April 2005 #147

Popular Woodworking April 2005The one-weekend router table featured in this April 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking will fit your needs and your budget without taking up valuable floor space.

We look at the Festool system of power tools, and Lonnie Bird shares his secrets for accurate layouts.

Five chairmakers show their tricks in Cheating at Chairmaking, and Don Weber builds a traveling toolbox.

Projects featured are a Greene and Greene sideboard and an attractive plant stand.

In Power Tool Joinery, we show you how to make great tongue and groove joints. In Arts & Mysteries, we look at the striking knife.

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


Out of the Woodwork: Almost a Plane Wreck

The perilous flight of the world’s most valuable tool. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 104 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now Half of the airplane’s hydraulic system had failed at take-off; the other half failed as the plane was 10 minutes from the Atlanta airport. So the flight crew prepared the...


Flexner on Finishing: Choosing an Exterior Coating

Five different types of protection exist. Here’s a guide to choosing the best one for your project. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-100 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now The need to protect wood outdoors is much greater than the need to protect it indoors because of exposure to sunlight and...


At the Lathe: Strategies for a Fitted-lid Box

These egg boxes are perfect practice projects for turning objects with snug-fitting lids. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 92-94 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now A fitted-lid box is one of the most interesting things to make on the lathe. While there are many steps involved that all have to be...


Power-tool Joinery: Tongue and Groove

There are many ways to cut this popular edge-to-edge joint. By Bill Hylton Pages: 86-88 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now A tongue-and-groove joint is an edge joint with a mechanical interlock. The edge of one board has a groove. A matching tongue is formed on the edge of the...


Best-selling Plant Stand

A spline-and-miter joint ensures this elegant table will remain stable. By Barry Black Pages: 80-85 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now When I started building custom furniture many years ago, I discovered the best way to advertise my work is to let people see it. To do this my wife...


Fundamentals of Layout

Owning the right tools and knowing a few tricks will ensure accurate work. By Lonnie Bird Pages: 76-79 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now Layout is one of the most important processes in woodworking; it provides an essential “road map” to point you in the right direction when cutting and...


One-weekend Router Table

Router table cabinets can be a waste of space. This compact, vise-mounted unit stores easily and is just the right size. By David Thiel Pages: 70-75 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now I think it might have been seeing a $1,000 router table setup at a recent woodworking show (it’s...


Cheating at Chairmaking

Tricks and secret weapons to assist the beginning (or city-dwelling) bodger. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 62-69 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now After building my first stick Windsor chair using traditional tools and green wood it was like I was on crack. Like thousands of woodworkers I returned home from...


Total Shop in a Box

Can a system of portable European power tools find a home in U.S. woodshops? By Scott Gibson Pages: 57-61 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now If you work alone in a small shop, it’s easy to dread the backbreaking start of a cabinetmaking project. It usually means spending hours reducing...