April 2006 #154

Popular Woodworking April 2006This April 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking offers exclusive and complete plans for two classic furniture pieces.

Robert Lang builds a reproduction of a linen press from the Byrdcliffe Arts & Crafts colony of the early 1900s, and Kerry Pierce builds a Shaker “Saturday Table.”

Craig Bentzley builds a Queen Anne table, and Rob Cosman shows you how to cut houndstooth dovetails.

Our Woodworking Essentials series on casework construction continues with what you need to know about doors and drawers.

Bill Hylton shows you how to add accuracy to your power tool set-ups, and Adam Cherubini makes and uses sawhorses.

We put Powermatic’s 701 mortiser, back saws from Gramercy tools, and a new 12″ DeWalt miter saw through our Tool Test.

Don’t miss great Tricks of the Trade, Q&A and much more.

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


Byrdcliffe Linen Press

Recreating a classic cabinet that breaks the rules of Arts & Crafts. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 34-44 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now The history of most pieces of furniture can be traced back to one individual – usually the designer, the maker or the client. The roots of...


Arts & Mysteries: Making and Using Sawhorses

Start your woodworking education right. By Adam Cherubini Pages: 30-33 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now What’s the best sort of workbench to build? What hand tools should I buy first? How many coats of polyurethane are needed to stop a board from cupping? Arts & Mysteries readers e-mail me...


Endurance Test: Blue Spruce Marking Knife

Handmade and perfect in every detail. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When people ask for my recommendation on almost any kind of tool, I attempt to give them several choices: I’ll recommend Tool A if you’re this kind of woodworker; Tool B if you’re...


Tool Test: DeWalt DW718 – Excellent With Minor Demerits

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When it comes to miter saws, it’s fair to say we’re some of the toughest customers around. We have things  we’d like to change on even our favorite saws, and that’s probably because we demand cabinetmaking precision from a...


Tool Test: Impact Power Now in a Screwdriver

By David Thiel Page 27 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now A handy occasional-use screwdriver should be inexpensive, reasonably powerful, retain a charge (or charge quickly) and be compact. Craftsman has answered some of our requirements by offering a cordless screwdriver with impact capabilities, offering torque and control never before...


Tool Test: Micro Plunge Precision

By Robert W. Lang Page: 27 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Like many woodworkers, I tend to be a closet machinist. It’s fun to see how close to perfection I can get, and I’m a sucker for anything that reads or adjusts to a thousandth of an inch. For...


Tool Test: New Small Backsaws from Gramercy Tools

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Small straight-handled saws have a tarnished reputation these days. Except for the Lie-Nielsen versions, most are poorly made, sharpened and set. Like any saw, their problems can be fixed, but repair takes significant skill when dealing with such fine...