February 2006

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Woodworking Essentials: Casework Construction – Smart Assembly

By David Thiel Pages: 45-52 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now What are we talking about when we say “smart assembly?” In previous chapters, we’ve discussed a couple of issues that can complicate casework: proper material preparation and choosing the proper joint to make the strongest furniture. Another place to...

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Coarse, Medium & Fine

Using bench planes with your machinery will speed your work. But first you must understand how the bench plane system works. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 38-44 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Too often we hear that hand tools are slow and power tools are fast. Even people who love...

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Arts & Mysteries: The ‘Ultimate’ Hand Tool Shop

Perfection doesn’t exist. But you can come close. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 34-37 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now One of the first things any beginning woodworker must do is set up a workshop. Like so many other things a novice woodworker must do, the preparation of a workshop shapes...

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Ingenious Jigs: Spindle Dancer Jig

A modern interpretation of a classic trick from old-school turners. By Eric A. Hedberg Pages: 30-33 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now I believe there are two types of wood turners, those who turn for pleasure and those who turn out of necessity. I started in the latter group. I...

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Tool Test: Worx Cordless – The New Kid

By David Thiel Page: 28 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Worx (Greenville, S.C.) has launched a complete line of portable power tools and this drill is the first of those products we’ve tested. We ran the Worx 14.4-volt drill through the same tests used in our December 2005 drill...

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Tool Test: Thin Wood, Safe and Easy

By David Thiel Page 28 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Don’t let the name “Luthier’s Friend” scare you off if you don’t make guitars. This precision thickness sander has many practical woodshop applications, especially intarsia. Thickness planers tend to eat material under 1/8″ thick and we can’t all afford...

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Tool Test: Makita Offers Lithium-ion Tools in a Smart Size

By David Thiel Page 26 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now News of Makita’s new 18-volt Lithium-ion drill was well received in the Popular Woodworking shop. While we’re always happy to hear about improved performance in a tool, we’re not so excited about it coming at the expense of increased...