April 2008

Online Extras: April 2008 Issue

Online Extras for the April 2008 issue include additional text and step photos detailing the construction of the hinges, leather strap and ebony pegs for the Greene & Greene-inspired Storage Chest and PDF drawings of the sunburst stiles and bottom panel for the Storage Chest.

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Out of the Woodwork: My New Apprentice

It’s hard to teach a new dog the old dog’s tricks. By Jeff Skiver Page: 88 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now My woodshop is a frustrating place to be at the moment. I am breaking in a new apprentice, and he and I are having issues. We are not...

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Flexner on Finishing: Slow Drying

Why stains and finishes sometimes dry slowly. By Bob Flexner Pages: 82-83 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now A friend called with a problem. He had applied an ebony oil stain to oak and after the stain had dried for two days, the polyurethane he then brushed picked up some...

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Great Woodshops: A Century of Gerstner

One woodworker’s toolbox launched this thriving family business. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-79 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now The dream of starting a nice little business is common among woodworkers, and it isn’t anything new. In 1906, Harry Gerstner followed his dream and established H. Gerstner & Sons...

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Jig Journal: Best Band Saw Fence

Compact, simple to use, infinitely adjustable – and free. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 74-75 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Every time we bring a new band saw into our shop for testing, I make the same observation, which is actually a complaint. My co-workers know it by heart,...

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Lithium-ion Drills

We test more powerful, less weighty designs that are powered by new battery technology. By the Popular Woodworking Staff Pages: 68-72 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now In December 2005 (issue #152), Popular Woodworking tested 14.4-volt drills and used the results to determine if moving up from a 12v drill...

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Planecraft, Part I: Scrub, Jack & Smooth Planes

Basic strokes to get you planing like a pro in no time. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-67 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Bench planes are the most versatile of woodworking tools. In “Handplanes for Beginners” in the June 2007 issue (#162), I explained bench-plane basics. In the first part...

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The Precision Band Saw

With a few thoughtful tune-ups, your band saw can be a precise cutting tool. By David Charlesworth Pages: 57-61 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now I wonder how many of us are friends with our band saw and consider it one of the most useful and versatile machines in the...

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Woodworking Essentials: Miter Saws

A Better Way to Work: Part 4 By Marc Adams Pages: 47-54 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Power miter saws, for the most part, are saws of our generation. They were first introduced to the hobbyist market in the mid-1970s but really took off in the 1980s. They have...