April 2006

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Out of the Woodwork: The Changing Laws of Physics

Here’s hoping they’re cyclical. By Peter Sieling Page: 96 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When my son complained how high school physics was dull and difficult, I reminded him how important it is. “I use physics every day in the shop.” “Like how?” grunted Gary from the recliner. “Well,...

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Flexner on Finishing: What is Oil?

Understanding just a little chemistry will teach you a lot about this finish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now At a recent wood-finishing seminar, a participant asked, “What is oil?” The question caused me to remember my own confusion a number of years ago. The...

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Power-tool Joinery

Tricks and procedures for perfect tool setups. By Bill Hylton Pages: 84-86 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When you are using power tools for cutting parts and joinery, accuracy has less to do with laying out individual workpieces and more to do with mastering setups. I have a simple...

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Pleasant Hill Shaker Saturday Table

A sharp eye and smart jig help you build this reproduction. By Kerry Pierce Pages: 76-80 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Last summer I had the pleasure of visiting the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Ky. During my stay there, the volunteer who showed me around explained...

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Sharpen a Drawknife

The biggest obstacle to mastering this traditional tool is getting it razor sharp. By Scott Gibson Pages: 72-75 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now If you visited a crafts school that specialized in traditional woodworking, you’d almost certainly run across at least one student seated at a shaving horse, drawknife...

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Houndstooth Dovetails

  This joint adds strength and beauty to any corner. And it’s easier to cut than you might suspect. By Rob Cosman Pages: 66-71 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now I first saw this joint illustrated in “The Encyclopedia of Furniture Making,” by Ernest Joyce (Sterling). I was fascinated by...

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You’ll Poke Your Eye Out!

Mom was right to worry about your eyes – and you should too, especially as a woodworker. By David Thiel Pages: 60-65 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Every day there are an estimated 1,000 eye injuries reported in the American workplace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that...