April 2004

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Out of the Woodwork: Pride for Sale

I wanted my profit margin high but my ego was knocked low. By Angelo Paino Page: 104 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Like most woodworkers I dreamed of transforming my talent into a profitable career where I could pursue my passion and make a decent living at the same...

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From the Bench: The Basic Bench Hook

Three pieces of wood make crosscutting and planing easier – no matter where you work. By Don McConnell Pages: 98-100 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now It’s difficult to imagine the wooden bench hook without its almost constant companion, the backsaw. Indeed, this association is so strong that an alternative...

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Flexner on Finishing: Battling Blotching

Forget wood conditioner and go for gel stain. By Bob Flexner Pages: 94-95 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now You’ve heard me say this before, and I’m sure you’ll hear me say it again: The worst single thing that can happen in wood finishing is blotching – that is, uneven...

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Stop Rust Now

If it’s metallic, odds are it’s rusting. But why? And how can you slow it down? By Michael Rabkin Pages: 90-93 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Rust is the bane of woodworking tools. Once it appears, it seems to spread like cancer. For woodworkers in humid, salty climates (such...

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Metal-bodied Spokeshaves

After years of having only poorly made tools to choose from, woodworkers now have some excellent new spokeshaves at their disposal. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 84-89 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers I know consider spokeshaves to be little more than wretched pieces of painted iron and steel....

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Japanese Garden Bench

Combine five 2x4s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon to build a handsome and sturdy sitting spot for your deck or garden. By Christopher Schwarz & Kara Gebhart Pages: 80-83 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now My father always has had a knack for doing more with less....

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Building a Drawing

Some classical guidelines to technical drawings. By John Hutchinson Pages: 74-79 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Afew months after my “CAD for Woodworkers” article appeared in the June 2003 issue of Popular Woodworking, I noticed a recurring frustration in reader feedback. It was usually a variation on, “OK, I’ve...