April 2011

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Variable-pitch Jack Plane

This jack plane can be easily set to work at 45° for rough work or 52° for smoothing chores.By John Wilson Pages: 48-53From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowThe story of this plane goes back 20 years to a chance encounter I had with a Cecil Pierce jack plane. Pierce was a...

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Dovetailed Keepsake Box

Shortcuts learned as you build this classic box help you become a better joiner.By Glen. D. Huey Pages: 44-47 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowThis box is chock-full, but don’t look on the inside. Check out the outside. It’s loaded with dovetail joinery – through dovetails on the front and half-blind dovetails...

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Tricks of the Trade

By Popular Woodworking Magazine readers Pages: 12-13From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowThe winning trick from this issue is a "Benchtop Saw Upgrade" from Dan Chiappetta, of Astoria, N.Y. His clever shop-made MDF table adds surface area to a contractor table saw. Plus, a "Shop-made Pen Press" from Serge Duclos of Delson,...

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Bend the Laws of Lignum

A recent innovation lets you bend wood without steam or adhesives.by Christopher Schwarz Pages: 36-37From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowThe package of wood looked everything like a mummy when it arrived in our shop. The wood was wrapped in clear plastic, bound by plastic straps and wrapped by more plastic and...

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I Can Do That: Tool Rack

Swiped from a French engraving, this rack works in your shop or even in your kitchen.By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 26-27From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowIt’s good to keep your tools protected (think: tool chest). But it’s also good to keep them handy (think: at arm’s reach). My favorite way to accomplish...

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Design Matters: Double-duty Dovetails

What's more important: Strength or Aesthetics?By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowOne of the high points of the October 2010 Woodworking in America conference was the dueling dovetail session between Roy Underhill and Frank Klausz. The two squared off with saw and chisel in hand tackling the...