February 2007

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Out on a Limb: There is No Shame in Using Sandpaper

By Christopher Schwarz Page 10 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Among many of my hand-tool friends, there’s a notion that real woodworkers don’t use sandpaper. Instead they use cutting tools only – hand planes and spokeshaves – to prepare a surface for finishing. A dirty cheater will use a...

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Out of the Woodwork: A Dovetail a Day

The 30-day workout program that promises you tight tails and no split ends. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 104 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now I was on our local swim team as a child, and I was an embarrassment to my pool, my parents and mammals in general. Perhaps the...

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Flexner on Finishing: Test to Find a Durable Finish

A few sample boards can save you from future finishing headaches. By Bob Flexner Pages: 100-101 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now Finish manufacturers targeting the furniture industry and large professional finish shops provide a lot of information about their products. Unfortunately, the manufacturers who target amateur woodworkers and small...

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At the Lathe: Turn a Natural-edge Bowl

Get clean cuts and a nice finish from a challenging piece of material. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-94 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now A natural-edge bowl is one of the iconic forms of modern woodturning, and it is still a great way to show off a beautiful piece of...

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Pens for Peacekeepers

The gift of a handwritten letter shows appreciation for Canadian forces. By Jim Shaver Pages: 86-87 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now About two years ago I was selling some of my woodworking and pens at a craft show. After the show, I had several pens left and remembered reading...

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Understanding Handscrews

These oft-forgotten clamps are capable of finesse, great force and securing work at odd angles. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 80-84 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now Woodworkers use clamps for all sorts of purposes – to create pressure when gluing, to secure parts during assembly, to hold parts while working...