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Issue 139, February 2002

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Issue #139, February 2002
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projects & techniques

sleeping-beauty futon
Add to the versatility of your family room or den with this contemporary sofa/sleeper.

eye-catching coasters
Try a project that is simple to make and will be used again and again.

space-saving work center
Build the project featured on the cover that combines cabinet storage with a fold-down workbench.

well-rounded table lamp
Turn a classic Biedermeier-style lamp base step by step.

prepare for a great finish
Learn to fix flaws and smooth surfaces before you finish in this first of a three-part series.

patriot's plaque
Scrollsaw and paint a dramatic rendition of the American flag.


wood-buying basics
Cut through the lingo when purchasing lumber with this tell-all guide.

meet a master craftswoman
Montana's Amber Jean makes big-ticket furniture in the western style.

wood close-up: sugar maple
See why this species is one of the premier woodworking woods.

tools tests

one-handed clamps
We put the squeeze on five models, and pick the top buys.

air-filtration systems
Six dust-munching units suck it up in our side-by-side shop tests. With the dust settled, here now are the results.


the editor's angle
Become a woodworking mentor

talking back
Topics: A double-duty drilling jig; Boring long holes on your lathe; Stray dimension in patio party center; Do the math; Another look at parts views; Getting grounded (once again).

Topics: Three great ways to get woodworking plans; Find the tools you need fast at WOOD MALL; WOOD STORE affiliate makes a difference

furniture repair: fixing cracks
See how to fill thin openings in old furniture and make them disappear.

wood anecdote: bigleaf maple
This wood, from America's Northwest, is sought by woodworkers for its outstanding figure.

just-right joinery: squeeze-out
Use the tricks shown here to put the kibosh on excess glue.

great ideas: accessory shelf
Store router bits, sanding drums, and drill bits with this organizer.

short cuts
Topics: $500 WOOD® magazine prize goes to Sand Diego woodworker; Free CD-ROM helps you test stains on 21 woods.

ask wood
Answers to your questions from letters, e-mails, and WOOD ONLINE®

shop tips
Helping you work faster, smarter, and safer

find a fitting futon
Find out what's what when shopping for futon mattresses.

products that perform
These woodworking wares passed our shop trials

what's ahead in our next issue
Coming in March—One classy computer center; Gardener's at-the-ready potting bench; Mission CD case; Desktop TV clock; Shops to die for; Buy the best dust collector; WOOD magazine's guid to finishing, part II

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