Out of the Woodwork

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Out of the Woodwork: Almost a Plane Wreck

The perilous flight of the world’s most valuable tool. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 104 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now Half of the airplane’s hydraulic system had failed at take-off; the other half failed as the plane was 10 minutes from the Atlanta airport. So the flight crew prepared the...

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Out of the Woodwork: Protecting Tools from Kids

Sometimes a little talking-to (and video surveillance) is all it takes. By Sam Stickle Page: 104 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now I have noticed three things about tools and kids. Kids can find tools even if it requires tunneling under the garage wall. Kids can claim complete innocence when...

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Out of the Woodwork: Name Brand Tools

Whether you know it or not, you often reach for eponyms in the woodshop. By Philip Leon Page: 104 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now Distinctive furniture styles such as Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Phyfe and Chippendale are named for their creators. The fancy word for a person whose name becomes synonymous...

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Out of the Woodwork: Grumpy Old Men

When properly trained, curmudgeons have many uses. By Peter Sieling Page: 96 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now It’s easier to care for exotic pets than grumpy old men. You try to keep them in a safe, climate-controlled environment, but given a chance they’ll stray into the woods with a...

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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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Out of the Woodwork: Common Ground

My dad was a cabinetmaker for most of his working life. Unfortunately, he plied this trade in a small, working-class town in Northwestern Ohio, a town with more farmers than investment bankers, with more machinists than venture capitalists. So there weren’t many local residents with the financial resources to hire my dad to build...

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Out of the Woodwork: Woodworking Can be a Blast

Black powder fits the bill to split large urban logs. By Sam Sherrill Page: 96 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now For the past decade, I have been getting all the lumber I need for my projects from downed urban trees in my area that would have otherwise been dumped...