August 2008

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Endurance Test: Wayne Anderson Smoother

A high-angle tool of last resort, this small plane can go anywhere and plane almost anything. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 36 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Despite the amount of bronze, iron and beech in my tool cabinet, most woodworkers need only three bench planes: A fore plane to...

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Tool Test: 24″ Omnijig Joinery System

Porter-Cable’s solution to jig-cut joinery does the job, but it requires an additional outlay of funds to become a fully functioning system. By Glen D. Huey Page: 30 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When I opened the box the first object in sight was the manual. Is Porter-Cable making...

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I Can Do That: Contemporary Bookshelves

Two tones of color and sharp, square edges give this piece modern flair. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 28-29 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Inspired by a design in the February 2008 issue of the German magazine Selbst, this “I Can Do That” project commenced (as always) with a pilgrimage...

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The Wood Whisperer: The Magic of Masking Tape

Find magic in the mundane using this humble problem solver. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 26-27 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a woodworker is to never underestimate the seemingly mundane. I have found great utility in common household materials: old Tupperware,...

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Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Chairmaking

Building a ‘Rush Bottum’d Chaire’ – part 2 By Adam Cherubini Pages: 22-25 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now In the last issue of Popular Woodworking, I began making my first chair. I turned the back legs, and I shaped and bent the slats to make a “ladder-back” type chair....

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Out on a Limb: A Shout-out for The Wood Whisperer

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now Terminology can be a real turn-off. I hope you can remember how daunting it was when you first encountered the weird words of woodworking: rabbet, stuck moulding, resawing and haunched tenon – to name just a few. Once you...