April 2004

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Tool Test: Bridgewood MS-25T Tilt Head Mortiser

By David Thiel Page: 33 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Dedicated mortising machines aren’t necessary for all woodworkers. But if mortises are an important part of your woodworking, especially if you happen to enjoy making chairs, there’s no machine that will save you as much time as a tilting-head...

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Tool Test: Fisch’s Improved Benchtop Mortiser

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now When we reviewed benchtop mortisers in August 2001, we had a lot of complaints about the crop of machines available at the time. The biggest two flaws were that the slow-speed machines tended to stall too much and the...

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Tool Test: Porter-Cable’s New Routers Cover All the Bases

By David Thiel Page: 32 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Porter-Cable’s new router system is playing catch-up with its multi-base kit competitors, but now it has not only caught up, it has surpassed them in many ways. This system sports a variable-speed, soft-start, 12-amp motor with electronic feedback to...

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Endurance Test: Excalibur Sliding Table

By David Thiel Page: 30 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Alittle more than seven years ago we added an Excalibur sliding table to the cabinet saw in the Popular Woodworking shop. Because we deal with both solid wood and oversized sheet goods, we knew a sliding table would prove...

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Out on a Limb: Pricey Tools are Worth the Pain

By Steve Shanesy Page: 10 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now While growing up in my house, “making do” was a cardinal principle by which we all lived. It was accepted as fact that a new baseball glove wasn’t going to make you a better baseball player, nor would a...