August 2004

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Flexner on Finishing: Master the Wipe-on Finish

These products are easy to apply with good results – choosing the right one for the job is the hard part. By Bob Flexner Pages: 86-87 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now The easiest of all finishes to apply on your project is one you wipe on and wipe off...

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Great Woodshops: Rosewood Studio

This Canadian school has its roots in the College of the Redwoods. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 79-83 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now The photographic image of cabinetmaker and teacher James Krenov looks down from the door of Robert Van Norman’s tool cabinet as he carefully pulls out the planes,...

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At the Lathe: It’s Time to Turn

If your lathe sits idle in your shop, here’s the best way to start using it. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 76-78 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now If you have ever turned or watched someone else turn, you know the process can be exciting. The shavings peel away and the...

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10″ Sliding Compound Miter Saws

The modern answer to the radial-arm saw. By David Thiel & Kara Gebhart Pages: 70-75 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now Miter saws have come a long way from being used primarily as a machine for chopping 2x4s on job sites. In fact, they’ve become so sophisticated and accurate that...

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American Elm: Back from the Dead

Once loved by urbanites for its shade and woodworkers for strength, elm is preparing for a major comeback. By Kara Gebhart Pages: 66-69 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now Chairmaker Don Weber vigorously works at a piece of elm with an adze to form the beginnings of a chair. Hewing...

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The Case for Handsaws

Why you should learn to sharpen and use these oft-neglected tools. By Graham Blackburn Pages: 60-65 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now Far from being quaint anachronisms or symbols of outdated and inefficient technology, handsaws are precision instruments that deserve a place in every contemporary workshop. There are several reasons...

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Isaac Youngs’ Wall Clock

Modern CAD software restores the look of a 164-year-old Shaker design. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 52-59 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now It’s difficult to open a book about Shaker furniture or to page through a woodworking catalog without coming face to face with a clock similar to this one....