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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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: 48-53From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowThe story of this plane goes back 20 years to a chance encounter I had with a Cecil Pierce jack plane. Pierce was a...

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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 nowThis 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...

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Tricks of the Trade

By Popular Woodworking Magazine readers Pages: 12-13From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowThe winning trick from this issue is a "Benchtop Saw Upgrade" from Dan Chiappetta, of Astoria, N.Y. His clever shop-made MDF table adds surface area to a contractor table saw. Plus, a "Shop-made Pen Press" from Serge Duclos of Delson,...

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Bend the Laws of Lignum

A recent innovation lets you bend wood without steam or adhesives.by Christopher Schwarz Pages: 36-37From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowThe package of wood looked everything like a mummy when it arrived in our shop. The wood was wrapped in clear plastic, bound by plastic straps and wrapped by more plastic and...

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Arts & Mysteries: Separated at Birth?

Western and Eastern tools might not be as different as you think.By Bob Rozaieski & Wilbur Pan Pages: 22-24From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowAt first glance, Japanese woodworking tools and techniques seem like the platypus of the woodworking world. Beginning in the Edo period in the early 1600s, Japan isolated itself...

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Design Matters: Double-duty Dovetails

What's more important: Strength or Aesthetics?By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowOne of the high points of the October 2010 Woodworking in America conference was the dueling dovetail session between Roy Underhill and Frank Klausz. The two squared off with saw and chisel in hand tackling the...