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...

Pieces too wide to cut in the miter box.

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...