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.

American Cabinet

Satisfy a need for household storage without sacrificing valuable shop time. By Troy Sexton Pages: 42-46 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Besides a table and chairs, no piece fits the dining room better than this quintessentially American country-style cabinet with storage behind doors and a flat...

Tool Test: Japanese Super Stones Don’t Need Soaking

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 34 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now The only thing better than a Japanese waterstone is a Japanese waterstone that doesn’t require 10 minutes of soaking before you begin sharpening. A new line of “Super Stones,” made by Naniwa Abrasives, are priced so...

Tool Test: Not Your Grandfather’s Circular Saw

By Glen D. Huey Page: 34 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now I can only imagine the grin on Grandad’s face if he were to use the Festool TS55EQ. It’s not the ordinary circular saw with which he toiled. This is a plunge-cut saw. The blade plunges...

Greene & Greene-inspired Storage Chest

Classic design elements combine to create a new design. By David Mathias Pages: 36-41 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Seven years ago I made my first piece of Greene & Greene-style furniture, a coffee table of my own design. It contained several elements the Greenes commonly...

Tool Test: Bridge City HP-6v2 Multi-plane

Cut ready-to-finish profiles and joinery with this modern multi-plane. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now When the electric router took control of the modern workshop, legend has it that cabinetmakers burned their defunct moulding planes in their shop stoves for heat. Routers...

I Can Do That: Pegged Shoe Rack

This simple rack uses no nails, no screws and holds up to 15 pairs of shoes. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 30-31 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now In this “I Can Do That” column, we introduce the use of pegs instead of hardware to hold the project...

Arts & Mysteries: Junk to Jewel

How to turn cheap wooden planes into workshop treasures. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 26-28 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Never before have such a wide variety of handplanes been available to woodworkers. If you’re looking for a new plane, but aren’t sure which one to buy,...

Out on a Limb: Which Church is The Best Value?

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Whenever we write about premium tools – such as Festool, Fein and Lie-Nielsen – it’s inevitable that I’ll get a few phone calls, letters and e-mails from angry readers. Their sentiment goes something like this: Why...