June 2006

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Out of the Woodwork: Woodworking Can be a Blast

Black powder fits the bill to split large urban logs. By Sam Sherrill Page: 96 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now For the past decade, I have been getting all the lumber I need for my projects from downed urban trees in my area that would have otherwise been dumped...

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Flexner on Finishing: Understanding Stains

Don’t let the dizzying array of choices get you discombobulated. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-93 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Go to any home center and you will probably be offered a choice of four types of stain: oil, varnish, water-based and gel (though the shelf arrangement and labeling...

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Great Woodshops: Craftsmanship Done Safely

Kelly Mehler’s school refuses to sacrifice proper guarding when teaching proper woodworking. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 84-87 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Woodworking teacher Kelly Mehler got his start in the schooling business in an unusual way. His first teaching job was to instruct patients at a rehabilitation center...

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At the Lathe: From Wood Chunk to Chuck

The best way to process logs into blanks and avert future headaches. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 81-83 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Ideally, your turning wood comes to you in one of two ways: as fresh, sound green wood, in reasonably sized sections that you quickly rough-turn into bowls...

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Trim Routers

Born out of the laminate industry, these routers are great tools for all kinds of woodworking projects. By David Thiel Pages: 76-80 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now I’ve been using these small trim routers for decades, having first used them in the industry they were developed for: laminate work....

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Rustic Garden Bench

A slab from green wood, some sturdy legs and a sylvan setting are all you need. By John Wilson Pages: 70-75 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now “A slab like that can make up into a garden bench. Being white oak, they last.” The sawyer was making conversation while cutting...

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Entertaining Designs

New TVs change the rules for designing cabinets. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-69 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now A few years ago, I called a contractor I was working for to confirm the size of his customer’s television set. It would be going in some expensive custom cabinetry,...