December 2007

Online Extras: December 2007

Online Extras from the December 2007 issue include a drawing showing the location of the workbench dog holes, full-size drawings of the Gustav Stickley Poppy Table for $3.00, download instructions from Shaker Workshops for weaving the Mission Chair seat, and more.

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Out of the Woodwork: The Boys in the Guild

No doubt, you’ll fit right in. By Jeff Skiver Page: 96 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now A woodworking club offers countless rewards to the aspiring craftsman. It provides a platform for displaying your work. It offers the chance to learn new techniques. It affords you the opportunity to find...

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Flexner on Finishing: A Primer on Solvents

Categorize by type to cut through confusion. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Unless you’ve been doing wood finishing for quite a while, I imagine the shelves of solvents in home centers and paint stores look pretty much like Greek to you. Which solvent goes...

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At the Lathe: Finger Tops

Fun to turn and pretty to look at, these little spinners will enhance your skills. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 82-85 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Tops are the atoms of woodturning; so simple, yet you can do so many things with them. Simple or fancy, they are fun to...

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Jig Journal: Arc Drawing Bow

Searching for (and Finding) the Arc of the Competent. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-78 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now When woodworking throws you a curve, how do you respond? It’s easy to become locked into one solution because it’s familiar and miss an easy alternative. This is often...

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Variable-spaced Dovetails by Jig

Two methods to move beyond the limitations of a fixed-space dovetail jig. By Don Means Pages: 72-75 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Some of us just don’t have the time, patience or skill to produce hand-cut dovetail joints and instead resort to one of the numerous dovetail jigs available...

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Shaker Workbench

A stack of drawers and storage under a workbench has Shaker written all over it. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 62-71 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now When I started work at Popular Woodworking magazine my workbench was a couple storage cabinets on wheels and a cut-off slab of solid-core...

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Best New Tools: 2007

By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 57-61 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now After eight years of writing the Best New Tools column, you’d think that we’d be jaded and bored with the tool industry. (“Oh look, yawn, another new cordless drill with a bubble level.”) But every year, all the editors...