December 2009

James Krenov, 1920-2009

A woodworking teacher and writer whose influence will live on. By Ron Hock Pages: 44-45 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now There is a short list of woodworkers whose work defines a style and is recognizable at first glance. Those on it have undeniably influenced other woodworkers,...

Sam Maloof, 1916-2009

Designer and builder of elegant but simple iconic furniture. By John Economaki Pages: 42-43 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Sam Maloof is the reason I became a furniture maker. I used to teach shop in the early 1970s. The Portland (Ore.)Public Schools maintained an audio/video depository...

Compact 12v Drill-Drivers

These small tools pack a punch. What might seem a step down actually has big benefits. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 36-41 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Drill-drivers have moved through different battery voltages like a NASCAR driver moves through gears at Talladega. Many manufacturers pushed...

Tool Test: Bosch Brad Nailer is Smaller and Lighter

By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 30 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The Bosch BNS200-18 brad nailer is part of the company’s new “Full Force Technology” line of air tools, all of which have a patented air chamber that allows the nailers to use 100 percent of the...

Tool Test: Lie-Nielsen’s Thin-plate Tenon Saw

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The more I saw by hand, the more I prefer a thin sawplate. Having a thinner wafer of steel makes the saw easier to push – that’s because there’s less weight and the tool has to...

Tool Test: SawStop’s ‘Tweener’ Saw

SawStop introduces its Professional Cabinet Saw to round out your table saw choices. By Glen D. Huey Page: 28 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now When the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw (PCS) arrived at our shop we uncrated the tool to find that the saw is shipped...

The Wood Whisperer: Get the Most From Your Router

These tips and tricks will take you a long way toward success. By Marc Spagnuola Pages: 26-27 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now The router is, simply put, a multi-tasking workhorse in the woodshop. But you would be surprised by how many folks don’t get the most...

Out on a Limb: The Felling of 3 Giant Oaks

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now With 2009 at a close, I’m trying to take stock of all my gains and losses for the year – not the financial ones, but the more important personal ones. This year we lost three men...