Out on a Limb

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Out on a Limb: Luddites! Normites! It’s Time to Unite

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Many woodworkers talk about the craft as if there are rifts between two camps of builders – the hand-tool people v. the power-tool people. The quick-and-easy joinery cabal v. the dovetail-everything-or-else crowd. I don’t see things that way. Those...

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Out on a Limb: The Perfect Saw is Still in My Head

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now When buying tools, it’s easy to either romanticize the past or be blinded by something shiny and new. Case-in-point: My long-standing effort to find the right band saw for my shop at home. I inherited my first band saw...

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Out on a Limb: When the Gospel Truth Isn’t True

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now When the package landed on my desk, my first instinct was to call the police. Inside the plain brown wrapper was a homemade book made by a reader of our magazine. In the handwritten book, the reader detailed in...

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Out on a Limb: Making Peace to Make Furniture

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now A couple years ago I bought a vintage Disston No. 7 handsaw to round out the nest of saws that are useful to a typical furniture maker. The saw was perfect: sharp, straight, correctly set and it felt like...

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Out on a Limb: A New Column for New Woodworkers

By Christopher Schwarz Page 10 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Most readers assume that we are awash in tools here at Popular Woodworking, but that’s not quite right. In actuality, we are obscenely awash in tools. I just walked though our shop and counted 15 cordless drills scattered on...

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Out on a Limb: Consider the Source of that Wisdom’

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now My favorite quote about woodworking came from the pen of John Brown, a maker of Welsh stick chairs and columnist for the British magazine Good Woodworking. Here it is: “By all means read what the experts have to say....

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Out on a Limb: There is No Shame in Using Sandpaper

By Christopher Schwarz Page 10 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Among many of my hand-tool friends, there’s a notion that real woodworkers don’t use sandpaper. Instead they use cutting tools only – hand planes and spokeshaves – to prepare a surface for finishing. A dirty cheater will use a...

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Out on a Limb: A New Way Not to Get Hurt

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Woodworking writer Nick Engler has one leg that’s shorter than the other – the result of a motorcycle accident years ago. When he talks about the incident now, he always starts off with a little joke. “There are two...

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Out on a Limb: It’s Almost Always User Error

By Christopher Schwarz Page 12 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now So I have the assembled carcase of a sideboard braced against my workbench and I’m planing the top edge of the aprons flush with the top of the legs. After 10 strokes, things go all wrong. The front apron...