October 2005

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Out of the Woodwork: Quit Crying and Get to Work

So you can’t afford (insert dream tool here). Boo hoo. Hit the flea markets then start making sawdust. By Scott Grandstaff Page: 112 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Yeah, you heard me. Oh sure, I know exactly how it is. The new catalogs come piling into your mailbox and...

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Flexner on Finishing: Wood Conditioner Confusion

Contradictory finishing information is frustrating. Here we clear up one example. By Bob Flexner Pages: 110-111 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Each month Popular Woodworking receives many letters from readers confused and frustrated with finishing. What many readers don’t realize is that much of their frustration is a result...

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Great Woodshops: The Art of Engineering Flutes

Dave Copley, an ex-aircraft engineer, makes world-class wooden flutes in a small garage workshop. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 102-107 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Dave Copley tenderly lifts an African blackwood flute with sterling silver keys and rests it against his lips. A complex, hard-edged sound emerges from...

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Power-tool Joinery: Template Mortising

Your plunge router and a simple guide enable you to cut a mortise anywhere. By Bill Hylton Pages: 99-101 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Template mortising is an excellent technique  for all sorts of special mortising challenges. It works for everyday mortising applications as well, but most of us...

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At the Lathe: How to Pursue an Ideal Form

Seek perfection, and you may attain excellence. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 96-98 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Once I complimented a student new to turning on the pleasing shape of her very first bowl, which she was working on. She burst out laughing and exclaimed, “I’m not in charge...

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Setting Jointer & Planer Knives

A close look at jigs and techniques for getting your knives positioned quickly so you can get back to work. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 88-93 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now One of the great pleasures of woodworking is having a reliable and accurate jointer and planer. If these...

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SawStop Cabinet Saw

What we like (and dislike) about this revolutionary machine. By the Popular Woodworking staff Pages: 86-87 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now A safe table saw – that’s the holy grail of woodworking machinery, and that’s how many woodworkers view the SawStop cabinet saw. We’ve spent the last three months...