February 2010

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Out of the Woodwork: Beyond the Norm

Norm Abram inspired generations of new woodworkers – even those who weren’t Yankees. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 74 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Last week I stood in a beautiful living room and relived a scene for at least the 10th time in my career as a writer. George...

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Flexner on Finishing: Choosing a Spray Gun

Though a good finish can be achieved with other methods, guns are faster. By Bob Flexner Pages: 66-68 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now As I’ve explained many times in Popular Woodworking, you can achieve a near-perfect finish using a rag or brush: You can apply a wipe-on/wipe-off finish such...

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Better Vision in the Shop

Proper lighting and vision aids can make a woodworking world of difference. By Rob Porcaro Pages: 63-65 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworking is a visual art. The capabilities of our eyes and visual system, as well as the quality of the conditions in which we use them, are...

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One for the Road

A cabinetmaker’s tool chest that’s ready to travel. By Tom Fidgen From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now When I think of a tool chest, I think of a carpenter’s box, usually open and inviting, a little rough perhaps but clearly made by the hand. Think of Roy Underhill merrily skipping...

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Shoji Cabinet

Inspired by a Japanese screen, this cabinet uses traditional and modern joinery. By Ryan Shervill Pages: 52-57 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Designed to divide a room, the shoji screen is both a practical and artistic piece of furniture that’s often found in Japanese homes. It was a shoji...

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CAM Marking Gauge

A useful weekend project you can make with stock from your scrap bin. By Jim Crammond Pages: 49-51 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now On April 21, 1868, the United States Patent Office issued Patent Number 76,884 to Wessel Brodhead for an improvement to the field of carpenters’ marking gauges....

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Milk Paint

This traditional paint looks great on any project – and it’s simple to use. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 44-48 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Woodworkers have been painting their furniture for thousands of years. During that time, they have used many different types of paints. In fact, in historic...