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The Lever Cap Isn’t a Screwdriver (Or is it?)

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lever-cap_screwdriver_IMG_5786When I bought my first Stanley No. 5 in the mid-1990s, I regularly used the lever cap as a screwdriver to adjust the tension screw in the center of the frog and to tighten and loosen the cap iron screw. Then one of my fellow employees dressed me down. You should never do that, they told me, because that illicit activity could chip the lever cap. This is advice repeated […]The post The Lever Cap Isn’t a Screwdriver (Or is it?) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Christopher Schwarz on Roman Workbenches

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The lower left corner shows a Roman workbench; this form was used for thousands of years.I recently stopped by the Lost Art Press shop to chat with Christopher Schwarz for a few minutes about Roman workbenches. He’s in the midst of building two of these in preparation for his talk on that subject at Popular Woodworking in America 2016 (Sept. 16-18 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center). I was curious as to why, after so many years of championing the “Roubo Bench,” he’s become interested […]The post Christopher Schwarz on Roman Workbenches appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Bleaching the Color Out of Wood

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Bleached WalnutSometimes you want to make wood lighter than it is in its raw state. This is common when trying to match the wood to something that already exists. The way to do it is to first bleach out the color of the wood, then apply a stain, if necessary, to achieve the match. You can bleach the color out of most woods with a widely available bleach that comes in […]The post Bleaching the Color Out of Wood appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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An Imperfect Surface

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opener_imperfect_surface_IMG_2928For those of you who think that sanding and abrasive technology is a fairly new thing, I have news. Sanding is older than handplaning. As Geoffrey Killen points out in “Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture” (Shire, 1994), Egyptians did not use handplanes. Those tools were invented by the Romans or Greeks. Instead, Egyptian woodworkers used an adze to dimension pieces and then finished off the wood with sandstone. His book shows […]The post An Imperfect Surface appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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