December 2005

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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...

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Tall Chest: Constructing Lipped Drawers

The key to quality work is to fit the parts before assembly and to pay close attention to the fine details. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 66-69 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Few things speak of craftsmanship like a fine drawer. Flawless dovetails, crisp, yet mildly textured hand-planed surfaces, and...

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Best New Tools: 2005

By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 61-65 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now We test a fair number of tools and machines here at Popular Woodworking, but some years generate a different crop of “Best New Tools” than other years. In 2005, we actually didn’t get to test as many of the...

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Woodworking Essentials: Casework Construction – Case Joinery

By David Thiel Pages: 45-52 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now In chapter three of our continuing look at case construction we’re going to take a look at many of the most practical joinery possibilities for building casework furniture. As you might imagine, this is a huge topic. Casework runs...

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Shaker Construction Methods

A furniture maker visits the Pleasant Hill, Ky., community and unearths a fair number of surprises (nails!) about Shaker joinery. By Kerry Pierce Pages: 38-44 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now If you’re planning to stay at the restored Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Ky., I have some advice: At...

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Arts & Mysteries: The Lost Arts & Mysteries

Revealing centuries-old secrets to working quickly and efficiently. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 32-36 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Arts & Mysteries is a phrase that oft appears in the contracts or indentures between master craftsmen and their apprentices. Exact usage varies, but the context is usually something like “…...