June 2008

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Tool Test: Milwaukee Compact Driver

By Robert W. Lang Page: 32 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Milwaukee has long been a top choice for drills, and this compact 12-volt Lithium-ion driver continues that tradition of excellence. This new battery technology allows for more power in a small, easy-to-handle lightweight tool. This little guy performs...

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Tool Test: Blue Spruce Paring Chisels Approach Perfection

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Paring chisels were once a common and important part of a woodworker’s tool kit, but nowadays few manufacturers make them anymore and even fewer make them well. The problem with all paring chisels is that they are difficult to...

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Tool Test: Get a (Soft) Grip on Drill Chucks

Jacobs Chuck’s SoftGrip-series of chucks increase hand torque to make drill-bit slippage obsolete. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Like most woodworkers, we here at Popular Woodworking are fond of our cordless drill/drivers. So when two officials from Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Co. showed us a...

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Out on a Limb: How to Enroll in Hand Tool College

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now After many years of teaching peoplehow to set up and use hand tools, I’ve cometo three conclusions: The best way to choose the right plane, chisel or saw for your work is to handle and use a wide variety...