November 2006

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14″ Steel Frame Band Saws

They’re all the rage. But are they ready to resaw? By David Thiel Pages: 40-44 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now You might be asking yourself, “Why are they testing such a specific saw category?” Good question. The general consensus is that steel-framed saws are more rigid than traditional cast-iron...

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Tool Test: Craftsman Digital Readout Plunge Router

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now Adding a digital readout to a plunge router is more useful than adding a laser, but this digital feature alone might not be reason enough to give up your old plunge router. The Craftsman #17517 allows you to set...

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Tool Test: Build a Wooden Handplane – in a Day

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now Making your own woodworking tools can be rewarding – but it can also be time-consuming and thus takes you away from building furniture. Several years ago I felt exactly this way when I built five metal planes from kits....

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Tool Test: Veritas Ruler Stop – Pint-sized Accuracy

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 31 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now The combination square is standard equipment for many woodworkers, but it is overkill for most jobs. Most woodworkers need a well-marked ruler and a stop on it so measurements can be transferred or a line scribed parallel to an...

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Out on a Limb: The Perfect Saw is Still in My Head

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now When buying tools, it’s easy to either romanticize the past or be blinded by something shiny and new. Case-in-point: My long-standing effort to find the right band saw for my shop at home. I inherited my first band saw...