December 2008

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Best New Tools: 2008

By the Popular Woodworking Editorial Staff Pages: 55-59 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Before I started working at this magazine, I saw tools as things that came in boxes. But during the last 12 years, my view has changed. I now see tools as triumphs of marketing, engineering or...

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Stickley Mantel Clock

Attention to detail pushes this Stickley design, and the builder, to another level. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 48-54 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now A few years prior to his brothers taking over the furniture business, Gustav Stickley, the grandfather of the Arts & Crafts movement, produced what might...

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12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saws

Testing the ultimate crosscut saws. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 42-47 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Thirty years ago, there weren’t many options for making wide crosscuts. The machine to use was a radial-arm saw. Expensive, fussy to set up, hardly portable and touted as a “do-it-all” device, the...

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Tool Test: Triton TC36LS 3.6 Volt Lithium-ion Screwdriver

By Megan Fitzpatrick Page 40 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Tiny Lithium-ion cordless screwdrivers are breeding like feral cats in the Popular Woodworking shop these days. This little hex-drive Triton, at just 3.6 volts and less than 1 pound, is the runt of the litter (most of the small...

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Tool Test: Woodpeckers Saw Gauge

By Glen D. Huey Page: 40 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now If you notice a substantial amount of burning as you rip or crosscut with your table saw, you have a problem. Problems with table saws generally fall into two categories: problems with the saw blade or problems with...

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Tool Test: Amana In-Tech Router Bits

By Glen D. Huey Page: 38 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Insert tooling has long been used on the industrial side of woodworking and is now making its way to home-based and small professional woodworkers. One example is Amana Tool’s In-Tech Series router bits. Amana has placed tungsten carbide...

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Tool Test: Titebond Instant Bond CA Glue

By Glen D. Huey Page: 38 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now If you’re a serious woodworker, or a woodworker who sometimes needs to correct small errors somewhere in your shop, you should have a bottle or two of cyanoacrylate (CA) glue. (You may know it as Super Glue.) I...