April 2005

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Out of the Woodwork: Almost a Plane Wreck

The perilous flight of the world’s most valuable tool. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 104 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now Half of the airplane’s hydraulic system had failed at take-off; the other half failed as the plane was 10 minutes from the Atlanta airport. So the flight crew prepared the...

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Flexner on Finishing: Choosing an Exterior Coating

Five different types of protection exist. Here’s a guide to choosing the best one for your project. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-100 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now The need to protect wood outdoors is much greater than the need to protect it indoors because of exposure to sunlight and...

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At the Lathe: Strategies for a Fitted-lid Box

These egg boxes are perfect practice projects for turning objects with snug-fitting lids. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 92-94 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now A fitted-lid box is one of the most interesting things to make on the lathe. While there are many steps involved that all have to be...

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Power-tool Joinery: Tongue and Groove

There are many ways to cut this popular edge-to-edge joint. By Bill Hylton Pages: 86-88 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now A tongue-and-groove joint is an edge joint with a mechanical interlock. The edge of one board has a groove. A matching tongue is formed on the edge of the...

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Best-selling Plant Stand

A spline-and-miter joint ensures this elegant table will remain stable. By Barry Black Pages: 80-85 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now When I started building custom furniture many years ago, I discovered the best way to advertise my work is to let people see it. To do this my wife...

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Fundamentals of Layout

Owning the right tools and knowing a few tricks will ensure accurate work. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 76-79 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now Layout is one of the most important processes in woodworking; it provides an essential “road map” to point you in the right direction when cutting and...

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One-weekend Router Table

Router table cabinets can be a waste of space. This compact, vise-mounted unit stores easily and is just the right size. By David Thiel Pages: 70-75 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now I think it might have been seeing a $1,000 router table setup at a recent woodworking show (it’s...