April 2008 #168

Popular Woodworking April 2008 issueIn the April 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking, turn your band saw into a precise machine with David Charlesworth’s setup procedures and unusual blade selection.

Jig Journal presents the ideal band saw fence.

Eighteen-volt and Lithium-ion batteries are the latest thing in cordless drills. We test seven contenders for fit, feel and performance in our exclusive Drill Test to help you decide if this is a trend worth following.

Mark Adams continues his Workshop Essentials series on a better way to work with a close look at miter saws.

David Mathias builds a Greene & Greene inspired storage chest.

Michael Dunbar presents a primer on using hand planes.

We take a road trip to visit a company that makes the best tool boxes ever in our Great Workshops feature.

Contributing editor Troy Sexton builds an elegant cabinet that goes anywhere.

Adam Cherubini explains why you need to have ancient tools in your modern shop.

Bob Flexner tells what to do when your finish just won’t dry.

The I Can Do That project is a pegged shoe rack.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads) for this issue are found inside their respective articles.

Online Extras: April 2008 Issue

Online Extras for the April 2008 issue include additional text and step photos detailing the construction of the hinges, leather strap and ebony pegs for the Greene & Greene-inspired Storage Chest and PDF drawings of the sunburst stiles and bottom panel for the Storage Chest.

Out of the Woodwork: My New Apprentice

It’s hard to teach a new dog the old dog’s tricks. By Jeff Skiver Page: 88 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now My woodshop is a frustrating place to be at the moment. I am breaking in a new apprentice, and he and I are having issues....

Flexner on Finishing: Slow Drying

Why stains and finishes sometimes dry slowly. By Bob Flexner Pages: 82-83 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now A friend called with a problem. He had applied an ebony oil stain to oak and after the stain had dried for two days, the polyurethane he then brushed...

Great Woodshops: A Century of Gerstner

One woodworker’s toolbox launched this thriving family business. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-79 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now The dream of starting a nice little business is common among woodworkers, and it isn’t anything new. In 1906, Harry Gerstner followed his dream and established H....

Jig Journal: Best Band Saw Fence

Compact, simple to use, infinitely adjustable – and free. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 74-75 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Every time we bring a new band saw into our shop for testing, I make the same observation, which is actually a complaint. My co-workers know...

Lithium-ion Drills

We test more powerful, less weighty designs that are powered by new battery technology. By the Popular Woodworking Staff Pages: 68-72 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now In December 2005 (issue #152), Popular Woodworking tested 14.4-volt drills and used the results to determine if moving up from...

Planecraft, Part I: Scrub, Jack & Smooth Planes

Basic strokes to get you planing like a pro in no time. By Michael Dunbar Pages: 62-67 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Bench planes are the most versatile of woodworking tools. In “Handplanes for Beginners” in the June 2007 issue (#162), I explained bench-plane basics. In...

The Precision Band Saw

With a few thoughtful tune-ups, your band saw can be a precise cutting tool. By David Charlesworth Pages: 57-61 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now I wonder how many of us are friends with our band saw and consider it one of the most useful and versatile...

Woodworking Essentials: Miter Saws

A Better Way to Work: Part 4 By Marc Adams Pages: 47-54 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Power miter saws, for the most part, are saws of our generation. They were first introduced to the hobbyist market in the mid-1970s but really took off in the...