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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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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Out on a Limb: It’s Almost Always User Error

By Christopher Schwarz Page 12 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now So I have the assembled carcase of a sideboard braced against my workbench and I’m planing the top edge of the aprons flush with the top of the legs. After 10 strokes, things go all wrong. The front apron...