October 2008 #171

Popular Woodworking October 2008 issueThe cover project of the October 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking is a versatile new 21st-Century workbench designed and built by senior editor Robert W. Lang. Elements from historic benches makes this the ideal work-holding bench for both power and hand tool woodworkers.

Our series of articles by David Mathias continues with Greene and Greene: Details and Joinery with more never-before published photos of this incredible body of work.

Michael Dunbar lists the layout tools we all need as well as how to use them in power and hand tool applications.

Looking for a new random-orbit sander? We’ll help you choose as we test 10 sanders head-to-head.

Editor Christopher Schwarz reveals his top tricks for taming handplane tear-out.

Marc Adams continues his Woodworking Essentials series with ways to work smarter (and safer) at the table saw.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue are found inside their respective articles.

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Arts & Mysteries: A Joynt Forme

This 17th-century seating piece is good practice for what came after. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-28 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now I’m going to take a step back in time this month to explore the ubiquitous seating of the 17th century. I think you’ll find this to be a...

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Out on a Limb: Abandon Ship – Before it Sinks

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now One of the biggest frustrations with woodworking comes with designing furniture. There are thousands of people who will teach you how to cut a joint or apply a finish, but there is almost no one who will tell you...