October 2004

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Flexner on Finishing: Finish Both Sides? Not Necessary.

Leaving the underside of your tabletop bare doesn’t cause warping. By Bob Flexner Pages: 110-111 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Logic is usually a good guide, but it doesn’t always apply. A case in point is the widely held belief among woodworkers that the way to prevent warping is...

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3 Most Essential Tools

You can’t buy them, but you already have at least two. By Jim Tolpin Pages: 102-103 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now When I started woodworking in New Hampshire with my fellow over educated woodbutcher buddies in the late 1960s, one of the most alluring aspects of working wood for...

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Make Your First Cabriole Legs

Learn to create this classic furniture detail using a template, a band saw and a little lathe work. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 96-100 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now I like the look of the Queen Anne side table shown here mostly because of the elegant shape of the...

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Four Good Ways to Build Drawers

Christopher Schwarz & David Thiel offer simple, strong and fast ways to make this important furniture component. From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now In woodworking magazines, books and plans there’s almost always an omission that’s big enough to drive a truck through: How to build the drawers for the project. Usually...

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Steel-stringed Guitar

Building your first guitar is not just another project; it’s a journey. By Steve Shanesy Pages: 84-89 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Ever since my early days of woodworking, the idea of building a musical instrument has fascinated me. Unlike building cabinets and furniture, the delight in completing a...

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Block Plane Basics

Get the most out of this versatile hand tool through proper tuning and good technique. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 80-83 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now My tool cabinet contains a number of planes – bench planes for smoothing,shoulder planes for trimming and even a full set of hollows and...

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Hand Plane Cabinet

Hard-working tools deserve a decent place to rest. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 72-79 On certain holidays, such as New Year’s Day, craftsmen in Japan clean their tools, put them on a shrine and offer them gifts such as sake and rice cakes. It is their way of thanking the tools for the service they...

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$1,500 Workshop

You don’t have to sacrifice quality to set up an affordable (and complete) workshop. These tools do good work on a budget. By David Thiel Pages: 66-71 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers don’t have the luxury of buying all the tools and machinery for their shop at...

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3-D Mortising Upgrade

A modified cross-sliding table turns your drill press or benchtop mortiser into a precision boring machine. By David Thiel Pages: 61-65 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now Affordable benchtop mortisers have changed the way many woodworkers produce joinery for a variety of projects. By being able to conveniently make one...