April 2008

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American Cabinet

Satisfy a need for household storage without sacrificing valuable shop time. By Troy Sexton Pages: 42-46 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Besides a table and chairs, no piece fits the dining room better than this quintessentially American country-style cabinet with storage behind doors and a flat surface for serving...

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Tool Test: Japanese Super Stones Don’t Need Soaking

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 34 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now The only thing better than a Japanese waterstone is a Japanese waterstone that doesn’t require 10 minutes of soaking before you begin sharpening. A new line of “Super Stones,” made by Naniwa Abrasives, are priced so that the next...

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Tool Test: Not Your Grandfather’s Circular Saw

By Glen D. Huey Page: 34 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now I can only imagine the grin on Grandad’s face if he were to use the Festool TS55EQ. It’s not the ordinary circular saw with which he toiled. This is a plunge-cut saw. The blade plunges into the work...

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Greene & Greene-inspired Storage Chest

Classic design elements combine to create a new design. By David Mathias Pages: 36-41 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Seven years ago I made my first piece of Greene & Greene-style furniture, a coffee table of my own design. It contained several elements the Greenes commonly used: cloudlifts and...

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Tool Test: Bridge City HP-6v2 Multi-plane

Cut ready-to-finish profiles and joinery with this modern multi-plane. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now When the electric router took control of the modern workshop, legend has it that cabinetmakers burned their defunct moulding planes in their shop stoves for heat. Routers made it simple...

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I Can Do That: Pegged Shoe Rack

This simple rack uses no nails, no screws and holds up to 15 pairs of shoes. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 30-31 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now In this “I Can Do That” column, we introduce the use of pegs instead of hardware to hold the project together. This simple...

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Arts & Mysteries: Junk to Jewel

How to turn cheap wooden planes into workshop treasures. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 26-28 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Never before have such a wide variety of handplanes been available to woodworkers. If you’re looking for a new plane, but aren’t sure which one to buy, I recommend an...

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Out on a Limb: Which Church is The Best Value?

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Whenever we write about premium tools – such as Festool, Fein and Lie-Nielsen – it’s inevitable that I’ll get a few phone calls, letters and e-mails from angry readers. Their sentiment goes something like this: Why do we write...