April 2011 #189

Popular Woodworking April 2011 issueOur cover story for the April 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking is a Gustav Stickley Morris chair, built with traditional joinery and techniques by Executive Editor Robert W. Lang.

Editor Christopher Schwarz reports on compwood – a recent innovation that allows you to bend wood without using steam or adhesives.

In his first story for Popular Woodworking, Jameel Abraham shows how a few shop-made appliances allow you to add stunning face-grain inlay to your work in Precision Inlay, Simple Tools.

Senior Editor Glen D. Huey shows you how to make a dovetailed keepsake box that doubles as a master class in tight, quickly cut dovetails.

Discover from John Wilson how to make a variable-pitch jack plane that can be easily adjusted from 45° to 52°.

Bob Lang shows you how one afternoon of work and a scrap of wood can seriously enhance your hand-tool skills in The Gottshall Block Challenge.

In this month’s Tool Test, we take a look at DeWalt’s company routers, the CEROS sander from Mirka and Bosch’s axial-glide miter saw.

In Design Matters, George R. Walker shows how dovetails do double duty as a design feature and joinery.

Bob Rozaieski and Wilbur Pan explore the eerie simlarities between Western and Japanese planes in Arts & Mysteries.

A simple but handsome tool rack (which would also look great in the kitchen) is this issue’s I Can Do That (built by Christopher Schwarz).

Bob Flexner discussed the challenges of shellac in Flexner on Finishing.

Joe McMahon shares a love story that started at a Chicago crime scene in End Grain.

Enhance your knowledge with a glossary of woodworking terms used in the issue.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, links, etc.) are found within that article.

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Gustav Stickley Morris Chair

Reproduce an Arts & Crafts classic and reward yourself with the ultimate easy chair. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 28-35 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now In Gustav Stickley’s book Craftsman Homes, there is a picture of this chair with the following caption: “A big deep chair that means comfort to a tired man...

I Can Do That: Tool Rack

Swiped from a French engraving, this rack works in your shop or even in your kitchen. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 26-27 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now It’s good to keep your tools protected (think: tool chest). But it’s also good to keep them handy (think: at arm’s reach). My...

Jameel Abraham’s Jointmaker Pro Inlay Method

For wide pieces shown in Jameel Abraham’s “Precision Inlay, Simple Tools” (Popular Woodworking Magazine, April 2011 #189) he used the Bridge City Toolworks Jointmaker Pro. Here’s his method: You may notice a few of the pieces in the article are unusually wide, much wider in fact than the miter box and miter jack could...

Precision Inlay, Simple Tools

A few shop-made appliances allow you to add stunning face-grain inlay to your work. By Jameel Abraham pages 38-43 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now Geometric bandings and inlay patterns, or parquetry, are widely used, from Japan to Egypt to Spain. I developed a method of creating parquetry while learning to build ouds, a...

End Grain: CSI: Tools

It’s hard to hide the loot when your wife has detective skills. By Joe McMahon Page: 64 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now I am a toolaholic. There, I’ve said it. I’ve admitted my weakness. I am in need of a 12-step program. A 12-step program or a good surgeon. For you see, my...

The Gottshall Block Challenge

A piece of scrap and an afternoon will challenge and stretch your skills. by Robert W. Lang Pages: 54-55 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now Imagine yourself in a shop class of 40 or 50 years ago. The assignment for the day is to lay out and cut the block shown in the photo...

Variable-pitch Jack Plane

This jack plane can be easily set to work at 45° for rough work or 52° for smoothing chores. By John Wilson Pages: 48-53 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now The story of this plane goes back 20 years to a chance encounter I had with a Cecil Pierce jack plane. Pierce was a...

Dovetailed Keepsake Box

Shortcuts learned as you build this classic box help you become a better joiner. By Glen. D. Huey Pages: 44-47 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now This box is chock-full, but don’t look on the inside. Check out the outside. It’s loaded with dovetail joinery – through dovetails on the front and half-blind dovetails...