August 2004 #142

Popular Woodworking August 2004You’ve spoken, and we responded with the August 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking. After learning that many of you have a lathe in your shop, but few are using it, we felt it was our duty to help. So we’ve got the first column from Judy Ditmer, professional turner, to help you at “At the Lathe.”

We put seven machines to the test in our Miter Saw Slug-Fest to show you which ones are accurate and which are overpriced

Graham Blackburn shares 14 handsaw tips and tricks.

American elm is back from the dead.

Modern CAD software helps us restore Isaac Youngs’ shaker wall clock.

Glen Huey shows you easy ways to make three sliding dovetails.

John Wilson takes you through the steps to build a canoe paddle.

Bill Hylton shows why the lock joint is a great substitute to hold drawers tight.

Nick Engler’s Extra-long Mortising Fence helps you make stopped cuts

Chapter 7 wraps up our Woodworking Essentials special section devoted to advanced router techniques.

Plus our Tool Test, Q&A, pages of great Tricks of the Trade and much more!

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

Canoe Paddle

A single length of framing lumber will help you hone your skills with a spokeshave, a drawknife and a block plane. By John Wilson Pages: 32-40 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now It was a bright summer’s day in 1993 at historic Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, N.H....

Ingenious Jigs: Stopped Cuts Made Easy

This extra-long mortising fence helps you cut “blind” joints in your work. By Nick Engler Pages: 30-31 Cabinets and furniture often have “blind” joints − dados, grooves or rabbets that are stopped at one end so you can’t see the joint on the outside of the case. Sometimes these joints are...

Endurance Test: Veritas Low-Angle Smoother

A well-made, versatile plane that’s a great value. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now When Stanley manufactured the No. 164 low-angle smoothing plane from 1926 to 1943, it was intended mostly for working on end grain, butcher blocks and the like. These...

Power-tool Joinery: Lock Joint Holds Drawers Tight

A good substitute for traditional methods, this joint is strong and easy to make. By Bill Hylton Pages: 26-28 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now A couple of hundred years ago, most drawers were assembled with hand-cut dovetail joints – half-blinds up front, through dovetails at the...

Tool Test: TopSaver Takes Care of Rust – and Your Machines

By Michael A. Rabkin Page: 25 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now Getting rust off your machines is half the battle. Keeping it off is the other, and Empire Manufacturing’s TopSaver tackles both. It’s a combination rust remover-lubricant-sealant-conditioner for all your metal surfaces. The TopSaver System comes...

Tool Test: ProTop Gets an Upgrade

By David Thiel Page: 25 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now We’ve always been big fans of Bench Dog’s ProTop router table, and with some recent upgrades we like it even more. First, the cabinet is now made of a high-density plywood rather than laminate-covered fiberboard. This...

Out on a Limb: Lost the Fever? Let Me Turn Up the Heat

By Steve Shanesy Page: 8 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now Do you find yourself heading to the shop less? Are you spending more time puttering in the shop than actually building projects? Have you not finished a project in weeks, maybe months? Like a fire, every...