December 2009

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Build a Boomerang

Making a boomerang is simple, fast and will set your head spinning. By Trevor Smith Pages: 52-56 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now If you like a challenge, enjoy having an excuse to be outside and are looking for ideas for practical projects, you’ll find that building a boomerang is...

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Bibliophile’s Bookcase

With simple lines and straightforward joinery, this project yields ample shelf space (and drawers to boot). By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 46-51 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now This large case-on-case shelving unit is adapted from similar pieces I’ve seen in private libraries and in stately homes. I also dug up...

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James Krenov, 1920-2009

A woodworking teacher and writer whose influence will live on. By Ron Hock Pages: 44-45 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now There is a short list of woodworkers whose work defines a style and is recognizable at first glance. Those on it have undeniably influenced other woodworkers, shaped our culture...

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Sam Maloof, 1916-2009

Designer and builder of elegant but simple iconic furniture. By John Economaki Pages: 42-43 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Sam Maloof is the reason I became a furniture maker. I used to teach shop in the early 1970s. The Portland (Ore.)Public Schools maintained an audio/video depository for teachers and...

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Compact 12v Drill-Drivers

These small tools pack a punch. What might seem a step down actually has big benefits. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 36-41 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Drill-drivers have moved through different battery voltages like a NASCAR driver moves through gears at Talladega. Many manufacturers pushed through 18 volts...

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Tool Test: Bosch Brad Nailer is Smaller and Lighter

By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 30 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The Bosch BNS200-18 brad nailer is part of the company’s new “Full Force Technology” line of air tools, all of which have a patented air chamber that allows the nailers to use 100 percent of the air from the...

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Tool Test: Lie-Nielsen’s Thin-plate Tenon Saw

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The more I saw by hand, the more I prefer a thin sawplate. Having a thinner wafer of steel makes the saw easier to push – that’s because there’s less weight and the tool has to remove less wood....