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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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...

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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...