Out on a Limb

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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...

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Out on a Limb: Turbocharge Your Magazine

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now The magazine in your hands is just one part of the woodworking information that we create here at Popular Woodworking. And if you like the printed version, I think you’ll sop up the online information we provide. I know...

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Out on a Limb: The Curse of the Creepy Kleenex

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now The first time I ever became concerned about dust collection I was sitting on the couch with my toddler daughter on my lap. All day long I had been sanding cabinets that were destined for the addition we were...

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Out on a Limb: Avoid Unworkable Workbenches

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now In the summer of 2002 I got to visit Sam Maloof’s new workshop and home in Southern California and was floored by three things: the tactile perfection of his work, the delicious pork tacos he fed us and the...