December 2005

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Out of the Woodwork: A Whiff of the Past

The scents of our work can evoke a sense of reverie. By Ben Knebel Page: 104 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now If anything can plunge you into a nostalgic reverie, it’s a scent. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m getting older or because my father is getting older,...

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Flexner on Finishing: Spray Gun Maintenance

Avoid problems and lengthen the life of your tool with two simple acts. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 As with any tool, a properly working spray gun is a joy to use. On the other hand, one that isn’t working well can go unused or even end up in the trash if you don’t...

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At the Lathe: Two Holiday Turning Projects

Turn spindle and hollow-globe ornaments using a waste block mount. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-95 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now For woodturners, the nip of autumn in the air usually triggers thoughts of holiday projects. Here are two ornaments you may enjoy making. A simple spindle or “icicle” ornament...

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Endurance Test: Tite-Mark Gauge

Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s also possibly the finest cutting gauge ever made for woodworking. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 87 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now The Tite-Mark cutting gauge showed up on my desk in 2001 wrapped in plastic and shrouded in questions about its true value as a...

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Tool Test: Kreg’s Band Saw Fence for the Picky Woodworker

By David Thiel Page: 86 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now For many woodworkers, a board clamped across the table makes a fine band saw fence. If you’re feeling ambitious you might even make it L-shaped for extra support and added height for resawing. So why spend more than $100...

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Tool Test: The VersaClamp Offers Quick Vise-like Clamping

By David Thiel Page: 85 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Sometimes the vise on your bench is not where the work is. For work occasions away from your bench (or on a utility bench) there is the VersaClamp. This fairly inexpensive tool has two mounting brackets that screw to...