December 2009

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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....

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Tool Test: SawStop’s ‘Tweener’ Saw

SawStop introduces its Professional Cabinet Saw to round out your table saw choices. By Glen D. Huey Page: 28 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now When the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw (PCS) arrived at our shop we uncrated the tool to find that the saw is shipped on its side...

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The Wood Whisperer: Get the Most From Your Router

These tips and tricks will take you a long way toward success. By Marc Spagnuola Pages: 26-27 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The router is, simply put, a multi-tasking workhorse in the woodshop. But you would be surprised by how many folks don’t get the most out of their...

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I Can Do That: Recycling Station

Handy and handsome, this piece helps you keep refuse neatly separated. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 24-25 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now In some locations these days, recycling is mandatory; fines can result if recyclable materials are thrown out with your garbage. But at my local home center, there are...

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Arts & Mysteries: Hidden in Plain Sight

Lessons learned from examining a Pennsylvania Spice Chest. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 20-23 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now On a recent tour of Pennsbury Manor, the reconstructed home of William Penn in Bucks County, Pa., where I volunteer some weekends each year, I noticed a small “spice chest” atop...