November 2009

Tool Test: New Joint Tweakers Will Float Your Boat

By Robert W. Lang Page: 27 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Floats are interesting tools; they’re similar to a file and a rasp, but with grooves across the working surface that act like a gang of scrapers. They excel at tweaking tenons and modifying mortises to...

Tool Test: Makita Delivers a Compact Impact Driver

By Glen D. Huey Page: 29 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The newest members of the handheld power-tool party are impact tools. Everywhere you turn you see impact drivers and wrenches being pushed as the best tool for anyone’s shop. But we’ve often wondered just what...

Tool Test: American ‘Bad Axe’ Saws

A sawmaker builds tools inspired by the classic American forms of the 19th century. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The recent bumper crop of new handsaw makers has produced a lot of beautiful tools that cut brilliantly. And while almost all...

The Wood Whisperer: To Build or Buy?

Cost, time and a spouse’s patience help determine the course of action. By Marc Spagnuolo Pages: 24-25 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now It’s a dilemma nearly every woodworker must face. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a woodworking pro, eventually you will ask yourself, “Should...

Out on a Limb: Getting Worked By the Wood

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now The garbage disposal was clogged with a chicken bone. And after three unsuccessful attempts to grind up the bone (and a little profanity for good measure), I reached my hand into the slimy hole. What I...