February 2010

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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...

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Arts & Mysteries: André Roubo’s Try Square

The details of this 18th-century tool will both please and puzzle you. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 24-25 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now One of the first tools I bought was a 9″ steel try square with a brass and rosewood stock. Like a supermodel, it’s nice to look at,...

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Design Matters: ‘Good Eye’

Awaken your inner design sense with just a little practice. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-22 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Talk about design often leads back to the idea of developing a good eye. For a long time I wrestled with this; it seemed a bit like trying...

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Out on a Limb: It Might be Hara-kiri, But it Will Help You

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now There’s a story – likely apocryphal – that the Gillette Razor Co. cryogenically treats the tooling it uses to manufacture razor blades so that the tooling lasts longer before it needs to be replaced. The story goes that Gillette,...