February 2011

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I Can Do That: Pirate Chest

Masonry nails and two XXL leather belts impart the ‘arghh!’ in this build.By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 24-25From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowDon’t let the curved top of this “pirate chest” scare you. It’s a lot less tricky than it may appear – and it’s excellent practice with your block plane. In Our...

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Design Matters: Essential Dividers

Unlock your creativity with this humble tool. By George Walker Page: 20-21From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowHow comfortable would you be giving up your tape measure? If that puts you in a cold sweat, I can relate. Time was when I worked only from prints, taking careful measurements to make accurate parts....

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Tool Test: Crank Up Your Router

By Glen D. Huey Page: 18From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowBack in the day, you had to remove your router from the table to change bits, and fine adjustments required twisting the tool while under the table. Later, lifts were raised or lowered to gain access to the collet and dial in the...

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Tool Test: A Fusion of Saws & Colors

By Glen D. Huey Page: 18From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowGrizzly’s newest hybrid table saw is from the Polar Bear series. It’s priced under $800, and that’s seldom seen these days. The G0715P has a fully enclosed cabinet for better dust collection and a 2-horsepower motor that’s tucked inside the cabinet....

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Tool Test: Benchcrafted Glide Vise

Machined to the nth degree, this leg vise clamps like a champ. By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 16From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowThe Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise takes its design cues from a traditional leg vise with a wooden screw, but this contemporary iteration works more smoothly, easily and quickly. And it cinches...

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On the Level: What’s a Workbench Worth?

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 8 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now In 2005, I loaned my French workbench to a friend to use in his booth at a woodworking show. As I rolled the 350-pound behemoth onto the show’s floor, I heard a couple wolf whistles (really?), then one of...