February 2006 #153

Popular Woodworking February 2006You can build better and build faster by blending the use of hand and power tools in your shop. That’s the theme of this February 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking. Chris Schwarz shows you how in Coarse, Medium and Fine.

Glen Huey takes an old design and converts it to a modern media storage cabinet.

In our continuing series on casework construction we give you solid tips on smart assembly.

Kerry Pierce continues his series of articles on Shaker design with a close look at original pieces.

Lonnie Bird shows you how to modify your stock chisels for maximum performance.

Frustrated by wood screws? We show you how to use them effectively.

Bob Flexner gives you great methods for fixing common spray gun problems.

Bill Hylton explains how to get the most from your half-blind dovetail jig.

Adam Cherubini gives you his take on the ultimate hand tool workshop.

For the turners, we have a great duplicating jig and methods for preparing green wood.

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

Woodworking Essentials: Casework Construction – Smart Assembly

By David Thiel Pages: 45-52 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now What are we talking about when we say “smart assembly?” In previous chapters, we’ve discussed a couple of issues that can complicate casework: proper material preparation and choosing the proper joint to make the strongest furniture....

Coarse, Medium & Fine

Using bench planes with your machinery will speed your work. But first you must understand how the bench plane system works. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 38-44 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Too often we hear that hand tools are slow and power tools are fast. Even...

Ingenious Jigs: Spindle Dancer Jig

A modern interpretation of a classic trick from old-school turners. By Eric A. Hedberg Pages: 30-33 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now I believe there are two types of wood turners, those who turn for pleasure and those who turn out of necessity. I started in the...

Tool Test: Worx Cordless – The New Kid

By David Thiel Page: 28 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Worx (Greenville, S.C.) has launched a complete line of portable power tools and this drill is the first of those products we’ve tested. We ran the Worx 14.4-volt drill through the same tests used in our...

Tool Test: Thin Wood, Safe and Easy

By David Thiel Page 28 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Don’t let the name “Luthier’s Friend” scare you off if you don’t make guitars. This precision thickness sander has many practical woodshop applications, especially intarsia. Thickness planers tend to eat material under 1/8″ thick and we...

Tool Test: Makita Offers Lithium-ion Tools in a Smart Size

By David Thiel Page 26 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now News of Makita’s new 18-volt Lithium-ion drill was well received in the Popular Woodworking shop. While we’re always happy to hear about improved performance in a tool, we’re not so excited about it coming at the...

Out on a Limb: There is No Shame in Using Sandpaper

By Christopher Schwarz Page 10 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Among many of my hand-tool friends, there’s a notion that real woodworkers don’t use sandpaper. Instead they use cutting tools only – hand planes and spokeshaves – to prepare a surface for finishing. A dirty cheater...