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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Build Furniture Without a Shop

Our ‘I Can Do That’ manual shows you how a few tools can go a long way. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 66-70 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now When you get started in woodworking there are many paths to follow, forks in the road, dead-ends and shortcuts. It’s a journey...

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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...