October 2012

veritassteel

Tool Test: Veritas’s New Top-secret Steel

Canadian company creates a steel combining the best of the old and new.By Christoper Schwarz Page 14I’ve long been suspicious of the so-called “super steels” that promise long edge life between sharpenings. That has always meant that you have to spend a long time sharpening the tool on your stones or – even worse –...

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Tool Test: Festool Domino XL DF 700

By Matthew Teague Page 16Festool recently released the Domino XL DF 700, big brother to its revolutionary Domino DF 500, one of the most innovative tools of the last few decades. Aside from the size, the loose-tenon joints created by the XL are the same as with the earlier version. From a machine that resembles...

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Tool Test: M-Power CRB7 Combination Router Base

By Steve Shanesy Page 16M-Power Tools offers an aftermarket router base that offers a number of features at the very reasonable price of about $90. It can be mounted to any router that has 5/16"-diameter edge-guide holes spaced between 35/64"and 51/8".One key feature is an indexed micro-adjusting wheel that lets you dial in the router...

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Honing in on Proportions

Small changes can make a big design difference – and help train your eye.By George R. Walker Pages 18-19How do you dial in the proportions on a furniture design? I used to pose that question a lot. Perhaps what makes this puzzling is the fact that small differences can have a dramatic effect. The line...

ICDTShakerBox

I Can Do That: Shaker Carry Box

Notched and nailed joints add visual interest to this simple project. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 50-52 This form is typically called a Shaker silverware tray – but it comes in handy for ferrying all sorts of things hither and yon. I got lucky at the big box store in finding some perfectly straight, flat...

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Arts & Mysteries: A Chest for Every Woodworker

Design your tool storage from the inside out.By Adam Cherubini Pages 54-56I currently store my woodworking tools in a traditional cabinetmaker’s/joiner’s tool chest. In building that chest, I leaned heavily on surviving period chests as well as images dating from the period. Over the years I’ve been an advocate for these sorts of chests. But...