April 2009

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Flexner on Finishing: Finishing the 5 Types of Woods

Organize all the woods into categories to determine the best finishing strategy. By Bob Flexner Pages: 66-68 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Woodworkers choose among dozens of wood species for projects. Unless you’ve actually used many different woods and experience how they machine, feel, smell and respond to stains...

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Tool Test: Ridgid’s Rock-top Saw

By Glen D. Huey Page: 31 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Ridgid now has its version of a granite-top table saw on the market. With the motor mounted inside the cabinet and the saw powered from a 110-volt circuit, the Ridgid R4611 saw is considered a hybrid saw. Features...

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Tool Test: Metabo Sander Pulls Double Duty

By Glen D. Huey Page: 31 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Many woodworkers rely on random-orbit sanders as their primary method to level an out-of-whack glue-up or for smoothing a surface in preparation for finish. To accomplish both tasks adequately, most sanders are made with middle-of-the-road specifications. If your...

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Tool Test: Veritas Dovetail Saw

New saw design opens the door to hand sawing. By Robert W. Lang Page: 30 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now One of the thrills of woodworking is learning a new technique and adding a new skill. Many new skills require a new tool, and the cost of the tool...

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I Can Do That: Storage Bench

Keep the end of your bed organized in style. By Drew DePenning Pages: 28-29 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now The inspiration for this “I Can Do That” storage bench was simple – I wanted it. Ever since I picked up a king-size bed at a liquidation sale, I wanted...

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Arts & Mysteries: Shaping the Splat

Building a Philadelphia Chippendale chair – Part 4 By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-27 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now I’m continuing with my reproduction of an 18th-century Philadelphia side chair. These chairs are often called “Chippendale chairs,” no doubt referring to the London cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale who published a book...

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Jig Journal: Hold Handwork Without a Vise

Get started with hand tools without spending a bundle on a bench or vise. By Robert. W Lang Pages: 22-23 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now A major stumbling block on the road to enjoyable woodworking is “lackoftoolaphobia,” the fear of not being able to do something without the best...

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The Wood Whisperer: A Sticky Situation

Six common situations where specialty glues serve you well. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 20-21 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now It goes without saying that most of our projects would be nothing more than a loose assembly of parts without the holding power of glue. Thankfully, modern adhesives are accessible,...

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Out on a Limb: Are We Friend or Foe To the Trees?

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Sometimes when I’m on a walk with my children, they’ll look up into the leafy branches and ask: “What kind of tree is that?” To which I’ll reply: “Beats me. Let’s cut it down and find out.” After a...