February 2010

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Turned Tool Handles

Custom-fit your tools to your hand. By Kevin Drake Pages: 40-43 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now One of the best uses for a lathe is making tool handles. Most production tool handles leave something to be desired. The good news is that the handle is the part of tool...

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988 Chair

Exploring the tension between comfort and seeming discomfort. By Jeff Miller Pages: 38-39 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Nine hundred eighty-eight screws don’t ordinarily find their way into a typical chair. But this chair was something quite different from my usual effort. The idea for the chair arose out...

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Stickley Music Cabinet

A harmonious combination of details and materials. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 30-37 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now One hundred years ago, when people wanted to listen to music at home, they cracked their knuckles and headed for the piano. This small cabinet was originally intended to store sheet...

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Tool Test: Veritas Surface Vise – the Instant Tail Vise

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Tail-vise hardware for a workbench can be expensive, fussy or tricky to install. Now Veritas has invented a clever workbench accessory that allows you to add a tail-viselike setup to any worksurface. Called the Surface Vise, it’s essentially a...

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Tool Test: Delta’s New Midi-lathe

Variable-speed portable lathe shifts into reverse to improve sanding. By Glen D. Huey Page: 28 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now If you need a lathe in a small shop and don’t have the room or just don’t want to wrestle with a full-size machine, benchtop lathes are a great...

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I Can Do That: A Tapered-leg Table

Tapered legs lighten the look and add ‘spring’ to a table’s design. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 26-27 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Small tables are useful just about anywhere in the home. They can be easy to build, but a good design is important. To make the design...