatly separated. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 24-25 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now In some locations these days, recycling is mandatory; fines can result if recyclable materials are thrown out with your garbage. But at my local home center, there are...

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Arts & Mysteries: Hidden in Plain Sight

Lessons learned from examining a Pennsylvania Spice Chest. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 20-23 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now On a recent tour of Pennsbury Manor, the reconstructed home of William Penn in Bucks County, Pa., where I volunteer some weekends each year, I noticed a small “spice chest” atop...

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Out on a Limb: The Felling of 3 Giant Oaks

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now With 2009 at a close, I’m trying to take stock of all my gains and losses for the year – not the financial ones, but the more important personal ones. This year we lost three men who changed the...