Endurance Test

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Endurance Test: Blue Spruce Marking Knife

Handmade and perfect in every detail. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When people ask for my recommendation on almost any kind of tool, I attempt to give them several choices: I’ll recommend Tool A if you’re this kind of woodworker; Tool B if you’re...

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Endurance Test: Powermatic Model 66

After 10 years this solid, reliable machine continues to be a shop mainstay. By David Thiel Page 86 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s surprising we haven’t written an Endurance Test about the Powermatic Model 66 table saw before now. When we set up the Popular Woodworking shop more...

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Endurance Test: Wayne Anderson Smoother

A high-angle tool of last resort, this small plane can go anywhere and plane almost anything. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 36 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Despite the amount of bronze, iron and beech in my tool cabinet, most woodworkers need only three bench planes: A fore plane to...

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Endurance Test: Side-clamp Honing Guide

Ignore the naysayers. This jig produces square, sharp edges every single time. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Many of my fellow hand-tool users give me a rash of grief about my simple side-clamp honing guide, which has been a fixture on my workbench since...

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Endurance Test: Veritas Low-Angle Smoother

A well-made, versatile plane that’s a great value. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now When Stanley manufactured the No. 164 low-angle smoothing plane from 1926 to 1943, it was intended mostly for working on end grain, butcher blocks and the like. These planes didn’t sell...