August 2004

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Canoe Paddle

A single length of framing lumber will help you hone your skills with a spokeshave, a drawknife and a block plane. By John Wilson Pages: 32-40 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now It was a bright summer’s day in 1993 at historic Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, N.H. My wife, Sally,...

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Ingenious Jigs: Stopped Cuts Made Easy

This extra-long mortising fence helps you cut “blind” joints in your work. By Nick Engler Pages: 30-31 Cabinets and furniture often have “blind” joints − dados, grooves or rabbets that are stopped at one end so you can’t see the joint on the outside of the case. Sometimes these joints are “double-blind,” meaning they...

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Endurance Test: Veritas Low-Angle Smoother

A well-made, versatile plane that’s a great value. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now When Stanley manufactured the No. 164 low-angle smoothing plane from 1926 to 1943, it was intended mostly for working on end grain, butcher blocks and the like. These planes didn’t sell...

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Power-tool Joinery: Lock Joint Holds Drawers Tight

A good substitute for traditional methods, this joint is strong and easy to make. By Bill Hylton Pages: 26-28 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now A couple of hundred years ago, most drawers were assembled with hand-cut dovetail joints – half-blinds up front, through dovetails at the back. But it’s...

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Tool Test: TopSaver Takes Care of Rust – and Your Machines

By Michael A. Rabkin Page: 25 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now Getting rust off your machines is half the battle. Keeping it off is the other, and Empire Manufacturing’s TopSaver tackles both. It’s a combination rust remover-lubricant-sealant-conditioner for all your metal surfaces. The TopSaver System comes with one 8-ounce...

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Tool Test: ProTop Gets an Upgrade

By David Thiel Page: 25 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now We’ve always been big fans of Bench Dog’s ProTop router table, and with some recent upgrades we like it even more. First, the cabinet is now made of a high-density plywood rather than laminate-covered fiberboard. This adds a great...

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Out on a Limb: Lost the Fever? Let Me Turn Up the Heat

By Steve Shanesy Page: 8 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now Do you find yourself heading to the shop less? Are you spending more time puttering in the shop than actually building projects? Have you not finished a project in weeks, maybe months? Like a fire, every passion tends to...