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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Stickley Ottoman

After half a dozen Morris chair plans, we decided it was time to help you put your feet up and relax. By David Thiel Pages: 57-61 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now A Morris chair (heck, almost any chair) just isn’t complete without an ottoman to prop your feet on....

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Mortise & Tenon Basics

A superior way to cut this superlative joint. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 42-48 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now A lot of woodworkers spend a lot of time, effort and money to avoid making mortise-and-tenon joints. Biscuits, dowels, commercial loose-tenon jigs and expensive router bits are just a few of...

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Power-tool Joinery: Tight Joints on the Loose

Two matching mortises connected with a strong ‘loose tenon’ will help strengthen any project. By Bill Hylton Pages: 36-40 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now I may be a power tool kind-of-guy, but I still favor traditional joints, those proven through centuries of use. The mortise and tenon is one...

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Ingenious Jigs: A Jig for Precision Trimming

Turn your laminate trimmer into a tool that flushes surfaces with incredible finesse. By Nick Engler Pages: 34-35 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Once upon a time I had the brilliant idea to use a strip of hardwood to trim out the edge of a laminate countertop. And not...

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Tool Test: EZ Smart Circular Saw Guide is Great for Plywood

By David Thiel Page: 33 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now While woodworkers usually don’t consider a circular saw to be a refined tool, they still own one and use it. Why? Because plywood is sold in 48″ x 96″ sheets. And unless your shop is large and well-equipped, these...

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Tool Test: Bridgewood MS-25T Tilt Head Mortiser

By David Thiel Page: 33 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Dedicated mortising machines aren’t necessary for all woodworkers. But if mortises are an important part of your woodworking, especially if you happen to enjoy making chairs, there’s no machine that will save you as much time as a tilting-head...

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Tool Test: Fisch’s Improved Benchtop Mortiser

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now When we reviewed benchtop mortisers in August 2001, we had a lot of complaints about the crop of machines available at the time. The biggest two flaws were that the slow-speed machines tended to stall too much and the...

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Tool Test: Porter-Cable’s New Routers Cover All the Bases

By David Thiel Page: 32 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Porter-Cable’s new router system is playing catch-up with its multi-base kit competitors, but now it has not only caught up, it has surpassed them in many ways. This system sports a variable-speed, soft-start, 12-amp motor with electronic feedback to...