November 2005

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Out of the Woodwork: Human Moisture Meter

You, too, can determine moisture content simply by feeling a board. By Peter Sieling Page: 104 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Murphy had never bought lumber from us before. He watched his boards carefully as they were loaded onto his truck. “They look good,” he said. He picked up...

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Power-tool Joinery: Building Glazed Doors

Most cope-and-stick bits can produce frames that will house glass as well as wood panels. Here’s how to do it. By Bill Hylton Pages: 100-103 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Here at chez Hylton, our kitchen cabinetry includes a mix of raised-panel doors and glazed doors. Most things are...

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Great Woodshops: A School Built to Thrive and Last

A passion for creativity lies at the heart of this woodworking institution. By Scott Gibson Pages: 92-95 It’s 3 p.m. on a February afternoon when Peter Korn gathers a class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship around his workbench and launches into a 90-minute lecture on dovetailing. His students are in the first few...

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The Newest Tools from the Las Vegas AWFS Show

By David Thiel & Christopher Schwarz Pages: 86-91 Once a year the woodworking tool manufacturers roll out their newest and brightest offerings for the press and the public. This year’s showcase event was the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers’ (AWFS) show in Las Vegas. We had the chance to look at some great...

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Are Lasers Just a Gimmick?

Lasers are popping up on all sorts of tools. Are they useful – or just clever marketing? We investigate. By David Thiel Pages: 82-85 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now If you take a look at all the new tools that are now sporting laser-guidance devices (disregarding laser levels –...

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Arts & Crafts Bridal Chest

Contrasting woods highlight the elegant lines of this Gustav Stickley-designed classic. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-84 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now In days gone by, a chest similar to this would contain a bride’s dowry. The form goes back to Gothic times, but this is an adaptation of...

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The Basics of Wiping Varnish

Its durability and ease of use make searching out this hard-to-identify finish worth it. By Bob Flexner Pages: 70-75 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Of all finishes available, none offers as much protection and durability with as little difficulty in application as wiping varnish. With wiping varnish you can...

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The Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop

A look at Williamsburg’s period shop through the eyes of a passionate hand-tool woodworker. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 66-69 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Last year I visited Colonial Williamsburg’s The Cabinetmaker Shop for the first time in 25 years. It was a real treat for me. Woodworkers get...

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Tall Chest: Carcase Construction

Building fine furniture is challenging, but never impossible. Learn the techniques necessary for efficiently building any casework. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 58-65 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now If you’ve never tried your hand at building a chest of drawers but you’ve built several projects with success, the simple tall...