June 2008

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Out of the Woodwork: Does Your Shop Speak English?

An ocean-wide gap in terminology can cause confusion. By Philip W. Leon Page: 88 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now The first time I went to England, I soon learned to take the lift instead of the elevator. And to avoid getting run over by all those cars driving on...

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Flexner on Finishing: Rules to Finish By

They explain so much. By Bob Flexner Pages: 86-87 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now It’s often possible to sum up a lot of situations with a rule, a principle that applies in almost all cases. When I teach seminars on finishing, I often find myself citing a rule I’ve...

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Jig Journal: Router Dado Jig

Take the tool to the work for quick and accurate dados. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 82-83 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now The quest for accuracy in woodworking is often like trying to find your way out of a maze. Make the wrong choice early on, and you’ll find...

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Great Woodshops: Woodworking With a Mission

Tillers International teaches sustainable skills to help improve lives. By Jeff Skiver Pages: 74-76 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Most woodworking classes start the same way – with the students introducing themselves and telling about their backgrounds and interests. The most recent class I attended, at Tillers International, was...

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Silver Brazing Your Own Band Saw Blades

Save money and get better results by making your own blades. By John Wilson Pages: 62-65 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now I was on the road teaching a woodworking course recently when my band saw blade broke. Not carrying a spare meant buying a replacement locally. It had been...

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Planecraft, Part II: Jointer & Block Planes

Jointer and block planes – and beyond the basics. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 56-60 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now In the first part of my article on bench planes (April 2008 Popular Woodworking, issue #168), I discussed the historic versatility of bench planes, and explained how to use a...

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Jatoba Bench

Ebony spacers and plugs add visual interest to this indoor-outdoor design. By Bert Johansen Pages: 49-55 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now My lovely wife asked me to build a bench for our entry hall. After considering the intended space – which consists of an 11′ wall – I initially...

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Woodworking Essentials: Band Saws

A Better Way to Work: Part 5 By Marc Adams Pages: 43-48 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now I once toured a very large custom cabinetmaking shop and noticed that they had no band saws. When I asked the owner what his reason was for not having one of these...

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A Tailored Tea Table

A graceful slipper-footed design enhanced with additional period details. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 34-42 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now In Colonial America, prior to Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, colonists adopted many of the lifestyles of English citizens. One such behavior was afternoon tea. Of course, you couldn’t...