November 2009

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LVL Workbench

Tradition meets technology when we marry an 18th-century workbench design with modern laminated veneer lumber. By Christopher Schwarz & Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 32-41 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now When it comes to workbench designs, I think it is difficult to improve on the 18th-century designs developed in Europe, England...

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I Can Do That: Simplified Stickley Bookcase

Great design and hidden screws make this a must-build project. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 30-31 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now If you’ve perused the pages of our sister publication, Woodworking Magazine, you might have seen this piece in the Spring 2005 issue. We dug through the archives to...

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Tool Test: New Joint Tweakers Will Float Your Boat

By Robert W. Lang Page: 27 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Floats are interesting tools; they’re similar to a file and a rasp, but with grooves across the working surface that act like a gang of scrapers. They excel at tweaking tenons and modifying mortises to achieve a perfect...

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Tool Test: Makita Delivers a Compact Impact Driver

By Glen D. Huey Page: 29 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The newest members of the handheld power-tool party are impact tools. Everywhere you turn you see impact drivers and wrenches being pushed as the best tool for anyone’s shop. But we’ve often wondered just what woodworkers need with...

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Tool Test: American ‘Bad Axe’ Saws

A sawmaker builds tools inspired by the classic American forms of the 19th century. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The recent bumper crop of new handsaw makers has produced a lot of beautiful tools that cut brilliantly. And while almost all these new makers...

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The Wood Whisperer: To Build or Buy?

Cost, time and a spouse’s patience help determine the course of action. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 24-25 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now It’s a dilemma nearly every woodworker must face. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a woodworking pro, eventually you will ask yourself, “Should I build or...

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Arts & Mysteries: A Period Finish

‘Authentic’ look is, at best, a guess. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 20-22 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now As period woodworkers, we strive to produce the most accurate furniture possible. We delight in the use of period tools, for they impart authenticity impossible to achieve by other (modern) means. But...

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Out on a Limb: Getting Worked By the Wood

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The garbage disposal was clogged with a chicken bone. And after three unsuccessful attempts to grind up the bone (and a little profanity for good measure), I reached my hand into the slimy hole. What I pulled out was...