June 2008

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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...

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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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I Can Do That: Mitered CD/DVD Rack

Two tricks for taming miter joints. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 28-29 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Learning a new skill is often a matter of getting past the scary part. If you can reduce the number of things that can go wrong, you become comfortable enough to push...