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Tool Test: J. Wilding Moving Fillister Plane

Vintage moving fillister planes are easy to find but can be tricky to restore because of all the moving parts and the general wear and tear these tools endure. If you don’t want to buy a metal moving fillister, then I highly recommend you check out the work of Jeremiah Wilding, a young planemaker...

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Guerrilla Guide to Spray Finishing

It’s fast, forgiving and affordable – and you don’t need a spray booth. by Christopher Schwarz pages 30-35 The hardest part about learning to spray finishes is becoming convinced that you can learn to spray finishes. Of all the ways to apply finishes – brush, rag, rubber and spraying – there’s only one method...

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‘Melencolia’ Try Square

This nearly lost layout tool is surprisingly accurate and useful. by Christopher Schwarz pages 48-49 A surprising number of woodworking tools and furniture forms have been lost to time. Some for the better (the motorized coping saw?) and others for no apparent reason. A lot of my research into early woodworking consists of examining...

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Chestnut Tools Universal Sharpener

by Christopher Schwarz page 14 Sometimes a small advance in technology makes an enormous difference in everything. The Chestnut Tools Universal Sharpener – just $18.50 from Lee Valley Tools – will absolutely change the way you sharpen tools. It looks like a folding pocketknife, but instead of a blade the sharpener has a piece...

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CMT’s Inexpensive Moisture Meter

by Christopher Schwarz page 14 If you ever work with wood from unreliable or unusual sources, such as one-person sawmills, it pays to own a moisture meter. I slip mine into my pocket whenever I head to the lumberyard and it has saved my skin several times in the last 20 years. But not...

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Why Portable Planers are Better

While we lust for a 20″ monster, most woodworkers would be just as well off (or better) with a ‘suitcase planer.’ by Christopher Schwarz pages 32-36 When I started woodworking in about 1993, I wanted two things: a table saw with a decent rip fence and the biggest thickness planer on the planet. In...

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Micro Marco

Marco Terenzi is a toolmaker and furniture maker with a talent for incredibly tiny work. by Christopher Schwarz pages 43-47 Toolmaker Marco Terenzi has a dream shop that sounds a little bit like a nightmare from “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s a typical shop with a workbench, tools and machines. But there’s a little door...

Craftsman 10" Miter Saw

Tool Test: Craftsman 10″ Sliding Miter Saw

This inexpensive compact saw performs surprisingly well. by Christopher Schwarz page 14 When sliding miter saws first hit the market, they could cost as much as a decent table saw. So I was shocked when I saw the price tags on the new line of miter saws by Craftsman (starting at less than $200)....

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Japanese Sliding-lid box

This clever and simple piece is great for storing tools, toys or a kimono. by Christopher Schwarz p. 37 While picking though a table of vintage Japanese tools for sale in 2013, I spotted this sliding-lid box under the vendor’s table; it was blackened by age, soot and rust. Despite its scars, however, the...