February 2005

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Great Woodshops: A Chairmaker’s Laboratory

With each new invention, Brian Boggs seeks to build a better chair. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 32-36 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Initially, chairmaker Brian Boggs’s woodshop in Berea, Ky., holds no surprises. Strips of hickory bark are drying in the ceiling’s rafters. A man sitting on a...

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Tool Test: Norton’s Newest Stone a Good Combination of Grits

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Most people will tell you that sharpening is like sanding – you must progress through several grits for good results. After a year of experimenting, I’ve found that when honing the tiny secondary bevel on chisels and plane irons,...

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Tool Test: High-speed Chisels are Beyond Tough

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Most chisels designed for carpentry jobs have little value to the fine furniture maker (think: cold chisels). So I wasn’t expecting to be impressed when I tested a Japanese chisel designed to be used by carpenters in man-made materials...

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Out on a Limb: Not-so-big Shops, And a Silver Jubilee

By Steve Shanesy Page: 8 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Big-shop envy is a misplaced sentiment. Sure, it would seem that when it comes to your workshop, bigger is better. But I’ve learned that a one-person shop that’s more than 500 square feet is probably too big (my own...