February 2005 #146

Popular Woodworking February 2005Dovetails can be tricky at first, but this February 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking has your back. Master dovetailer Lonnie Bird offers methods for quick success.

In Resurrecting Chisels, Paul Anthony offers five tricks to transform your dull, rusty tools.

What are the best 15″ planers?

Learn how to build a boat at home.

Discover ways to frame and panel a chest of drawers.

Gustav Stickley’s glass-front bookcase is examined.

Fix finish scratches with these tips.

These 17 jigs and accessories add accuracy to your table saw.

Discover the WoodRat.

Get the lowdown on the best chuck to buy.

Take a tour of Brian Boggs’s chairmaking shop.

We put high-speed steel chisels, Hitachi’s two-base router, Bosch’s Power Box and a new waterstone from Norton through our Tool Test.

Don’t miss Tricks of the Trade, Q&A and much more.

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

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Woodworking Essentials: Customize Your Table Saw

By Nick Engler Pages: 49-56 There are dozens of table saw accessories you can mount on your machine to make it safer, more accurate or extend its capacity. Some can be purchased, others can be made by you. By carefully choosing these options, you can soup up your old table saw or customize a...

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Frame & Panel Dresser

Traditional techniques eliminate wood-movement concerns, reduce construction time and save money. By Troy Sexton Pages: 40-48 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Nice looking dresser, huh? Looks complicated, right? Believe it or not, two router-table setups allow you to build the case quickly using less-expensive wood and plywood for the...

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Great Woodshops: A Chairmaker’s Laboratory

With each new invention, Brian Boggs seeks to build a better chair. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 32-36 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Initially, chairmaker Brian Boggs’s woodshop in Berea, Ky., holds no surprises. Strips of hickory bark are drying in the ceiling’s rafters. A man sitting on a...

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Tool Test: Norton’s Newest Stone a Good Combination of Grits

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Most people will tell you that sharpening is like sanding – you must progress through several grits for good results. After a year of experimenting, I’ve found that when honing the tiny secondary bevel on chisels and plane irons,...

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Tool Test: Bosch Power Box CD/Radio

By David Thiel Page: 30 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now There are many indispensable tools in a woodshop. One that is always present, but usually not considered a tool, is a radio. If your shop radio only has an AM dial it’s time to trade up – and Bosch...

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Tool Test: Hitachi Two-base Router Set

By David Thiel Page: 28 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now For all you Star Trek fans out there, Hitachi has a couple of new routers built and designed using Romulan technology … OK, not really. But that’s what they look like. And while they’re decent routers, the technology is...

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Tool Test: High-speed Chisels are Beyond Tough

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Most chisels designed for carpentry jobs have little value to the fine furniture maker (think: cold chisels). So I wasn’t expecting to be impressed when I tested a Japanese chisel designed to be used by carpenters in man-made materials...

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Out on a Limb: Not-so-big Shops, And a Silver Jubilee

By Steve Shanesy Page: 8 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Big-shop envy is a misplaced sentiment. Sure, it would seem that when it comes to your workshop, bigger is better. But I’ve learned that a one-person shop that’s more than 500 square feet is probably too big (my own...