Out on a Limb

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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...

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Out on a Limb: Fix the Chairs, but Rip Up the Curtains

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now A few years ago we held a focus group of readers to pick their brains about changes we were considering to this magazine. One of our wild ideas was to add some home-improvement content to the magazine – stuff...

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Out on a Limb: Please Welcome a Most Familiar Face

? By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now As I was combing through the résumés of the woodworkers who applied for our open senior editor position I had a disturbing thought: I was glad that my résumé wasn’t in that pile because I’m not so sure...

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Out on a Limb: The Power of Candlepower

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the December 2008 issue #173 Buy this issue now I put the candle on the floor and stepped back. My wife, Lucy, eyed me warily. I moved the candle a few feet and shifted myself a few feet away. Lucy crossed her arms, like she was about to...

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Out on a Limb: My Weird Relationship With My Router

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the November 2008 issue #172 Buy this issue now Perhaps it was the flames shooting out of the vent holes of the plunge router that first soured my relationship with the tool. But for some reason, I have always had an uneasy truce with my routers. To be...

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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...

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Out on a Limb: A Shout-out for The Wood Whisperer

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Terminology can be a real turn-off. I hope you can remember how daunting it was when you first encountered the weird words of woodworking: rabbet, stuck moulding, resawing and haunched tenon – to name just a few. Once you...