April 2004 #140

Popular Woodworking April 2004In the April 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking, learn the basics of Mortise & Tenon joints. We teach you a superior way to cut this superlative joint.

Our project illustrator provides the essential and classical guidelines to improve your technical drawings.

After years of having only poorly made tools to choose from, woodworkers now have some excellent tools to choose from. We show you four metal-bodied spokeshaves that work.

Combining five 2×4′s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon, we’ll show you how to build a handsome and sturdy Japanese Garden Bench.

Bob Flexner tells you to forget commercially available wood conditioners – what you need to prevent ugly blotching is a gel stain.

Ingenious Jigs brings you how to turn your laminate trimmer into a device that brings surfaces flush with incredible precision and finesse.

Our seven-part series on routers continues with an in-depth look at everything you need to know to make boxes and drawers.

After half a dozen plans for Morris chairs, we decided it was time to help you put your feet up and relax with a Stickley Ottoman.

Woodworking will harm your hearing in a hurry, learn what you must to do protect it.

Simple projects can spring from the forest and your own imagination. Learn how one traditional chairmaker builds a small bedside table entirely by hand.

Plus our Tool Test, Q&A, pages of great Tricks of the Trade and much more!

Detailed article previews are below. Online extras can be found here.

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Out of the Woodwork: Pride for Sale

I wanted my profit margin high but my ego was knocked low. By Angelo Paino Page: 104 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Like most woodworkers I dreamed of transforming my talent into a profitable career where I could pursue my passion and make a decent living at the same...

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From the Bench: The Basic Bench Hook

Three pieces of wood make crosscutting and planing easier – no matter where you work. By Don McConnell Pages: 98-100 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now It’s difficult to imagine the wooden bench hook without its almost constant companion, the backsaw. Indeed, this association is so strong that an alternative...

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Flexner on Finishing: Battling Blotching

Forget wood conditioner and go for gel stain. By Bob Flexner Pages: 94-95 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now You’ve heard me say this before, and I’m sure you’ll hear me say it again: The worst single thing that can happen in wood finishing is blotching – that is, uneven...

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Stop Rust Now

If it’s metallic, odds are it’s rusting. But why? And how can you slow it down? By Michael Rabkin Pages: 90-93 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Rust is the bane of woodworking tools. Once it appears, it seems to spread like cancer. For woodworkers in humid, salty climates (such...

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Metal-bodied Spokeshaves

After years of having only poorly made tools to choose from, woodworkers now have some excellent new spokeshaves at their disposal. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 84-89 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers I know consider spokeshaves to be little more than wretched pieces of painted iron and steel....

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Japanese Garden Bench

Combine five 2x4s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon to build a handsome and sturdy sitting spot for your deck or garden. By Christopher Schwarz & Kara Gebhart Pages: 80-83 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now My father always has had a knack for doing more with less....

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Building a Drawing

Some classical guidelines to technical drawings. By John Hutchinson Pages: 74-79 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Afew months after my “CAD for Woodworkers” article appeared in the June 2003 issue of Popular Woodworking, I noticed a recurring frustration in reader feedback. It was usually a variation on, “OK, I’ve...

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Entirely by Hand

Chairmaker Don Weber offers a sample of how simple projects can spring from the forest and the sweat of your brow. By Don Weber Pages: 68-73 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Afew years ago, I needed a bedside table for my cuppa and a book on those rare “lie-in”...

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Can You Hear Me Now? Good.

Woodworking can destroy your hearing in a hurry. Learn the right ways to protect it. By Cynthia S. Eades Pages: 62-67 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Safety devices are commonplace around our homes and workshops. We wear gloves to protect our hands, boots to protect our feet and eyeglasses...