February 2008

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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I Can Do That: Pleasant Hill Firewood Box

A classic Shaker design with enough curves to make it interesting. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 30-31 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now The buildings at the Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Ky., are filled with handy firewood boxes. After a few visits to the colony, I concluded that this example...

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Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Tools for Every Shop

Often, the old ways are more efficient. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 26-29 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now I use 18th-century hand tools because I make reproduction furniture. In my mind, the simplest, most efficient way to make authentic-looking furniture is to simply use the tools and techniques from the...

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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...