Tools and Shops Issue

jbranchNovember 26, 2009

This is not spam and I don't work for Taunton, so I am not benefiting at all from this post. It is more of a FYI.

While I don't subscribe to Fine Woodworking magazine, I always purchase their Tools and Shops special issue. There are always several articles which I find interesting.

In this issue, there is an impressive woodworking bench and a miter saw station, both things I need to update in my shop.

I bought my issue at Barnes and Noble, but you can also buy it online using the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tools and Shops 2009

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Many of the woodworking magazines have an end-of-year issue like this. I currently subscribe to only FWW, Tools of the Trade, and Popular Woodworking, but pick up an accassional Wood, American Woodworker, or WoodWorker's Journal (though I can't remember if any of this group has an year-end issue).

Also for anyone interested in building a workbench, I highly recommend Chris Schwarz's book on the subject.

Disclaimer: I do some occasional work for F+W as they are just a couple of miles from me. I get nothing from their books sales. I consider Chris and his associates all friends.

Here is a link that might be useful: Workbenches

    Bookmark   November 27, 2009 at 4:25PM
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Bobsmyuncle - thanks for the link. My next project is a new workbench. I am leaning towards a radical design shown in Tools and Shops I think last year. It is basically two saw horses with two box beams as work surfaces. I hesitate starting the project because I have always had the traditional workbench w/tail vise, etc.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2009 at 10:21AM
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before commiting to any design, I'd also checking out the following book and taking a quick read of it.

There is no one "best" workbench. The scale of projects, the number of projects active at one time, the type of work you do (hand, power, stationary tools, repair, etc.) and the type of projects (turned, carved, joined casegoods, chairs, etc.) determine which would might work best for you.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Workbench

    Bookmark   November 28, 2009 at 7:38PM
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