October 2008

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21st-Century Workbench

This hybrid design holds work any which way you want to. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 34-42 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now Good design is little more than selective thievery. This workbench is a good example of that. A combination of features from several historic forms, ranging from the...

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Tool Test: Ashley Iles Chisels Just for Dovetailing

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now You don’t have to have a specialty set of chisels to make hand-cut dovetails, but it sure does make parts of the process easier. When dovetailing, chisels are used for three jobs: Chopping out the bulk of the waste,...

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Tool Test: Blum Bench Planes Offer Precise Control

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now Anyone who dabbles in the history of handplanes can tell you this: There are no new designs out there. However, after trying the new Blum planes, I’m not sure I agree. They have a lightweight wooden body, which gives...

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Tool Test: Festool Router: Innovative in Every Detail

By Glen D. Huey Page: 31 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now If you look at the price of this new Festool router before reading this review, you’re going to miss the details of an extremely innovative tool. So resist that urge. I think many router manufacturers will copy features...

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Tool Test: Steel City Granite-top Tools

These surfaces are truly flat, have less vibration, are easier to set up and no rust – ever. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 30-31 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now At the last AWFS show in Las Vegas, the big news was the introduction of granite tops as a replacement...

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Arts & Mysteries: A Joynt Forme

This 17th-century seating piece is good practice for what came after. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 24-28 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now I’m going to take a step back in time this month to explore the ubiquitous seating of the 17th century. I think you’ll find this to be a...

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Out on a Limb: Abandon Ship – Before it Sinks

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 12 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now One of the biggest frustrations with woodworking comes with designing furniture. There are thousands of people who will teach you how to cut a joint or apply a finish, but there is almost no one who will tell you...