April 2014 #210

Popular Woodworking Magazine April 14 Cover Our cover article for the April 2014 issue is a William & Mary five-drawer chest with a two-over-three drawer design built by Chuck Bender. The chest also features frame-and-panel ends with mitered-stuck moulding profiles (plus, he includes a sidebar that walks you through his technique for brushed on shellac).

In “Chipbreaker: Theory & Use,” Kees van der Heiden and Wilbur Pan present video evidence from two Japanese professors who demonstrate how most bench planes come equipped with everything you need to eliminate tear-out as you work. If you set your chipbreaker properly, you’ll have smooth sailing. Autumn Doucet, the winner of the 2013 Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards, shares her insight into building a jewelry box with wood and shell inlay; you’ll discover how to cut and inlay mother-of-pearl and abalone. Don Williams improves his workbench with the addition of a shop-made tail vise – a sheet of Baltic birch plywood and a few metal parts, including an 8″ handwheel, transform his bench into a workholding marvel. He shares his measured drawings and step-by-step build. And Marc Spagnuolo builds his version of a Greene & Green-style blanket chest, complete with ebony embellishments and a secret drawer – he also shares a special router technique used to form the chest handles.

Christopher Schwarz introduces Freddy Roman in “From Punk to Period.” If you’re not familiar with young Mr. Roman, you’ll be amazed at the finished projects he’s turned out in such a short period of time. And you’ll discover how teachers including Phil Lowe, W. Patrick Edwards and Bob Van Dyke have influenced his woodworking.

In this month’s Tool Test, we review the Bosch 10″ Dual-bevel Glide Miter Saw, Senco’s FinishPro 23 XLP headless pinner, a magnetic-mount LED Work Light from Lee Valley and EyeMuffs (Sells Safety) that are hearing and eye protection combined into a single apparatus. In Design Matters, George R. Walker discusses how to combine cyma curves to produce an outstanding swan’s-neck pediment . Woodworking Essentials has Glen D. Huey’s take on woodworking mallets; learn what shapes, sizes and weights are best. Bob Rozaieski discusses “Period Clamping Techniques” in Arts & Mysteries. Bob Flexner explains how you can use soap as a wood finish – a finish that imparts no color to your project and is great for woods that are light in color – in Flexner on Finishing. And in End Grain, John Ipekjian, in “Blacker House Garden Bench,” shares how a Bermuda cedar tree planted by Greene & Greene is re-purposed into an outdoor bench that resides on the property.

Plus Tricks of the Trade, reader letters and more.


William & Mary Chest

Mortise-and-tenon joinery and side-hung drawers make for a simple but impressive build. by Chuck Bender pages 24-31 Early in my career I met an avid antiques collector whose focus was objects from the William & Mary period. Like many people, my first reaction was, “That stuff with those big, ugly ball feet?” Under his guidance I began...


Chipbreaker: Theory & Use

Most bench planes come equipped to eliminate tear-out. by Kees van der Heiden & Wilbur Pan pages 32-34 Handplanes are great tools for creating a smooth, finish-ready surface on a board without the dust and noise from a sander. If the board is straight grained and the blade is sharp, it is easy to use a plane....


Inlaid Jewelry Box

Shell and wood combine to decorate this delightfully detailed piece. by Autumn Doucet pages 35-41 I lie in bed sometimes, my eyes closed and my mind letting go of the details of the day, when out of the darkness comes a shape. If I overlay the shape with the sparkle and chatoyance of mother-of-pearl and paua abalone,...


Shop-made Tail Vise

Transform your workbench with custom-fit workholding – without any fuss. by Don Williams pages 42-45 For many woodworkers, especially those of the Galoot persuasion, a workbench with a tail vise of some sort is a fundamental necessity. These vises are integral to most European-style benches, and there are now extraordinary aftermarket options, some of which I own....


Greene & Greene-style Blanket Chest

A simple approach to a sublime design. by Marc Spagnuolo pages 46-54 I’ve been enamored of Greene & Greene furniture since my early days of woodworking, well before I possessed the skills to produce such a piece. Since that time, this style has become a regular part of my woodworking vocabulary, and I enjoy making reproductions and...


From Punk to Period

Freddy Roman built his career with hard work, outstanding teachers and plaid shirts. by Christopher Schwarz pages 52-55 You know those chests filled with tools that people give to children? The tools aren’t much good for building anything. But the chests do have another purpose: planting the seed of an idea in the child’s mind. Such was the...

4 Golf Ball Clamp-Fin

Golf Ball & Socket Clamping Device

pages 10 - 11 Occasionally while woodworking, we all find the need to work on tapered parts. But how do you hold those parts in a vise or with a clamp in order to do the work? I saw a product in a catalog that used the age-old concept of a pivoting jaw mounted to a...


Bosch CM10GD Glide Miter Saw

by Chuck Bender page 12 Bosch does it again, only smaller, with its CM10GD Dual-bevel Glide Miter Saw. Like its big brother (the GCM12SD), this saw has a hinged-arm system that creates a smooth, gliding action when extending the saw for a cut. While the similarities don’t end there, you will find some differences. On the surface...


Senco FinishPro 23LXP Headless Pinner

by Chuck Bender page 12 Fasteners that use 23-gauge pins have been around for quite some time. What stands out with all 23-gauge pinners is the almost non-existent hole left behind. Senco’s new FinishPro 23LXP headless pinner is a highly refined piece of work. Driving 23-gauge pins up to 2" in length makes this one versatile...