November 2007

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Hybrid Saws: Compromise or Cure-all?

The table saw is one of the most important machines in a shop. Should we make room for a new category, or stay with the ‘old reliables?’ By Troy Sexton Pages: 38-44 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Hybrid table saws burst onto the woodworking scene almost as fast as...

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I Can Do That: Shaker-inspired Step Stool

Pocket screws serve as clamps for panel glue-up. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 36-37 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Inspired by a typical Shaker step stool, this version employs pocket screws to join both the side panels and the supports. To cut down on the number of rip cuts, I...

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Tool Test: Zem Hearing Protection

By Robert W. Lang Page: 34 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now You can’t argue about the need for good hearing protection, but there is a good argument against how we’ve been achieving it. Ear muffs and standard earplugs block the sound from noisy machinery and tools, but they also...

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Tool Test: H.N.T. Gordon A55 Smoothing Plane

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 34 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Just as there are people who always choose white meat at the Thanksgiving table and those who always go for the dark meat, there are woodworkers who prefer only wooden-bodied planes or only metal-bodied planes. These two groups disagree...

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Tool Test: Metabo Random-orbit Sander is Easy on the Hands

By Glen D. Huey Page: 32 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Stop in most any woodshop and you’ll find a random-orbit sander or two whirling away while preparing a project for the finishing steps. In the shop, these small hand-held sanders have assumed the majority of the sanding work...

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Tool Test: Ridgid’s New 13″ Portable Planer

Four posts, an extra knife and a new dust hood make it a contender. By Glen D. Huey Page: 30 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers consider the thickness planer to be one of the most important machines in a woodshop. As a result, many manufacturers have produced...

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Arts & Mysteries: Standing Desk – Period Details

Use elements of antique furniture to evoke period style. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 26-28 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now I’ve almost finished building my standing desk for my workshop. In this installment, I’ll discuss the approach I used to outfit the interior of my desk. From the November 2007...