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  • Learn How. Discover Why. Build Better.

    EXOTIC HANDPLANES: WE TAKE 10 SUPERTOOLS FOR A SPINA SIMPLE SPACE-SAVING OUTFEED SOLUTION FOR YOUR TABLE SAW

    AUGUST 2006ISSUE #156

    Best $20 I Ever Spent Country Chair/Table Band Saw Drift A Myth? Keep Tabletops Flat Forever

    Frank Klauszs

    LifetimeToolchestThe Tools You NeedThe Box to Hold Them

    Finally! Ogee Feet Made EasyA Simple & SafeBand Saw Trick

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    Display until July 24, 2006

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  • contents

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    Learn How Discover Why Build Better

    IN EVERY ISSUE

    15 Build a Better Centerline GaugeTRICKS OF THE TRADE

    The gauge is familiar, but we share a new trick for getting it perfectly accurate. Plus, use an old jointer knife as a cabinet scraper, build a jig for squaring dovetail baselines and learn a clever way to clamp fl at work to your benchtop.

    19 Turn a Custom Tool HandleAT THE LATHE

    Whether as a turning exercise or just because you need one, a new handle for your turning tools is a great project. by Judy Ditmer

    23 Keep Your Tabletops FlatPOWER-TOOL JOINERY

    Battens are an effective method to keep a tabletop fl at. We show you how to make two types for any project. by Bill Hylton

    26 Powermatics PM2000 SawTOOL TEST

    Powermatics new cabinet saw has features every saw should have. Plus, the new Triton plunge router, Lie-Nielsens medium shoulder plane and a jig that makes right-sized dados with a router.

    30 Egg Crate ShelvesI CAN DO THAT

    Using only a jigsaw, create a strong interlocking joint that opens a new world in shelving for walls or tabletops.

    32 The Mystery of Try SquaresARTS & MYSTERIES

    Making your own wooden try squares unlocks a surprising lesson on accuracy for woodworking.by Adam Cherubini

    84 Swingin Outfeed TableINGENIOUS JIGS

    Table saws suffer from a lack of outfeed support. This clever and quick-to-build accessory offers two outfeed lengths and a simple storage option to save space.by Eric Hedberg

    Number 156, August 2006. Popular Woodworking (ISSN 0884-8823,USPS 752-250) is published 7 times a year in February, April, June, August, October, November and December by F+W Publications Inc. Editorial and advertising offices are located at 4700 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236; tel.: 513-531-2222. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and artwork should include ample postage on a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE); otherwise they will not be returned. Subscription rates: A years subscription (7 issues) is $19.96; outside of U.S. add $7/year Canada Publications Mail Agreement No. 40025316. Canadian return address: 2835 Kew Drive, Windsor, ON N8T 3B7 Copyright 2006 by Popular Woodworking. Periodicals postage paid at Cincinnati, Ohio, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send all address changes to Popular Woodworking, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235 Canada GST Reg. # R122594716 Produced and printed in the U.S.A.

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  • ON THE COVER

    Master cabinetmaker Frank Klausz shares his thoughts on basic, but important, hand tools. Then he shows you how to build a toolbox to store them.

    Cover photo by Al Parrish

    DEPARTMENTS

    8 Out on a LimbHow woodworkers connect with tools

    10 LettersMail from readers

    82 Flexner on FinishingRubbing out a nish

    88 Out of the WoodworkWoodworking brings a father and son closer

    36 Your First ToolkitA basic set of hand tools is important for the beginner or master woodworker. Take a look at one masters short list of the must-have tools and the best way to store them for on-the-road or at-the-bench.by Frank Klausz

    41 Casework Construction: Special ApplicationsWOODWORKING ESSENTIALS

    In this fi nal chapter on casework construction we look at special accessories to maximize storage and convenience in all the rooms of your house.

    PROJECTS, TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

    49 Making Ogee FeetMany woodworkers are intimidated by ogee feet. But a jig, a few clamps and some know-how make this period furniture detail simple to execute.by Lonnie Bird

    52 Test-driving Exotic In ll Handplanes

    You can spend thousands (thousands!) on a hand plane but should you? We test 10 of the worlds priciest planes to see how they perform.

    60 Country Settle TableThis traditional Colonial piece converts quickly from a breakfast table to a surprisingly comfortable chair, with some storage below, too.by Troy Sexton

    66 Make Drift a MythA simple jig made from a hinge and a couple tweaks to your band saw let you resaw super-thin veneer.by Carl Bilderback

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    68 Best $20 I Ever SpentWe pick the brains of some woodworking experts to learn what woodworking tools they consider a bargain. Turns out many are sentimental favorites.

    72 The LibellaA tool as old as the Pharoahs is still useful today and its quick and fun to build.by Samuel L. Peterson

    74 Ribbon TableThis sinuous modern table looks like its made from red linguine not wood. But theres no bending. Its all simple band saw and router table work. by John Hutchinson74

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    The RS Kit contains a MULTIMASTER 636-2 variable speed tool plus: Sanding Pad Universal E-Cut blade HSS Segment Saw blade Carbide Grout blade Scraper blade Tool wrench, screws and washers Carbide Rasp Plastic carrying case 5 each assorted sandpaper, grits 60, 80, 120, 180

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  • SAFETY NOTESafety is your responsibility. Manufacturers place safety devices on their equipment for a reason. In many photos you see in Popular Woodworking, these have been removed to provide clarity. In some cases well use an awkward body position so you can better see whats being demonstrated. Dont copy us. Think about each procedure youre going to perform beforehand.

    August 2006, Vol. 26, No. 4popularwoodworking.com

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    Senior Editor David Thielext. 1255 david.thiel@fwpubs.com

    Senior Editor Robert W. Langext. 1327 robert.lang@fwpubs.comManaging Editor Megan Fitzpatrick

    ext. 1348 megan.fi tzpatrick@fwpubs.comAssociate Designer Susan L. Smith

    ext. 1058 susan.l.smith@fwpubs.comProject Illustrator John Hutchinson

    Photographer Al ParrishContributing Editors

    Adam Cherubini, Nick Engler, Bob Flexner, Glen Huey, Don McConnell, Troy Sexton

    F+W PUBLICATIONS INC.David H. Steward, Chairman & CEOBarbara Schmitz, VP, Manufacturing

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