November 2005 #151

Popular Woodworking November 2005The cover of the November 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking features a cherry tall chest. Learn how to build this fine casework from Lonnie Bird.

Visit the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop in Colonial Williamsburg.

We give you a preview of new tools from the Las Vegas AWFS show.

Lasers are appearing on all sorts of tools. We tell you which ones are good ideas and which ones are just gimmicks.

A Gustav Stickley bridal chest is reproduced in an unusual combination of woods.

Bob Flexner explains the basics of wiping varnish. Learn how to identify it, use it and make your own.

Our Woodworking Essentials supplement continues with Casework Construction: Wood Selection and Prep.

Techniques for glazed cabinet doors.

Find plenty more helpful information and tool reviews.

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

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The Essential Awl

Designed for piercing wood and laying out marks, some awls are better than others. Learn which ones are best suited to your style of work. By Paul Sellers Pages: 44-48 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Many tools seen for the first time express their full function by their very...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Plane My Brother Is

How (and why) you should use the broad hatchet in the modern shop. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 40-42 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Estate inventories of cabinetmakers’ shops often include hatchets. Likewise, most of the admittedly few images of period shops depict hatchets prominently. It could well be that...

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Endurance Test: Jet 14″ Band Saw

You can buy this machine with a variety of features, but what’s critical is that Jet got the basics just right. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 38 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now When I purchased a Jet 14″ band saw four years ago it was an amazing deal. The saw...

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Tool Test: DeWalt’s New 5″ Random-orbit Sander

By David Thiel Page: 36 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Random-orbit sanders have made my woodworking career a much happier thing. And each year there are improvements to the basic concept that make them even better. The newest 5″ orbiter from DeWalt has beefed up the power some and...

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Tool Test: Dovetail Square Adds Accuracy to Marking Joints

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 36 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Hand-cut dovetails can be tricky at first, so anything you can do to eliminate marking errors will improve your joints. One of my favorite marking tools for dovetails is the Woodjoy Precision Dovetail Template. This simple and elegant layout...

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Tool Test: KIK Forstner Bits

By David Thiel Page: 35 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Woodworkers need a good set of Forstner bits. Designed to cut clean, flat-bottomed holes, they’re very handy to have in the shop. If you want a Forstner that goes a step further – look to KIK Forstners from TG...

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Tool Test: Amana Carbide Countersinks

By David Thiel Page: 35 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now While using screws on a woodworking project may not be fine woodworking, it happens all the time. To improve the look of those screws, a good countersink and plug cutter help a lot. To make things even easier, I...

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Tool Test: JDS Dust Gate Switches Dust Collector

By Steve Shanesy Page: 34 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Even in a small shop, traipsing back and forth to the dust collector to turn it on and off can be a nuisance. Sometimes, laziness rules and the collector won’t get switched on at all – the “I only...