February 2005

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Out of the Woodwork: Protecting Tools from Kids

Sometimes a little talking-to (and video surveillance) is all it takes. By Sam Stickle Page: 104 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now I have noticed three things about tools and kids. Kids can find tools even if it requires tunneling under the garage wall. Kids can claim complete innocence when...

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Flexner on Finishing: Repairing Color Damage

If the scratch isn’t deep, the fix isn’t difficult. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Even if you aren’t a professional woodworker, you probably get called on now and then to look at finish damage on cabinets or furniture belonging to friends and neighbors. Your...

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Build a Sailor Girl On Your Own

A week in your own shop will produce a boat that’s fun to sail or row. By John Wilson Pages: 86-91 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now When I was a Boy Scout 50 years ago, I remember reading an article titled “Building an Orange Crate Canoe.” At the time...

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“Real” Planers

Brawn, capacity and endurance make all the difference. By David Thiel Pages: 80-85 Is gaining 2″ of planing width capacity worth an extra $300 to $1,000? Nope. So if that’s the reason why you’re considering buying a 15″ planer, borrow a friend’s instead. The real reason to buy a 15″ planer is the motor....

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Resurrecting Chisels

Old chisels can be brought back to life using these simple steps. By Paul Anthony Pages: 74-79 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now If ever there was a type of used hand tool that was a good candidate for restoration, it’s a chisel. Lots of good deals on old chisels...

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Harvey Ellis Bookcase

A faithful reproduction of the epitome of Arts & Crafts design. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-73 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Gustav Stickley once wrote that the best way to learn furniture design was to build a proven design. He wrote that the student “learns from the start...

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Your First Hand-cut Dovetails

The right techniques and tools (plus a few tricks) will give you a good start on mastering this fine traditional joint. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 60-65 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Dovetails have long been recognized as the premier joint for casework and drawers – and for good reason....

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Woodworking Essentials: Customize Your Table Saw

By Nick Engler Pages: 49-56 There are dozens of table saw accessories you can mount on your machine to make it safer, more accurate or extend its capacity. Some can be purchased, others can be made by you. By carefully choosing these options, you can soup up your old table saw or customize a...

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Frame & Panel Dresser

Traditional techniques eliminate wood-movement concerns, reduce construction time and save money. By Troy Sexton Pages: 40-48 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Nice looking dresser, huh? Looks complicated, right? Believe it or not, two router-table setups allow you to build the case quickly using less-expensive wood and plywood for the...