October 2006

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Out of the Woodwork: Sawdust in the Soup

Get your daily fiber requirements with just one crosscut. By Kate McDonald Page: 96 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now The ad read: “3 bdrms, 1-1/2 baths, needs TLC.” More than a fixer-upper, this house was a down-and-outer of the first degree. My mom, my son and I needed something...

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Flexner on Finishing: Some Reflections on Sheen

Understanding how sheen works allows you to control the gloss on your finishes. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-91 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now One of the most important qualities of a finish when it comes to appearance is sheen. A finish can vary from a gloss so high it...

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At the Lathe: Lathe Maintenance Techniques

Regular attention to a few simple procedures will keep you turning smoothly. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 82-84 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now A lathe, like any other piece of woodworking equipment, is exposed to wood shavings, dust and other substances as well as general wear and tear. The bed,...

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Power-tool Joinery: Breadboard Ends Keep Tops Flat

This traditional joint ensures the only cup on your tabletop will have coffee in it. By Bill Hylton Pages: 78-80 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now The breadboard end is a traditional device for preventing a broad panel such as a tabletop from cupping. It is a narrow strip of...

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Avoiding Mistakes

Improve your accuracy by changing your marking, measuring and working habits. In short: Be bold and consistent. By Michael Dunbar Pages 73-77 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now After seeing me help a student recover from a mistake while building a chair, someone in the class will usually take me...

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Draw-leaf Game Table

This two-for-one table adds space for extra players without disturbing anything on the tabletop. By Glen Huey Pages: 66-72 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now I was asked to design and build a gaming table. For me that is a table for playing pinochle or euchre, or a comfortable table...

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Almost-forgotten Handsaw Tricks

How to clear your line of sawdust without blowing yourself dizzy. Plus, learn how to mark accurate 90° and 45° lines without a square. By Carl Bilderback Pages: 64-65 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now About 35 years ago I was using a handsaw in what I considered the usual...