February 2007

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A New Manual for Biscuit Joiners

The 27 time-tested techniques to tame this often-tricky tool. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 74-79 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now The biscuit joiner is one of those tools that promises to make life so much easier. The ability to make relatively strong joints quickly and easily makes this a...

Creole Table

Born on a bayou, this sought-after American table is spiced with both French and Canadian influences. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 66-73 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now Until recently, Creole-style furniture was a bit obscure, known mostly to a handful of furniture collectors who specialized in pieces made in the...