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....