August 2005

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Out of the Woodwork: Woodshop Pest Control

One man’s trick to keeping his lumberyard’s small mammal population in check. By Peter Sieling Page: 96 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now When customers visit my lumberyard with unruly children, I have a delicate job maintaining safety without offending the parent. Dr. David Randall, a psychologist, needed some curly...

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At the Lathe: Solid Roots for Good Design

The first step to a pleasing form is knowing your possibilities and limitations. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-93 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Whether or not you know it, every time you make something you are designing. What does that mean, exactly? This definition (from “The Random House Dictionary...

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Flexner on Finishing: Fixing Finished Surfaces

Remove common surface problems with minimal damage to the finish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 86-87 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Cleaning the finish on furniture can involve more than just wiping now and then with a damp cloth or furniture polish. Foreign matter can become stuck to the surface...

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Arts & Mysteries: Rumplestiltskin is My Name

Unlock the secrets of your hand planes by first learning their real names. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 82-85 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Ever-increasing numbers of woodworkers are using hand planes in their shops. Their demand for fine planes has given rise to boutique plane makers such as Clark...

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Power-assisted Dovetails for Drawers

A small router takes the drudgery out of half-blind dovetails. By Scott Gibson Pages: 76-80 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now It’s hard to blame anyone for turning to a router and template when the job calls for a kitchen’s worth of dovetailed drawers. If nothing else, the process is...

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$5 Router Plane

If you can’t afford a vintage or new one, build your own using a block of wood, an Allen wrench and a thumbscrew. By John Wilson Pages: 72-75 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Here is a real-life shop problem: The project calls for a shallow slot, or dado, in...

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A Woodworking Miter Saw

Turn a contractor’s tool into a precision woodworking machine. By David Thiel Pages: 66-71 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now I don’t know of too many woodworking shops, whether home or professional, that don’t have a miter saw as part of their equipment. A miter saw is a fine alternative...