June 2008

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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...

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Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Chairmaking

Building a ‘Rush Bottum’d Chaire’ – part 1 By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-27 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now I’m going to turn my attention to chairmaking for a while. I’ve been hesitant to make chairs because they are fairly difficult to build, and frankly, I didn’t feel I was...

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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...