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: Lap-Sharp Sharpening System – Quality at a Price

By Robert W. Lang Page: 84 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Getting the hang of sharpening is not an easy task for the amateur woodworker. The Lap-Sharp addresses this by offering a simple powered system that will take you from grinding to polishing. The machine is extremely well made,...

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Tool Test: Milwaukee’s V28 System – Nearly Corded

By David Thiel Page: 84 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Who needs 28 volts of power? Me – especially if it’s sized like an 18 volt and will let me use a cordless circular saw that feels like a corded saw! The Milwaukee V28, lithium-ion-powered system is revolutionary. Milwaukee...

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Chair Devils

Designed to remove tool marks from chair spindles and posts, this hard-to-find scraping tool is simple to make. By Kathy Somerville and Larry Diegel Pages: 80-82 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Last year I spent a week in the Cobden, Ontario, workshop of David Fleming, learning to make a...

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The Anvil Test

Destroying 10 joints taught us surprising lessons about joint design, wood failure and the tenacity of modern glue. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-79 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now It has been said that we learn more from failure than from success. One of the first pieces of furniture...

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14.4-volt Drills

They’re more powerful and affordable than ever, but are they a good choice for you? By David Thiel and Robert W. Lang Pages: 70-75 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now For the past decade we’ve been telling you that for woodworking, a 12-volt drill is more than adequate. So why...