February 2008

Woodworking Essentials: Power Jointers

A Better Way to Work: Part 3 By Marc Adams Pages: 41-56 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now One of the very first lessons of working wood is how to “S4S” a board – surface it on all four sides. One small caveat to the process is that the board...

Flatten a Workbench’s Top

Is it necessary? And if so, what are the best techniques? By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 36-40 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Like any tool or machine, a workbench requires accessories (jigs, fixtures, appliances) and occasional maintenance to actually do anything of great value. A bench without a bench hook...

Tool Test: Machined Dovetail Jigs for any Budget

By Glen D. Huey Page: 33 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now It didn’t take me long to figure out I needed to use dovetail joints on my furniture. The problem at the time was how to make tails and pins so they were correct and looked good. Dovetail jigs...

Tool Test: Scientific Approach to Hand-cut Dovetails

By Robert W. Lang Page: 33 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now The first impression most people (including me) have of this saw is one of disbelief. Backsaws have been one-handed tools since their inception, so why would anyone want to use two hands? The answer is part of a...

Tool Test: Two Jobs, One Machine

European-style machines blend two major machines into a small space in the workshop. By Glen D. Huey Page: 32 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Combination machines, European-style machinery that combines the jointer and planer into a single tool, will quickly become big winners with home hobbyists and smallwoodworking business...

Out on a Limb: 10 Years and 10,000 Hours

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now A lot of people wonder about Contributing Editor Adam Cherubini, who writes about traditional techniques for our Arts & Mysteries column. And I wondered, too. Adam has his fans. In fact, during a trade show this summer the president...