February 2006

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Out of the Woodwork: Small Shop, Big Lessons

Many woodworkers dream of ‘going pro.’ Before you take the leap, read this. By Jim Tolpin Page: 104 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s now been more than three decades since I began to work wood for a living. In the beginning, I operated alone out of a one-car...

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Flexner on Finishing: Common Spray Gun Problems

Don’t be a drip – learn how to keep your equipment in fine working order. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now In the last issue I showed you how to maintain and clean a spray gun. Keeping parts oiled and the spray gun free of...

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Power-tool Joinery: Half-Blind Dovetails by Jig

Not everyone’s ready to tackle hand-cut dovetails. Here’s how to get the most from your router and jig. By Bill Hylton Pages: 92-94 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Dovetails are prime joints. Long history, great appearance and cachet. Used in boxes, drawers and carcases. But for many woodworkers, cutting...

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At the Lathe: Preparing Green Wood

Here’s how to take your stock from logs to lathe. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 88-91 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I was sitting in my booth at a craft show when a young man came in and began looking at...

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Endurance Test: Powermatic Model 66

After 10 years this solid, reliable machine continues to be a shop mainstay. By David Thiel Page 86 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s surprising we haven’t written an Endurance Test about the Powermatic Model 66 table saw before now. When we set up the Popular Woodworking shop more...

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Successful Screwing

Everything you always wanted to know about screws, but were afraid to ask. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 82-85 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Many of the tools and fasteners we use in woodworking have been around for thousands of years. The concept of the screw goes back to...

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Rethinking Shaker Design

An examination of the furniture built by the Western communities expands our notions of what is ‘Shaker.’ By Kerry Pierce Pages: 72-78 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now The restored Shaker community at Pleasant Hill, Ky., gives admirers of Shaker architecture, furniture and life an opportunity to get very close...